Board of Directors
Steven M. Schall, Chair, Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC *
Steven M. 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 health care 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.
Heather Weston, President, Case Commons
Heather Weston is the Chief Operating Officer of Case Commons. Prior to that, she was a Visiting Fellow and Consultant at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She has her MPA from NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and her BA from Tufts University. She joined the board in 2016.
Thomas W. Morgan, Treasurer/Vice President for Finance*
Thomas W. Morgan was recently a Managing Director at New Mountain Capital, LLC, a private equity firm established in 2000. Prior to joining New Mountain at its inception, he was a private equity investment professional with Bain Capital and an investment-banking analyst with CS First Boston in its Mergers and Acquisitions and Structured Finance areas. Mr. Morgan is currently a director of Governors of the Williams Club of New York and Project Enterprise.
Emma Bloch, Assistant Treasurer, American Express
Emma 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.
Benjamin Schall, Audit Committee Chair, Seritage Growth Properties*
Benjamin 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 value of over $3 billion. He was formerly a Senior Vice President with Vornado Realty Trust. In this capacity, his responsibilities included overseeing all facets of the 18 million square foot, 140 asset suburban shopping center portfolio. 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 Swathmore College.
Ronni Fisher, Vice President for Programs
Ronni 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
Renée 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.
Alan P. Winters, Vice President, 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.
Sarah Britton was a consultant with Clontarf Capital (based in London) as a specialist in the hedge fund area from 2008 to the end of 2009. From 2002-2006 Sarah worked as a Director in the Alternative Investment group of UBS Wealth Management in London with a particular focus on hedge funds. She advised ultra high net worth individuals, family offices and institutions on their hedge fund portfolios. This included advice on individual strategies and managers, portfolio construction, manager selection and ongoing monitoring. She advised on accounts with assets totaling over $500 million.
Previously Sarah worked as Chief Operating Officer for an Internet Consulting business based in London. Prior to that she worked at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jennrette (now Credit Suisse) in the corporate finance division in both the New York and London offices. Sarah graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Marsha Cole is currently a stay at home mother. Previous roles include the Policy Council Chair for University Settlement, Policy Council Chair and DASPC for Bank Street East, and Alternate Representative for the City-Wide Head Start Policy Council for Lower East Side 1. Lower East Side 1 includes University Settlement, CCC, The Educational Alliance, and Hamilton Madison. Prior to her son being born, she graduated from Bentley College (Bentley University) and was an Office Manager for a private contractor for eight years. She later became an Executive Assistant for the Vice President of a Property Management firm in Manhattan. Ms. Cole is a staunch advocate for children with special needs.
Marc DeBevoise, CBS Interactive *
Marc N. DeBevoise is the President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Interactive. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive's Entertainment, Sports and News divisions. In this role, he oversaw CBS Interactive's entertainment sites, including CBS.com, TV.com and Clicker.com, as well as digital content distribution strategies, and the development of both original and show-based digital content, applications and games.
Mr. DeBevoise joined CBS Interactive from premium subscription service Starz, where he was responsible for the company's overall digital strategy and the digital initiatives supporting its film, television and digital original content properties. At Starz, he also led the generation, evaluation and execution of business development, strategic investment, and growth opportunities for all of Starz' business units.
Prior to joining Starz, he held various roles at NBC Universal, in both Digital Media and Business Development, and worked in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking Group at JPMorgan.
Mr. DeBevoise has been recognized on Home Media magazine's "Digital Drivers" list for 2011, The Hollywood Reporter's "Digital Power 50" for 2010, and Multichannel News' "40 Under 40" for 2009. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Board President of The Door, a non-profit organization providing youth development services.
He received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology and Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University. He lives in New York City along with his wife and daughter.
Sharon R. Egilinsky, SREvolve, LLC *
Sharon Egilinsky is a global business leader, CEO and board director on the forefront of reshaping and creating global business solutions. She is CEO and Founder of SREvolve LLC, where she advises business leaders, entrepreneurs, and industry-leading C-Level executives on strategic direction and development. Sharon is passionate about integrating her expertise gained while holding positions as the former Head of Strategy for Credit Suisse Asset Management, Head of Global Transition Management (Trading) for Citigroup Global Markets, and Global Head of Product Development for Deutsche Asset Management, with Board of Director Service. Throughout her career, Sharon has worked in collaboration with Boards - Public, Private, Regional, Not-for-Profit, and Executive Committees - on matters related to enterprise and brand optimization.
James K. Finkel, Duff & Phelps
James 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.
Jim Friedlich, Empirical Media *
Jim Friedlich is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Empirical Media. He is also the Executive Director and CEO of Institute of Journalism in New Media. He attended Dartmouth College, graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in English, Magna Cum Laude in 1979, and received his MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1985. Following a fifteen-year career at The Wall Street Journal, he joined ZelnickMedia, a New York-based private equity partnership as a founding partner in 2001. He specializes in investments in digital media, professional information and business services. He has focused his philanthropic activities on youth, education and media. He serves on the Board of Directors of WFMU, a listen-supported radio station in Jersey City, and devotes time and resources to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, pediatric cancer research, Friends Seminary, a Quaker school in New York City, and Wesleyan University.
Mr. Friedlich began his media career in 1980 as an advertising salesman for CapCities-ABC. He joined The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco office in 1985, eventually serving as Managing Director of the international editions of the Journal and Dow Jones magazines. From 1990–1999, he managed the global advertising sales, marketing and business development for a large and diverse group of Dow Jones & Company newspapers, magazines, Web sites, TV channels and conferences. Mr. Friedlich served on the Boards of Directors of several media companies and publications including CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, Nikkei International, Vedomosti (The Record), America Economia, and the Far Eastern Economic Review; he also served as Managing Director of Handelsblatt-Dow Jones. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Naylor, Inc., the leading business media company serving the trade association market.
Hale Gurland, Artist
Hale 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.
Frederick Nadd-Aubert,Credit Suisse
Frederick Nadd-Aubert is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking division, based in New York. He is responsible globally for Securities Lending Marketing in the Prime Services division. Mr. Nadd-Aubert joined Credit Suisse in April 2009 from Goldman Sachs (International), where he was an Executive Director in the Prime Brokerage Securities Lending Team; prior to this, he held positions in Equity Finance Sales at Lehman Brothers and Sales at JPMorgan. Mr. Nadd-Aubert holds a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and an MBA from Boston University.
Brooke Gillette Pederson
Clayton Pope, Credit Suisse *
Clayton Pope is a Managing Director for the Emerging Markets Debt Syndicate Group at Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, based in New York. He is responsible for overseeing the primary distribution and pricing of all international bond issuance out of Latin America. Mr. Pope joined Credit Suisse from HSBC Securities (USA) Inc, where he was a Director in the US Debt Syndicate team responsible for the execution of both Latin American external debt issuance and US corporate investment grade debt issuance. He received his BA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal and is a CFA Charterholder. Mr. Pope resides in downtown Manhattan with his wife. In addition to his involvement with both University Settlement and The Door, he is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.
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.
Jeffrey Silver, SCap Management *
Jeffrey Silver has been a professional investor for 35 years. He is currently the Managing Member for SCap Management LLC, a registered investment advisor in Connecticut, the Chief Investment Officer for Berson and Corrado, and a registered investment advisor in New York. Mr. Silver is also currently part owner of a security company. In the past, Mr. Silver founded and managed a hedge fund, co-founded a software company, and held various positions for Wall Street financial firms. Mr. Silver has advanced degrees in philosophy, political science and business. He resides in Connecticut with his wife and has four children. Mr. Silver joined the board in 2016.
Harly D. 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.
Kimberley Wong is a managing director at Glenview Capital, where she has spent five years focused on technology investments. Kim started her career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and Citadel Investments. She holds a degree in Engineering from Cornell University and is also a Certified Financial Analyst.
CK Zheng, Credit Suisse
CK Zheng is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse. Based in New York, he is the Global Head of Valuation Risk Group. He chairs the Firm's Model Review Committee, the Market Data Service Committee, and Valuation Review Committee. He is a member of the Firm's Valuation and Risk Management Committee.
Mr. Zheng joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 2004 from Morgan Stanley where he was an Executive Director managing risks within the Institutional Securities businesses since 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Zheng worked at Susquehanna Investment Group, Bank of America, and JPMorgan Chase as a senior Fixed Income derivative trader and a quantitative researcher.
Mr. Zheng holds a B.S. in Math from Zhejiang University (China), a M.S in Statistics & a PhD in Finance from the University of Chicago.
Ian Zilla, Savills Studley
Ian 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.
* Door Board Member
Gary J. Baumann
Paul W. Brandow
James G. Kagen
Janice M. Lee
Richard Rieger, Kingdon Capital Management
Ellen Schall, New York University
University Settlement Senior Management:
Eric Weingartner, Chief Executive Officer
Melissa Aase, Executive Director
Takiema Bunche-Smith, Associate Executive Director
Catherine Carpentieri, Director of Development
Peter Gee, Director of New Business Development
Irma Gonzalez, Chief Financial Officer
Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Director of IT
Perry Guilianti, Director of Facilities
Sheila Matlin, Director of Human Resources
Laura Timme, Associate Executive Director