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Board of Trustees

  • Steven M. Galbraith


    Steve is a Managing Member of Kindred Capital. Previously, Steve was a Partner at Maverick Capital and Chaired the firm’s Advisory Committee. Before joining Maverick, Mr. Galbraith was the Chief Investment Officer at Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he was a Partner at Sanford Bernstein where he was a highly ranked analyst in the packaged goods industry and later the financial services sector. From 1998 to 2008, Steve was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School, where he taught securities analysis.

    Steve serves on the Board of Trustees of Tufts University and the Board of Directors of Narragansett Brewing Company, Pzena Investment Management, Said Holdings Limited and the Success Charter Network. Mr. Galbraith was also previously appointed by the U.S. Treasury to be an Advisor to the Office of Financial Research. He received his B.A. (summa cum laude) from Tufts University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees in 2009.

  • Mary G. Berner

    Lead Director

    Mary Berner was named President and Chief Executive Officer of CUMULUS MEDIA in October 2015 after having served on the company’s Board of Directors for six months. Under her leadership, the company reversed four years of financial and listenership declines. Before joining CUMULUS MEDIA, Berner served as President and CEO of MPA—The Association of Magazine Media, where she leveraged her deep understanding of media to aggressively champion and advocate for the industry among advertisers, investors, consumers, and regulators. Berner previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Reader’s Digest Association, the $2 billion global media and direct marketing company where she developed and executed a successful turnaround strategy that ultimately led to a doubling of the stock price. She oversaw the restructuring of the company’s acquisition-related debt, and optimized its brands and assets, including through the development of new digital revenue streams. Berner led Fairchild Publications, Inc. for more than five years, first as President and CEO of the standalone company, and later when it became a division of Condé Nast Publications and she served as President and an Officer of Condé Nast. She had joined Fairchild from a position as Vice President and Publisher of Condé Nast’s Glamour, and was previously the Publisher of News Corp’s TV Guide. She began her career selling advertising for a neighborhood newspaper in Boston. She currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Fuller Project for International Reporting, Common Sense Growth (a for-profit subsidiary of Common Sense Media), and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

  • Suzie Kovner

    Vice Chair

    Suzie Kovner is a founder and vice president of the Kovner Foundation, which promotes social change by supporting and strengthening organizations and initiatives that advance education, entrepreneurship, justice, and the arts. At the Foundation she sets strategy, identifies partners and programs, and evaluates grantee results. With a lifelong passion for theater and the arts, Ms. Kovner is a trustee of Carnegie Hall and leads the advocacy group for Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration between Carnegie Hall and the Juilliard School that supports young professional musicians as they build careers as performers, programmers and teachers. Ms. Kovner launched the National Theater of Great Britain’s first U.S. office and served as director of development for the Board of the American Associates before joining the Board of the National Theater of Britain. She is also a founding member of the Drama Council at The Juilliard School. In addition, Ms. Kovner is a member-at-large of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Administrative Board. Ms. Kovner lives in New York with her husband, Bruce Kovner.

  • Richard S. Pzena


    Rich Pzena is the Founder and Co-Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Pzena Investment Management. He is the architect of the firm’s investment strategy and conceived and developed the firm’s proprietary screening model. Prior to forming Pzena Investment Management in 1995, Mr. Pzena was the Director of U.S. Equity Investments and Chief Research Officer for Sanford C. Bernstein & Company. Mr. Pzena joined Bernstein in 1986 as an oil industry analyst and was named to the Institutional Investor All America Research Team from 1988-1990. During 1990 and 1991, Mr. Pzena served as Chief Investment Officer, Small Cap Equities, and assumed his broader domestic equity role in 1991. Prior to joining Bernstein, he worked for the Amoco Corporation in various financial and planning roles. Mr. Pzena earned a BS (summa cum laude) and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Pzena was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree from Hebrew University in June of 2007 in recognition of his efforts in continuing adult Jewish education through their Meah program. He now sits on the advisory committee of Con-Text and the investment committee of the UJA Federation, as well as the Board of Trustees for ECLC of NJ (non-profit organization providing programs for adults with disabilities). Mr. Pzena is a benefactor of educational endeavors for families with autistic children both through UJA and the Montclair State College Children’s Center. He also serves as Chair of the Board for Assura Group of NY Ltd. Mr. Pzena is a certified pilot. He enjoys spending time with his family, scuba diving, and flying.

  • Kent A. Yalowitz


    Kent A. Yalowitz is a litigation partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he has practiced for 23 years. He received a BA from Yale College and a JD from Columbia Law School. Before entering private practice, Mr. Yalowitz served as a law clerk for Judge Edmund L. Palmieri of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. His practice is broad-based: he has conducted trials and argued appeals for a wide variety of domestic and international corporate and sovereign clients in matters involving business disputes, civil and criminal tax controversies, labor and employment disputes, creditors’ rights, government contracts, antitrust, securities fraud, hostile takeover litigation, product liability, and governmental investigations. Mr. Yalowitz successfully defended Success Academy Cobble Hill this past year in a teacher’s union-driven litigation seeking to prevent the school from opening.

  • Richard Barrera

    Rich Barrera is the Founder and Portfolio Manager of Roystone Capital, a New York based hedge fund. Prior to founding Roystone in 2012, he was a Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager at Redwood Capital (2009-2012) and Glenview Capital (2002-2009). He began his career as an Analyst at Gleacher & Co. (1993-1995), then worked as an Emerging Markets sovereign bond trader at JP Morgan (1997-2000) and then at Groupe Arnault’s family office (2000-2001). Mr. Barrera graduated summa cum laude with a BSE in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1993) and received a MBA from Harvard Business School (1997). He lives in NYC with his wife Purnima and four children.

  • Diahann Billings-Burford

    Diahann Billings-Burford, who has spent her career working in and lifting up diverse communities, is CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Billings-Burford most recently worked at Time Warner, as executive director, cultural investments, vice president of the Time Warner Foundation and for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as the city’s chief service officer, where she headed NYC Service, a division of the mayor’s office, engaging more than 1.3 million New Yorkers in a range of volunteer activities. She serves on the National Board of Directors for buildOn, as well as on the boards of Philanthropy New York and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Billings-Burford earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University and a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Campbell Brown


    Campbell Brown is the Head of News Partnerships team at Facebook. She is the Founder of Partnership for Educational Justice and co-founded The 74. Ms. Brown is a writer and award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and Slate, and who has also covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Through her writing and reporting on education issues, Ms. Brown became a passionate advocate for school choice and education reform. Ms. Brown’s focus has been challenging teacher tenure and special dismissal protections that make it almost impossible to remove grossly ineffective and even abusive teachers from the classroom. Along with PEJ, Ms. Brown is also the founder of the Parents’ Transparency Project, a watchdog group that investigates and reports on failure and inequity in the public education system. Ms. Brown serves on the board of the Jewish Community Project, a preschool and community center in Lower Manhattan. Ms. Brown lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

  • Ravenel Curry

    A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Ravenel received his bachelor of arts degree from Furman University and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.  He began his investment career as a security analyst at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Formerly a partner at H.C. Wainwright and portfolio manager of the Duke Endowment, Ravenel founded Eagle Capital Management in 1988. He is the chief investment officer.

     A resident of New York City, Ravenel is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, the New York Hall of Science, the New York Historical Society, the Duke Endowment and the South Carolina Genetics Endowment.  He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations.  He is a former trustee of Furman University and the former chairman of the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority.

  • Joel Greenblatt

    Joel Greenblatt is a Managing Partner of Gotham Capital, a hedge fund that he founded in 1985. He has been a professor since 1996 on the adjunct faculty of Columbia Business School, where he teaches Value and Special Situation Investing.

    Mr. Greenblatt is the former Chairman of the Board of Alliant Techsystems, a NYSE-listed aerospace and defense company. Mr. Greenblatt is the author of three books, “You Can Be A Stock Market Genius” (Simon & Schuster, 1997), “The Little Book That Beats the Market” (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and “The Big Secret for the Small Investor” (Crown Business, 2011). Mr. Greenblatt holds a BS and an MBA from the Wharton School.

  • Kevin Hall

    Kevin Hall is the President and CEO of the Charter School Growth Fund. Mr. Hall joined CSGF in July 2009 to lead CSGF through the process of developing its new strategic plan, refining its investment strategies and launching Fund II.

    Before joining CSGF, Mr. Hall served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Broad Foundation for several years, where he led various aspects of the Foundation’s grant investment strategy and work. Prior to Broad, he was a co-founder and ran business development for Chancellor Beacon Academies, a manager of charter and private schools across the U.S.

    Previously, Mr. Hall ran a division of InfoUSA, and worked at McKinsey & Co., Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Teach For America. Mr. Hall was an elementary school teacher and teaching fellow at Harvard University, and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. from Swarthmore College.

  • Kevin Liles

    Today, Liles serves as Chief Executive Officer of KWL Enterprises, a strategic holding company he founded in 2010 that is anchored by the brand and talent development firm, KWL Management. KWL Management works with entertainers, athletes, and models to develop brands, forge partnerships, and cultivate successful careers. Notable clients include entertainers D’Angelo, Trey Songz, Jay Sean, and Elle Varner, among others. Additionally, through his newly formed sports agency, RSG, he and his partners guide the careers of a broad spectrum of elite athletes ranging from the NFL and NASCAR to gold-medal winning Olympians including Melvin Gordon, Jarvis Landry, Bubba Watson, Denny Hamlin, and Sanya Richards Ross. Outside of talent management, in 2014, Liles partnered with Lyor Cohen and Todd Moscowitz to found 300 Entertainment, an entertainment-based content company backed by the likes of Google Ventures. 300’s current artist roster includes Fetty Wap, Highly Suspect, Conrad Sewell, Young Thug, and Coheed and Cambria, to name a few.

    Liles is a committed philanthropist, community activist, and advocate for youth empowerment and education. He is the founder of Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, which empowers disadvantaged youth in his hometown, and the Make It Happen Foundation, which encourages education, entrepreneurship, empowerment for young people around the world. Most recently in 2015, he launched Minority Male Makers with Verizon to push young men in middle-school towards STEM careers. He is actively engaged in politics and consults with leaders at the local, national and international levels from localities like Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, New Jersey, and New York to extensive global support of President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama’s election and re-election efforts to consulting with leaders in the United Kingdom, France, Rwanda and Tanzania. For his global work on education and entrepreneurship, in 2010, he was awarded the Medaille de la Ville de Paris, the highest honor an individual can receive for contributions to Parisian culture.

    Liles serves as a board member to New Yorkers For Children, McDonough School, S.E.E.D School of Maryland and several other organizations focused on education, entrepreneurship empowerment, diversity, and social justice, as well as writing the best-selling self help business book, Make It Happen: The Hip-Hop Generation Guide to Success. Among other projects over the past two decades, his long-term personal and philanthropic commitment to Baltimore through the Kevin Liles For A Better Baltimore Foundation has been demonstrated by underwriting one of the largest high school football track and field stadiums in Baltimore County and his annual Back To School Festival. He has been honored by the City of Baltimore on multiple occasions, including the naming of the street he was raised on to Kevin Liles Drive. He also served as a lead producer for the critically acclaimed Broadway play, The Trip To Bountiful, which earned Cicely Tyson her first-ever Tony Award. Most recently, he received an honorary doctorate of law from Morgan State University, his Alma Mater. Liles currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife, Erika, and is the proud father of four children.

  • Yen Liow

    Yen Liow is the Managing Partner at Aravt Global LLC. Mr. Liow directs the firm’s research process and actively researches many of the investments in the portfolio. Mr. Liow was previously a Principal of Ziff Brothers Investments (“ZBI”) and a Managing Director at ZBI Equities, ZBI’s equity market-neutral fund in New York. Mr. Liow joined ZBI in 2001 and ran a team that oversaw ZBI Equities’ investments in the media, telecom, energy and agriculture sectors. Prior to ZBI, Mr. Liow was a Consultant at Bain & Company in its San Francisco, Sydney, Singapore and Beijing offices.

    Mr. Liow earned a Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and a Masters of Business Administration (George F. Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School in 2001.

    Mr. Liow lives in Manhattan, New York with his wife and two children.

  • Daniel S. Loeb

    Daniel Loeb is CEO of Third Point LLC, an asset management firm headquartered in New York. Mr. Loeb is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the Mount Sinai Health System, where he established the Ronald M. Loeb Center for the Study of Alzheimer’s Disease in memory of his late father. As a philanthropist and advocate for social justice, he has supported several successful efforts to reform the criminal justice system and advance equal rights for LGBT Americans, including increasing the age of criminal responsibility and securing the freedom to marry. Mr. Loeb graduated from Columbia University with an A.B. in economics in 1983. He has endowed the Daniel S. Loeb Scholarship for undergraduate study there and received Columbia’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.

  • Robert Niehaus

    Mr. Niehaus is the Chairman and Founder of GCP Capital Partners LLC, an independent private equity investment firm founded in 2009 which currently manages several private equity funds totaling $1.6 billion in initial committed capital. GCP Capital Partners is the successor firm to Greenhill Capital Partners LLC, the merchant banking business which Mr. Niehaus co-founded in 2000 as a subsidiary of Greenhill & Co. Prior to joining Greenhill, Mr. Niehaus spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley & Co. where he was a Managing Director in the merchant banking department from 1990-1999. Mr. Niehaus is also Chairman of Iridium Communications, Inc. (NASD: IRDM) and is a director of several private GCP portfolio companies.

    Mr. Niehaus is a Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (“CFF”) and serves as Chair of CFF’s Investment Committee, which oversees a $4.0 billion endowment. Mr. Niehaus also chairs the New York Catholic Foundation and serves on the Boards of the Asia Society, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, Student Sponsor Partners, the Touch Foundation (which supports a medical school in Tanzania) and the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of New York. Mr. Niehaus previously served as the Board Chair of Acumen (a worldwide social impact investing fund) and Good Shepherd Services (a NYC social services agency). Mr. Niehaus graduated from Princeton University in 1977 and received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1982 where he was a Baker Scholar.

  • John Petry

    John Petry is the founder and managing principal at Sessa Capital. Previously he was a partner at Gotham Capital and Gotham Asset Management and a co-founder of the Value Investors Club ( Mr. Petry graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. Mr. Petry has been active in a variety of education reform causes. He was a co-founder of Democrats for Education Reform and served as past Chairman of Education Reform Now, organizations that are dedicated to reforming education policy both nationally and locally. He was a founding member of the Board of Trustees of Success Academy Harlem 1 and Success Academy Harlem 4.

  • John Scully


    John is a founding partner of SPO. From 1971 to 1991 Mr. Scully was a founding general partner of Texas Partners, a Bass family investment entity that took significant public and private equity positions in Taft Broadcasting, Wometco Cable, and American Savings among others. He is currently a director of Plum Creek Timber Company, and chairman of the board of Advent Software. John began his investing career after receiving his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1968 and his A.B. from Princeton University in 1966. Mr. Scully is a former trustee and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and a former chair of its finance committee. He is also a former trustee of Princeton University, where he served as chair of the finance committee. John is a founder and chairman of the Making Waves Education Program and Making Waves Academy in Richmond and San Francisco, California, serving over 1,000 inner city youth.

  • Regina Scully


    Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming our culture through media, arts, and education. She has produced over 200 documentary films focused on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time—gender-parity, the achievement gap, and trauma recovery. Scully is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning and Academy-nominated producer. Her films include Miss Representation (2010), The Invisible War (2012), Anita: Speaking Truth To Power (2013), FED UP (2014), The Hunting Ground (2015), Newtown (2016), Eagle Huntress (2016), Dolores (2017), One Of Us (2017), Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018), The Biggest Little Farm (2019), The Great Hack (2019), and This Changes Everything (2019). Scully is the Founding Sponsor of the Athena Film Festival (NYC), which highlights women in filmmaking. She is also the co-founder of Making Waves, a public charter school in Northern California, serving low-income students to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to pursue a life of opportunity and purpose.


  • Luis Ubiñas

    Luis Ubiñas has had a career in business, government and the nonprofit sector. He has served as President of the Ford Foundation, a senior partner at McKinsey & Company and an Obama-era appointee to both the Export-Import Bank and the International Trade Commission. Luis Ubiñas is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development 7 Foundation, which invests $100 million in development projects in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Luis also serves on several multilateral, governmental and nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the Advisory Board of the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships, the New York Public Library, where he serves as co-chair of the Nominating Committee and on the Executive Committee, and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. In the private sector, Luis is Lead Director at Electronic Arts, and serves on the Boards of Boston Private Financial Holdings, the publically traded bank, GFR Media, the largest media company in Puerto Rico, and Shorelight Education. He has published extensively, including articles and opinion pieces in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and a range of other publications in the United States and abroad. Luis and his wife, Deborah Tolman, have two sons, Max and Ben.

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