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BRUCE A. BREGE, MBA ’82
BRUCE A. BREGE, MBA ’82

BRUCE A. BREGE, MBA ’82

Division Head of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics, Stanford Online High School

Bruce Brege is the division head of Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics at Stanford Online High School in Stanford, CA, which is an accredited high school serving students from the US and nearly 30 countries in a completely online environment using a synchronous class structure.

Previously, Brege was involved with the Summit Public Schools, a charter school management organization with several schools in northern California.  He served as the founding math teacher for two of its high schools and in various capacities with the leadership group and led the effort to use information effectively to inform educational practices through the development of key metrics and other analytical tools as the organization implements innovative educational structures.

Education is a second career for Brege.  Prior to joining Summit, he had an extensive career in business, including finance roles at AMSTED Industries in Chicago and Genentech in California following his University of Chicago MBA.   Following his work at Stanford earning an engineering Master’s degree in operations research, Brege enjoyed a stint in the dot-com world with start-up internet firm, Schoolpop in Silicon Valley, where he developed data analytics tools and systems.

JAMES CASSELBERRY, MBA ’01 (XP-70)
JAMES CASSELBERRY, MBA ’01 (XP-70)

JAMES CASSELBERRY, MBA ’01 (XP-70)

Chief Investment Officer, 4S Bay Partners, LLC

James Casselberry, MBA ’01 (XP-70), has more than 30 years of experience in impact investing, investment management, and investment consulting.He is currently chief investment officer at 4S Bay Partners, LLC (formerly Sarowitz Family, LLC) and is a board member at the Julian Grace Foundation and at Arc Chicago, LLC, the appointed board of Benefit Chicago.Casselberry has previously held leadership positions at Trias Capital Management, LLC, Wedgewood Capital Management, Inc., and The John D.and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation.He also served in senior roles at NexTier Companies, LLC and Dearborn Park Group, LLC.Casselberry is an adjunct professor at the Valparaiso University College of Business and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

ROBERT CLAUSER, MBA ’93
ROBERT CLAUSER, MBA ’93

ROBERT CLAUSER, MBA ’93

Resident, TED

Robert Clauser, MBA ’93, a TED Resident focused on philanthropy and social impact, has extensive experience in the corporate, startup, and nonprofit worlds, having been a founder as well as a C-suite leader.He is also COO of Tina Brown Live Media, Women in the World Media, and the American Justice Summit, media companies that provide a platform to women globally who have saved or enriched lives as policymakers, practitioners championing US judicial reform, and more. Clauser has more than 20 years of experience in media and entertainment strategy and operations and deep financial experience related to fund-raising.He’s a philanthropist with roles including CEO and founder of Philanthropy Sharktank, founding board member of iCouldBe.org, and founding director and treasurer of StartOut, an LGBT entrepreneur organization.

JANET LINDEN COOPER, MBA ’82
JANET LINDEN COOPER, MBA ’82

JANET LINDEN COOPER, MBA ’82

Independent Director, The Toro Company, Lennox International, and CPI Aerostructures, Inc.

Janet Linden Cooper, MBA ’82, serves as an independent director of three public companies: The Toro Company, Lennox International, and CPI Aerostructures, Inc. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, chairing the investment management committee, and is a board member emeritus of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado.

Previously, Cooper was senior vice president and treasurer of Qwest Communications International Inc., (now CenturyLink) and helped oversee $15 billion in assets while on the board of Qwest Asset Management. She also served in various senior-level finance positions at McDATA Corporation, US West Inc., and The Quaker Oats Company.Cooper received her MBA from Chicago Booth and has a master’s in applied math from the University of Illinois.

JOHN EDWARDSON, MBA ’72
JOHN EDWARDSON, MBA ’72

JOHN EDWARDSON, MBA ’72

Co-chair, Advance Illinois

@advanceillinois

John Edwardson, MBA ’72, is co-chair of Advance Illinois, an independent statewide education policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that every Illinois student receives a world-class education. Edwardson is the former chairman and CEO of CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to businesses, government, education, and healthcare organizations. During his tenure, CDW’s revenues grew from $3.8 billion to more than $10 billion.Prior to joining CDW, Edwardson served as chairman and chief executive of Burns International Services Corporation. He also served as president of UAL Corporation and United Airlines.

Edwardson earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and his MBA from Chicago Booth. He currently serves on the board of directors of FedEx Corporation and Chubb. He serves as a trustee of the University of Chicago, on the Council on Chicago Booth, and on the advisory board of Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

Ghian Foreman, MBA ’01
Ghian Foreman, MBA ’01

Ghian Foreman, MBA ’01

president and CEO, Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative

Ghian Foreman, MBA ’01, president and CEO of the Emerald South Economic Development Collaborative, has had a lifelong passion for developing underserved urban areas. From a young age, he was learning firsthand about the real estate business. Growing up in the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, not far from the University of Chicago campus, Foreman helped his parents, both lawyers, manage rental properties. He balanced school with a long list of chores and work. At age 17, he bought and rehabbed his first home. Read is full bio here >> 

RICH HOOPS, MBA ’00
RICH HOOPS, MBA ’00

RICH HOOPS, MBA ’00

Principal, VanHoops Holdings

 

 

 

 

Since 2003, Rich Hoops, MBA ’00, has dedicated his time to assisting area nonprofits and social enterprises in building operational and organizational capacity. In addition to his work in the Boulder/ Denver area, Hoops is actively engaged with the social enterprise sector in East Africa as both an investor and advisor to several early-stage social startups. He serves as an advisory board member of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility and the Leeds School of Business, both at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also joined the founding board of Impact Charitable, a donor advisory fund focused on impact investing. Hoops has been a partner with Social Venture Partners Boulder County since 2001 and served as board chair from 2004–06. He also spent seven years as board chair for Blood:Water, a Nashville-based nonprofit that partners with community-based organizations in the fight against the HIV/AIDs and water crises throughout East Africa.

STEPHANIE KATER, MBA ’11
STEPHANIE KATER, MBA ’11

STEPHANIE KATER, MBA ’11

Partner, The Bridgespan Group

Stephanie Kater, MBA ’11, is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office, where since 2011 she has worked extensively in Bridgespan’s education practice and with clients in the global development space. Kater is author of “Geek Cities: How Smarter Use of Data and Evidence Can Improve Lives” as well as “How Is Investing in ‘What Works’ Working?” Prior to Bridgespan, Kater worked at the US Department of Education. She also spent three years as a consultant in Silicon Valley at Webster Pacific, where her projects included developing an impact and growth strategy for a large charter school network and advising operations for small and midsize businesses. She earned an MBA from the Chicago Booth and a BS in civil engineering from Stanford University.

EMMA RODRIGUEZ-AYALA, JD ’06
EMMA RODRIGUEZ-AYALA, JD ’06

EMMA RODRIGUEZ-AYALA, JD ’06

Partner, Investment Management, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

 

 

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala is an investment management attorney, specializing in alternative investments. She leverages both in-house and private practice perspectives to advise investment advisers and investors throughout the US on legal, regulatory, compliance, and corporate matters. Previously, she was the general counsel and senior managing director at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. Rodriguez-Ayala is president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America, Inc., and serves on the Chicago Advisory Board for iMentor, as a board of trustee of WTTW/WFMT (Chicago PBS), and on FaegreBD’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. She earned a BS summa cum laude from Saint Louis University and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

MAY SAMALI
MAY SAMALI

MAY SAMALI

COO, New Ventures, High Resolves

@maysamali

Based in San Francisco, Samali is passionate about investing in people and ideas that can change the world. As COO of New Ventures for High Resolves, Samali is leading a new initiative to build a technology platform and ecosystem for citizenship education across the US. She has a decade of experience advising technology startups and nonprofits across the US and Australia, and she’s currently a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, a network-driven venture capital firm. Previously, Samali was an investor at the Urban Innovation Fund, a director at Tumml, and a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. Samali, who has a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, is a John Monash Scholar and an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue Fellow.

TASHA SEITZ
TASHA SEITZ

TASHA SEITZ

Partner, Impact Engine

@Tasha_Seitz
@TheImpactEngine

 

Tasha Seitz is a partner with Impact Engine, an early-stage venture fund that invests in software companies driving improvements in education, health, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability. She has more than two decades of venture investment experience as a partner with JK&B Capital, a technology venture capital firm based in Chicago with more than $1 billion under management. As a partner, she’s responsible for identifying, evaluating, and making investments in early-stage software companies, serving on the board of directors, managing growth, coaching and hiring executive teams, and managing investments through exit. In addition to her investing roles, Seitz serves as adjunct professor of social impact at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and is a member of the Investor Advisory Group for Echoing Green. She is also a founding partner and board director for the Chicago chapter of Social Venture Partners.

ROBERTO SERVITJE, MBA ’13
ROBERTO SERVITJE, MBA ’13

ROBERTO SERVITJE, MBA ’13

Corporate Director, Grupo Altex

Roberto Servitje, MBA ’13, is a corporate director in Grupo Altex, his family’s business and one of Mexico’s largest agro-industrial companies.He has spent most of his professional career in a variety of local and international roles within his family’s businesses in the food industry, including risk management and marketing.Directly after graduating from Chicago Booth in 2013, he joined Grupo Lacrem as director of marketing in Barcelona, and he has been based in Mexico City in charge of Grupo Altex’s vegetable operations.

Servitje received a BA in international commerce from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City (2008) and participated in the SNVC while he attended Chicago Booth.He is active in various organizations that support urban and contemporary art, as well as rural development initiatives throughout Mexico.

RON TARRSON, ’72 (XP-31)
RON TARRSON, ’72 (XP-31)

RON TARRSON, ’72 (XP-31)

Managing Partner and Director, Santa Fe Aero Services

@SFAeroServices

Ron Tarrson, MBA ’72 (XP-31), is the managing partner and director of Santa Fe Aero Services and The Jet Center Santa Fe, suppliers of avionics, maintenance, fuel, hangar, and concierge services for private and corporate aviation at the Santa Fe, New Mexico, Regional Airport. He’s also director of the Scottsdale Air Center located in the Scottsdale Airport. Tarrson formerly worked for the John O. Butler Company, where he held numerous positions, including corporate director, treasurer, COO, and president. After selling to Sunstar of Japan, which took the public company private, he served for two years as vice chairman. Tarrson received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his MBA from Chicago Booth. He serves in leadership roles for many foundations that focus on the airline industry. Tarrson also serves on the Council on Chicago Booth and the advisory board at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

WILLIAM W. TOWNS
WILLIAM W. TOWNS

WILLIAM W. TOWNS

Executive Director, Benefit Chicago

@williamwtowns

 

William W.Towns is a scholar, activist, and practitioner dedicated to helping solve civic and urban issues at the structural level. Towns is the executive director for Benefit Chicago, a collaboration between The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Impact Capital to mobilize $100 million in impact investments targeting the social enterprise sector in the Chicago region. Before Benefit Chicago, he was an assistant vice president at the University of Chicago, working to lead the Office of Civic Engagement’s Anchor Strategy, which looked to understand how a university could support equitable economic change. He serves on numerous committees and advisory boards across the US, and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and universities. Towns earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and his BA in marketing from Loyola University.

NASRIN THIERER
NASRIN THIERER

NASRIN THIERER

Managing Partner, Assetblue Investment Group

 

 

 

Nasrin Thierer, managing partner at Assetblue Investment Group, is an innovative leader and experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record of building new businesses and optimizing distribution channels.She has launched many companies from the ground up, most recently Revenew, Inc., a cloud-based distributed marketing automation platform. While at Revenew, Thierer served as CEO and chair of the board before the company’s acquisition by Marlin Equity Partners, which now operates Revenew under the Aprimo brand. She is also founder and president of the Thierer Family Foundation, which focuses on increasing the impact of Chicago nonprofits by leveraging technology and innovative ideas. Thierer held a broad spectrum of senior business management, technology, and marketing roles over her 22-year career at Motorola, and she currently serves on the boards of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera’s Ryan Opera Center.

ERIC WONG
ERIC WONG

ERIC WONG

Senior Advisor, Obama Foundation

Eric Wong serves as senior advisor at the Obama Foundation. He previously served as partner at Blue Ridge Capital, and prior to that was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. Wong serves on the founding advisory board of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University.

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