Board of Directors
Benjamin Schall, Co-Chair, Seritage Growth PropertiesBenjamin Schall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Seritage Growth Properties. Prior to becoming CEO and President, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of Rouse Properties, from 2012 to 2015. At Rouse, he oversaw the redevelopment and operations of a $2.5 billion portfolio of 35 regional malls, totaling 25 million square feet across the country. Prior to that, Mr. Schall was Senior Vice President with Vornado Realty Trust. At Vornado, his responsibilities included overseeing Vornado's suburban retail shopping center business, consisting of 18 million square feet in 140 assets representing a value of over $3 billion. Prior to his private-sector real estate career, he worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation and MDRC, the public policy think tank. Mr. Schall holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College.
Alan P. Winters, Co-Chair, Alan Winters Coaching*Alan Winters is the founder of his own executive coaching company, Alan Winters Coaching. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Kingdon Capital Management, LLC. In his 25-year association with the firm he also worked as an Analyst, Portfolio Manager and as Chief Investment Officer. During an extended sabbatical from 1997-2002, he moved to Paris with his family and, upon his return, taught fifth grade for two years in a Bronx public school. In addition to his commitment to University Settlement, Mr. Winters is a trustee of the Winters Family Foundation. He has three daughters: Sloane, Haley, and Rose. He received the Charles B. Stover Lifetime Achievement Award from University Settlement in 2011 for his decade-long commitment to the organization.
Thomas W. Morgan, Treasurer/Vice President for Finance, Greylock Capital Partners LLCThomas W. Morgan is currently Managing Partner at Greylock Capital Partners LLC.
Ronni Fisher, Vice President for ProgramsRonni Fisher recently retired after spending 38 years in Early Childhood programs at University Settlement, where she was an Assistant Executive Director and was in charge of all the programs for young children, the after-school programs, and the adult literacy program. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation of the nation's first truly integrated childcare center, blending Head Start, Universal Pre-K, and City-funded daycare programs into one, unified program. Ms. Fisher has served on numerous boards and commissions shaping the City's childcare initiatives.
Renée Eubanks, Vice President for Programs, The Eubanks Law Firm, PLLCRenée Eubanks was recently counsel at SNR Denton US LLP, an international law firm with offices throughout the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. As head of the Distressed Investing Group, Renée worked with hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investment entities who focus on special situation debt and/or equity investments. She earned her BS in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a law degree from Boston College Law School. She also holds an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Renée's other charitable activities include hosting test prep sessions for students seeking admission to her alma mater, Stuyvesant High School.
Steve Schall, Vice President, Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLCSteve Schall is a partner in Schall & Russo Planning Works, a firm that helps non-profits and government agencies envision and implement change. To that end, Schall & Russo provides executive search, business consulting, consensus-building and real estate consulting. Prior to establishing Schall & Russo in 2002, Mr. Schall held positions as a non-profit executive overseeing child care, supportive housing, and HIV/AIDS services; a senior level consultant and planner for community-based human service programs; and senior level planning positions in the HIV/AIDS and healthcare fields. Mr. Schall began his social work career in the late 1970s, first as a counselor at University Settlement's Beacon, NY summer camp, followed by several social work positions in children's services, criminal justice, and emergency room services. He has a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Social Work from Hunter College CUNY and a Bachelors degree from Swarthmore College.
Ian Zilla, Secretary, Savills StudleyIan Zilla is a Senior Managing Director at Savills Studley, working on a team that bridges the worlds of commercial real estate, corporate finance and management consulting. His prior background in computer science, technology and finance compliments his team's quantitative strategic planning approach and financial consulting services, particularly as it relates to clients' mission critical facilities and complex headquarters transactions. He has been an active volunteer in the City since arriving in 2000. Mr. Zilla holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Emma Bloch, Assistant Treasurer/ Audit Committee Chair, American ExpressEmma Bloch is a Client Manager for Global Merchant Services at American Express. She's responsible for managing partnerships with seven strategic oil merchants, including Chevron, BP, and Sunoco. Prior to that, she worked at Global Network Partnerships as a Business Development Lead. Emma has her B.A. from Bates College and her M.B.A. from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Her father, Michael H. Zisser, was the Executive Director, then Chief Executive Officer of University Settlement for nearly three decades. She joined the board in 2016.
Rich MedórRich Medór is the Founder of 742 Ventures, a private venture firm focused on acquiring and operating diverse real estate assets and entrepreneurial owned companies. Previously, he was a finance executive at Viacom to help lead a global finance transformation effort. Prior to his time at Viacom, he was a Partner at EY serving Fortune 500 clients, which included time, spent in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. He was selected by EY senior leadership to build a consulting practice in Europe. As such, he spent 5 years based in Paris, and successfully built a multi-million dollar consulting practice from the ground-up that extended throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his time with EY, he worked at Time Warner and began his professional career at KPMG's New York office focused primarily on financial service clients. He is a graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business.
Len Berman, First Manhattan Co.Leonard (Len) Berman is a Senior Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at First Manhattan Co. with more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He provides wealth planning and investment management services for individuals, families, professional partnerships, business owners, and charitable trusts. Prior to joining First Manhattan, Len was a Research Analyst in Lehman Brothers' Principal Investing Group and at Eton Park Capital Management. Len holds a JD from Columbia Law School, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an AB from Princeton University. Len is actively involved at The Jewish Center, where he was previously an officer and currently serves on the Administrative Committee and as a trustee. Previously, Len was a longtime board member of Princeton's Center for Jewish Life/Hillel. Len, his wife, Lori Zeltser, and their three sons live on the Upper West Side.
Stefanie Batten Bland, Company SBBStefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist and artistic director of Company SBB. New York Resident Magazine in 2012 wrote "When it comes to tackling demanding subject matter, there are few choreographers as intellectually ambitious as Stefanie Batten Bland."
2016 Jerome Robbins Awardee Stefanie Batten Bland is a choreographic artist. Her interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships. She investigates people, our communicative choices and how we fit into space and place. Her work is situated at the intersection of installation and dance theatre in live performance settings.
James K. Finkel, Duff & Phelps, LLCJames K. Finkel is a managing director and head of the Disputes and Investigations practice at Duff & Phelps, a leading financial advisory and investment banking services company. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Credit Partners, LLC which managed a variety of funds totaling at its height approximately $5 billion. Prior to establishing DCP, Mr. Finkel was a Managing Director with Deutsche Bank in London. He is an avid wine collector and translates French books and articles on wine, is the Chairmanof the Wine Committee at the University Club, and is a Chevalier du Tastevin and a Commandeur de Bordeaux and Commandeur des Costes du Rhone. His other charitable interests involve the Lymphoma Research Foundation and The Colorado College. Mr. Finkel received the Charles B. Stover Lifetime Achievement Award from University Settlement in 2011 for his efforts chairing seven annual wine dinners which have grossed over $5 million in donations.
Hale Gurland, ArtistHale Gurland is a multi-disciplined artist. His work in sculpture are monumental pieces that go from the figurative to the abstract. His paintings follow the works in sculpture and use heavy colors against bright to achieve his ideas. He has been photographing around the world for over forty years capturing diverse cultures, their daily lives, conflicts and religions. His work has been shown in Europe, Asia, India, South America and North America. Mr. Gurland lives and works in New York City.
Ken C. Joseph
David Shapiro, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz *David E. Shapiro is a partner in the Corporate Department of the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Prior to this, he held finance and business development positions at technology-based firms. He earned a BS in finance from the Wharton School and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the recipient of the Peter McCall prize awarded to the first in the class.
Andrew ZhuAndrew is an Investment Associate at BC Partners, a leading international private equity firm. Prior, he advised on mergers and acquisitions transactions, most recently at Centerview Partners. Andrew Zhu graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and is bilingual, fluent in both English and Mandarin.
Steve Perricone, Pilot Mountain VenturesSteve Perricone is the founder and Managing Partner of Pilot Mountain Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in early stage companies. Previously, Mr. Perricone served as a Managing Director and the Head of the Hedging and Monetization Group within the Equity Derivatives Division of Deutsche Bank.
Mr. Perricone began his career as a technology consultant with Accenture in their Financial Services Group. He was involved in numerous bank mergers, advising clients on the many operational and technology challenges involved.
Mr. Perricone has enjoyed living in New York's East Village for over 20 years. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Wake Forest University.
Harly Stevens, CBRE Group, Inc.Harly D. Stevens is a Senior Vice President at CBRE Group, Inc., the largest full service commercial real estate firm in the world. Mr. Stevens is a skilled practitioner in solving for the complex equation of corporate image, prestigious locations and economic deal terms for corporate Manhattan headquarters requirements.
Mr. Stevens is the youngest executive to ever win the Real Estate Board of New York's "Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award," the industry's highest honor. Additionally, Harly was nominated for the same award in 2015 for representing MediaMath, Inc. in planning, negotiating and executing the technology companies new 4 World Trade Center Headquarters.
Recent transactions and consulting services were concluded on behalf of: Anderson Kill & Olick, LLP, Aspen Insurance Holdings, Jazz at Lincoln Center, MediaMath, , New York Magazine, Oscar de la Renta, LUKOIL, Rodale, The London Stock Exchange, Trimaran Capital Partners, Vinson & Elkins, LLP and Wells Fargo. Mr. Stevens joined the University Settlement Board in 2015.
Aviva WillAviva Will is Co-Chief Operating Officer of Burford Capital, overseeing the firm's global origination, marketing and underwriting functions. She has over a decade of experience investing in and managing the world's largest portfolio of commercial litigation and arbitration risk. In her role at Burford, Aviva has overseen the continuing innovation of its offerings to law firms and companies. At Burford, Aviva developed and launched The Equity Project, a groundbreaking initiative designed to help close the gender gap in law by providing an economic incentive for change through a $50 million pool of capital earmarked for financing commercial litigation matters led by women. Prior to joining Burford in 2010, Aviva was a senior litigator and Assistant General Counsel at Time Warner Inc. and before that, practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
Aviva earned a J.D. cum laude from Fordham University School of Law, where she was an Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She earned a B.A. from Columbia University. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Stewart G. Pollock on the New Jersey Supreme Court.
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