Advisory Board - Donors

Vin Ryan is a Founder and Chairman of Schooner, a firm which he started in 1971. He serves as a Director of Iron Mountain, a $5 billion global records management company; a former Director of Continental Cablevision; and a founder of both National Hydro and Arch Mobile Communications. In 1996, Mr. Ryan created the Schooner Foundation, which supports a number of not-for-profit causes globally, with a particular emphasis on human rights.  

Stephen d’Antonio served as global chief operating officer of Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Division, and was a member of the firm-wide 40-person management committee. Mr. D’Antonio has held several senior leadership roles over his 30-year career at Morgan Stanley, where he built new business lines, turned around under-performing units, and advocated for the advancement of minority groups. D’Antonio held numerous roles in both fixed-income trading and sales, including taking over as head of the global securitized-products trading group in 2006. He helped found the fixed-income unit’s analyst program, as well as a mentoring program for inner-city high school students.

Clara Brillembourg is a partner in Foley Hoag LLP’s International Litigation and Arbitration practice, where she advises sovereign States in international disputes with other States, foreign investors and before U.S. courts. She also chairs the Meridian International Center’s Rising Leaders Council and serves on various non-profit boards.

Alfonso Carrillo is a leading Guatemalan attorney and founding partner of one of Guatemala's largest and most well-respected firms, Carrillo & Asociados. He has dedicated his life to the rule of law and sustainable development in Guatemala. Mr. Carrillo was a Senior Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University. As a Senior Fellow, his work involved fighting impunity and exploring approaches to creating positive and sustainable change.

Michael B. Decker serves as a partner at Wingate Partners, LLP since 2000. Mr. Decker joined Wingate Partners, LLP in 1996 and also served as the Principal at the firm. Mr. Decker served as the Chief Operating Officer at Trammell Cow Company. Previously. Mr. Decker was the President of Huffco Group, Inc. He served as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group and worked as an Investment Officer for the World Bank.

Samina Farid founded and served as chief executive officer of Merrick Systems, providing production and operational field data capture and hydrocarbon accounting software to the oil and natural gas industry. Ms. Farid has held senior marketing, operations, and technology positions with both established and start-up companies in fossil fuel production and distribution, beginning with Exxon/Esso in Pakistan.

Michael Fleming Michael Fleming has served as executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation since 2000. He works closely with Mr. Bohnett to promote the foundation’s mission of improving society through social justice, developing quantitative and qualitative goals for funding progressive programs in education, LGBT issues, arts, gun violence prevention and cognitive animal language research. With a background in broadcast media and public affairs, Fleming has deployed his strengths in communications, strategic planning and cause-oriented advocacy to help steer over $100 million to organizations that share the Foundation’s vision.

Ashley Judd is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress and serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. She serves on the Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is also Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom.

Peter Kovler is an investor and Chairman of the board of the Blum Kovler Foundation. He is the chairman of the Center for National Policy, a nonpartisan public policy organization dedicated to engaging the nation's leaders with practical policy solutions on global security. A former journalist, Mr. Kovler is the producer of several award-winning documentaries on Russia, China and the Holocaust.

Clara Krivoy heads Brown Rudnick's Ibero-America Private Clients practice. Ms. Krivoy provides legal advice and support to individuals, families, family offices and their holdings having interests in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as they maintain or look to establish a US, multi-jurisdictional or global presence. In addition to her practice, Ms. Krivoy provides legal advice on a pro bono basis to support philanthropic initiatives in the region.

Peggy Koenig was co-chief executive officer and managing partner of ABRY Partners, directing the private equity firm with a focus on investments in media, communications information, and business services. Prior to joining Abry, Peggy was a partner and member of the board of directors of Sillerman Communications Management Corporation, a merchant bank making investments principally in the radio industry. Peggy received her MBA from the Wharton Business School and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Aamir Rahim was the head of Citicorp’s Asia-Pacific public sector group, also serving as chief executive officer of global private banking and the wealth management group in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Rahim has led Citicorp’s fixed income and capital markets divisions, served on the Asia-Pacific Management committee, was executive director of fixed income derivatives for Goldman Sachs Asia, and was director of derivatives structuring at JP Morgan.

Sanjay Sachdev has over 28 years’ experience in the global financial services industry in various leadership positions building game changing asset management businesses. He is  a Co-Founder of ZyFin Holdings, a boutique Asset and Wealth Management business focused on cross border opportunities in Emerging Markets. Sanjay is a Senior Advisor to a number of private institutions including a reputed family office. He is currently a Board member of BNP Asset Management, India and a senior advisor to a Global Asset Manager in the US. He is also an Advisory Board member of an Emerging Markets Private Equity Impact Fund Manager. Prior to establishing ZyFin, Sanjay drove the establishment of several multi-billion-dollar asset management businesses across public & private markets investing across Asia - including Japan, India, Indonesia and Singapore. 

Sidney Topol is President of The Topol Group LLC and The Topol Family Fund. Topol was general manager of Selenia Telecommunications, a Raytheon joint venture in Rome, Italy from 1960 until 1965, when he became head of Raytheon’s communications division. From there he went to Scientific-Atlanta, retiring as Chair and CEO in 1990. In the Boston area, Topol has served on the board of the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Community Relations, Council of Greater Boston, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. He graduated from Harvard-MIT Radar School and has been awarded the MIT Corporate Leadership Award. Mr. Topol has been inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, the Cable Television Hall of Fame, the MTC Hall of Fame and the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame.

Mario Valdivia is a Chilean business man and social entrepreneur who is working to promote the practice of philanthropy in Chile. He started his professional career in Chile, joining IM Trust & Co. in 1987. In 1991 he left IM Trust & Co. to co-found Excel Chile Servicio. From 1992 to 2006 Mr. Valdivia held board positions at several large Chilean corporations. In late 2009 Mr. Valdivia became a senior equity partner at Independencia Asset Management LLC.

Patricia Vos serves as Vice President at the Vos Foundation, where she manages foundation investments and awards to beneficiaries in support of the foundations mission to protect the environment and expand access to science education. Currently, the Foundation is working on a global tree-planting initiative with two-pronged objective of carbon sequestration and creating employment opportunities in developing regions.

Alejandro Weinstein is the Chief Executive Officer of CFR Pharmaceuticals and the Chairman of Fundación Genómika. He has a degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Weinstein is a member of several pharmaceutical companies’ Board of Directors. He is a Director of Educa UC, an initiative seeking to improve school education and offer equal opportunities in Chile. Mr. Weinsten is also a Director and Vice Chairman of Consorcio Tecnológico en Biomedicina, a company aiming to find solutions to the main pathologies affecting the Chilean population.