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Board Of Directors


Executive Committee


Jeffrey Brodsky Chair

Jeff Brodsky joined the Board in 2012. He is a Senior Advisor at Morgan Stanley where he works directly with senior leaders and the Board of Directors on a range of employee-related matters, including succession planning, compensation, and diversity and inclusion. Jeff also provides coaching to Firm Management and other high-potential leaders across the Firm. In 2011, he was named the Chief Human Resources Officer, and held that position through early 2021. Prior to that, since joining Morgan Stanley in 1987, Jeff led HR for many of the Firm’s businesses including Global Wealth Management, Investment Management, the Corporate functions and Discover (before its spin-off). He serves on the Board of Directors for Accolade and on the Advisory Board for Private Medical is also an executive in residence at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Binghamton University and is married with three sons.

Pamela N. Hootkin Vice Chair & Treasurer

Pamela N. Hootkin joined the Board in 2005. She is a retired financial executive. Until April 2012, she was Senior Vice President, Treasurer, and Investor Relations of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation. Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Binghamton and a master’s degree in economics from Boston University.

Sonia Sande Secretary

Sonia Sande joined the Board in 2015. She is the Americas Consulting Talent Leader at Ernst & Young and is actively engaged in the firm's professional Asian and Women’s networks. Sonia holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. She lives in New York City with her husband Simon and daughter Isabel.

Michael C. Slocum

Michael Slocum joined the Board in 2009 and became the chair in 2018. He is President of Capital One’s Commercial Banking business, is a member of Capital One’s Executive Committee, and also serves as the company's Northeast Regional President. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and is a previous member of the Board of Trustees for The Jewish Museum in New York City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University.

Mark C. Smith

Mark C. Smith joined the Board in 2013. He is Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Wells Fargo. Mark has been recognized by Forbes as Top Next Gen Financial Advisor. He appears frequently on CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg to provide market and economic commentary.  Mark currently sits on the Executive Board of the President’s Council for Fordham University, and also serves on their Athletic Advisory Board. Politically, he was notably on the national finance committee for President Obama.


Members


Megan Driscoll

Megan Driscoll joined the Board in 2022. She is currently CEO and Founder at EvolveMKD, an award-winning public relations and digital marketing agency based in New York City. Megan was previously President at Behrman Communications and has held senior positions at Emanate PR, Lippe Taylor, Fleishman Hillard, and Euro RSCG Life. She has been featured on Crain’s 2021 New York Notable Women Business Owners List, PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 List, and was honored as one of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2018. She has 20 years of experience working with brands in the healthcare, prestige beauty, and lifestyle industries. Megan holds a bachelor's degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Joe Falencki

Joe Falencki joined the Board in 2016. He also previously served as Chair of Safe Horizon’s Leaders on the Horizon council from 2015-2016. Joe is Global Head of Talent Acquisition at Morgan Stanley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University.

Jim Fulton

Jim Fulton joined the Board in 2021. He is a Partner at international law firm Cooley LLP where he focuses on representing both emerging and established technology, healthcare, and biotechnology companies and the venture capital firms that invest in those companies. Concentrating in corporate and securities law, Jim counsels companies throughout their lifecycle on matters ranging from company formations, private financings, employee equity incentives, and executive hiring, to complex spinouts, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, and SEC reporting and compliance. Prior to joining Cooley, Jim was a senior budget analyst with the US government's Office of Personnel Management. Jim holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, and holds a bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, graduating cum laude.

Mark Freedman

Mark Freedman joined the Board in 2016. He is a Partner at Wellspring Consulting, focused on non-profit strategy and organization. Mark was previously a Partner and Senior Advisor at Dalberg Advisors in New York City, following 25+ years at the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Paris, where he was a Senior Partner. He began his career working with Save the Children US in sub-Saharan Africa and currently serves on the Corporate Advisory Board. Mark holds a master’s degree in business administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was designated a Baker Scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, with a concentration in economic and political development.

Paul Germain

Paul Germain joined the Board in 2010. He is currently the President of Stone Ridge Asset Management. Paul previously served as Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, and currently sits on the Parents Leadership Board at Emory University. He holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Umar Haider

Umar Haider joined the Board in 2021. He is a Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Umar is a leader within the Consumer Practice focused on strategy, growth, and commercial topics with Consumer Goods clients. He is also responsible for recruiting within the BCG New York office. Prior to joining BCG, Umar worked at PepsiCo International for 4 years. He holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College where he majored in history. Umar lives in New York City with his wife Judith and two sons.

Sunny Hostin

Sunny Hostin joined the Board in 2017. The Emmy-nominated co-host of The View and Emmy-winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News has brought clarity and context to some of the biggest stories of the past decade. Sunny began her career as an appellate law clerk and quickly rose among the ranks to become a trial attorney for the Justice Department and a federal prosecutor, where she was awarded the Special Achievement Award for her prosecution of child sexual predators. Prior to joining The View, she served as a legal analyst and host for CNN from 2007 to 2016. Sunny holds her juris doctorate from Notre Dame Law School. She has a new book out called Summer on the Bluffs.

Joann Lang

Joann Lang joined the Board in 1997. Together with Safe Horizon, she founded one of our domestic violence shelters, Lang House. Joann served on the Board of Jewish Homes and Hospitals for 30 years and was a member of the Resident Care Committee. Joann holds a bachelor's degree from Bard College and a master’s degree in social work from New York University.

Mary Beth Marshall

Mary Beth Marshall joined the Board in 2021. She was formerly a litigation partner at Decker, Hardt in Dallas, Texas, and currently serves as Of Counsel to Safe Horizon. She holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin, a juris doctorate as well as a master's degree of liberal arts with a concentration in art history and philosophy from Southern Methodist University, and an associate's degree in culinary arts from Le Cordon Bleu.

Steve McCandless

Steve McCandless joined the Board in 2005. He retired in 2001 as Senior Vice President Finance of Personalized Media Communications LLC, a start-up entrepreneurial venture. Steve holds his master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School and the degree of Geological Engineer from the Colorado School of Mines.

Jo Natauri

Jo Natauri joined the Board in 2018. She is a partner in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) at Goldman Sachs. Previously, she worked in the Consumer Retail and Healthcare Group in the Investment Banking Division, responsible for coverage of large, multinational companies across the healthcare and consumer sectors. Jo serves on the Partnership Committee and MBD Corporate Investment Committee. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Jo was an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. She has been covering companies and executing transactions for more than 20 years. Jo holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Biology from the University of Virginia.

Martin Newman

Martin Newman joined the Board in 1993. He is an attorney who is currently engaged in the creation of real estate investments for group ownership. Martin previously held partnerships at several law firms and once served as a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Richard Plansky

Rich joined the Board in 2016. He is the Regional Managing Director for North America for the Forensic Investigations and Intelligence practice at Kroll. Rich was formerly Deputy Criminal Justice Coordinator for the Mayor of the City of New York and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the District Attorney of New York County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Susan Reid

Susan Reid joined the Board in 2022. She is currently Morgan Stanley's Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion where she mentors employees, creates spaces for difficult conversations, and engages with firm leaders and community partners to prioritize diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Susan has years of experience in Human Resources and Recruitment and has previously held senior positions at Marsh and McLennan, Donnelley, Bell Atlantic (Verizon), and NYU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from New York University.

Grace Richardson

Grace Richardson joined the Board in 2017. She is a retired Vice President of Global Consumer Affairs from Colgate-Palmolive. Grace became involved in organizations targeted to empowering the lives of women and girls by Chairing the Board of the NYC YWCA and internationally with the US Committee for UN Women as well as Women for Women International and the World YWCA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in business administration from New York University’s Stern Business School.

John Romeo

John Romeo joined the Board in 2016. He is Managing Partner and Head of the Oliver Wyman Forum, and a member of the Executive Committee. John has a special interest in and focus on inclusion. He is Chairman of the firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Council, an author of Oliver Wyman’s “Women in Financial Services” Report, and a proud ally and champion for LGBT+ issues. John holds a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University where he was a Senior Scholar.

Samantha Saperstein

Samantha Saperstein joined the Board in 2013. She is Managing Director and Head of Women on the Move at JPMorgan. Sam is an active supporter of women’s advancement in the workplace, mentoring women across the company and working on programs that promote the successful retention, development, and advancement of women at all levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Luke Sarsfield

Luke Sarsfield joined the Board in 2018. He is Global Co-Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s client business, with global sales and client relationship management responsibility for the firm's institutional and retail client assets. Luke is a member of the Partnership Committee. Previously, Luke held a number of senior leadership roles within the Investment Banking Division (IBD), including serving as Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group, Global Chief Operating Officer of IBD, and Co-Head of the Healthcare Group in the Americas. Luke joined Goldman Sachs in 1999 and was named Managing Director in 2007 and partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston. Luke is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Montclair Kimberley Academy. Previously, he served as the Board Chair of Literacy, Inc. Luke holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Anthropology, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Eboni K. Williams

Eboni K. Williams joined the Board in 2018. She is an attorney, best-selling author, television personality, and journalist. She is currently the Host & Executive Producer of "REVOLT Black News," which airs on REVOLT TV founded by Sean "Diddy" Combs. She's also the Host & Executive Producer of the iHeart Media podcast "Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams" and a cast member on Bravo TV’s "Real Housewives of New York City." Eboni holds a bachelor's degree in Communications and African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a juris doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Eboni is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Ovita Williams

Dr. Ovita Williams joined the Board in 2022. She is a Lecturer in Discipline and the Executive Director at the Action Lab for Social Justice in the Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Williams has previously served as Associate Director of Field Education Columbia University School of Social Work, Director of Clinical Services in the Counseling Services Unit at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and co-authored ‘Learning to teach, teaching to learn: A guide for social work field education. She has developed and facilitated interactive workshops for social workers, managers, and various practitioners on facilitating challenging dialogues around racism, class, gender, sexual orientation, and intersecting identities. At Columbia, Dr. Williams has worked with students, alumni, faculty, and administrators on the development of the foundations' course, “Decolonizing Social Work”, through a power, race, oppression, and privilege framework. The course centers on undoing anti-Black racism and dismantling white supremacy culture. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. from Silberman School of Social Welfare.


Emeriti

Steven C. Parrish
Brooke McMurray

Susan Solomon
Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan



In Memoriam


James Hendricks

On September 18, 2022, James Hendricks unexpectedly passed on. We are saddened by this tragic loss and honor his memory.

Hendricks joined the Board in 2016. He was Group Vice President Human Resources & Administration at Charter Communications/Spectrum Reach. With more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience, James had a career background that involved extensive collaboration with executive leadership as a trusted advisor in achieving current and future business goals. He held a master’s degree in business administration and dual bachelor’s degrees in business management and psychology from Case Western Reserve University.