The Board of Overseers is an advisory board with roles and responsibilities defined by the Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries and the Office of the University Secretary. The primary roles of the Board of Overseers are to provide support and counsel to the Vice Provost and Director of the Libraries and to serve as ambassadors to the Penn Libraries locally, regionally and globally.
Judy Bollinger is the CEO of Judico Capital Pte. Ltd, an asset management company in Singapore. The company is registered with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and has been in operation since 2011. Bollinger has been in the financial services industry since 1981, beginning her career as an equity analyst with Goldman Sachs in New York, where she covered aerospace and defense electronics; Institutional Investor Magazine ranked her among the top three analysts covering these sectors. In 1993, Bollinger relocated as head of UK and European Research to Goldman Sachs’ London office. In London, Bollinger also served as the chairman of the development committee for The British Library, and served both the investment and development committees for Latymer Upper School. Bollinger is the chair of the Penn Libraries Board of Overseers and a member of Wharton’s board of overseers and Penn’s board of trustees. Bollinger’s son, Douglas, is a student at Penn.
James Crowley is a Senior Managing Director and Global Life Sciences lead in Accenture Strategy. His role focuses on helping C-suite executives in the Life Sciences industry drive better strategic outcomes. He also has accountability for global Accenture Life Sciences clients. Crowley has more than 20 years of consulting experience working with biopharmaceutical companies across a number of business areas including sales and marketing, supply chain and operations, information technology and medical affairs. He specializes in strategy development, organizational reshaping, and capability building to support the evolving needs of businesses. Crowley is a member of the Accenture Global Leadership Council. He is an Executive Sponsor for Accenture’s undergraduate recruiting at Penn since 2007. Crowley has volunteered for the Penn Alumni Interview Program since 2011. Additionally, he is a Steering Committee member of the Jay Sigel Invitational, a charity dedicated to raising money for prostate and breast cancer research for the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. Crowley lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife Kelly (NU’97) and their two children, Jack and Liam.
Ali Cudby is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ali Cudby International, LLC in Cabin John, MD. The company’s brands, Your Iconic Brand and Fab Foundations, help business leaders create loyal, repeat clients who become raving fans. Your Iconic Brand focuses on training for corporations and small business owners, speaking engagements, guest writing and more. Your Iconic Brand was built on Cudby’s insights working with lingerie companies around the world through her company, Fab Foundations. Cudby is the creator of the world’s leading bra fit training and certification program, with clients on 6 continents. (She continues to search for a partner on Antarctica.) In 2011, Cudby published Busted!: The Fab Foundations Guide to Bras That Fit, Flatter and Feel Fantastic, which was called “essential reading for anyone who wants to look and feel better in her clothes and her body," by Time Magazine Editor Jeffrey Kluger. The book was on the Amazon.com Bestsellers list for over a year. Between 2002 and 2010, Cudby was the Founder and Managing Director of Building Innovations LLC, an award-winning custom home building firm, with an emphasis on in-fill construction in the "inside the Beltway" Washington, DC area. She spent much of her early career in media and communications. Between 2002 and 2003, Cudby was the Director of Marketing at Animal Planet for Discovery Communications in Washington DC. Between 1997 and 2001, Cudby was the Director of Sales and Marketing for The New York Times Company Magazine Group in New York City. Between 1992 and 1995, Cudby was the Director of Development for Film and TV production at Universal Television in Universal City, CA. Cudby has been an active member of Trustees' Council for Penn Women since 2003 and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee.
Tom Cusack is a private investor and business advisor. In 1999, he retired as chairman and chief executive officer of the Transamerica Life Companies and as executive vice president of Transamerica Corporation. Cusack joined Transamerica in 1989 as vice president of corporate development and was responsible for corporate planning, mergers, and acquisitions. Previously, Cusack was manager of business development and strategy for General Electric Co. Earlier in his career, Cusack was a consultant for McKinsey and Company in their San Francisco office, and was with Bankers Trust Co. in New York. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar. He also serves on the board of Direct Relief and as a trustee of Cate School. Cusack is a director of Weber Companies, LLC, Mountain Laurel Spirits, LLC, and CSRHub, LLC. Cusack’s daughter, Brennan, is a 2015 graduate of Penn.
Erik Gershwind serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for MSC Industrial Supply Co., a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations products and services based in Melville, N.Y. For over 20 years, Erik has managed key aspects of MSC's business. Erik served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011-2012, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009, and was elected to MSC's Board of Directors in October 2010. Erik graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Erik serves on the Board of Directors for the Gershwind and Jacobson charitable foundations and as Vice Chair of the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sid Jacobson JCC of East Hills, N.Y. and is a member of the UJA Federation of New York’s New Leadership Committee. Erik lives in Old Westbury, N.Y. with his wife, Jackie, and three children, Jake, Sophie and Max.
Joe Glossberg is a principal in the Chicago-based investment counseling firm Gofen and Glossberg. He is both a chartered financial analyst and chartered investment counselor and holds memberships in numerous professional bodies in the world of finance. Glossberg’s civic involvements include serving as president of the board of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and as a trustee of the Merit School of Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Knox College. Glossberg is Vice Chair of the board of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and a corporate board member of Changing Worlds, a cross-cultural program for Chicago Public School kids. Glossberg’s long record of service to Penn includes membership on the board of trustees; the investment board and the steering committee of the Campaign for Penn; chair emeritus of the Penn Library board of overseers; vice chairman for the Midwest President’s Council; and as a founding member of the alumni council on admissions. Glossberg is a recipient of the Penn Alumni Award of Merit.
Mark Goldstein, a nine-time serial entrepreneur, is currently co-founder and Chairman of BackOps Inc. (www.getbackops.com) a San Francisco-based software and services entity enabling tech startups to better grow and scale. Earlier in his career, Goldstein founded tech companies that were eventually sold to Reuters, Microsoft, Yahoo, Sears, Tibco and others. Goldstein has served as the entrepreneur-in-residence at both New Enterprise Associates and SOFTBANK Venture Capital, and he is an active director or advisor for a number of smaller Silicon Valley firms, also staying highly involved in environmental causes. Goldstein and his wife Kristen have three children and live in Tiburon, CA.
Sandra Grymes, of Martha’s Vineyard and New York City, currently retired, was an adjunct professor at New School’s Milano Graduate School. As part of the Philadelphia family that nurtured Marian Anderson, Grymes and her cousin, the late James DePreist (W’58), the permanent conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and director of conducting and orchestral studies at Juilliard, worked closely with Penn Libraries to develop the Marian Anderson collection and study center. Grymes served as senior deputy commissioner for program services of New York City Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services and manager of the health services division for the American Red Cross in greater New York. At Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Grymes had several roles, including regional management, long-term planning, and marketing. Grymes co-authored “Coping with the Male Ego in the Workplace,” (Long Meadow Press, 1993) for women in management. Grymes received her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University, a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, and a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College.
Jeff Hechtman is a partner in the Business and Finance Group and president of the Executive Committee for the Chicago-based commercial law practice, Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered. Hechtman’s local involvement reaches from the Board of Directors of the Illinois Holocaust Museum to Penn’s Secondary School Committee in North Chicago. Hechtman teaches courses at Lorman Education Services, the National Business Institute, and the Chicago Bar Association, where Hechtman is the Co-Chairman for the Corporation and Business Law Committee and Subcommittee on Private Equity. Hechtman has lectured on entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and private equity at Penn’s own Wharton School of Business. Hechtman has published widely on outside capital, talent management, corporate sports and event sponsorships, and LLCs. Hechtman received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School and a Juris Doctor from The University of Chicago Law School. Jeff and his wife Ilene Klaiman Hechtman, C’87, W’87 and their three children reside in Wilmette, IL. His daughter, Allison, is a student at Penn.
Chris Hikawa graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and received her Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law in 1976 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After serving as a law associate at the New York firm of Hardee, Barovik, Konecky and Braun, Hikawa joined the legal department of the ABC-Owned and Operated Stations, then became director of legal and business affairs for ABC Sports and was promoted to vice president of broadcast standards and practices for the ABC Television Network, until she retired in 2000. In 1999, Hikawa and her husband, David Windreich, adopted twin girls from China. Hikawa is active in her community’s Rock Ridge Association Board, Greenwich Academy and served as chair of the board of directors of the YWCA of Greenwich. Hikawa is currently the Board Chair of Kids in Crisis, a children's shelter in Fairfield County for abused and neglected children. In addition to working on several Penn and Columbia reunion committees, Hikawa has been a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women since 1991 and served as its chair from 2000–2003.
Kim Hirschman graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a six month interval in Japan with Nomura Securities, she joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and worked as an investment banker in New York and London, specializing in fixed income securities and loan originations from French, Spanish, and Italian corporations, banks, and governments. From 1996–2002 she was an asset manager for Morgan Stanley Asset Management London, specializing in real estate and fixed income product development. In 2002, Hirschman received her Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists and has since worked as a freelance translator in the corporate and charity sector. During her 20 years in England, Hirschman was an active volunteer with the Penn UK Annual Fund, and served as an interviewer for the Secondary School Committee. Hirschman and her husband, Ed Giera, W’84, recently relocated to London.
Jim Hoesley recently retired as a managing director and private wealth advisor at the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch in Chicago. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2011, Hoesley spent more than 37 years with Credit Suisse’s investment banking division, where he held senior-level positions including co-head of the Chicago office, member of the investment banking committee, founding member of the Capital Markets Group in New York, founding member of the Asset Backed Securities Group in New York and founding member of the firm’s first regional banking office located in Chicago. Hoesley has been involved in capital raising, merger and acquisition transactions and financial advisory assignments for both public and private companies. Hoesley’s board memberships have included: Flashpoint Academy, a digital media arts and science school; Guggenheim Partners, a diversified financial services firm; Top Driver, a driver education company; and Pinpoint MD, a software enterprise dedicated to assisting doctors and patients with more efficient delivery of healthcare. Hoesley is also a former regent of St. John’s University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. John's University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His daughter, Meredith, and son, James, are Penn graduates.
Wendy Commins Holman is a Partner of Ridgeback Capital, a healthcare-focused investment fund which is dedicated to investing in life-saving and life-changing technologies. Prior to joining Ridgeback, Holman worked at US-based ZBI Equities, a multi-billion dollar public equity investment fund and its parent company, Ziff Brothers Investments. Between 1999 and 2014 Holman held various positions including healthcare sector head and director of research at ZBI Equities, and Principal at Ziff Brothers Investments. Holman has four children and lives with her husband and their Rhodesian Ridgeback (the mascot of Ridgeback Capital) in Miami, Florida.
Alan Jacobs is a principal with the international law firm Withers Bergman and heads the firm’s U.S. corporate practice. Jacobs received his Juris Doctor with honors from George Washington University Law School in 1971, following his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in English literature. Jacobs was formerly a member of the board of governors of the Penn Club of New York, where he served on the board of directors and was the chair of the membership committee. While at Penn, Jacobs was social chairman of the Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity, the manager of Penn’s varsity golf team, and a member of Friars Senior Society and Kite and Key Society. Jacobs’ son, Alexander, graduated summa cum laude from Penn and was awarded a Cambridge Gates Scholarship.
Marilyn Kramer Weitzman Kahn is president of The Weitzman Group Inc., a nationwide real estate consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Since 1981, Kahn has been a principal in her own firm, which evaluated major trophy properties such as Rockefeller Center, One World Financial Center, and 7 World Trade Center. She was formerly an assistant vice president of the Investment Services Division at Landauer Associates Inc., in New York City. Kahn received her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University. Kahn’s active professional affiliations include: National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, Counselors of Real Estate, Association of Real Estate Women, Appraisal Institute, Urban Land Institute, and New York Women Executives in Real Estate. Kahn has served as a Board Member of the New York City Industrial Development Agency and is a past faculty member of The Real Estate Institute of New York University and the Appraisal Institute.
Susanna Lachs was a commercial litigator with the law firm of Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen for 17 years and then continued her practice at Kaufman, Coren, Ress & Weidman P.C., both in Philadelphia, until 2000. At Penn, Lachs is a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Board of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Co-Chair of the National Board of Governors of Penn Hillel, and a past chair and member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. Lachs is a graduate of Temple University School of Law, and Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication and the College for Women. Lachs also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University's School of Law, a member of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and The Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr, PA. Lachs resides with her husband, Dean Adler (W’79, L’83), in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. Lachs’s eldest daughter, Anna, graduated from Penn in 2011, and her youngest daughter, Sara, is a 2015 graduate of Penn.
Warren Lieberfarb is Chairman and CEO of Lieberfarb & Associates LLC, a consulting and investment firm specializing in entertainment, media, technology, and content distribution. Lieberfarb was also founder and managing partner of Gristmill Ventures Inc., a technology company that developed digital media content protection technology. From 1982 to 2002, Lieberfarb served as President of Warner Home Video, guiding the company through global rollout, unparalleled growth, and unique rights acquisition strategy. Lieberfarb’s most significant achievement is his universally acknowledged role as the architect of the DVD, for which he holds more than eleven patents and has received an Emmy Award in 1999; the first-ever Wharton/Infosys Technology Change Leader award in 2002; and, in 2003, the Legion of Arts and Letters—the Cannes Film Festival Medal du Festival. Lieberfarb is a member of the Consumer Electronics Industry Association’s Hall of Fame and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. For many years, Lieberfarb chaired the Entrepreneurial Committee of the American Film Institute’s Board of Directors and Board of Trustees, in addition to serving on the boards of Hughes Telematics Inc., Sirius Satellite Radio (now XM Satellite Radio), and the Board of Trustees of the Telluride Film Festival. Lieberfarb received a BS in Economics from the Wharton School in 1965 and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1966. Lieberfarb has served on the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees, its Library Board of Overseers, and the Undergraduate Advisory Board of the Wharton School.
Haniel Lynn is Group President of CEB's Best Practices & Decision Support business. In this capacity, Lynn leads a global research and advisory team who help senior leaders embrace insights from the best companies to save time and make better decisions. Prior to his current role, Lynn led the Sales & Marketing, Communications, and Financial Services practices, where he was instrumental in bringing business-critical insights to market. Under his direction, CEB published the Wall Street Journal best-selling book The Challenger Sale and, more recently, The Effortless Experience — both lauded for challenging conventional wisdom and shifting management paradigms. He originally joined CEB as the Managing Director of the New Product Development group and later led the Solutions business. Prior to joining CEB, Lynn was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at LYTE, Inc., where he developed the business and operating model, led partnership development activities, and raised capital to support the early growth of the company. Before LYTE, he spent a number of years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Early in his career, Lynn worked with GE Information Services. Lynn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and holds an MBA from the Wharton School.
Chuck MacDonald retired as Senior Portfolio Manager at Elliott Associates, a $21 billion hedge fund located in New York City. At Elliott, MacDonald oversaw the firm's domestic private equity, high yield, and distressed portfolio encompassing a wide array of industries and corporate structures. MacDonald has served on numerous public and private corporate boards of directors as well as numerous creditors' committees. MacDonald earned his Bachelor of Science in economics with a concentration in finance from the Wharton School in 1981, and completed his Master of Business Administration at Columbia University in 1985.
Ed Mally is managing director, director of institutional research and a member of the management committee for Imperial Capital. From 2002 to 2008, he was director of research for Murray Capital Management and for LM Isis Capital Partners, hedge funds that specialize in distressed and high-yield debt investment management. Prior to that, Mally was managing director, head of high-yield research and a member of the high-yield management operating committee at CIBC World Markets from 1995 to 2002. In 1994 Mally was director of high-yield research for Citicorp Securities Inc. and for Salomon Brothers Inc. from 1986 to 1994. Mally holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and was elected to the Institutional Investor All-America Fixed Income Team. Mally is a resident of Westport, Connecticut, with his wife Julia Lang Mally (W '83) and their two sons Adam, ENG’13, GEN’14 and David, ENG’15, GEN’16. Mally is a long-time supporter of the Westport Public Library and Earthplace - The Nature Discovery Center.
Margy Meyerson—a distinguished daughter of the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of the University’s 2008 Alumni Award of Merit—was Penn’s First Lady during the presidency of Martin Meyerson (1970–81) and continues as Penn’s First Lady emerita. Meyerson was educated at the University of Chicago and has a second Masters’ degree from Bryn Mawr College in addition to her degree from Penn. Meyerson served as co-president of the Friends of the Library for 14 years. Meyerson serves on three Library boards and committees: Penn Libraries, Philadelphia Art Museum, and Rosenbach, which she chaired for 12 years. Meyerson is also involved with Women for Social Innovation, a Philadelphia giving group. She was a trustee of the Presbyterian Medical Center, the American University in Paris Foundation and the American Poetry Center, and was on the boards of Mellon/PSFS Bank, World Affairs Council, Lewis Stevens Trust, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, and the Cosmopolitan Club Library Committee. For a decade, Meyerson was a public member of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. As a former research director of the American Society of Planning Officials and author, Meyerson taught at the University of California at Berkeley and was a research fellow at Yale University.
Ellen Moelis serves as treasurer of the Moelis Family Foundation, which named the Moelis Research Center and the Moelis Lounge in Van Pelt, established a scholarship, and has made significant donations to the Children’s Hospitals of Philadelphia and Chicago. At age 18, Moelis joined a small property management company and over the next 37 years became president and sole stockholder, developing it into one of the largest property management companies in New York, with an extensive portfolio in New Jersey. Moelis was awarded the Women in Real Estate Award in 1987. Moelis serves or has served on the boards of: the SPCA of Cecil County, the National Humane Education Society, Hemlock Farms Country Club, and Thoroughbred Charities of America. Moelis retired in 1988, when Moelis and her husband, Herbert Moelis (W’53, Library Board of Overseers 1991 to1997), purchased Candy Land Farm in Delaware, where they breed and race thoroughbred horses. Moelis’s grandchildren, Jordan, Andrew Cory, Madelyn, and Adam are all Penn graduates. Her granddaughter Kate is a senior at Penn.
Josh Polan has been a director of Blackstone Mortgage Trust (formerly Capital Trust) since 1994. Polan is a managing director of Berkley Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary of W.R. Berkley Corporation. Polan has also been an executive officer of Interlaken Capital, Inc. since July 1988, and currently serves as managing director. For nine years prior, Polan was a partner in the public accounting firm of Touche Ross & Co. (a predecessor firm to Deloitte & Touche). Polan is a member of the management committee of LD Realty Advisors LLC, the general partner of LDPG Realty Investors L.P. and on the board of directors of Stratford Development Company. For the past 20 years, Polan has been either an officer or a member of the board of governors of Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. Polan’s daughter, Kimberly, is also a Penn graduate.
Joe Rascoff is co-founder of the RZO Companies, which have produced tours for many artists, including the Rolling Stones, U2, The Police and David Bowie. Rascoff’s Penn involvements have included alumni trustee (1991–96); president of the Alumni Association of Southern California (1988–90); director of Southern California Regional Associate Alumni Trustees (1990–96); member of the President's Council (1989–94); founding member of the Penn Club of New York; vice president of the General Alumni Society (since 1995); the Penn Fund executive committee; and chairman and director of Alumni Council on Admissions. Rascoff has been on his Class Reunion gift committee since graduation. In 1996, Rascoff was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit. Rascoff’s daughter, Brooke, is a 2015 graduate of Penn.
Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg received her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and attended the Executive Master of Business Administration program at Harvard. She founded Tymshare, Inc.'s Application Development Software Group, which she developed into a million dollar operation with six offices nationwide. Schoenberg created and launched Software Strategies Inc., a boutique consulting company, which provided customer support services to software companies. Schoenberg has also held successive vice presidential/division executive positions with Chase Manhattan Bank’s Information Services Group, including chief of staff for their technology steering committee. Like her late husband, Penn Libraries Board member emeritus Lawrence J. Schoenberg, she has a passion for medieval and early modern manuscripts and is an active member of the Advisory Committee for the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS). Since retiring to Sarasota, Florida, Schoenberg remains active in civic affairs as board member and former Board Chair of Sarasota’s Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Schoenberg is also a national board member for the Alliance for Children & Families, a non-profit human service agency where Schoenberg chairs their Governance committee. Though golf is her current love, Schoenberg has competed in tennis events internationally, winning several medals.
Jeffrey L. Seltzer, W'78, PAR'09
Jeff Seltzer, Managing Partner of Pierce Yates Ventures, has nearly 35 years of experience developing new businesses and products across the global capital markets and advising entrepreneurs, corporations and governments. Seltzer was a Managing Director and one of the founders of the Financial Products Group at Lehman Brothers and then moved to CIBC World Markets where Seltzer became Deputy Chairman of its U.S. investment bank. Seltzer then became Chief Operating Officer of Adirondack Trading Partners, the founder of the International Securities Exchange and Exchange Technology Corporation, prior to starting Pierce Yates, which provides early stage funding and advice to emerging companies. Seltzer serves on the board of Kasisto, a spin-off venture from SRI International, which provides a conversational artificial intelligence platform of virtual specialists for enterprise mobile applications, and GameCo which has invented a proprietary way to gamble playing video games at the casino while maintaining the same house advantage as traditional slot machines. Seltzer is the chairman of the Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Corporation and has served as an advisor to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative. Seltzer is a member of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business as well as the Wharton Sports Business Initiative. Seltzer was a member of the Major Gift Committee of Penn's Capital Campaign and has been the gift chair of his reunion four times. Seltzer received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. Selzter’s son, Ian, is a 2009 graduate of Penn.
Dhiren Shah is a Director at Credit Suisse. Previously, Shah was managing director of Greenhill & Co., an independent global investment bank focused on providing financial advice on significant mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings and capital raisings. Prior to his role at Greenhill, Shah was managing director and head of global technology banking for Morgan Stanley. Shah is chairman of CAMFED USA Foundation, which supports girls’ education in rural areas of Zimbabwe, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi. Shah is a member of the board of trustees of the Trinity School, where he serves on the audit & finance and education committees. Shah is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Shah lives in New York City with his wife Katie and their four children.
Peter Shoemaker is a founder and Managing Director of Wedbush Capital Partners, an affiliate of Wedbush Inc., the largest privately held securities firm in the western United States. Shoemaker has spent over 25 years in the investment business, including work in leveraged buyouts, turnarounds, re-capitalizations, growth equity and venture capital. Shoemaker represents the private equity fund on numerous corporate boards including CriterionBrock, Passport Foods, Reyn Spooner, Critical Alert Systems (Chairman), and VCC Optoelectronics. Previously Shoemaker was Managing Director of Alvin W. Shoemaker Investments, Inc. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1994. Shoemaker serves as a Trustee of Marlborough School and is Past Chairman of Marlborough’s Long Term Strategic Planning Committee. Shoemaker has long been active with the University of Pennsylvania as a member of SCRAB, as President of the Penn Club of Los Angeles, as Secondary School Admissions Chair, and as past founder and former board member of the Penn Fund. Shoemaker also served for many years on the Penn Alumni Board, and in 2005 was awarded the Alumni Award of Merit, the youngest alum to have received it. Shoemaker hosts an annual reception for new admits from the Southern California regions at his home.
Rohit Singh is a highly experienced financial services executive with expertise in the apparel, discount, food, and specialty retail sectors. Singh is currently a Managing Director in the Consumer Products & Retail Group at UBS, where he is responsible for corporate finance advisory for corporate retail clients. Previously, Singh has been at J.P. Morgan and its heritage entities since 2005, at Gryphon Investors, and Citigroup. At Penn, Rohit serves in a number of volunteer roles including Director of the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program of International Studies & Business, Co-Chair for the Class of 2002 Gift Committee, and member of the Penn Libraries’ Orrery Society Council. Singh and his wife have endowed the Singh Family Fund to support the acquisition of materials for South Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for the benefit of scholars at Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). They have also endowed the Singh Family Fund to support undergraduate education. Outside of Penn, Singh is Co-Chair of the Young Lions Program at the New York Public Library. Singh graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business in 2002. Singh holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a finance concentration from Wharton and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the College.
Andy Snyder is currently CEO of Cambridge Information Group, a family-owned investment and management firm, and Chairman of CIG’s subsidiaries, ProQuest, Bowker, and Navtech, Inc. Snyder also serves on the Board of Blucora, Inc. (“BCOR”), in which CIG is a significant shareholder. Snyder began his work with CIG in 2003 and is responsible for the management of all CIG operating companies as well as the investment and acquisition process for CIG and its companies. Under Snyder’s leadership, CIG has grown significantly and completed more than thirty acquisitions over the past nine years, including the acquisition of ProQuest Information and Learning in 2007. Prior to joining CIG, Andy spent seven years at the Goldman Sachs Group where he focused on traditional media, technology, and services investing for the firm’s private equity fund. Snyder also spent one year as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. Snyder graduated cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, where he graduated magna cum laude. Snyder currently serves on the Board of the Association of American Publishers. Snyder and his wife Molly live in New York City with their children, Sara and Sam.
Alberto Vitale is a former member of the board of Random House Inc., where he was chairman and chief executive officer from 1989 to 1998, when he retired. Vitale was formerly president and chief executive of Bantam-Doubleday-Dell and a principal officer in the Agnelli family’s holding group in Turin. Vitale received a degree in economics from the University of Turin, Italy, in 1956, studied at IPSOA Business School, and attended the Wharton School on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1958. Vitale is a former member of the board of overseers of the Wharton School, and a current member of the board of the Economic Club of New York, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Council of the USA and Italy and the Century Club of New York. His son, Alex, is a graduate of Wharton and his granddaughter, Julia, graduated from Penn in 2015.
Candice Wang Willoughby is a Partner and Head of Business Development at BeaconLight Capital, a global long/short hedge fund in New York. Prior to joining BeaconLight, Willoughby spent over 17 years at various investment banks in Institutional Equities. Willoughby served as an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank on the US Equity Sales desk covering long only accounts, Asian sovereign wealth funds, and marquis hedge funds. Willoughby joined UBS in 2005 as a senior salesperson in European Equities from ABN Amro Bank where she worked in both London and New York. Willoughby began her career in Equity Research at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette following Specialty Chemicals and Fertilizers after graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Asian Studies. Willoughby is fluent in Mandarin. She has served on the Penn Fund board, is currently Regional Co-Chair of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women (TCPW), and is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Regional Advisory Council for Penn Libraries' Orrery Society. Willoughby lives in New York City and, with what free time she does have, she enjoys fine tequila, real estate investing, fly fishing with her husband, and spending time with her three daughters and a Wheaten Terrier.
Jill Siegel Yablon has a professional background and interest in digital content management and information resources; she has held positions with a variety of companies including Assouline Inc., Barnesandnoble.com, NBC Interactive, America Online, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner Inc. and McKinsey. Currently, Yablon is the principal of her own company, JSY Creative, working on business development and marketing for e-commerce as well as doing digital design, photography retouching and printing, and other creative projects for her clients. Yablon’s focus on internet marketing and online shopping provides her with a unique perspective on the challenges a modern research library faces, such as providing additional online services. A two-time Wharton School graduate, Yablon appreciates the value of a solid business education and hands-on instruction in the use of emerging technologies and business resources. To this end, Yablon and her husband Paul are creating the Yablon Family Technology Center in the Lippincott Library, a nine-terminal classroom where librarians can work with small groups of students helping them become proficient in the use of databases and other specialized resources.