John Jay College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

John Jay College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees

John Jay College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees 
January 2018

Chairman of the Board


Jules B.Kroll Jules B.Kroll  is chairman and co-founder of K2 Intelligence. He is also chairman and CEO of Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.

Kroll is the founder of Kroll, Inc., and the acknowledged pioneer of the modern investigations, intelligence, and corporate security industry. In 1972, he established Kroll Associates Inc. the prototype for a new breed of professional services firms dedicated to mitigating risk. By employing former prosecutors, law enforcement officials, journalists, and academics who used sophisticated fact-finding techniques to address decision-makers’ need for accurate information, Kroll established investigations and risk consulting as indispensable corporate services.

In 2004, Kroll sold Kroll Associates to Marsh & McLennan Companies, ultimately reaching $1 billion in annual revenue. He currently serves as chairman of the Board for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation. Kroll is a former member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University and the Board of Trustees of Cornell University. He also served as the chairman of the Georgetown Law Center Board of Visitors. Kroll received an LL.B. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Cornell University.



Alan S. AbelAlan S. Abel is Executive and Global Leader of Crowe Horwath LLP’s Anti-Money Laundering Practice, and served similar roles at PwC and Coopers & Lybrand. Abel has assisted numerous global and regional financial institutions including the Bretton Woods and other multinational enterprises to help them improve their governance, business processes and controls. Abel has worked with thirty-five foreign governments to help them strengthen their legal and regulatory regimes, including the privatization process of Latvia following the fall of the Iron Curtain, the accountancy profession in Jordan, and assisting the transition of the Panama Canal Zone from the U.S. to Panama under the Torrijos-Carter Treaties. 

Abel represents the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) to the Treasury Department for developing U.S. anti-money laundering guidance, and to the International Federation of Accountants for the accountancy profession globally. At the request of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Abel participated in a Task Force for developing guidance on providing financial services to foreign “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEPs). Abel is formerly the CFO and Information Technology Director for the Jewish Social Services Agency of Greater Washington, one of the country’s largest community services and health care agencies, and was the only staff in the Agency’s 100-year history to be appointed to its Board. Abel has testified before Congress as a private industry expert on financial crime, has made live appearances on the CNN “SquawkBox” and CNBC “Maverick of the Morning,” and has written numerous articles. He speaks often in professional venues and is quoted frequently by the press. Abel is a CPA who is also certified in Financial Forensics. He is licensed in the District of Columbia and Florida, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner as well. Abel holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. Accounting from Georgetown University. He is also the Executive Sponsor of Crowe’s Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) People Resource Network (PRN).

Paula Howell AndersonPaula Howell Anderson '98 is a partner in the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she works in the Litigation Group and has built an international reputation in such areas as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, cross-border commercial disputes, M&A-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust and international arbitration. Her clients have included global leaders in the finance, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, media and entertainment, and manufacturing industries. She serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and co-chaired its Black Lawyers Affinity Group. In addition to her work as a litigator, Anderson has done extensive pro bono work teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at the International Criminal Court. Anderson earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she was class valedictorian, and her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Peter Beshar Peter J. Beshar  serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Marsh & McLennan Companies.  MMC, which has 60,000 employees worldwide and a market capitalization of $30 billion, operates through four leading brands: Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman.  Beshar supervises the Company’s Legal, Compliance, Government Relations, Communications and Risk Management Departments. 

Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan in 2004, Beshar was a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group.  He joined Gibson Dunn in 1995 after serving as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the New York State Attorney General’s Task Force on Illegal Firearms.  In 1992 and 1993, he served as the Special Assistant to the Honorable Cyrus Vance in connection with the United Nations' peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia.

Beshar is the recipient of the Business Leadership Award from the Citizens Union of New York, the Burton Award for Leadership in the Law, and the Law and Society Award from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.  In 2015, Beshar was appointed by President Obama as a trustee of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington and by Governor Cuomo as a director of the Empire State Development Corporation.  He serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Veterans’ Committee of John Jay College for Criminal Justice and is a board member of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.  He was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for the City of New York.  He has testified numerous times before Congress on topics ranging from cybersecurity to terrorism. Beshar graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School.

Gerry Byrne Gerry Byrne is the Vice Chairman of PMC (Penske Media Corp). PMC owns leading entertainment, fashion and digital media brands that include Variety, WWD, Deadline Hollywood, IndieWire, Hollywood Life, TVLine, and (partnered with Zee TV). Byrne’s decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur and community leader are highlighted by a long time run as publisher of Variety where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful, diversified, global media brand.  The start-up publisher of both Electronic Media and Crain’s New York Business, Byrne also successfully created The Quill Awards for NBC before he led a division of Nielsen that included The Hollywood ReporterBillboard, Adweek and Backstage.  Additionally, Byrne’s media and entertainment consultancy, Fidelis Global Enterprises, which launched in January 2010, has partnerships and clients that include Washington Life Magazine where he serves as Executive Chairman.

A staunch believer in “participation”, Byrne is on the boards of numerous not-for-profits including Military Adaptive Sports Inc. (the 2016 Invictus Games), Fisher House, the Intrepid Museum, Veterans Advantage (Advisory Board), Friends of the Vietnam Veterans Plaza, the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, the Creative Coalition, the Hamptons International Film Festival (Advisory Board), the IFP – Independent Filmmaker Project, the John A. Reisenbach Foundation (Chairman), the Armory Foundation and the New York City Police Museum.  He is also on the U. S. Advisory Council of the IESE Business School, University of Navarra in Barcelona, the Advisory Board of the Fordham University Gabelli School and the Board of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Foundation. In November 2012, Byrne also launched, as Founder/Chairman, the first ever Veterans Week NYC, a series of events dedicated to honoring and supporting veterans and their families.  He was awarded the “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award” at ShowEast ’96, New York’s Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s 2002 Distinguished Service Award and the NYPD Marine Corps Association 2002 “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community.  And in June 2009, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Byrne the “Made In NY” Award for his support of Gotham’s entertainment and media industries.  In June 2014, he was inducted into the MIN Sales Executive’s Hall of Fame.  Byrne is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts and the New York Athletic Club.

A 1966 graduate of Fordham College, Byrne served as a Marine Officer in Vietnam in 1968/69 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.

Muhammad U. FaridiMuhammad U. Faridi '04  is a partner at the law firm Patterson Belknap, where he works in the litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, and he has handled a wide variety of litigation matters at various stages for large financial institutions, such as financial guarantors and hedge funds. He was the recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award for having rendered outstanding service to both the community and the legal profession. Faridi has also received The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award for multiple years, MFY Legal Services, Inc.’s Partner in Justice Award, the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project’s TD Bank Champion of Justice Award, and has been recognized for multiple years as a Rising Star in the New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers. From 2007 to 2008, Faridi served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. He graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude from John Jay in 2004 and went on to attend City University of New York School of Law, where he graduated in 2007.


Yrthya A. Dinzey-Flores is the Executive Director for Global Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Time Warner Inc. She works with divisional and company leadership to create and implement strategies that will further foster a culture of inclusion at Time Warner, Inc. and cement the company’s leadership in corporate social responsibility practices. In partnership with senior management, she ensures that the company’s workforce and workplace goals are in close alignment with its diversity goals.

Prior to joining Time Warner Inc., Dinzey-Flores was Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters, where she was tasked with global strategy, policy, governance and new initiatives for the global technology and information leader.

As the first Chief Diversity Officer for the State of New York, she reformed and strengthened the State’s programs and efforts encouraging the growth of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (M/WBEs) eventually establishing programs and practices that led to a doubling of state contracts for M/WBEs.

Dinzey-Flores began her career as a researcher and policy advisor. She then took her experiences to the Robin Hood Foundation where she supported the work of this unique venture philanthropy, with an emphasis on results and analytics, by leading efforts to fund and develop poverty programs for youth and working families.

Dinzey-Flores is a tri-sector professional with a great dedication to her community. Her contributions have earned her a number of recognitions including: 2011 Capitol 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Politics; a proclamation from the Borough President of Manhattan; El Diario/La Prensa’s Latinas Destacadas 2011 Award; a fellowship award by the Robert Bosch Foundation in 2004; a New York City Council Community Involvement Award; and, U.S. Embassy of Spain Young Hispanic Leader in 2001. She also served as a member of the Governor’s Taskforce for Minority/Women Business Enterprises and a member of the New York State Procurement Council. In 2015, the Mayor of NYC appointed her to the NYC Commission on Gender Equity.


LaBrenda Garrett-NelsonLaBrenda Garrett-Nelson '75, graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College in 1975, after which she earned both a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law. She began her legal career in 1978 at the New York Office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, which she left to join the staff of the nonpartisan Congressional staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in 1982. In the early 1990s she turned her attention to tax legislative and regulatory work and became a founding partner of the highly regarded boutique law firm of Washington Counsel, PC. She became a Principal of Ernst & Young LLP in 2000 when this Big Four Accounting firm acquired Washington Counsel. After a distinguished 35-year career as a tax lawyer, she retired from Ernst & Young in June 2013.  


Richard GirgentiRichard H. Girgenti is the National and Americas leader for KPMG LLP’s Forensic Advisory Services and a member of the firm’s Global Forensic Executive Committee. He has more than 40 years of experience both nationally and globally conducting investigations, helping assess, design and implement compliance programs and providing fraud risk management advisory services to public and private corporations, as well as government entities and not-for-profit organizations.

Girgenti serves as the Executive Sponsor for the KPMG Compliance Transformation initiative. He also serves as the Executive Sponsor and Host of the KPMG sponsored Chief Compliance Officer Exchange.

Girgenti has served as a member of the Board of Directors for KPMG LLP and the Americas. He has chaired the Board’s Governance Task Force, Professional Practice and Ethics & Compliance, and Nominating Committees. He has also served as a member of the Audit & Finance and Pension Committees.

Girgenti is the co-author of two books: The New Era of Regulatory Enforcement: A Comprehensive Guide for Raising the Bar to Manage Risk (McGraw-Hill, April 2016) and Managing the Risk of Fraud and Misconduct: Meeting the Challenges of a Global, Regulated and Digital Environment (McGraw-Hill, March 2011).

Shauna-Kay Gooden '04 currently serves as Counsel for Newell Brands.  She previously served as the Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Her experience encompasses a wide range of areas, including contract drafting and negotiation, resolving contractual disputes, general securities regulation matters, procurement matters and compliance monitoring. Prior to joining the Office of the New York City Comptroller, Gooden was an associate at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP. At K&L Gates she participated in litigating complex commercial disputes, including claims related to commercial contracts, foreclosures and constitutional law. She also has extensive experience in various matters involving non-profit organizations, including forming and organizing non-profit corporations and drafting and negotiating commercial contracts on behalf of non-profit corporations. Gooden holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  

Barb Lee

Barb Lee graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication. After amassing 20 years of experience in media, Barb founded Point Made Films in 2008. To date she has produced five films under the Point Made Films brand including the critically acclaimed 2016 production of The Birth of a Nation starring Nate Parker.

Barb is the founder and President of both Point Made Films, a documentary film company that focuses on American identity, and Point Made Learning, the consulting and programming extension of PMF, focused on equity and inclusion education. She is the director and producer of the documentary film Adopted, a feature-length documentary that explores the grit rather than the glamour of international adoption. The film includes a companion DVD Adopted: We Can Do Better, which Barb and her team created as an educational teaching guide for adoptive families and which is still being used as standard training material in almost every adoption agency in the country. Barb also served as executive producer for The Prep School Negro and I’m Not Racist… Am I? and has served as a consultant on many more documentaries. 

Prior to creating Point Made Films, Lee worked as a freelance video director, a video production teacher at The NC School of Science and Mathematics (her first, and still her most favorite job), a marketing events producer, a writing intern for Star Trek: The Next Generation, and then moved to development at 20th Century Fox and promotions at Fox TV before starting her own company.

Jim McCannJim McCann ’75 is a highly successful entrepreneur, public speaker and published author whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. McCann's belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which he has grown into the world's leading florist and gift shop and, the leading website for expert party planning content and advice. McCann's willingness to embrace new technologies that help people connect and express themselves, such as 800 phone numbers, the Internet, mobile commerce and social networking, often long before others, has enabled him to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends. As a result, McCann has become an award winning public speaker, a published author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs nationwide. McCann's strategy for growth includes an effective combination of birthing new businesses and making acquisitions of businesses and brands that resonate with customers as great sources for exceptional gifts. McCann has expanded his company's gift offerings to become a leading player in the gourmet food and gift baskets business. McCann has also steered the company into the emerging areas of content and media by founding, a leading, interactive social website for party planning, tips and information. McCann's focus on customer engagement has enabled the company to stake out an industry leading position in the fast evolving areas of social and mobile communications, earning numerous awards for its initiatives and enabling it to deepen its relationships with customers. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, McCann is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and a variety of private and not-for-profit boards.

Brendan McguireBrendan R. Mcguire is a lawyer at the firm WilmerHale, where he advises clients on issues related to white-collar enforcement, as well as money laundering, national security, cybersecurity and privacy, and export controls and economic sanctions. An accomplished trial lawyer and litigator, he joined the firm after serving for more than 10 years in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. During his tenure, McGuire was appointed to lead the two most sensitive units within the Southern District's Criminal Division. First, he served as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit for three years, and then as Chief of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. McGuire handled some of the most significant terrorism cases within the Department of Justice, including the 2009 kidnapping of Captain Richard Phillips by Somali pirates on the Indian Ocean, the 2010 prosecution of Faisal Shahzad for the attempted bombing of Times Square, and the 2011 prosecution of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for conspiring to kill Americans. He also clerked for the Honorable Peter K. Leisure of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. McGuire graduated from Williams College in 1998 and earned his law degree at New York University School of Law in 2002. 

Robin Merle

Robin Merle is serving as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at John Jay College. Merle, CFRE, is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). During her tenure at HSS, Robin’s leadership resulted in record-levels of support and volunteerism that changed the landscape of the organization. Robin served on the senior management team and was an advisory member to four Board Committees: Executive, Research, Campaign and Development. As the chief fundraiser, in partnership with physicians, executive and board leadership, Merle led the Hospital’s multiple campaigns, raising millions of dollars for research, education, clinical care, and capital improvements.

Before joining HSS, Merle raised significant support for New York University and Rutgers University, where she received the Council for Advancement of Secondary Education Award for Excellence in Educational Fundraising Leadership. Merle is active in many professional organizations: Board Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York; Vice Chair, National Philanthropy Day, New York; Governance Member; former Executive Committee Member of Women in Development, New York; and served as Vice Chair of the 20th Anniversary Committee of the New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA).

In 2017, Women in Development, New York, honored Merle with the Woman of Achievement Award. She founded and co-chairs a Senior Executive Leadership Group for development professionals in the New York and Connecticut area. Merle has a master’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College.

 Anne MilgramAnne Milgram is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, New York University School of Law.  Prior to joining NYU, Milgram served as Vice President of Criminal Justice for the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. She championed the use of smart data, analytics, and technology as a way to reinvent the criminal justice system. At the Arnold Foundation, she led the creation, development and national implementation of a new pretrial risk assessment tool to provide judges with more information for when they decide whether to release or jail people who have been arrested.  In addition to developing the Public Safety Risk Assessment tool, Milgram spearheaded more than $55 million in philanthropic grants and operational projects. This included significant efforts to shift the national focus from the back end of the criminal justice system (probation, parole, and reentry) to the front end of the system (pretrial); expand the research base for criminal justice; create state and local criminal data warehouses; work cross-sector to combine crime, health, education, housing and social service data to identify and test new areas of intervention and diversion; and develop a broader strategy for national criminal justice reform.

Milgram served as New Jersey’s Attorney General from June 2007 to January 2010, where she headed the 9,000-person Department of Law and Public Safety. Milgram became Attorney General after serving from February 2006 to June 2007 as First Assistant Attorney General. As Attorney General, Milgram supervised eight divisions and multiple commissions and boards, including the Division of Criminal Justice, the Division of Law, the Division of Consumer Affairs, the Bureau of Securities, the Division of Civil Rights, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Division of Gaming Enforcement, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the Racing Commission, and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Milgram also supervised the Division of the New Jersey State Police and its 3,000 sworn members and the Camden Police Department.

Milgram served as the state’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, overseeing and directing the 21 New Jersey county prosecutors and the approximately 30,000 state and local law enforcement officers. She spearheaded investigations into street gangs, public corruption, gun violence and trafficking, securities fraud, and mortgage fraud. She also implemented a statewide program to improve public safety through prevention of crime, criminal justice and law enforcement reform, and re-entry programs and services. As Attorney General, Milgram oversaw affirmative and defensive civil litigation for the state, providing legal representation to all state departments and agencies in approximately 25,000 civil matters each year. She also served as a member of the US Attorney General’s Executive Working Group on Criminal Justice and as a co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Criminal Law Committee.

Arthur J. Mirante IIArthur J. Mirante II joined Avison Young in 2012 as a Principal and Tri-State President, based in the firm's New York City office. One of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the commercial real estate industry, Mirante serves as a member of Avison Young's Executive Operating Committee, and is responsible for business development, growing revenue and building strategic industry relationships to establish Avison Young's position in the Tri-State regional marketplace. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mr. Mirante worked at Cushman & Wakefield for more than 40 years, where he most recently served as President of Global Client Development for seven years. Prior to that, he served as the firm's CEO for 20 years. During Mirante's tenure as CEO, Cushman & Wakefield's revenues increased from $100 million to $1 billion and the firm expanded from 60 U.S. offices to 173 offices, including 100 outside the country. He also significantly expanded the firm's capabilities into Advisory and Corporate Services, and diversified its financial services expertise to include the multi-family sector. In the role of President of Global Client Development at Cushman & Wakefield, Mirante focused on expanding existing client relationships and developing new systems in an effort to continuously improve client relations and service. Throughout his career, he has participated in some of the New York market's largest and most complex transactions, including the sale of the World Trade Center, the headquarters relocations of MasterCard International and the Guardian Life Insurance Company, the record $1.72 billion sale of 200 Park Avenue for Metropolitan Life in 2005, and the record $1.8 billion acquisition of 666 Fifth Avenue in 2007. Mirante and his wife, Elizabeth, are staunch financial supporters of the John Jay Vera Fellows Program for outstanding undergraduates who are committed to social justice and public service. Mirante earned his JD degree in 1968 from St. John's University Law School.

Rossana RosadoSecretary of State Rossana Rosado 
From becoming the first woman to serve as Editor and Publisher of the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the country, to championing prisoner reentry initiatives, to her work as an award-winning producer, Rossana Rosado brings a depth and diversity of experience as New York Secretary of State. Governor Cuomo appointed Secretary Rosado to the position on February 3, 2016 and she was unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 15, 2016. Her leadership has helped make the Department of State one of the most dynamic agencies in State government.

Secretary Rosado is best known for her successful tenure as the Publisher & CEO of El Diario La Prensa, where she spent 18 years, overseeing more than $22 million in annual revenue. Whether it's women's empowerment, the reentry and reintegration of prisoners into society, or a fairer and more humane immigration policy, Secretary Rosado advocated in the paper's editorial pages for advancement on issues affecting a wide array of New Yorkers. She solidified the paper, and herself, as influential leaders for social and economic justice. During her 30-year media career, Secretary Rosado earned an Emmy Award, a STAR Award from the NY Women's Agenda, and a Peabody Award for Journalism.

Secretary Rosado is equally accomplished in her roles in public service. She served on the board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2012 to 2015. Secretary Rosado was a Distinguished Lecturer at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice prior to joining the Cuomo administration, and has been a member of the College's Foundation Board of Trustees since 2012. She has served as an advisor to elected officials on their transition teams at the highest levels in the City and State.

Along with her roles in business and public service, Secretary Rosado has been personally involved in issues related to prisoner reentry. She chairs Governor Cuomo's Council on Community Reentry and Reintegration of New Yorkers returning from prison and served on Governor David Paterson's Task Force on Juvenile Justice. She has taught at Sing Sing and Otisville Correctional Facilities in New York State. A native New Yorker, Secretary Rosado received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University.

Dr. Alex RovtDr. Alex Rovt is the President of IBE Trade Corporation, a world leader in the production, sales and marketing of agricultural fertilizers. A native of Ukraine, Dr. Rovt came to the United States in 1985, and two years later he took a sales job with IBE Trade. By 1996, he became the company's president and primary owner, leading the firm to its current position of controlling 12 percent of the world's ammonia supply and 6 percent of the ammonium nitrate. Today, IBE Trade clients include top agri-business players such as Cargill, ConAgra and Koch Nitrogen. Rovt has also diversified into New York real estate, having purchased 30 buildings, with plans for expanding that portfolio. A Brooklyn resident, Rovt is an active supporter of and contributor to civic and educational causes, including Brookdale University Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the New York City Board of Corrections, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, and a local Jewish schools and community center. He also engages in charitable work in his native Ukraine. Rovt earned his PhD in International Economics from Kiev Academy of Sciences in Ukraine. 

Honorary Trustee

Honorary Trustee, Jack Rudin
          Honorary Trustee


Jack Rudin, Chairman of Rudin Management, is a builder, developer and manager of New York City real estate. Along with his late brother, Lewis, they have carried on a family tradition of philanthropy and public service initiated more than 60 years ago by their father, Samuel. The Rudin Family's unique contributions to many philanthropies are exemplified by their development and support of many programs throughout the City of New York. Rudin serves with distinction on the Boards of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the George C. Marshall Foundation. He is an Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), as well as a Trustee Emeritus of Iona College. Mr. Rudin has received honorary degrees from Iona College, The City College, The City University of New York, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yeshiva University.


Anne Beane RudmanAnne Beane Rudman is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense & environmental law. Prior to this she was an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s office for 25 years where she was Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Since 2007, she has worked to implement trial advocacy programs in Liberia, Kenya and Uganda. She has also taught courses in Liberia and Ghana designed for local criminal practitioners, police, judges, and magistrates that focused on domestic violence and trial advocacy skills. Rudman was a contributor to the World Bank’s “Doing Business Project” for Liberia, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea from 2007-2009.  Rudman, a former trustee of Sarah Lawrence College, sponsored the College’s academic program in Cuba after visiting the country three times with the College. She currently serves on the Board of the New York Road Runners Club which is responsible for the New York City Marathon as well as youth fitness programs for over 115,000 New York City public school children.  She is also Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Without Borders, an international not-for-profit focused on promoting rule of law. Prior to joining the John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees in 2011, Rudman was on the Advisory Board of the Pre Law Institute and served as a judge at the CUNY Moot Court Competition, which included students from John Jay College.

 Dr. Andrew ShivaDr. Andrew Shiva was the Chief Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York until December 2009. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He graduated from John Jay College, from which he also received a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.


Alan Siegel

Over the past four decades, Alan Siegel has become one of the best-known figures in the branding business. He achieved the stature of both pillar of the establishment and provocative iconoclast while building a leading brand consultancy, Siegel+Gale, which is devoted to positioning global companies for competitive success. As consultant, author and commentator, Siegel’s influence extends to advising such diverse organizations as Xerox, American Express, the National Basketball Association, Caterpillar, the Girl Scouts of America and Carnegie Mellon University. He created a series of bestselling guides for the Wall Street Journal on understanding financial markets and served on the boards of numerous business and cultural organizations. 

Siegel pioneered the practice of simplification, bringing clarity to such daunting documents as insurance policies, bank-loan notes, mutual fund prospectuses and various government communications, including the 1040EZ tax form. His latest book, Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity (Hachette), which he co-wrote with longtime colleague Irene Etzkorn, was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. 

During the 1980s, Siegel popularized the concept of “brand voice,” and in the 1990s his firm Siegel+Gale championed the Internet as a powerful tool for developing brand strategy. In all he does, he is known for the plain speaking he demands of clients and for the excellence in individual and organizational communications that his work has come to embody. He also developed a global expansion program for Siegel+Gale opening and managing offices in London, Hamburg, Shanghai, Beijing and Dubai.

In 2011 Siegel founded Siegelvision, a firm committed to helping purpose-driven organizations with a passion for making a difference in society. Drawing on small teams of experienced, handpicked talent, Siegelvision develops distinctive brand identity programs for clients seeking to make their social purpose a reality. Current clients include NPR, the National Geographic Society, the College Board, the Lupus Foundation of America, Phoenix House, Univision, the Urban Institute, Cornell College of Engineering, New York University, the MIT Sloan School of Management and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Of special note is Siegel’s focus on law and justice. In the 1970s, he developed a groundbreaking writing course for lawyers, Writing Contracts in Plain English, at Fordham University School of Law, where he served on the adjunct faculty for 10 years. He also served on the executive committee of the Document Design Project, which was funded by the National Institute of Education, where he simplified federal government regulations. He developed a brand identity program for the Legal Aid Society, and served on their board for 12 years.

Working with Jeremy Travis, the dynamic President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and chair of the Committee on Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration (National Research Council of the National Academies), Siegel developed the “Fierce Advocates for Justice,” positioning to change the perception of John Jay from a “cop college” to a view of it as a preparer of fervent, liberally educated professionals in forensics, law and law enforcement, social science and academia. 

Siegel has a passion for helping educational institutions articulate their visions, develop distinctive identities and attract top-flight faculty and students. He served as adjunct associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where he conducted research and was the founder and co-director of a popular graduate program, the Communications Design Center. When former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey was president of The New School, Siegel created its brand identity program, headed the business advisory board for its New Media program, and was interim director of its data-visualization center. For six years, he was president of the Advisory Council for the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell University.

A graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Siegel also attended the New York University School of Law, the School of Visual Arts, and Alexei Brodovich’s Design Laboratory.

William SnipesWilliam Snipes is a Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP and a member of the Firm's Litigation Group. His practice is focused on representing clients in complex commercial, securities, banking and products liability litigation and in investigations and proceedings before federal and state regulatory authorities. Snipes has represented a broad range of U.S. and foreign industrial and financial services clients. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association and of the Board of Trustees of New School University and a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. Snipes, for many years, taught trial advocacy at Columbia Law School.  Snipes has been named to The Lawdragon 500: The Leading Lawyers in America (2006, 2007) and Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America (2009-2010), and has been recognized as a leader in Business Litigation in New York Super Lawyers (2006-2011). 

Karol Mason

Karol Mason is President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In her long legal career in both the private and public sectors, President Mason has been an exceptional voice for equality, fairness and criminal justice reform, issues that are at the heart of John Jay’s mission. She was a leader in the Obama Administration on juvenile justice issues, bail reform and reentry for individuals leaving prison, and in her distinguished career at Alston & Bird LLP she was the first African American woman elected as chair of the management committee at any major national firm.

President Mason, who assumed the office on August 1, was recommended by Chancellor James B. Milliken after an extensive national search. She will be the first woman and the first minority to serve as president of the college, whose motto is, “educating for justice.”

Yi LiDr. Yi Li is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Li brings more than three decades of higher education leadership, including award-winning research, scholarship and a proven track record for increasing gender and ethnic diversity in STEM programs and launching innovative student success programs. 

Li grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution, when public K-12 education was largely in disarray and teaching was considered “suspect.” Being fortunate enough to test into Xi’an Jiaotong University, he earned his degree in Mathematics, and developed a deep appreciation for education, equality, and optimism. Li went on to receive his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and did his postdoc at the University of Chicago.

Prior to coming to John Jay College, Li was the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University, Northridge, where he also served as Professor in the Department of Mathematics. At CSUN Li made diversity and inclusion one of his top priorities, recruiting, mentoring and retaining faculty and staff committed to building a supportive community for all people.

Li also served as Dean in the College of Science and Mathematics at Wright State University since 2011; professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Iowa; associate professor at the University of Rochester; and L.E. Dickson instructor at the University of Chicago.

Li fully understands the transformative power of higher education and is deeply committed to the social mobility of underrepresented people. At John Jay he hopes to empower the faculty and execute smart strategic plans for the betterment of the entire College community.

Steve TitanSteve Titan is the Vice President for Finance and Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  A senior leader with over 30 years of experience in financial, education, insurance and healthcare sectors, he came to John Jay from the College Board where he served as Vice President and Treasurer for 16 years and transformed it from a fiscally struggling organization to a financially stable and growing institution.  In that capacity, he managed the organization’s investments, financial reporting, budgeting, online testing operations, human resources and facilities.  He oversaw the development and implementation of an e-commerce platform for the SAT that saved $3 million annually, generating funds that were used to support the SAT fee-waiver program for low-income students.  He also led the development of the ACCUPLACER system, a test used by community colleges to determine college readiness.  Prior to the College Board, he worked for 11 years as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, a $2-billion HMO with more than 1 million members.

Titan is a CPA, holds a B.A. in Accounting from Syracuse, and is a graduate of the Cornell University Executive Development Program.  He has run 20 New York City Marathons (and five more elsewhere) and more than 100 triathlons. 

Alisse WaterstonAlisse Waterston is Presidential Scholar in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, and President of the American Anthropological Association (2015-2017), the largest association of anthropologists in the world. She is author of numerous books and articles, most recently of the award winning My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory and the Violence of a Century (Routledge: 2014). Professor Waterston is a cultural anthropologist who studies the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. Her areas of specialty include urban poverty and policy issues in the United States related to destitution, homelessness and substance abuse, health, welfare and migration. Her most recent work focuses on the processes and aftermaths of political violence, ethnic and religious conflict, displacement and transnationalism, remembering, diaspora, cultural trauma and identity formation. Waterston is founding editor of Open Anthropology, and was awarded International Scholar of the Open Society Institute affiliated with the Gender Studies Programme, Tbilisi State University (2012-2015). Her forthcoming book, Gender in Georgia: Feminist Perspectives on Culture, Nation and History in the South Caucasus, will be published Berghahn Books (November 2017). Waterston is co-Director of the John Jay College Vera Fellows Program, for which she also serves as faculty. As chair of the Faculty Fund Committee, Waterston launched the Rising Star Fellowship, the first faculty-funded program providing unique fellowship opportunities for John Jay College undergraduates.