Knerr is Managing Director of Anthony Knerr & Associates.
He was earlier Executive Vice President for Finance and Treasurer of Columbia University and Vice Chancellor for Budget and Planning of the City University of New York. He was previously Special Assistant for Budget and Planning to the Acting President of Yale University; an Associate with the consulting firm of Booz, Allen & Hamilton; a Program Officer with the International Exchange Program; a Teaching Associate at Indiana University; and a Teacher at Milton Academy.
Dr. Knerr has taught English Literature at Columbia College, Public Policy and Nonprofit Management at Columbia University Graduate School of Business, English Literature at Indiana University, Philosophy at Yale University and Public Policy at the New School. He has written and published widely on strategy, non-profit organizations, public policy, higher education and literature.
Dr. Knerr is currently President Emeritus of the Turtle Conservancy; President Emeritus of United Neighborhood Houses of New York City; Treasurer of Words Without Borders; and a board member of the Keats-Shelley Association and New York Society Library. He is also a Lead Director of the Delaware Group of Mutual Funds and a member of the Mutual Fund Directors Education Council. He has previously served on numerous other nonprofit and corporate boards, and was recently Vice Chairman of Humanity in Action. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Association, Grolier Club, New York Economic Club and Phi Beta Kappa.
He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University; M.A. cum laude from Yale University and B.A. magna cum laude in Mathematics and Philosophy from Yale University.
Ms. Lana Atanazevich, a Consultant of the firm, has significant experience and training in strategic planning, nonprofit management and organizational development. Her consulting assignments included a variety of social services and educational organizations, such as Aquincum Institute of Technology - Budapest, Asphalt Green, Jewish Foundation for Education of Women, Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), Queens College Foundation and University of Aberdeen International Leadership Program, as well as organizational assessment and comparative analysis tasks for Cambridge University and Norman Rockwell Museum, among others.
Prior to this post, she was at Taproot Foundation, responsible for volunteer outreach, recruitment, training, evaluation and program management. She also held market research and analysis positions at CBS and The Intrac Group, where she undertook a variety of marketing projects and media and market research. She has also been a Teaching Assistant at Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a Board member of Rotaract Club at the United Nations. Ms. Atanazevich is an active member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Columbia University Organization and Human Development Consulting Club (OHDCC).
Ms. Atanazevich received her B.S. with high honors in linguistics and intercultural communications from Voronezh State University (Russia) and her M.A. in international studies/organizational psychology from Columbia University Teachers College.
Richard Baznik, a Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience as a senior executive officer, strategist, planner, communicator and consultant for a wide variety of higher education institutions and other nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe.
Mr. Baznik is highly skilled in helping organizations to develop strategies that target their strengths and opportunities and at integrating these strategies with organizational development, governance, communications, partnership building and resource generation.
Mr. Baznik served for more than 40 years in senior executive roles at Case Western Reserve University, where he is now Vice President Emeritus for Public Affairs. Specific assignments during his tenure at Case Western Reserve include managing all internal and external communications; launching and managing government and community relations programs; coordinating strategic planning, international affairs, executive search and institutional research; and advising and representing the President on a wide range of issues. In his most recent assignment, he was Director of the Institute for the Study of the University in Society, where he researched and wrote a new history of the institution and explored the evolving role of research universities in society. He has also taught a variety of undergraduate courses at the University.
He has served as the Founding Chair of the University Magazine Network, a national consortium of research universities; Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts; incorporator and officer of the Board of Trustees of the Buckeye Health Center, a primary care and birthing center serving inner city residents that has since been integrated into University Hospitals of Cleveland; and a trustee and officer of Karamu House, an arts, education, and community-service organization focused on African American culture.
Mr. Baznik received his B.A. in classics (English, Greek, and Latin) from John Carroll University and completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business.
R. Dyke Benjamin
R. Dyke Benjamin, a Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience as an investment and financial counselor to a wide range of commercial and nonprofit institutions.
A Managing Director of Axiom Capital Management Inc., Mr. Benjamin is a former Director of Lazard Asset Management LLC, where he was an Investment Counselor and securities analyst for more than thirty years. He was previously a securities and regulatory analyst.
A primary focus of his work has been financial and organizational structures of nonprofit institutions, and he has consulted widely in the U.S. and abroad on a broad range of alternative financial and investment strategic, policy, structural and governance issues.
Mr. Benjamin is CEO of the Annie Tinker Association for Women, Inc; Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America, Inc.; Advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Modern Language Association; Treasurer of the American Trust for the British Library; a member of the Finance Committee of St. Philip’s Church; and a member of the Finance Committee of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. He is also a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the Financial Planning Association.
He served on the U. S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Hunger; was Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the Century Association and the Grolier Club of New York City; has been a financial advisor to several United Methodist City Society charities, including the Five Points Mission, one of the oldest charities in New York City; and was a member of the vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church and a Director of Girls Inc., formerly The Girls’ Club of America, Inc. He is a member of The National Institute of Social Sciences, which honors the highest level of contribution to the betterment of American society.
Mr. Benjamin has spoken and written widely in investment and financial advisory matters as well as on John Ruskin, a nineteenth century art critic and social reformer, whose books and letters he collects. Among his recent publications are Greater World Stability Through Innovative Ethical Finance; John Ruskin: the Formation of a Private Collection; Ruskin Observed; and Ruskin Remembered.
Mr. Benjamin received his B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
A Senior Consultant of the firm, Viktor Böhm is a strategy advisor to leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organisations and select commercial enterprises.
He previously held executive positions at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, including Vice President for Strategy and Development and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. His contribution to the development of the Central European University was acknowledged by the CEU President’s Award in 2009.
In various advisory capacities, Dr. Böhm has been involved in leadership enhancement and capacity building at a number of public institutions and multinational corporations, including the Hungarian subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the Hungarian Regulatory Authority for Telecommunication and, most recently, at a publicly listed UK company. He has also managed major fund-raising initiatives for professional organizations, local and international foundations, large-scale public events, research projects and scientific conferences.
Dr. Böhm received his M.A. in social psychology from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and his Ph.D. in political science from Central European University. He was a resident Research Fellow in moral and political philosophy at New College, Oxford.
John M. Braunstein
John M. Braunstein, a Senior Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience in higher education strategy, organization, management, enrollment and planning.
He was earlier a Senior Associate in the Higher Education Consulting Group of Coopers & Lybrand, a Senior Consultant in Higher Education at KPMG Peat Marwick and a Principal in the higher education strategy and financial analysis practice of The Stillwater Group. His clients in these positions included Columbia University, Educational Testing Service, University of Maryland System, University of Missouri, MIT, New York University Stern School of Business, University of Chicago Law School, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.
Mr. Braunstein has also served as Associate Provost for Enrollment and Planning at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission at Franklin and Marshall College; Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Iona College; Associate Director of Admission at Oberlin College; and Assistant Director of Admission at Brown University.
He has written and spoken widely on higher education strategy, planning, financing and athletics.
He received his B.A. degree in semiotics from Brown University and his M.B.A. in management of organizations and marketing from Columbia University. He also participated in the Management Develop Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Peter McE. Buchanan
Peter McE. Buchanan, a Consultant of the firm, is a Senior Associate at Washburn & McGoldrick, Inc.
He is President Emeritus of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In that role he directed the training of institutions in the fields of fundraising, marketing, communications and alumni relations. He has consulted widely with higher education institutions about fundraising and related issues.
Dr. Buchanan was previously Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Columbia University, where he led two major fund-raising campaigns, one of which was for a billion dollar program, and Vice President for Planning and Resources at Wellesley College, where he led a major fund-raising campaign.
He is a past member of the governing boards of CASE, Dana Hall School, Episcopal Divinity School, Independent Sector and the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. He also chaired the Washington Higher Education Secretariat’s Multiple Employer Trust Board (MET), providing comprehensive medical insurance for participating associations’ members. He is currently a Director of the Curry School of Education Foundation Board at the University of Virginia; a member of the University Council of Cornell University; and a Trustee of the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Buchanan received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, his M.B.A. in Marketing from Columbia University and his Ed.D. in Higher Education from Columbia University.
Patricia R. Burch
Patricia R. Burch is a Consultant of the firm and one of the two managing principals of The Stillwater Group, a management consulting firm based in Stillwater, New Jersey, that specializes in academic planning and financial analysis for institutions of higher education.
Ms. Burch has extensive experience in strategy, finance, operations management and organizational effectiveness for a diverse set of higher education clients, including research universities, liberal arts colleges, schools of art and design, historically black colleges and universities, theological seminaries and single-sex colleges. She has assisted a number of clients with mergers and other forms of institutional alliances; business planning and exploration of strategic options. She has assisted leading public institutions of higher education, including Northern Kentucky University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati and University of Kentucky undertake successful strategic planning processes and business plans.
She held a variety of administrative positions at Columbia University from 1981 to 1993, including Budget Director for the Arts and Sciences and Associate Provost for Planning and Policy Analysis. She staffed Columbia’s university-wide strategic planning process and directed studies of a wide range of financial and policy issues in the University’s schools, academic programs, and libraries.
She received her B.A. in economics and her M.B.A. in business economics and non-profit management from Columbia University.
Ed Colker, an Advisory Consultant of the firm, has had a distinguished career as an artist,
arts administrator, arts academic leader and publisher.
His university/college faculty and leadership posts include Cooper Union (Provost),
Cornell University (Chair), Pratt Institute (Provost), State University of New York-
Purchase (Dean), University of the Arts (Founding Provost), University of Illinois-
Chicago (Research Professor of Art & Director, School of Art & Design), and
University of Pennsylvania (Professor).
His awards include Florsheim Art Fund, Graham Foundation/University of Illinois,
Guggenheim Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council and Rochefort-en-terre, France artist’s
residency, 2007. Additional distinctions include Coleman, Hunterdon, Noyes and
Rosenwald prizes, Taylor Arms Medal, Printing Industries of Pennsylvania Gold Medal
and commissioned editions for the International Graphic Arts Society and The Print Club
of New York. Editor: Issue of the College Art Journal on "The Education of Artists".
His work exhibited in the U.S. and abroad include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum
of Modern Art, National Collection of Fine Arts, Neuberger Museum, Poets House
and U.S. Art-in-Embassies. His works in permanent collections include Bibliothèque
Nationale de France, Getty Research Institute, Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia
Museum of Art, Worcester Art Museum and Whitney Museum as well as numerous
university library/special collections, including Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell,
Harvard, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, NYU, Stanford and Yale Universities.
Among his retrospective career exhibitions are Five Decades in Print, which toured
the U.S. in 1998 and 1999 with final showing in NY, 2004, and, most recent, (solo
exhibition) 50th anniversary: selected editions - Poets House, NY, 2010.
His arts consultancies include universities, state and regional accrediting boards, National
Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of State and Israel Ministry of Education.
He has lectured throughout U.S. at colleges, universities and museums including
Arizona, Bates, Cooper Union, Houston, Illinois, Iowa, Longwood, Pratt Institute, Texas
Christian and Vanderbilt. Mr. Colker is Founder (1966) of Editions du Grenier (now
Haybarn Press) for publication of fine art limited editions with drawings and prints in
collaboration with poets and in response to poetic texts, which have included Anania,
Brubeck , Char, Cummings, Jabès, Neruda, Norris, Stevens and Sutzkever and poet
groups, as Gathering, 2010, and Voices to Share, 2011.
He is a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and received his B.S.
(Founder’s Honors) and M.A. with special studies in Europe from New York University.
A Consultant of Anthony Knerr & Associates, Robert Curvin is widely experienced in community development, social policy, urban policy and leadership development.
Dr. Curvin was most recently President of the Greentree Foundation. He was previously Vice President, Communications, of the Ford Foundation; Director, Urban Poverty Program, at the Ford Foundation; Dean, Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions, at the New School for Social Research; Member of the Editorial Board of The New York Times; Associate Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College; Community Development Specialist at Rutgers University; Director of the Rutgers Community Action Training Program; Director of the Harlem Leadership Training Institute; and Caseworker and Supervisor of the Essex County Welfare Board.
Dr. Curvin is presently Board Chair of the Fund for the City of New York, a member of the boards of Humanity in Action, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the RAND Corporation and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He was previously a Trustee of Princeton University; a member of the National Academy of Public Administration; a Director of the Revson Foundation; a Trustee of Channel 13 Public Television; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University; and a Director of Broad National Bank. He has also been a Research Associate at the Brookings Institution and a Consultant to the National Affairs Division of the Ford Foundation.
He has written widely on issues of urban politics, economic development and social policy.
Dr. Curvin received his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.S.W. from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work and his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. Prior to attending college, he served as an officer in the 101st Airborne Artillery.
Margaret S. Downs
Margaret Downs, a Consultant of the firm, has wide experience in public policy, strategy, general management and private equity.
Most recently, Ms. Downs has served as Managing Director of Downs & Associates LLC, a practice she founded in 1997 to advise clients in the information and services sectors on strategic and organizational issues. Consulting engagements have ranged across organizational assessment and design, strategic planning, change management, merger integration, leadership development and business process improvement. Downs & Associates has served in a variety of sectors including media, marketing information, healthcare, financial services, management consulting, environmental services, engineering, food, fashion and nonprofit.
In 2000, Ms. Downs joined Bain Capital LLC as an Executive Vice President and served for more than two years in a business development and marketing role for this private equity firm. Bain Capital was formed by partners of Bain & Company, where she served from 1985 to 1990, managing engagements in business strategy and operations for the firm’s corporate clients. Prior to founding Downs & Associates, Ms. Downs served as General Manager of APM’s strategic consulting group. APM, Inc. (now CSC Healthcare, a division of CSC) was a leading U.S. consulting firm serving the health care industry.
Ms. Downs has held management positions across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She left Bain & Company in 1990 to join the newly formed U.S. subsidiary of Daneco Danieli Ecologia S.p.A. (now Daneco ABB), an Italian-based company active in design, construction and operation of waste processing facilities, where she served first as Vice President and then as President. Beginning in 1981, Ms. Downs spent two years as a project director for the Northeast-Midwest Institute, where she specialized in environmental issues for this nonprofit policy research center that serves members of Congress and governors. Also in Washington, she served as a legislative director and education policy aide in the U.S. Congress.
A member of the board of directors of the A.M. Todd Company, a former client, Ms. Downs also serves as an advisor to their venture capital arm, Great Spirit Ventures. In addition, she performs nonprofit service as a member of Fountain House’s Council for Training, Education and Advocacy.
Ms. Downs received an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, where she received first year honors and served as a marketing tutor. She earned her B.A. degree from Harvard College, magna cum laude with highest honors in history and Phi Beta Kappa. She has completed additional training in organizational psychology, negotiation and group facilitation.
A Senior Consultant of the firm, Jonathan Fanton's particular focus is on higher education, media and society and social services.
Dr. Fanton is currently the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Visiting Fellow at the Hunter College Public Policy Institute. Previously, he was President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, President of the New School for Social Research, Vice President for Planning at the University of Chicago and Associate Provost (among other positions) at Yale University.
He also serves on the Board of Trustees of De Paul University and the Advisory Board of the Millennium Village Project and he is an Advisory Trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He is also Co-Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the European Humanities University and Life Director of Human Rights Watch and Chair of the Africa Advisory Committee. He was previously Chair of Human Rights Watch, Security Council Report and the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He was previously Co-Chair of Partnership for New Communities and the 14th Street/Union Square Local Development Corporation.
Dr. Fanton is the author of I (2008) and The University and Civil Society (1995 and 2002), among other publications, and was co-editor of The Manhattan Project (1991). He is a member of the American Historical Association and Council on Foreign Relations.
He received his Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees, both in history, from Yale University.
Shirley Ferguson Jenks
A Senior Consultant of the firm, Shirley Ferguson Jenks has extensive experience in providing strategic and development counsel to nonprofit organizations in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services.
As a principal of the Jenks Group, LLC, she works independently and with other experts to design and implement strategic and fund development planning projects; direct annual and capital campaigns; and conduct executive searches for fundraising staff. With over 30 years of experience as a consultant and executive, she began her career in New York as the first Director of Development for the Landmarks Conservancy where she established and directed the fundraising office. Subsequently, as Director of Development for the Cultural Council Foundation (CCF), she organized the first formal development efforts and advised dozens of the emerging arts groups served by CCF.
Ms. Jenks then served as Manager of the Annual Fund of the American Craft Museum, where she devised and implemented a full range of national development programs during the construction of a new museum and a $10 million capital drive. She created and managed all of the activities of the Museum's first major donor club, the Collectors Circle. Subsequently, Ms. Jenks served as Vice President for Development of the American Academy in Rome where she oversaw annual fundraising and a $20 million Centennial campaign for capital needs and endowment. She has also been a consultant to nonprofit organizations for 19 years and in this capacity has assisted a variety of local, national and international clients as counsel.
Ms. Jenks was founder of the Development Professionals Roundtable and was its President for ten years. She currently serves on the Boards of the American Foundation for the Courtauld Institute of Art and the New York Preservation Archives Project.
She received her M.A. in Medieval Architecture from the Courtauld Institute in London and her B.A. with honors in Political Science from Manhattanville College.
A Consultant of the firm, Susanna Ginsburg has significant expertise in assisting both public and private client organizations to design, implement and assess investment strategies and performance, program initiatives and policies. Ms Ginsburg has extensive experience in women’s health including reproductive health. Her most recent efforts involved work with the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association examining current trends and issues related to family planning through focus groups at the national PPFA meetings and development of a policy framework to address family planning with the new administration. She was the principal developer of the National Family Planning Performance Measurement System and one of the original developers of the National Women’s Health Report Card.
Ms. Ginsburg’s consulting and research experience has focused on emphasizing improvement of the health and well-being of vulnerable populations through strategic consulting to public agencies, health care providers, nonprofits and foundations, public policy analysis, program design and implementation, evaluation, and development of data and performance measurement for organizations including the Health Resource and Service Administration, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research and the Department of Health and Human Services, among others.
As a President and CEO of SG Associates Consulting, a firm that specializes in providing strategic consulting to foundations, public entities, health care organizations and nonprofits, Ms. Ginsburg is involved in conducting policy analyses on critical health issues and impacts of policy change; and designing and evaluating programs for performance improvement and assessment of impacts. She was previously Managing Vice President of Health Services Research and Evaluation at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Vice President and Practice Director of The Lewin Group and an independent consultant in several policy research firms and community development and planning organizations.
Ms. Ginsburg is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and sits on the Steering Committee for Bright Futures for Women’s Health and Wellness. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Hygiene, a Clinical Instructor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Social Work. She has written, published and spoken widely on issues concerning public health research and policy.
Ms. Ginsburg undertook her Doctoral studies at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. She received her Master of Social Work in Administration from the University of Michigan and earned her B.A. in Social Sciences from Michigan State University.
Daniel Goroff, a Senior Consultant of the firm, is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, where he makes grants supporting breakthrough science, technology, and economics. He is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty.
Dr. Goroff was on the faculty of Harvard University for over twenty years, where he served as Professor of the Practice of Mathematics, Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and Resident Tutor at the Leverett House. A recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, he taught courses at Harvard in mathematics, economics, physics, history of science and continuing education programs and was the founding director of a master’s degree program in “Mathematics for Teaching” offered through the Harvard Extension School.
Dr. Goroff has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Higher Education, as a Division Director at the National Research Council in Washington, and as Chair of the Board on International Scientific Organizations at the National Research Council. He was also Director of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics and Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a founding Board member of the nonpartisan group Scientists and Engineers for America. With Richard Freeman, he co-directed the Scientific and Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research and co-edited the book, Scientific and Engineering Careers in the United States, published by the University of Chicago. He was named a “Young Leader of the Decade in Academia” by Change: The Magazine of Higher Education in 1997.
Dr. Goroff has also held visiting positions at the Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris; the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley; Teachers College at Columbia University; Bell Laboratories in New Jersey; and the Dibner Institute at MIT.
Dr. Goroff earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University as a Danforth Fellow; his M.A. and B.A. in mathematics from Harvard as a Borden Scholar; his M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar; and his M.A. in mathematical finance at Boston University.
Neil Grabois, a Consultant of the firm, was previously Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning and Program Coordination at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he was responsible for the direction, conduct and evaluation of all programs of the Foundation.
Dr. Grabois served as President of Colgate University for 11 years. He was previously Provost of the College, Dean of Faculty and Dean of the College of Williams College. As a professor of mathematics, he taught at Colgate University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, State University of New York at Albany, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University and Williams College.
Active in educational organizations, Dr. Grabois has chaired and served on accreditation teams for the Middle States and New England Associations of Colleges and Schools. He has served on numerous educational boards and committees, including Harvard University’s assessment seminar and Pew Foundations’ science advisory committee.
Dr. Grabois received his B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. Dr. Grabois was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from Williams College and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Colgate University.
Susanne Kastler is a Consultant of the firm. Prior to
this post, she was Director of Program Development at the French American Foundation in New York
City, where she planned
and administered educational and social
programs. Her program areas included Youth Violence
Prevention, Civic Education and Early Education. She
was responsible for developing program budgets, proposals,
agendas and coordinated candidate selection. Ms. Kastler
also oversaw the publication of major reports on the
French universal pre-school system, organized press
conferences and consulted with American organizations
interested in French early education policies.
Prior to coming to the United States, Ms. Kastler
held several positions at INSEAD, an international
business school in France. In her last post there,
she was responsible for formulating a new reciprocation
policy for their FF 700M global capital campaign.
Ms. Kastler received her M.A. in American Studies from
Columbia University; B.A. magna cum laude in
American Studies from Mount Holyoke College; and language
degree in English, French and Spanish from Nürnberger
Fremdsprachenschule (Germany). She is a member of
Phi Beta Kappa.
Andrea Kihlstedt is a Consultant of the firm and widely experienced in planning and coordinating fundraising programs and capital campaigns.
Ms Kihlstedt has a remarkable record of successful development programs and capital campaigns, typically assisting clients raise more money than they ever thought possible. Over the past 25 years, she has assisted dozens of organizations expand and reinvigorate their fundraising programs. She has a wide range of experience, working with community-based organizations and national organizations. She has conducted assessments and training programs for the ACLU, the Robin Hood Foundation, Hudson Guild Settlement House, and the Cancer Center for Lancaster General Hospital among many other organizations. Ms Kihlstedt is a frequent speaker on fundraising and related topics at national conferences.
Ms Kihlstedt has written extensively about fundraising. Her book, Capital Campaigns: Strategies That Work, now in its 3rd edition (Jones and Bartlett, 2009)is a standard reference in the field. Her new book, How to Raise $1 Million in Ten Bite-Size Steps (Emerson & Church) came out in 2010.
Ms Kihlstedt is co-founder of Asking Matters™, an innovative web-based resource that enables people to identify their Personal Asking Styles and understand how best to use their styles in asking for gifts. The site also provides a compelling video library of
people talking about asking and giving.
Ms Kihlstedt served on the founding Board of MATA, an organization that encourages the work of young composers and founded and ran a successful concert series for emerging performers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Kihlstedt received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Philosophy from Brown University.
James (Jack) A. Krauskopf
A Consultant of the firm, Jack Krauskopf is presently Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Nonprofit Group in the School of Public Affairs of Baruch College. He was previously Chief Program Officer of the 9/11 United Services Groups; Senior Fellow, Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives at the Aspen Institute; President of Corporation for Supportive Housing; and Dean of the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy of the New School.
Earlier, he was Commissioner of New York City Human Resources Administration; Director of the Center for New Jersey Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University; Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services; Director of the Office of Newark Studies of Rutgers University; and Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Department of Human Resources and Economic Development.
Mr. Krauskopf has written and spoken widely on social services, child welfare, urban policy, employment policy and city government. He has taught at Baruch College, Cleveland State University, Pratt Institute, Princeton University, Rutgers University School of Law and the University of Wisconsin. He has extensive consulting experience with a wide range of nonprofit and governmental clients.
Mr. Krauskopf is presently Chair of the Board of the Center for Urban Community Services; a board member of the Citizens Committee for Children of New York and United Neighborhood Houses; a trustee of the Cultural Institutions Retirement System; a member of the Advisory Committee of Child Welfare Watch, the National Steering Committee of the Coordinated Assistance Network and the Program Committee of I Have a Dream. He has previously served on many nonprofit boards and governmental advisory groups, with a particular focus on community volunteer, human services and public policy organizations.
He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College and his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs of Princeton University.
Sandra D. Kresch
Sandra Kresch, a Consultant of the firm, is President of PSD International Inc., a consulting firm focused on supporting corporate and nonprofit clients in addressing high impact strategic business issues. She has more than 30 years of experience in managing businesses and consulting with clients on issues related to implementing strategic change with particular focus on growth strategy, organization design and marketing. Her work often involves leveraging intellectual property assets and brands into new sources of revenue, and she has deep expertise in all segments of the media business.
Ms. Kresch has significant experience in defining and implementing the organizational changes required to successfully grow businesses and expand the impact of nonprofit organizations. She marries an in-depth understanding of the critical success requirements in individual institutions with a sensitivity to the structural and staffing issues associated with effective implementation of strategy to guide organizations through major restructuring initiatives.
Prior to founding her own consulting firm, Ms. Kresch was a Partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton working in their commercial management consulting practice; the lead Entertainment and Media Strategy Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; and has held senior management positions at Time Inc. In that work, she has participated in the evolution of the Internet as a communications tool and new medium, helping companies and nonprofits to take advantage of new capabilities to expand their impact.
Ms. Kresch currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and the Theater Development Fund. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Asset Management and Development Committee of the YWCA of the USA and is their representative to the United Nations. Ms. Kresch is a past member of the National Board of the YWCA of the USA and of the Boards of Directors of Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children, Utopia Parkway Arts and the Jose Limon Dance Foundation. In addition, she previously served as a Director of Ascent for Meredith Asset Management, a privately held asset management firm serving high net worth individuals and institutions.
She has written and lectured on market segmentation, competitive structure, strategic planning, management of innovation and corporate and nonprofit governance. In addition, she has been an advisor to the European Commission on issues related to the development of media and telecommunications in Europe.
Ms. Kresch received her B.S. in Physiological Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Anne Nelson is a Senior Consultant of the firm with a special focus on media, higher education and philanthropy. She has consulted on media issues for a number of major foundations, including the Knight Foundation, Open Society Institute, Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and she has a strong interest in the role of critical thinking in the new media sphere.
She has taught at Columbia University since 1995, first at the School of Journalism, and more recently, at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She was previously the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a leading international press freedom organization. She currently teaches a research seminar on “New Media and Development Communication.” Her writing and commentary on media issues have appeared in a number of leading outlets, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, BBC, PBS and NPR. She has lectured at numerous universities, including Harvard, Duke, Tsinghua (Beijing) and San Andres (Buenos Aires).
Ms. Nelson has served as a senior consultant for the Salzburg Seminar’s program, Strengthening Independent Media and as an advisor for the Global Voices project Technology for Transparency. Her reports on media, philanthropy and higher education have been published by the Center for Independent Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the Board of the Michael & Cornelia Bessie Foundation.
She blogs for PBS MediaShift and appears on Twitter as anelsona. She is a noted author and playwright, whose writing has been translated into eight languages. She was the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim for her book Red Orchestra, which deals with propaganda and samizdat in Nazi Germany.
She received her B.A. in American Studies and music from Yale University.
Stephen R. Reiner
A Consultant of the firm, Stephen Reiner has over forty years of experience enhancing the financial and operational health of nonprofit and entrepreneurial focused enterprises as a senior executive and a consultant. He has managed multiple businesses and has actively served on over 15 nonprofit boards.
Mr. Reiner is a long-serving Trustee of Brandeis University. A member of its Executive Committee, he is currently the Chair of Budget and Finance and the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Rose Art Museum. He has served on three presidential search committees and three university-wide strategic planning committees. He played a key role in the reorganization of the Brandeis National Committee, which brought it into alignment with broader university governance. As Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Alumni Association, he led the enhancement of both its governance and operations, making it more receptive and relevant to its constituency; and as Chair of the Brandeis Annual Fund, giving increased by 15% during his tenure.
Mr. Reiner is currently the Chair Emeritus of the Jewish Communal Network Commission of UJA-Federation of New York. In his role as Chair, he led various committees and task forces that directed approximately $35 million in core operating grants, organizational reviews and capacity building grants and services to more than 100 agencies in the UJA-Federation network. He also serves on the UJA-Federation Board.
Mr. Reiner is also currently President of the Kings Bay YM/YWHA and a board member of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the Jerusalem Foundation, the Central Queens YM/YWHA and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. At the latter he led, for 15 years, the Continental Governing Body of the JCC Maccabi Games, during which time the Games grew to be the largest single event for Jewish teens in the world outside of Israel.
Mr. Reiner received his LL.B. from New York University Law School, and his B.A. from Brandeis University. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Lynn M. Taussig, MD
Lynn M. Taussig, a Senior Consultant of the firm, served as President/CEO of National Jewish Medical and Research Center for over 12 years, retiring in 2006. He is currently a Special Advisor to the Provost for the Life Sciences at the University of Denver. He also serves as chair of the Steering Committee for a large multi-center study sponsored by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute: Prematurity and Respiratory Outcome Program and also chairs Data Safety Monitoring Boards for two other NIH studies.
Dr. Taussig has consulted widely with leading medical schools and hospitals in the United States, including Baylor Health Care System, Case Western Reserve Medical School, Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, Michigan State University and Wake Forest University Health Sciences Center.
Prior to assuming his position at National Jewish, Dr. Taussig was Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Director, Steele Children’s Research Center at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He was on the faculty of the University of Arizona for over 19 years and began the Pediatric Pulmonary Section at the University. In 1980, Dr. Taussig initiated the Tucson Children’s Respiratory Study, a major longitudinal study of 1,246 newborns for the risk factors for asthma; the study continues today.
Dr. Taussig is the author of more than 185 scientific publications and seven books and monographs. He is a recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Alumni Achievement Award from Washington University School of Medicine, Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society, Kendig Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Founder’s Award from the Scientific Assembly on Pediatrics of the American Thoracic Society. He has been elected into the Colorado Pulmonary Hall of Fame.
Dr. Taussig received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.D. from Washington University School of Medicine.
Susan Wallach, a Consultant of the firm, has extensive experience in nonprofit governance as a nonprofit board leader and advisor and in structured problem solving as an attorney.
She has served on the Board of Overseers of Harvard University, where she chaired the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts and served on the Executive Committee as well as the Committees on Institutional Policy, Alumni Affairs and Development, and the Joint Committee on Inspection (the University’s audit and risk management committee).
Ms. Wallach presently serves on the Visiting Committees to Harvard College, Harvard Law School and The Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as the Departments of Music and of Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She chairs the Dean's Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She also serves as a Trustee of Deerfield Academy and is a member of the Columbia University Human Embryo and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Committee.
She has served as a Trustee of Radcliffe College and the Trevor Day School. She has also been a Director of AFS-USA (formerly American Field Service), an international high school student exchange program; a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the American Museum of Natural History; and a member of the Advisory Committees of the Schlesinger Library and the Harvard Children's Initiative.
Ms. Wallach received her B.A. cum laude from Radcliffe College and her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Ph.D.
Ruth Shoemaker Wood is a Consultant of the firm and an experienced consultant to educational institutions experiencing organization change and strategic planning challenges, including Queens College (CUNY), Loyola University Maryland and Princeton University. She previously served as Assistant Dean of Students at the College of Arts and Science at New York University.
She has taught higher education graduate programs at City University of New York, New York University, University of Pennsylvania and Rider University. Her most recent book, Transforming Campus Culture: Frank Aydelotte’s Honors Experiment at Swarthmore College, was published in 2012 (University of Delaware Press). Her scholarly research centers on the college presidency. She serves on the boards of Swarthmore College and the Humanity in Action Fellowship Program.
Dr. Wood received her B.A. in English, education and German from Swarthmore College; her Ed.M. in higher education administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; and her Ph.D. in higher education policy, management and evaluation from the University of Pennsylvania.