Chicago, Illinois and Jamestown, Rhode Island
Gaye Hill is involved in residential and restaurant real estate, and also consults with not-for-profit organizations regarding fundraising and image. She has a degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism; her professional career includes 30-plus years as a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader. She has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including the North Shore (Chicago) United Way; and currently serves on the Earthwatch Institute’s board of advisors, exploring awareness of ocean health and sustainability. Gaye and her husband, Jeffrey A. Urbina, are the parents of two sons, one of whom is a Hampshire alum.
David Dinerman has spent most of his career helping entrepreneur-driven businesses achieve success. In addition to his B.A. from Hampshire, he holds a J.D. from the University of Oregon Law School and a L.L.M. from Boston University. David played Ultimate Frisbee at Hampshire, is married with three children, and is involved in a number of community activities, including the Association for Corporate Growth, the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and coaching junior sports. David also serves on the steering committee of the Intentional Endowments Network.
Luis Hernandez is an early childhood education specialist for training and technical assistance services at Western Kentucky University. In addition to his Hampshire degree (Division III title: “Roots of Modern Housing”), Luis holds an M.A. in bilingual/multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. His areas of expertise include early literacy, dual language learning, adult learning practices, and changing demographics and diversity in the world of education. A new area of work and professional interest centers on advancing the goals of the World Forum on Early Care and Education. In addition to his service to Hampshire College, Luis is on the boards of the McCormick Tribune Center for Early Childhood Leadership, the United Way’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood, and the National Latino Children’s Institute.
Fraser Beede is active in a number of educational, arts, and cultural non-profit organizations, including serving on the boards of trustees of Historic Deerfield, Inc., Miss Porter’s School, and, most recently, Hampshire College. She is a graduate of Miss Porter’s; in addition, she holds a B.A. in romance languages and literature from Harvard University and a M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University. Before relocating to Massachusetts, Fraser worked for 15 years in finance and strategic planning with Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States, Hong Kong, and The Netherlands. In her last assignment at Exxon Mobil, she was global finance manager for Exxon Mobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company.
San Mateo, California
Judy Bornstein is a managing director and the chief financial officer of American Infrastructure MLP Funds, which she was instrumental in founding. AIM is an innovative private investment firm providing tax-advantaged capital to help growth companies in the sectors of infrastructure, natural resources, and real property. Judy has over 15 years of experience in finance and operations: previous positions include serving as chief financial officer for McCown DeLeeuw & Co., chief financial officer of InterDimensions Corporation (an internet consulting and technology company), and director of national operations for SmartRoute Systems. In addition to her B.A. from Hampshire College, she holds an M.B.A. from Simmons College.
Dayna Cunningham is executive director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Community Innovators Lab. Based on the conviction that community knowledge can drive powerful innovation and can help make markets an arena for supporting social justice, "CoLab" supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. Prior to CoLab, Dayna was program director of the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, non-governmental organizations, and government, where she worked with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social, and environmental sustainability. Dayna has also served as an associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S.; and as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she litigated cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, and elsewhere in the South. Dayna holds an A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and a M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is the parent of recent Hampshire graduate.
Rajkot Gujarat, India
Nirman Dave is the elected student trustee alternate. Nirman is a programming and entrepreneurship enthusiast who loves coding computer software, working in teams, exploring new fields, and building startups. In particular, his work with tech startups has led him to develop a strong interest in artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. Nirman has been involved in over 200 different software and hardware projects, and has spoken at TEDx and other events. He also loves meeting new people, watching movies, and trying new food.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Edward Dees is a board-certified physician who specializes in emergency and internal medicine. For most of his career, he practiced medicine in the New Orleans area and the River Parishes; since Hurricane Katrina, he has been living between New Orleans and Vermont. Ed previously served as Hampshire College trustee from 1983 to 1987. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Hampshire, Ed earned a doctorate in medicine from New York University and a master of public health degree from Tulane University.
Anne Downes, senior associate dean of advising, is the elected staff trustee. Anne came to Hampshire in 1983, working first on the residence life staff, then as a dean in student life, and since 1996 in the College's Center for Academic Support and Advising, where her specialty is academic support for Division III and transfer students. Before coming to Hampshire, she taught high school English and worked in education programs for incarcerated youth under the Department of Youth Services. Anne holds a B.A. from LeMoyne College, a M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
New York, New York
Linda Earle is executive director of the New York Arts Program, a semester-long course of study managed by Ohio Wesleyan University for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who have demonstrated ability in the arts, creative industries, and culture, and who wish to pursue their education while exploring professional options. Previously she was executive director of the Program for the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, one of the nation’s leading organizations for emerging visual artists, and before that was senior program director at the New York State Council on the Arts. Linda has also lectured widely on issues pertinent to individual artists, arts advocacy, and access to the arts. She serves on the board of governors of the Colby College Museum, is a member of the board of the Art Matters Foundation, and is president of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts. In addition to her Hampshire B.A., Linda holds an M.F.A. in film from Columbia University.
New York, New York
Sascha Freudenheim is co-founder and principal of PAVE Communications & Consulting, which specializes in strategic communications and consulting for the creative disciplines, including the visual and performing arts, design, architecture, humanities, and film. PAVE’s work is guided by the values of Passion, Alignment, Vision, and Experience. Before launching PAVE, Sascha was the executive vice president of Resnicow + Associates, where he worked for more than 13 years on client projects, new business development, and agency operations. Prior to R+A, Sascha worked as a Technology and Knowledge Management Analyst and Project Manager for KPMG LLP and then for KPMG Consulting, Inc.; curatorial assistant for The Jewish Museum in New York, on the exhibition Marc Chagall 1907-1917; and curatorial assistant for the Blum-Kovler Foundation in Washington, D.C., on projects such as Roosevelt History Month, in conjunction with the opening of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Sascha concentrated his studies at Hampshire in history and philosophy, and wrote his Division III on Friedrich Nietzsche’s moral critique of Judaism.
New York, New York
Jose Fuentes is a serial Internet entrepreneur. Jose concentrated his studies at Hampshire in behavioral economics. His Division III was titled “Rising Technomass: The Political Economy of Social Transformation in Cyberspace,” and was adapted and published by Westry Wingate in 2010. His most recent venture is as partner of the New York- based food delivery company Savory, where he leads software and product. Previously, he was a co-founder of the healthcare platform Midika, and then worked as a research programmer in the department of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he co-founded Duolingo, the highly successful free language-learning company. Jose is originally from Guatemala, and brings an international perspective to his experience as a Hampshire alum and trustee.
Wallingford, Connecticut and Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Carolyn Greenspan is an owner and the chief executive officer of Blue State Coffee, a company committed to philanthropy, sustainability, and community involvement. Blue State, which has cafés at a number of locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, offers environmentally sustainable, fairly traded coffee and donates 2% of sales to local non-profit organizations voted on by customers. Carolyn is on the board of trustees of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, and is the chair of the board of Amistad Academy public charter school in New Haven. She received her A.B. from Brown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She and her husband, Marshall Ruben, have four children, one of whom is a current Hampshire student.
Brooklyn, New York
Rebecca Holland is the assistant vice president for global standards and compliance for New York University, and previously served as NYU’s deputy chief university compliance officer. After obtaining a Hampshire degree with a concentration in social and political history, she earned a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She began her legal career as a criminal defense attorney with the Legal Aid Society of New York City, working in the Brooklyn and Manhattan courts. Rebecca spent nearly a decade as an executive in nonprofit alternative-to-incarceration organizations in Chicago and New York, focusing on criminal justice policy, program development, and program management. She later served as the inspector general of the Public Assistance and Grants Unit of the New York City Department of Investigation. Her volunteer activities have included committees at the Chicago Women’s Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association; mentoring teenage girls; and serving on the board of directors of Illinois NARAL and the Illinois NARAL Political Action Committee. Rebecca is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Association of Corporate Counsel/Greater New York chapter, and the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Dick Hurd is an investment manager and director of research at Mayo Capital Partners. Mayo Capital Partners is the parent company of Mayo Investment Advisers LLC, which is an SEC-registered investment adviser that provides investment management services to endowments, foundations, pension plans, and family offices. At Mayo Capital, Dick is a large cap value manager focused on capital preservation for transitioning bond buyers, pensions, foundations and endowments. Previously, he served as managing director for the Boston region for BMO Capital Markets, Executive managing director of Fulcrum Global Partners, director of Credit Suisse First Boston, partner at DLJ Investment Banking, and partner at Kidder Peabody Financial Services. In addition to serving as a Hampshire trustee, Dick is on the board of Roca, a non-profit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives by means of behavior change, skills-building, data-driven case management, and stage-based education and employment training. Dick received his B.A. from Hampshire and a M.B.A. in finance from the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Mary James is A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics and dean for institutional diversity at Reed College. In her teaching and research, Mary specializes in accelerator physics, classical electrodynamics, and physics outreach. After earning her B.A. from Hampshire, she received her Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford University. In addition to her positions at Reed, she has worked as engineering physicist and visiting scientist at Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center, and as assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Stephan Jost is an art historian and director of the Honolulu Museum of Art. This encyclopedic art museum was founded in 1927, and is Hawai’i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with a permanent collection of more than 60,000 objects and art works. Stephan’s previous work has included serving as director of Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, and of the Mills College Museum of Art in Oakland, California. Stephan earned a B.A. from Hampshire and a master’s degree in art history from the University of Texas, Austin. His Hampshire Division III was titled: “Windows of Power: Sixteenth Century Dutch Stained Glass in Gouda.”
Jonathan Lash is the sixth President of Hampshire College. An internationally recognized expert on practical solutions to global sustainability and development challenges, Jonathan served as president of the World Resources Institute from 1993 to 2011. WRI is an environmental think tank that is an international leader on issues ranging from low carbon development to sustainable transportation; under his leadership, WRI quadrupled its budget and globalized its work with offices in eight countries and partners in more than 50 countries. From 1993 to 1999, Jonathan was co-chair of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, a group of government, business, labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders appointed by President Bill Clinton to develop visionary recommendations for strategies to promote sustainable development. He played a key role in the creation and success of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, which in 2007 issued the highly influential “Call to Action” on global warming.
David Matheson was vice president and senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group, where his work focused on the integration of health care and technology; since his retirement, he continues to work for the firm on a part-time basis. He also consults individually to a number of health care and educational institutions, including Partners in Health (working with Paul Farmer) and Ariadne Labs (working with Atul Gawande). Most recently he has been very involved as the “Experience Guy” with launching Trext, a large-group interactive texting software developed by his son, Jamie, while a student at Hampshire. Dave received a B.A. with first class honors from the University of St. Andrews, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and a M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Ellen Matheson, are the parents of two recent Hampshire graduates.
Hong Kong, China
Bob McCarthy is a director of Spinnaker Capital, which manages $5 billion in two funds specializing in emerging markets investments. He concentrates on their illiquid, special situation investments in Asia and Eastern Europe. At Hampshire he concentrated in economics and history, and his Division III, entitled "The Gothic Cathedral," was on the economic impact on the medieval community of building a cathedral.
In addition to her Hampshire B.A., Lucy McFadden holds a master's degree in earth and planetary sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the University of Hawai'i. For a number of years, Lucy was a research professor in the department of astronomy at the University of Maryland, where she taught and mentored undergraduates and graduate students in the pursuit of scientific research. She was also the founding director of the living-learning program "Science, Discovery, and the Universe," offered through the College Park Scholars Program. In 2010, Lucy was named chief for higher education at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, leading undergraduates and graduate internships and NASA's postdoctoral fellowship programs; in 2013 she resumed her research, studying asteroids and comets in the solar system as a senior scientist at Goddard. Lucy has served on the board of trustees at Concord Academy, Concord Massachusetts, and was the founding vice president of Explore-It-All Science Center, a non-profit, hands-on science center in the Washington, D.C. area. She is married to Marc Allen and has two daughters.
New York, NY, and Cranbury, New Jersey
Ali Mirsepassi is a professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies and Sociology at New York University. He was the vice dean and the interim dean of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study from 2002-2007. Before joining the faculty at NYU, Ali taught at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges for more than a decade. He was a 2007- 2009 Carnegie Scholar and is the recipient of several national and international awards, including a 2001 Best Researcher of the Year Award, a teaching award from Tehran University, and a 2014 Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute for International Education Scholar Rescue Fund. Ali is the author of a number of scholarly publications including the upcoming Transnationalism in Iranian Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, Fall 2016) about Ahmad Fardid, best known as "the Iranian Heidegger." In 2015 he produced a documentary film based on the book. Ali's daughter is a Hampshire graduate.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Bill Null is one of two elected alumni trustees. He is the managing partner of Cuddy & Feder LLP, one of the Hudson Valley's leading law firms. Bill has been lead counsel for many major development projects in Westchester County. His practice is focused on real estate, land use, and zoning issues relating to commercial, institutional, and residential development in the Hudson Valley. Bill received his B.A. from Hampshire College and earned his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He believes in actively participating in the community as a professional and a volunteer, serving on several not-for-profit boards, including White Plains Hospital Center, Gilda's Club Westchester, and White Plains Bridge of Friendship Foundation. He has lectured on zoning and land use issues before the New York State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, and Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. Bill and his wife, Lauren E. Thaler 75S, are the parents of a Hampshire alum.
Amherst, Massachusetts and Lismore, Ireland
Annie Rogers, professor of psychoanalysis and clinical psychology, is the elected faculty trustee. She received her B.A. from Webster College and her Ph.D. from Washington University and is also trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst. Prior to Hampshire, Annie spent fifteen years engaged in teaching and doing research at Harvard University. She has conducted studies on a range of topics including the psychological development of girls; ego and moral development in both genders; and the ways trauma and its repetition shapes development for girls. Annie is the author of A Shining Affliction; Women, Girls and Psychotherapy: Reframing Resistance (co-edited); Charlie’s Chasing the Sheep (editor); and The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma. She is also a watercolor painter and published poet.
Kim Saal is president and chief executive officer of the Cooley Dickinson Physician Network at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Previously, he was chief of cardiology at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and a partner at Mount Auburn Cardiology Associates. In addition to providing clinical care, Kim has been a teacher, mentor, and clinical coach. He held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School, where he was recipient of the Blacklow teaching award for his work educating medical students, physicians in training, and hospital staff. He was also recognized as teacher of the year at Mount Auburn Hospital. As a physician leader, he has promoted innovation and change in the model of the delivery of healthcare by utilizing quality and information management tools to promote clinical integration and improve the quality of care. Kim’s Division III was titled: “Biochemical Modification of the Presynaptic Inhibitor B-bungarotoxin.” Kim earned his M.D. degree from the State University of New York at Downstate, did his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts, and completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington. Kim credits Hampshire with formulating his primary mission: to develop lifelong learners who will promote the cause of social justice and the well-being of others.
Carol Salzman is a board-certified physician practicing internal medicine and infectious diseases in the Washington, D.C. area. She is affiliated with Sibley Hospital and George Washington University Hospital, and is a clinical professor at the George Washington University Medical School, where she teaches clinical medicine to first through fourth year medical students. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire in 1975 and her M.D. and Ph.D. in physiology from Georgetown University in 1981, then did her residency and fellowship at George Washington, where she was chief medical resident. Her doctoral research was in lipid digestion with a focus on its relationship to premature infants. Carol is married to Michael Mann 71F, who served as a Hampshire College trustee from 1994 to 2002.
Eduardo Samaniego is the elected student trustee, the first undocumented student to serve in this capacity. He just completed a four month summer position with the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, D.C., specializing in social media, and he works year round for the National Association of Latino Farmers and Ranchers, in the communications department. Eduardo has organized and gone to jail protesting policy 4.1.6., which prohibits undocumented students in the state of Georgia from applying to certain colleges. He also travels to colleges across the country advocating for equity in access to higher education, has a TEDx talk about his own experiences, and writes a column on immigration and education for the Nuevo Georgia newspaper. Eduardo graduated from the Washington Center with a diploma in government and public policy. At Hampshire, he is pursuing a concentration in Constitutional Law and Education Policy. In his free time, Eduardo enjoys riding horses with the equestrian team and guiding students through the mountains behind Hampshire College.
San Francisco, California
Pasha Thornton is the Head of School for the San Francisco Expeditionary School, whose mission is to empower students and teachers to be learners, thinkers, citizens, and explorers engaged in and inspired by the real world. Children learn in a community that fosters curiosity about the world by allowing them time to think, time to experiment, and time to understand the implications of what they learn. In addition, Pasha is a diversified private investor and a trustee of the Thornton Foundation. In the latter role she focuses on environmental issues, wilderness conservation, land use planning, environmental education, and population, including international reproductive health and domestic immigration reform. After earning her baccalaureate degree from Hampshire, Pasha received a M.S. in physics and environmental science from Princeton University. She previously served Hampshire as a trustee from September 2004 to May 2008.
San Francisco, California
Carol Varney is one of two elected alumni trustees. She is executive director of the Bay Area Video Coalition, where she provides leadership and vision for the 39-year-old media arts lab and oversees all program areas, including youth programs, independent media, adult training and workforce, and technology and media preservation. She also oversees all fundraising and development activities and participates on review panels for Media Maker Fellow Awards, as well as award and grants panels nationally. Before joining BAVC, Carol worked for many years in advancement activities for cultural organizations such as Stanford Lively Arts, Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum of Art. Carol was also very involved in the HIV/AIDS activist movement, serving on the board of the Bay Area Chapter of the NAMES Project, as a development officer for the policy and education organization Project Inform, and as an institutional grants manager at the Hesperian Foundation, where she fundraised for international HIV/AIDS publications. Carol has served on a number of boards, and is currently on the advisory board of SPACE Gallery.