Member Profiles

Alan Batkin

Alan R. Batkin was Vice Chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P., a global, multi-disciplinary investment firm from 2007 to 2012. Prior to joining Eton Park, he was, from 1990 to 2007, Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, a geopolitical consulting company. He is on the Board of Directors of three public companies and is Chairman Emeritus of the International Rescue Committee; a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Police Foundation; a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the MD Anderson Cancer Center and Chair of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health.. Mr. Batkin is a Trustee of The Brookings Institution and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former member of The Trilateral Commission and the Inter-American Dialogue. He received a BS from the University of Rochester and an MBA from NYU.

Dave Chokshi

(Ex-Officio Member)Dr. Dave A. Chokshi is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Chokshi most recently served as Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, where he built and grew an award-winning team dedicated to health system improvement, spanning innovative care models and analytics, primary care transformation, social determinants of health, community-based care management, and chronic diseases and prevention. He has taken care of patients as a primary care physician at Bellevue Hospital since 2014.  Dr. Chokshi’s prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health and the Louisiana Department of Health, before and after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Chokshi served on the FEMA delegation to New York City after Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He also served as a White House Fellow and was the principal health advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.  Dr. Chokshi has written widely on public health and medicine in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, Health Affairs, Science, and Scientific American. In 2016, President Obama appointed him to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.  He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, where he received the Dunne Award for Compassionate Care, and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. During his training, Dr. Chokshi did clinical work in Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Ghana, and India. He received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from Penn, where he was elected by his peers to win the Joel Gordon Miller Prize. He also earned an MSc in global public health as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke.

Chelsea Clinton

As Vice-Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works to drive its vision and programmatic objectives with the goal of creating greater opportunities for people to build better futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. Chelsea is a tireless advocate for expanding access to early childhood education, improving the health and well-being of Americans across the country, providing the next generation of young leaders with the resources they need to turn their ideas into action, and ensuring the empowerment of girls and women is a cross-cutting priority across all of the Foundation’s programs and initiatives. Chelsea also serves on the board of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative and Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In addition, Chelsea is co-author with Devi Sridhar of “Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?”, and author of “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going” and “She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World”. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford, a Master of Public Health from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and both a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. She lives with her husband Marc, their daughter Charlotte, and their son Aidan in New York City.

Julie Fisher Cummings

Julie Fisher Cummings has dedicated over 40 years to serving her community both locally and nationally. Ms. Cummings served for five years as a Presidential appointee and board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has also served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, as chairman of the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations, and as vice chair of the board of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. Ms. Cummings is the founder of Lovelight Foundation, which is a member of Women Moving Millions. Its projects focus on issues such as domestic child sex trafficking and quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children. She is a founding member of two Jewish Women’s Foundations and serves on the Advisory Council of the Ms. Foundation and two nascent national collaboratives that address early childhood education and domestic child sex trafficking. She recently received an MSW from Columbia and teaches a graduate course on Child Policy at the University of Miami.


Jean Drouin, MD, is the founder and CEO of Clarify Health Solutions, which enables health systems, payers, and life sciences organizations to deliver more satisfying and efficient care through advanced analytics, machine learning, and digital care optimization solutions. Prior to Clarify, Jean was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where his roles included leading the global Healthcare IT and Digital Practice, setting up the UK and Australian Healthcare Practices, and serving as the founding Head of McKinsey Advanced Healthcare Analytics (MAHA). He also served as Head of Strategy for NHS London, which oversaw London’s $15B hospital and primary care system. In these roles, he served over 20 countries and 100 health systems and payers on engagements that generated over $1B in efficiency and quality improvements. Jean is passionate about transforming healthcare delivery across the continuum of care. He has written and spoken extensively on value-based care, population health, new payment models and the role of big data and analytics in delivering better outcomes. Jean holds MD and MBA degrees from Stanford and an AB in Molecular Biology from Princeton. He is the former Vice-Chair of Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.


Ms. Dina Dublon is a board member of PepsiCo and TRowe Price Group. She is co-chair of Columbia University, Herbert Irving Cancer Center Advisory Council and member of Mailman School of Public Health’s Board of Advisors. She served on the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank 2013-2018 and on the boards of Accenture 2002-2017 and Microsoft 2005-2014 and was on the faculty of Harvard Business School in 2011-12. She was co-chair of the Women’s refugee Commission and on the board of Global Fund for Women. Ms. Dublon was until the end of 2004 EVP and CFO of JPMorgan Chase, responsible for global financial management and related operations, strategy and acquisitions, corporate treasury, tax and investor relations. She played a key role in negotiations and merger integration of Chemical Bank with Manufacturers Hanover, Chase, JPMorgan, and Bank One. Prior to joining the bank, Ms. Dublon worked at the Harvard Business School and at Bank Hapoalim in Israel. She was on the Fortune list of the 50 most powerful women in business for several years and has been honored as a “Woman Who Makes a Difference” by many organizations. Born in Brazil, Ms. Dublon holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master’s degree from the Business School at Carnegie Mellon University. She is married and has two adult children.


Dina Said Dwyer is the Managing Director of Eden capital, a PE firm focused in the professional & business services, education & training, and healthcare services sectors. Ms. Said has spent over 20 years in the private equity industry. She has served as a managing director at Unifund SA, an Analyst at the Blackstone Group in New York, and trained at the Carlyle Group in London. She also currently leads Brighter Vision, her family Foundation, dedicated to providing education and economic empowerment to women in Egypt through partnerships with Ashoka, Education for Employment and other prominent groups and sits on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Rights Division for Human Rights Watch. Ms. Said completed her MBA at Columbia Business School, and her undergraduate degree at the Wharton School of Business.


Dr. Xue Fang is currently a member of President’s Advisory Council, and a member of Graduate School Dean’s Leadership Council of Princeton University. She also serves as a director in Teach for China, Inc. Born in Beijing, China, Xue studied Biology in Beijing University before attending Graduate School of Princeton University in 1988 to study Neuroscience. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology in 1995 from Princeton University and a MS in Biostatistics from Columbia University School of Public Health in 1998. She has participated in medical research projects and has worked as a biostatistician in Schering-Plough, a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. Xue has special interest in education and enjoys reading extensively.


Debra Fraser-Howze is the Founder of Choose Healthy Life, a sustainable, scalable, and transferable approach to address public health disparities through the Black Church, and the founder of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.  Debra is also Principal of D. Fraser Associates. This consulting firm works with clients to establish successful partnerships that result in improved health outcomes for underserved populations while driving corporate value and revenue growth. Before launching D. Fraser Associates, Ms. Fraser-Howze was the Senior Vice President, Government, and External Affairs at OraSure Technologies, a leader in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions.  While at OraSure Technologies, Ms. Fraser-Howze played a critical role in launching the Company’s OraQuick Rapid Ebola Test (2015), OraQuick In-Home HIV Test (2012), and the OraQuick Rapid HCV Test (2010).  Before joining OraSure, Ms. Fraser-Howze served for 21 years as the President/CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), an organization she founded in 1987. Ms. Fraser-Howze has been widely recognized for more than three decades of global leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. She advised two U.S. Presidents while serving on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 1995-2001.  In 2009, she was the recipient of the National Medical Association’s (NMA) highest honor, the Scroll of Merit, and in 2010 she was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame for distinguished achievement. Ms. Fraser-Howze is currently a member of the board of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. 

Linda P. Fried

(Ex-Officio Member): Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, is Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at the Mailman School, professor of Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and senior vice president at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Fried is a geriatrician, epidemiologist, and internationally renowned scientist who has propelled our understanding of how to create healthy aging and set the basis for a transition to an aging world that benefits all ages. She has led the scientific work to define the medical syndrome of frailty and its causes and prevention as keys to optimizing health, and is the co-designer and founder of Experience Corps. Prior to becoming dean in 2008, Dr. Fried served as director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and of the Center on Aging and Health at The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fried is also the recipient of numerous awards including the French National INSERM International Prize in Medical Research, and was named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and past President of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Fried was named in 2014, one of the most influential scientific minds of the past decade by Thompson Reuters, and the New York Times has called her one of the 15 world leaders in science. 

Adrian Gore

South African Adrian Gore is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery, a multinational financial services group. Discovery is a global thought leader in consumer-driven insurance and the integration of behavioral change with health and life and short-term insurance. It serves over six million customers worldwide. Mr. Gore chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. He sits on the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, which is committed to improving global healthcare, the Brookings Advisory Board, and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board. Mr. Gore graduated from Wits University in 1986.

Peter Groves

Pete Groves is a Sr. Managing Director and SVP at Publicis Sapient, focused on Digital Business Transformation in the healthcare sector.  He joined Publicis Sapient from McKinsey & Company, where he was a Partner in the healthcare practice and in New Ventures, the venture arm investing in building new technologies and intellectual property.    Prior to McKinsey, Pete was on the senior management team at the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates; he previously was an Executive Director at the education firm Kaplan, Inc., and the non-profit LIFT Communities.  Pete attended Yale University and Columbia Business School, and lives in the greater New York City area with his wife and 2 children.

Warren Haber

For the past fifty years, Warren Haber has served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Founders Equity and its affiliates, private investment concerns. A native New Yorker, he is a Baruch College graduate and attended NYU graduate school. He began his career in Finance at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Haber is a Director of CoStar Group and also serves on the board of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Haber’s wife, Suellen, is an art dealer and formerly had a gallery in Soho but now works exclusively with private clients. Mr. Haber is active in the philanthropic sector and serves as a Trustee on the Board of Leadership Enterprise for Diverse Americans, which mentors and assists under-privileged students through the college application process and post-graduation. He also serves as a Member of Council of The University Club and former Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a Trustee of Temple Emanu-El and a member of the Investment Committee.

Robert Harvey

Robert Harvey is a Director and member of the program, investment and audit committees of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a public health foundation established in 1905 by his ancestress Elizabeth Milbank Anderson. He is also an owner and former director of the Ashforth Company, a commercial real estate and investment company in Stamford, CT where he was chairman of the Board’s audit and compensation committees and a member of its investment committee. He serves as treasurer and a director of the Deering Foundation and a Trustee of the Judson Memorial Church. From 1994-2004, he was President of Barrett Associates, Inc., investment managers in NYC. Previously, he was director of U.S. Equity Investments for Bessemer Trust Co., and a Managing Director of Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Mr. Harvey is a graduate of the Middlesex School and of Bowdoin College. He earned his MPH from the Mailman School and MBA from the University of Virginia and holds the CFA designation.


Andrew is the Founder/CEO of Heff Holding BV, an investment and advisory company. Founded in 2009. Heff Holding is focused on the retail and fashion industry and has invested in over 20 brands to date, including Bonobos, Everlane, Refinery29 and Stance amongst others. In 2014, the company created and launched its first in-house brand called Beltology, a digital native, vertically integrated, single category brand focused on the belt category. Through this experience, Andrew has seen first-hand what it takes to build a brand from scratch. Before pursuing a career in business, he trained as doctor (graduating in 1998 with an MD from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), and completing his internship at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Following his completion of his studies and prior to founding Heff Holding BV, Andrew worked as both an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in London and as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company based both in Boston & Amsterdam. Andrew is also a graduate of the fashion marketing program at Parsons School of Design and he received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2006. More recently, Andrew has guest lectured at Parsons in New York, Polimoda in Florence and the Amsterdam Fashion Institute where he teaches the students both finance and strategic brand management.


Ellen Hukkelhoven is a Managing Director at Perceptive Advisors, a leading healthcare investment firm. She focuses on public and private development stage therapeutic companies. Ellen serves on the boards of MeiraGTx, Kindbody and Partner Therapeutics. Prior to Perceptive, Ellen received her PhD in Cancer Biology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. During her tenure at MSKCC, she founded and built the life sciences division of InSITE, a top graduate fellowship program that helps early stage companies with their most pressing needs. This program includes students across various Columbia University graduate programs.  Ellen graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with degrees in molecular biology and finance.

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Campbell Jackson is a Venture Partner at Easton Capital Investment Group. He has over 25 years of experience in health policy and health economics, including as Director of New York City’s Employee Health Benefits Program, which arranges health coverage for over a million city employees and retirees. He has worked in think tanks and consulted on health policy and insurance matters. Mr. Jackson has served on the Board of Directors of Nanotronics Imaging, Cell Machines, Inc., and other tech startups, and is also an active producer of works in film and theatre. He serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences; the Board of Directors of the Galen Institute; and the boards of numerous arts and sciences organizations, including Imaginal Disc Productions and the Bellevue Literary Press. He is also President of the Brandt Jackson Foundation. Mr. Jackson received his MPH from Columbia; studied at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany; and earned a BA from Tufts University.

Frank Jimenez

Frank R. Jimenez is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). He is a member of Raytheon’s senior leadership team and participates in the operational management and strategic planning of the company. Prior to joining Raytheon, he served as general counsel, secretary and managing director, Corporate Affairs of Bunge Limited, a Fortune Global 200 agribusiness and food company. He previously served as general counsel of two S&P 500 companies (ITT Corporation and its spinoff Xylem Inc.), as well as General Counsel of the Navy. He has held positions in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Governor of Florida and in private legal practice. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from the Yale Law School, a Master’s from the U.S. Naval War College, and a BS from the University of Miami.

Ellen Oran Kaden

Ellen Kaden retired in 2015 after a 38-year career in business, law and academia. For almost 17 years, she served as the chief legal officer of Campbell Soup Company, where she managed the global Legal Department, the Office of Government Affairs, and the Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility groups. Prior to joining Campbell, Ms. Kaden was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of CBS. Earlier in her career, she was a member of the Faculty of Law at Columbia University, and then practiced law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. Ms. Kaden is a Trustee Emerita of Columbia University, where she served as the Chair of the Audit Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Institute for Judicial Administration and the Columbia University Press, and as a member of the Corporate Advisory Committee of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the Steering Committee of the International Rule of Law Council of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. Ms. Kaden earned her B.A. from Cornell University, where she was named the Cornelius W. De Kiewet Scholar, and her M.A. from the University of Chicago as a Graduate Fellow of the Danforth Foundation. After earning her J.D. from Columbia Law School, she was a law clerk to Hon. Marvin E. Frankel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Ann Kaplan is a partner of Circle Wealth Management, a registered financial advisory firm, focusing on wealth management. She is also the chair and founder of Circle Financial Group, an investment management membership group. She taught asset management at Columbia Business School prior to becoming a University Trustee. Ms. Kaplan was previously a general partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. She currently serves on the board of the Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Ms. Kaplan is a Columbia University Trustee Emerita. She serves on the Board of Advisors of the Columbia University School of Business and the Board of Advisors at the Medical Center. She is Chair of the Women Creating Change Leadership Board. Ms. Kaplan also serves as a board member of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Belizean Grove and the International Women’s Forum. Ms. Kaplan holds a B.A. from Smith College and a M.B.A. from Columbia University.


Igor Kirman is a partner in the Corporate Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions, activism and takeover defense, corporate governance, private equity, shareholder activism and general corporate matters.  Mr. Kirman is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, and has written articles in numerous professional publications on topics relating to mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  He has been frequently recognized for achievement by professional organizations such as Chambers USA, New York Superlawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in America.  He was twice named as Dealmaker of the Year by American Lawyer (2006 and 2015).  Mr. Kirman is the author of a book, “M&A and Private Equity Confidentiality Agreements” (Thomson Reuters). He is the chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual “Doing Deals” program in New York and teaches a course on M&A as an adjunct at Columbia Law School.  Mr. Kirman received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics magna cum laude from Yale University in 1993 and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1996.  He is involved in a number of civic institutions, including as a member of the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, a Trustee of the Trinity School, and a director of Renew Democracy Initiatives (RDI). 


Dave Magstadt is a Senior Managing Director and founding member of the Medical Device practice at Guggenheim Securities (“Guggenheim”), the investment banking and capital markets business of Guggenheim Partners.  Guggenheim is a leading, independent and global investment banking firm focused in providing advisory, capital markets, sales and trading and research to institutional clients.  Mr. Magstadt joined the firm in July 2015 to lead the medical device mergers and acquisitions execution effort with the group.  Prior to joining Guggenheim, Dave spent 12 years at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. working in the global mergers and acquisitions group in New York focused on Healthcare.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Magstadt has advised on a broad range of public and private corporate transactions in the hundreds of billions of deal value.  Dave earned a Masters of Business Administration with Honors at Columbia in 2003 and spent three years prior to business school as a consultant at Accenture both in the US and Europe.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was honored as one of the 10 most outstanding students at the university.  He has served on the Junior Board of the New York chapter of Covenant House and is an alumnus of Haymakers for Hope.

Joshua Mailman

Josh Mailman is an active investor in the most game-changing for-profit and nonprofit enterprises he can find. He believes we must assist in advancing a re-imagining of how finance can advance positive societal change. Currently, Mr. Mailman is Managing Director of Serious Change L.P., a $70M impact investment vehicle started in 2006. Serious Change invests in early-stage companies committed to environmental sustainability, diversity, advancing social justice, and meeting human needs. He also founded Social Venture Network with Wayne Silby of Calvert Group in 1987 as well as the Threshold Foundation (1981) and Business for Social Responsibility (1992). Mr. Mailman’s other nonprofit board activities include Echoing Green, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the Calvert Foundation.


Phyllis Mailman attended Radcliffe College and is vice president of the Mailman Foundation and of the Joshua Mailman Foundation. She and her late husband, Joseph L. Mailman, were principal donors to the Mailman Research Center at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and to the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. In 1998, the Mailman Foundation made a generous gift to name the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. In addition to sitting on the Board of Advisors for the Mailman School, Mrs. Mailman is also on the board of Lincoln Center Theatre.

Cyrus Massoumi

Cyrus Massoumi is Managing Partner and Founder of humbition, an early stage venture firm focused on NYC startups.  Prior to humbition, Cyrus founded Zocdoc where he led the company for 8 years as CEO.  Earlier in his career, he worked at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he gained extensive experience in healthcare technology and new product development.  Cyrus is a graduate of Columbia Business School, where he earned an MBA with honors and received the Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and the Exemplary Leadership Award, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelors of Science with honors.  Cyrus has been recognized by both Fortune and Crains on their 40 under 40 lists and by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business.  


Dr. Cora Neumann is a public health expert, and recently founded We Are Montana to support public health leadership across rural and Native Montana. Over the past 20 years, she has collaborated with local and national leaders to bring quality, accessible care to rural and Native communities – including during the current COVID outbreak.  In 2009, Cora launched the Global First Ladies Alliance in partnership with the offices of First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, over time working with more than 40 first ladies around the world to help bring critical healthcare and social services to their populations. Cora has served at the U.S. State Department, and worked for the RAND Corporation, Bush Institute, and more. She has a master’s in public health from Columbia University and a doctorate in international development from the University of Oxford. She most recently ran for U.S. Senate in her home state of Montana, and currently serves on the board of Columbia University School of Public Health, is a member of the Montana Public Health Association, and serves as an advisor to COVID Local and the Montana Democratic Party Native Vote Program. Cora grew up and is based in Bozeman, surrounded by four generations of family, from her grandmother to her two teenage children.

Perri Peltz

Perri Peltz is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and public health advocate who most recently directed the HBO documentary, "WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU," about the opioid addiction epidemic. She also co-produced and co-directed the HBO documentary, "Risky Drinking," a no-holds-barred look at alcohol use. She co-directed "A Conversation About Growing Up Black" as part of the "Conversation on Race" series for The New York Times Op-Docs. Other films include HBO's "Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.," "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks," "Prison Dogs" and "A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers." Perri hosts "The Perri Peltz Show" and "Doctor Radio Reports" is for the SiriusXM satellite network. Before working in documentary films, Perri was an award-winning broadcast journalist for NBC, ABC, and CNN. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University's School of Public Health and attended Brown University.

Mary Lake Polan

Mary Lake Polan served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford’s School of Medicine and is currently a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology Reproductive Medicine at Yale University. Dr. Polan served on the board of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and currently serves on the boards of Quidel Corp and several privately held life sciences companies. She chairs a Scientific Advisory Board on Women’s Health for Proctor and Gamble and several other advisory boards of private life sciences companies. She is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investing group which invests in women-led companies. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Polan has a long-standing interest in women’s health research and international public health. She founded The Eritrean Women’s Project to repair fistulas resulting from traumatic births. She received her BA from Connecticut College, her PhD in Molecular physics and chemistry and MD from Yale, and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.


Lila Preston is a partner at Generation Investment Management, a global investment management firm focused on long term sustainable investing (, where she joined in 2004. At Generation, she Co-Heads the firm’s Growth Equity strategy, helping to scale sustainable solutions businesses. Prior to joining Generation, Lila was a Director of Finance & Development at VolunteerMatch in San Francisco, and also a consultant for clients such as Save the Children (YouthNoise). Prior to joining VolunteerMatch, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Southern Chile where she worked on community-based forestry and conservation projects. Lila graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in English and Latin American Studies. She also received an MBA from the London Business School. Lila is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Lila speaks fluent Spanish. Lila serves as a Board Director for CiBO Technologies, Recyclebank, and Seventh Generation’s Social Mission Board, as well as Board Observer for Optoro and Toast.


Paula A. Price was EVP and Chief Financial Officer of Macy’s Inc. from July 2018 to May 2020, and currently serves as Advisor to the renowned retailer. Price has been a Visiting Executive with Harvard Business School since July 2018, and was a full-time Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit, having joined the faculty in July, 2014. Until January, 2014, Price was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Ahold USA which she joined in 2009. At Ahold, Price was responsible for Finance, Accounting and Shared Services; Strategy and Planning; Real Estate Development and Construction; and Information Technology. Price transformed the Finance function; delivered a $1 billion cost savings program to fund strategic growth initiatives; and led a team of over 1,000. Prior to joining Ahold, Price was Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for CVS Caremark Corporation, and a key player in the $26 billion CVS/Caremark merger transaction.  Previously, Price worked in the financial services industry at JP Morgan Chase and Prudential Insurance Co. of America; and in the consumer packaged goods industry at Diageo and Kraft Foods. Price began her career as an intern in public accounting at Arthur Andersen & Co. before joining full-time with clients that spanned financial services, consumer packaged goods, and healthcare.  Price currently serves as an independent director for public, private and not-for-profit companies.  Today, she serves on the boards of the following publicly-traded companies: Accenture, chairing its Audit Committee, Bristol Myers Squibb, Western Digital, and DaVita.  Prior to her role as CFO of Macy’s, Inc., she also served on the boards of Dollar General, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Metropolitan College of NY.  Price was previously board chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts. She is a qualified audit committee financial expert as defined by the SEC, and a certified public accountant. Price’s career includes senior-level finance, general management, and strategy roles based in New York, Boston, London, and Chicago in the retail, financial services, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods industries.  Price earned her MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago; and her BSc in Accountancy from DePaul University. 

John Rowe

Dr. John Rowe is Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health policy and Aging in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School. He led the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the Foundation’s Network on An Aging Society. Dr. Rowe is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation.

carlos sanchez

Carlos E. Sanchez, MD is the Director of Pediatric Skull Base Surgery at Children’s National Hospital and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at the Children’s National Research Institute. As a neurosurgeon-scientist, Dr. Sanchez has dedicated his career to improving the health of children. His clinical practice centers on caring for children and young adults with complex brain and spinal cord conditions. Dr. Sanchez’s laboratory studies novel approaches to modify both the innate and adaptive immune systems to target pediatric brain tumors. He received his BA from the University of Vermont, neurosurgical training at the University of New Mexico and UCSD, and scientific training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Carlos is married to Christina Rosenberger and lives in Bethesda, MD with their three children.

Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and has a long history of organizing and engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to address environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally. She has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities — to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all. She serves on the Executive Committee of the National Black Environmental Justice Network and the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and was the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work has received broad recognition: the Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environment, the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Honorary Doctorates from Smith College and Lawrence University.  


Rajiv is an investor and strategic advisor in the food and agribusiness sector, serving corporations, funds, entrepreneurs, and professionals with a focus on innovation, value creation, and corporate finance. He serves as the co-Chairperson for FoodShot Global, a moonshot style challenge program he helped found, designed to address key problems in the food sector to make it more healthy, sustainable and equitable. He formerly served as CEO of Rabobank North America, where he established deep relationships with leaders, owners, and management at companies in the food, agribusiness, commodities and energy sectors, collaborating with them in investments, financing, capital markets, and corporate transformation transactions. As CEO, Rajiv was responsible for corporate banking, private equity and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, specialized products, food and agribusiness research, capital markets activities, as well as all operational and support functions. He launched a number of innovation platforms while at the bank, focused on addressing challenges in the food sector. He has been the chair or member of principal risk committees focused on equity, credit, compliance, and reputation. As a special focus on food sector innovation, he led the launch of platforms like Foodbytes and MIT Food Prize (pitch competitions in the food and agribusiness sectors), and Terra (a science and technology-focused accelerator program for Food/Ag entrepreneurs with large corporates as sector partners). Prior to Rabobank, Rajiv had a career in investment banking and special situations investing at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, and in corporate strategy and project operations at United Technologies and Nestle, Rajiv is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.  

Jonathan Smidt

Jonathan Smidt is the Founding Partner of Equable Capital, a New York based private investment firm that he founded. Until May 2018, Jonathan was a Partner in KKR’s private equity practice in both London and New York, where he spent the previous 18 years.  Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Smidt was at Goldman Sachs in New York and Ernst and Young in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Smidt holds a B. Bus. Sci. and GDA from the University of Cape Town.  He is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and serves on the board of Team Rubicon.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor is currently Vice-Chair of Solera Capital, LLC. She previously served as managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm. Prior to Wolfensohn, she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board. Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers, and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Ms. Taylor serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby’s. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion and Hudson River Park Trust. Other board memberships include the New York Women’s Foundation, the YMCA of Greater New York, Dartmouth College, the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Mayo Clinic. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from Columbia School of Business and and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Linda Tharby

Linda Tharby is Executive Vice President of Customer Experience at Becton Dickinson (BD). She leads a cross-company Global Customer Experience Council, comprised of leaders from across the functions, regions and businesses that focuses on a prioritized view of customers’ needs that shape the company’s value offers and ongoing process improvements. Ms. Tharby has served in every aspect of the BD matrix as a regional, business and functional leader. She began her BD career as a key account manager and later served as Country General Manager for Canada. She held several business leadership roles, including worldwide President, Diabetes Care, and Group President, Pre-analytical Systems and Biosciences, before leading the Life Sciences Segment as Segment President. 

Ercument Tokat

Ercument Tokat is a Partner and a founding member of the Healthcare Practice at Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking firm specializing in general advisory, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and principal investing with offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mr. Tokat has advised numerous clients on a broad range of strategic advisory assignments and transactions exceeding $200 billion in value across developed and emerging markets. He serves on the board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and is a member of the Global Leadership Council at The Brookings Institution. Mr. Tokat is also a Vice-Chair of the Child Health Initiative under the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Tokat received his BA from Bogazici University and MA from Columbia.

Leonard Tow

Leonard Tow is Chief Executive Officer of New Century Holdings, LLC. From 1990 to 2004, Dr. Tow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Communications Company, a wireline telephone company. He was Founder, Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Century Communications Corp., a cable television company, from its incorporation in 1973 until its sale in 1999. Dr. Tow taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges of the City University of New York. Dr. Tow also served for several years as Distinguished Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Business.

Nancy Turett

Nancy Mensch Turett is an innovator in cross-sector, pan-generational health engagement. In Spring 2018, Ms. Turett joined APCO Worldwide as its first Chief Health Strategist, to advise and partner with leaders of enterprises in the vanguard of health, healthcare, and life science innovation, and to continue her thought leadership on health, business and society. Through WholeView, the consultancy she established in 2013 to focus on holistic strategies that benefit individuals, enterprise and society, she has worked with World Bank Group, United Nations, MDG Alliance, World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, We Own TV, C(ancer)-Change, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, International Vaccine Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, BCG, Merck, and Omnicom. In two decades at Edelman, Ms. Turett built the communications industry’s pace-setting global health practice, forging deep relationships with clients and partners worldwide. She was the founding leader of signal firm-wide initiatives for thought leadership research and IP, global practices, strategic programming, global citizenship, and service excellence; and managed major operations in the US, Canada and Latin America. Ms. Turett’s previous employment includes Mount Sinai, University of Virginia Medical Center, and US Head Start. Since 2007, Nancy has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she is a Chair of the Enterprise Strategy Committee. Nancy is a member of the Advisory Board for Project HEAL, and previous board/committee work includes the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, NYU’s Center for Aging and Dementia, Resolve Fertility Association, and her alma mater, Princeton University. Ms. Turett’s mission is to inspire and empower health leadership that takes a WholeView of priorities now and for future generations.

BETSY Williams

Betsy Williams is the Founder and Co-Chair of Emerging Public Leaders which is building a new generation of civil service leaders in Africa to help accelerate Africa's development and economic growth.  EPL builds on the success the President’s Young Professionals Program in Liberia which Ms. Williams founded while working with then Minister of Health Dr. Walter Winkle, seeing the country's urgent need for a stronger civil service following two civil wars, and recognizing the potential of youth to drive that progress. Ms. Williams' work has focused on the intersection of social development, foreign policy, and global health, having launched and supported innovative programs at USAID, JSI, Asia Society and Physicians for Human Rights. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University where she currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors. She is married to Tom Moore and lives in Washington, DC with their two daughters.


Jody Mailman Wolfe is the President of the Mailman Foundation. Retired after nearly 25 years in professional law enforcement, Ms. Wolfe has served on a number of non-profit boards in New York and Miami with a range of interests, including child welfare, foster care, substance abuse prevention, independent school education, and the arts. Ms. Wolfe has long been involved in higher education and currently serves on the board of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni based in Washington, DC. In addition to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Foundation has also been an important benefactor to institutions such as the Mailman Research Center in Psychobiology at Harvard’s McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.


Ian Woo is a Managing Director at C-Bridge Capital, a healthcare dedicated private equity firm focused on growth and late stage investment opportunities with $1.7 billion under management. Ian is also the President & CFO of Everest Medicines, a biopharma platform started by C-Bridge Capital that is focused on bringing innovative medicines to Great China and Asia emerging markets across four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Infectious Disease, Renal & Immunology and CNS. Previously, Ian was a managing director in the global healthcare group at Lazard, one of the world's premier financial advisory and asset management firms. He worked with numerous global biopharma companies and led Lazard’s healthcare efforts in Greater China. Ian joined Lazard in 2005 and was based in New York, other than from 2012 to 2016, when he worked in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Ian holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Business School, a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tufts University. Ian was also a student at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and conducted research at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was an author on multiple published papers.


(Ex-Officio Member)Dr. Anette Wu (Fortgang) is an assistant professor at the Vagelos College of Physician and Surgeons (VP&S) at Columbia University. She has taught Clinical Anatomy to medical students since 2007. Dr. Wu is the founder and director of the “International Collaboration and Exchange program – Preparing Global Leaders for Healthcare” at VP&S - a unique interdisciplinary student networking and exchange program that partners 16 leading medical and health sciences schools around the world to provide leadership skills and a professional network to future global leaders in healthcare. Her educational research focuses on internationalization of medical education to promote the improvement of Global Health, and she has authored several articles on this topic, including internationalization of medical education “at home” approaches.  Anette is the current President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she chaired the Special Events Committee for multiple years. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and is the past chairperson of the Programs Committee at the CAA. Anette is a member of the steering committee on Programs in Global Health at VP&S. She recently was elected to serve on the DE&I committee of the American Association for Anatomy, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Columbia Alumni Association.  Dr. Wu received her MD and PhD degrees from Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, and was a research scholar in Cardiac Surgery/Transplantation Physiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She trained in Transplantation Surgery and General Surgery at Hannover Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in Transplantation Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Anette obtained her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2008.

Senior Advisors

Susan Lasker Brody

Susan Lasker Brody is the President of Susan L. Brody Associates, Inc., an art advisory company that provides customized services on the acquisition, sale and appraisal of fine art. Previously, she served as head of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Painting Department and created and built Sotheby’s first Museum Services Department, where she managed and developed all auction sales from museums throughout the U.S. In 1983, she founded her own firm. Ms. Brody is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Lasker, the Chicago advertising magnate, co-founders of the prestigious Lasker Medical Research Award. With a lifelong family interest in medicine and science, she received an MPH from the School of Public Health, Columbia University in 1997 with a focus on mental health and mood disorders for populations, where she established a scholarship for students from developing countries. Ms. Brody is on the “Leadership Council” of The New York Stem Cell Foundation and is a board member of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and The Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, California. She earned her BA from Stanford.


Charles M. Diker is the managing partner of Diker Management LLC, founded in 2002, where he is a registered investment advisor managing various small and micro-cap funds. He is the chairman of the board of Cantel Medical Corp., a NYSE listed company that markets and manufactures infection control products, and a director of the Loews Corporation. Currently, Mr. Diker is the founding chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC), and is a trustee of New York Public Radio, Poly Prep Country Day School, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He is the former president of the American Friends of the Israel Museum. After graduating with honors from Harvard College, Mr. Diker received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Valerie, reside in Manhattan.


The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., is senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation. Forbes, who was installed as the fifth Senior Minister of Riverside on June 1, 1989, and retired on June 1, 2007, was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of this multicultural congregation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary, and a BA from Howard University, and has received numerous honorary degrees.


Sherwin Z. Goodblatt is the retired CEO of the Westwood/ Pembroke Corporation, a behavioral healthcare group operating two hospitals and several partial hospital sites, as well as Veritas, a medical management group. Since his retirement, Mr. Goodblatt has operated a consulting group serving mental health facilities. Mr. Goodblatt is an alumnus of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He was the 1994 recipient of the Mailman School Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to public health in their professional endeavors and leadership in the field. Mr. Goodblatt had a long teaching career at Providence College, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. He has been a member of the board of directors of Bournewood Health Systems, the National Association of Behavioral Health Systems, and the Massachusetts Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He was president and a founding board member of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Systems.

David Harris

Dr. Harris has had a longstanding career in the medical field. He was the vice president of Medical Affairs for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; the commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health; the associate director of Mount Sinai Hospital; and, deputy commissioner of NYC Department of Health. He attended Cornell where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his MD from New York University. Dr. Harris is a 1965 alumnus of the Mailman School, and a recipient of Columbia’s Alumni Federation Medal for conspicuous service. In addition to his 40 years on the board of Public Health Solutions, Dr. Harris serves on the boards of several organizations that address issues of medicine, health, home health and hospice care, disposal of low-level radioactive waste, and protection of community water supplies. As a member of the NY State Board for Medicine and the NY State Board of Professional Medical Conduct, Dr. Harris now focuses his professional interests on physician licensure and discipline.


Martin Oppenheimer practiced law for more than 50 years at the Proskauer firm. He specialized in labor and employment law representing Fortune 500 companies, served as chair of the labor and employment department of the firm and lectured and wrote extensively in his field. Most of his time is now spent in the not-for-profit arena including serving as Board Member of the 92nd Street YMHA, the N.Y. Road Runners, the Emelin Theatre and as Emeritus Chairman of City Center of Music and Drama and Director Emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Oppenheimer graduated from Yale Law School and attended Goethe University in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.


Mr. Zabel is a founding partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel and head of its Individual Client Services Group. He has received numerous recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Human Rights Award, Brandeis’ Distinguished Community Service Award, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights Extraordinary Leader Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize. Mr. Zabel is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of Brandeis University, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the American Bar Foundation. His civic and philanthropic activities have included chair of Human Rights First, Life Trustee of NYU, The New School, Princeton University Planned Giving Committee. Lincoln Center Theatre, American Academy of Poets, and the Sakharov Archives. Mr. Zabel is recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding Trust & Estates lawyers. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton and cum laude from Harvard Law School.