Member Profiles

Mary Bassett

Dr. Mary Bassett was appointed the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in January 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. From 1985 to 2002, she served on the medical faculty at the University of Zimbabwe, where she developed AIDS prevention interventions. Subsequently, she served as deputy commissioner of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at DOHMH, where she directed key initiatives including bans on smoking and trans fats in restaurants. Dr. Bassett then served as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s program director for the African Health Initiative and more recently led its Child Well-Being Program. She received her BA from Harvard, an MD from Columbia, and an MPH from the University of Washington. 

Alan Batkin

Alan R. Batkin is chairman and CEO of Converse Associates, a strategic advisory firm. From 2007 to 2012, he was vice chairman of Eton Park Capital Management, L.P., a global, multidisciplinary investment firm. Prior to joining Eton Park, he was, from 1990 to 2007, vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, a geopolitical consulting company. He is on the Board of Directors of four public companies and is chairman emeritus of the International Rescue Committee; chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital; member of the Board of Directors of Millennium Promise; a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation; and vice chairman of the MDG Health Alliance (part of the Office of the Secretary General’s Special Envoy). Dr. Batkin is a Trustee of The Brookings Institution and a member of The Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Inter-American Dialogue. He received a BS from the University of Rochester and an MBA from NYU.

James Boylan

James (Jim) Boylan joined LEERINK in 2009 as a Senior Managing Director and the Head of Investment Banking. Mr. Boylan has over 20 years of experience in investment banking. Prior to joining LEERINK, Jim was at Merrill Lynch & Co. for 12 years where he was a Managing Director in the healthcare group, covering pharma/biotech, healthcare services and leading the medical device franchise from 2004-2009. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Boylan was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions department at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he focused in healthcare and originated and led many transactions across sectors and structures. Prior to Merrill Lynch & Co., Jim was a Vice President in the healthcare group at Smith Barney. Mr. Boylan’s deal experience includes more than 100 transactions where he has helped his clients complete the full cadre of M&A and financing transactions across the pharma/biotech, medical devices, healthcare services and diagnostics & life science tools sectors. Mr. Boylan earned his MBA from Columbia University in 1994 and a B.S. from Lehigh University in 1989.

Troyen Brennan

Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, is executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health. Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Brennan was chief medical officer of Aetna Inc. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Brennan served as president and CEO of Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization. In his academic work, he was professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and professor of Law and Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Brennan received his MD and MPH from Yale Medical School and his JD from Yale Law School. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Julie Fisher Cummings

Julie Fisher Cummings has dedicated over 40 years to serving her community both locally and nationally. Ms. Cummings served for five years as a Presidential appointee and board member of the Corporation for National and Community Service. She has also served on the board of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, as chairman of the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations, and as vice chair of the board of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.

Ms. Cummings is the founder of Lovelight Foundation, which is a member of Women Moving Millions. Its projects focus on issues such as domestic child sex trafficking and quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children. She is a founding member of two Jewish Women’s Foundations and serves on the Advisory Council of the Ms. Foundation and two nascent national collaboratives that address early childhood education and domestic child sex trafficking. She recently received an MSW from Columbia and teaches a graduate course on Child Policy at the University of Miami.

Charles Diker

Charles M. Diker is the managing partner of Diker Management LLC, founded in 2002, where he is a registered investment advisor managing various small and micro-cap funds. He is the chairman of the board of Cantel Medical Corp., a NYSE listed company that markets and manufactures infection control products, and a director of the Loews Corporation. Currently, Mr. Diker is the founding chairman of the National Museum of the American Indian–New York, the George Gustav Heye Center (GGHC), and is a trustee of New York Public Radio, Poly Prep Country Day School, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He is the former president of the American Friends of the Israel Museum. After graduating with honors from Harvard College, Mr. Diker received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He and his wife, Valerie, reside in Manhattan.

Richard Eisner

For 44 years, Richard Eisner was founding partner and managing partner of Eisner LLP, which became EisnerAmper in 2008. He is currently on the board of the Fortune Society and was chair of the board of the Horace Mann School from 1978-1981. Mr. Eisner has served on the boards or steering committees of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, National Humanities Center, Jewish Funds for Justice, UJA-Federation of New York, the Anti-Defamation League, Road Runners Foundation, and the Visiting Committee of The New School for Social Research. He also has been a member of the board of Knoll Associates and Wellington Management Company. Mr. Eisner has been married to Carole, a painter and sculptor, since 1961. He received his BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

James Forbes, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr., is senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation. Forbes, who was installed as the fifth Senior Minister of Riverside on June 1, 1989, and retired on June 1, 2007, was the first African-American to serve as senior minister of this multicultural congregation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary, and a BA from Howard University, and has received numerous honorary degrees.

Linda P. Fried

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, is dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health at the Mailman School, professor of Medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and senior vice president at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Fried is a geriatrician, epidemiologist, and internationally renowned scientist on the creation of healthy aging and setting the basis for a transition to an aging world that benefits all ages. She has led the scientific work to define the medical syndrome of frailty and its causes and prevention as keys to optimizing health, and is the co-designer and founder of Experience Corps. Prior to becoming dean in 2008, Dr. Fried served as director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and of the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous awards including Foundation IPSEN’s Longevity Prize and was named a “Living Legend in Medicine” by the U.S. Congress. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians.

Roslyn Goldstein

Roslyn (Roz) Goldstein is a prominent New York philanthropist. She is currently a board member of Evelyn Lauder’s Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the American Friends of the Israel Museum. Mrs. Goldstein is the national commissioner of the Anti-Defamation League and serves on the board of the American Friends of Jordan River Village, a camp for seriously ill Jewish, Christian and Muslim children founded by actor Paul Newman.

Mrs. Goldstein was formerly president of the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford and Darien (CT), a trustee of the Healthcare Chaplaincy, Inc., and president of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. She also was a Board of Overseer of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where she and her late husband named the Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University.

Sherwin Goodblatt

Sherwin Z. Goodblatt is the retired CEO of the Westwood/ Pembroke Corporation, a behavioral healthcare group operating two hospitals and several partial hospital sites, as well as Veritas, a medical management group. Since his retirement, Mr. Goodblatt has operated a consulting group serving mental health facilities. Mr. Goodblatt is an alumnus of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He was the 1994 recipient of the Mailman School Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to public health in their professional endeavors and leadership in the field.

Mr. Goodblatt had a long teaching career at Providence College, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. He has been a member of the board of directors of Bournewood Health Systems, the National Association of Behavioral Health Systems, and the Massachusetts Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. He was president and a founding board member of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Systems.

Adrian Gore

South African Adrian Gore is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery, a multinational financial services group. Discovery is a global thought leader in consumer-driven insurance and the integration of behavioral change with health and life and short-term insurance. It serves over six million customers worldwide. Mr. Gore chairs the South African chapter of Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that identifies and assists high-growth entrepreneurs. He sits on the World Economic Forum Global Health Advisory Board, which is committed to improving global healthcare, the Brookings Advisory Board, and on the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Advisory Board. Mr. Gore graduated from Wits University in 1986.

Warren Haber

For the past fifty years, Warren Haber has served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Founders Equity and its affiliates, private investment concerns. A native New Yorker, he is a Baruch College graduate and attended NYU graduate school. He began his career in Finance at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Haber is a Director of CoStar Group and also serves on the board of a number of privately held companies. Mr. Haber’s wife, Suellen, is an art dealer and formerly had a gallery in Soho but now works exclusively with private clients. Mr. Haber is active in the philanthropic sector and serves as a Trustee on the Board of Leadership Enterprise for Diverse Americans, which mentors and assists under-privileged students through the college application process and post-graduation. He also serves as a Member of Council of The University Club and former Chair of the Finance Committee. He is also a Trustee of Temple Emanu-El and a member of the Investment Committee.

Robert Harvey

Robert Harvey is a Director and member of the program, investment and audit committees of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a public health foundation established in 1905 by his ancestress Elizabeth Milbank Anderson. He is also an owner and former director of the Ashforth Company, a commercial real estate and investment company in Stamford, CT where he was chairman of the Board’s audit and compensation committees and a member of its investment committee. He serves as treasurer and a director of the Deering Foundation and a Trustee of the Judson Memorial Church. From 1994-2004, he was President of Barrett Associates, Inc., investment managers in NYC. Previously, he was director of U.S. Equity Investments for Bessemer Trust Co., and a Managing Director of Scudder, Stevens & Clark. Mr. Harvey is a graduate of the Middlesex School and of Bowdoin College. He earned his MPH from the Mailman School and MBA from the University of Virginia and holds the CFA designation.

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Campbell Jackson is a Venture Partner at Easton Capital Investment Group. He has over 25 years of experience in health policy and health economics, including as Director of New York City’s Employee Health Benefits Program, which arranges health coverage for over a million city employees and retirees. He has worked in think tanks and consulted on health policy and insurance matters. Mr. Jackson has served on the Board of Directors of Nanotronics Imaging, Cell Machines, Inc., and other tech startups, and is also an active producer of works in film and theatre. He serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences; the Board of Directors of the Galen Institute; and the boards of numerous arts and sciences organizations, including Imaginal Disc Productions and the Bellevue Literary Press. He is also President of the Brandt Jackson Foundation. Mr. Jackson received his MPH from Columbia; studied at the Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany; and earned a BA from Tufts University.

Frank Jimenez

Frank R. Jimenez is vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). He is a member of Raytheon’s senior leadership team and participates in the operational management and strategic planning of the company. Prior to joining Raytheon, he served as general counsel, secretary and managing director, Corporate Affairs of Bunge Limited, a Fortune Global 200 agribusiness and food company. He previously served as general counsel of two S&P 500 companies (ITT Corporation and its spinoff Xylem Inc.), as well as General Counsel of the Navy. He has held positions in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Governor of Florida and in private legal practice. He received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a JD from the Yale Law School, a Master’s from the U.S. Naval War College, and a BS from the University of Miami.

Sidney Lerner

Sid Lerner is the Chairman and Founder of The Monday Campaigns. He started Meatless Monday in 2003 and since then the campaign has grown into a global movement with programs in 35 countries and with participation from thousands of restaurants, schools, worksites, communities and celebrities. Mr. Lerner’s long and varied career includes working as a creative director in advertising on classic brands such as P&G’s Charmin and Johnson’s Pledge, producing six non-fiction books, including Monday Morning Quarterback, and heading his own creative consulting business—Sid Lerner Associates. Mr. Lerner is also President of BioRings LLC, a non-hormonal contraceptive/STD product he co-invented with two Weill Cornell Medical researchers. In 2011 the Public Health Association of New York City awarded him the Special Merit Award for his development of creative public health marketing strategies. In 2013, he received the Dean’s Medal from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Syracuse University Arents Award, their highest alumni award.

Peter Madonia

Peter Madonia, an advisor and confidant to three New York City mayors, joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer. He provides advice and counsel to Judith Rodin, its President, and leadership and strategic direction for programmatic, financial and operational functions at one of the nation’s largest and oldest private foundations. Previously, Madonia served as Chief of Staff to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, a position he was appointed to after serving as senior advisor to the Bloomberg for Mayor Campaign. Madonia also owned and operated a successful 100-year-old family business for twelve years, and serves on the boards of Philanthropy New York, The Picture House, Fordham University/WFUV Radio, Fordham University/Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution, Jamaica Bay Rockaway Park Conservency, PlaNYC Sustainability Advisory Board, Randall’s Island Foundation, and the Belmont District Management Association. Mr. Madonia received his BA from Fordham University, where he has taught urban studies as an adjunct professor. He has a Master’s in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago.

Joshua Mailman

Josh Mailman is an active investor in the most gamechanging for-profit and nonprofit enterprises he can find. He believes we must assist in advancing a re-imagining of how finance can advance positive societal change. Currently, Mr. Mailman is Managing Director of Serious Change L.P., a $70M impact investment vehicle started in 2006. Serious Change invests in early-stage companies committed to environmental sustainability, diversity, advancing social justice, and meeting human needs. He also founded Social Venture Network with Wayne Silby of Calvert Group in 1987 as well as the Threshold Foundation (1981) and Business for Social Responsibility (1992).

Mr. Mailman’s other nonprofit board activities include Echoing Green, the Fund for Global Human Rights, and the Calvert Foundation.

PHYLLIS MAILMAN

Phyllis Mailman attended Radcliffe College and is vice president of the Mailman Foundation and of the Joshua Mailman Foundation. She and her late husband, Joseph L. Mailman, were principal donors to the Mailman Research Center at the McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and to the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami. In 1998, the Mailman Foundation made a generous gift to name the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. In addition to sitting on the Board of Overseers for the Mailman School, Mrs. Mailman is also on the board of Lincoln Center Theatre.

Cyrus Massoumi

Cyrus Massoumi is the CEO & Founder of humbition, an early stage investment firm that incubates and invests in mission-driven, technology-enabled businesses. Prior to humbition, Cyrus founded Zocdoc where he led the company for 8 years as CEO and grew it to a $1.8 billion business.  Earlier in his career, he worked at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he gained extensive experience in healthcare technology and new product development. Cyrus is a graduate of Columbia Business School, where he earned an MBA with honors and received the Heffernan Award for Outstanding Service, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelors of Science with honors. Cyrus has been recognized by both Fortune and Crains on their 40 under 40 lists and by Fast Company as one of the Most Creative People in Business.  

Harold Novikoff

Harold Novikoff is a partner and the chair of the Restructuring and Finance Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Mr. Novikoff has chaired and taught numerous continuing legal education and professional programs on financial, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy-related topics, He is a co-author of Collier on Bankruptcy, and published numerous articles. He is a commissioner of the ABI Commission to Study Chapter 11 Reform, a former chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School. Mr. Novikoff received his BS from Cornell and his juris doctor from Columbia, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review.

Martin Oppenheimer

Martin Oppenheimer practiced law for more than 50 years at the Proskauer firm. He specialized in labor and employment law representing Fortune 500 companies, served as chair of the labor and employment department of the firm and lectured and wrote extensively in his field. Most of his time is now spent in the not-for-profit arena including serving as Board Member of the 92nd Street YMHA, the N.Y. Road Runners, the Emelin Theatre and as Emeritus Chairman of City Center of Music and Drama and Director Emeritus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Oppenheimer graduated from Yale Law School and attended Goethe University in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar.

Norman Payson

Dr. Payson has had a thirty-five year career as Chief Executive Officer and/or Chairman of multiple healthcare organizations including publicly traded companies and private equity firms. He is also an active participant in healthcare philanthropy and graduate education.

Dr. Payson is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the City of Hope, a not-for-profit corporation which operates a tertiary cancer hospital and research center and is a Director and Co-investor in three private equity-sponsored health care companies.

He was co-founder and CEO of a 3 million member health plan (Healthsource, 1985-1997), the “turnaround CEO” of a $6 billion health plan (Oxford Health Plans, 1998-2002), chairman of the nation’s largest occupational healthcare company (Concentra, 2005-2008) and CEO of the largest home healthcare provider (Apria Healthcare, 2008-2012). Dr. Payson is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his MD at Dartmouth Medical School.

Perri Peltz

Perri Peltz is a documentary filmmaker and public health advocate whose latest film is HBO’s Remembering the Artist: Robert DeNiro, Sr. She directed HBO’s The Education of Dee Dee Ricks and produced the narrative film The Knights of the South Bronx for the A&E Network. Prior to her documentary work, Ms. Peltz was a broadcast journalist who worked at NBC, ABC, and CNN. Additionally, Ms. Peltz hosts two programs for the Sirius-XM Network - one about health and wellness and one about women’s issues. She is currently working on a documentary about women peacekeepers from the United Nations and another about prison inmates training service dogs for veterans suffering with PTSD.

Mary Lake Polan

Mary Lake Polan served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford’s School of Medicine and is currently a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology Reproductive Medicine at Yale University. Dr. Polan served on the board of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and currently serves on the boards of Quidel Corp and several privately held life sciences companies. She chairs a Scientific Advisory Board on Women’s Health for Proctor and Gamble and several other advisory boards of private life sciences companies. She is a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, an angel investing group which invests in women-led companies. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Polan has a long-standing interest in women’s health research and international public health. She founded The Eritrean Women’s Project to repair fistulas resulting from traumatic births. She received her BA from Connecticut College, her PhD in Molecular physics and chemistry and MD from Yale, and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.

Naveen Rao

Dr. Naveen Rao leads Merck for Mothers, Merck’s 10- year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. In this capacity, Dr. Rao is responsible for leveraging the company’s science and business expertise to accelerate progress in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and advancing Merck’s mission to improve and save lives. Dr. Rao has held numerous leadership positions at Merck and was previously Head of Medical Affairs for Merck’s Asia-Pacific region and Managing Director of Merck’s subsidiary in India. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He was Associate Director of the Department of Medicine at Beekman Downtown Hospital and practiced internal medicine in New York City for 10 years. He Chairs the Maternal Health Pillar of the MDG Health Alliance, an effort supporting UN agencies to improve the health of women and children.

John Rowe

Dr. John Rowe is Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health policy and Aging in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously he served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School. He led the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and currently leads the Foundation’s Network on An Aging Society. Dr. Rowe is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation.

Jonathan Smidt

Jonathan Smidt is a partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co in London. Mr. Smidt heads the Industrials investment team and is a member of the Investment Committee within KKR's Private Equity platform in Europe. Prior to his current role Mr. Smidt was based in New York and was a partner in KKR's Energy & Infrastructure team. Prior to joining KKR in 2000, Mr. Smidt was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York in their investment banking division where he was focused on the energy and power sector and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Smidt started his career at Ernst & Young in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a B.B.S. and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Mr. Smidt is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, a member of the board of Team Rubicon USA and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor is currently Vice Chair of Solera Capital, LLC. She previously served as managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm. Prior to Wolfensohn, she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board. Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Ms. Taylor serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Asset Management and Sotheby’s. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of Accion and Hudson River Park Trust. Other board memberships include New York Women’s Foundation, the YMCA of Greater New York, Dartmouth College, the International Women’s Health Coalition and the Mayo Clinic. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from Columbia School of Business and and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Linda Tharby

Linda Tharby was promoted to Executive Vice President and President, Life Sciences at Becton, Dickinson and Company in April 2015. In this role, Ms. Tharby works closely with the Life Sciences business units, as well as BD’s senior business, functional and regional leadership, on corporate and segment strategy, M&A, and company initiatives. BD is a leading global medical technology company that services healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. BD employs approximately 45,000 associates in more than 50 countries and is dedicated to improving people’s health throughout the world. As a global leader in BD, operating at the general manager level for 15 years, Ms. Tharby has served in seven different roles, in five different business units and in two different countries. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration.

Ercument Tokat

Ercument Tokat is a Partner and a founding member of the Healthcare Practice at Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment banking firm specializing in general advisory, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and principal investing with offices in New York, London, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Mr. Tokat has advised numerous clients on a broad range of strategic advisory assignments and transactions exceeding $200 billion in value across developed and emerging markets. He serves on the board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and is a member of the Global Leadership Council at The Brookings Institution. Mr. Tokat is also a Vice Chair of the Child Health Initiative under the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals. Mr. Tokat received his BA from Bogazici University and MA from Columbia.

Leonard Tow

Leonard Tow is Chief Executive Officer of New Century Holdings, LLC. From 1990 to 2004, Dr. Tow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Communications Company, a wireline telephone company. He was Founder, Director, and Chief Executive Officer of Century Communications Corp., a cable television company, from its incorporation in 1973 until its sale in 1999. Dr. Tow taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges of the City University of New York. Dr. Tow also served for several years as Distinguished Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Business.

Nancy Turett

Nancy Mensch Turett is a recognized innovator in crosssector health engagement and joined the Columbia Mailman Board in 2007. Through WholeView, the consultancy she established in 2013, Mrs. Turett has focused on health, enterprise and society with clients including World Bank Group, United Nations, MDG Alliance, World Health Organization, Roll Back Malaria, We Own TV, and Omnicom. In two decades at Edelman, Nancy built the communications industry’s pace-setting global health practice, forging deep relationships with multinational clients and partners. She headed signal firmwide initiatives for thought leadership IP, global practices, strategic programming, global citizenship, and service excellence; and managed major operations in the US, Canada and Latin America. Nancy’s previous employment includes Mount Sinai, University of Virginia Medical Center, and US Head Start. Board/committee work includes the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, NYU’s Center for Aging and Dementia, Resolve Fertility Association, and Nancy’s alma mater, Princeton University. Nancy’s mission is to generate personal, professional and public health through holistic leadership strategies.

Debra Whitman

Debra Whitman, AARP’s Chief Public Policy Officer, leads policy development, research, and global thought leadership advancing the interests of individuals 50+ and their families. An economist, Dr. Whitman is a strategic thinker dedicated to solving problems affecting economic and health security, among other issues. As Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging, she worked across the aisle to increase retirement security, preserve a strong system of Social Security, lower health care costs, and protect vulnerable seniors. Dr. Whitman holds a Masters and Doctorate in Economics from Syracuse University and Bachelors in Economics, Math and Italian from Gonzaga University.

Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams's career has focused on the intersection of social development, foreign policy, and global health. In 2003, Betsy launched the AIDS in Asia Initiative for the Asia Society where she led public education and advocacy efforts under the leadership of the late Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke. While in Liberia before the PYPP, Betsy managed and expanded the Scott Fellows Program, served as an advisor to the Ministry of Health, and established the Liberia office for public health consulting firm John Snow, Inc.
 
From 2009-2013, Betsy worked in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID, focused on accelerating efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths through new strategic partnerships. Betsy has worked in Geneva for World Health Organization, in Boston with Physicians for Human Rights, and in South Africa as a volunteer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University and received her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
 
In addition to serving on the Mailman School Board, Betsy is a Trustee for Seed Global Health and Board Member of the Phillips Collection in DC.  She is also a fellow of Truman National Security Project and member of NationSwell.  She is married to Tom Moore and lives in Washington, DC with their two daughters.

JODY WOLFE

Jody Mailman Wolfe is the President of the Mailman Foundation. Retired after nearly 25 years in professional law enforcement, Ms. Wolfe has served on a number of non-profit boards in New York and Miami with a range of interests, including child welfare, foster care, substance abuse prevention, independent school education, and the arts. Ms. Wolfe has long been involved in higher education and currently serves on the board of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni based in Washington, DC.

In addition to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Foundation has also been an important benefactor to institutions such as the Mailman Research Center in Psychobiology at Harvard’s McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

William Zabel

Mr. Zabel is a founding partner of Schulte Roth & Zabel and head of its Individual Client Services Group. He has received numerous recognitions including a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Human Rights Award, Brandeis’ Distinguished Community Service Award, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights Extraordinary Leader Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize.

Mr. Zabel is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of Brandeis University, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and the American Bar Foundation. His civic and philanthropic activities have included chair of Human Rights First, Life Trustee of NYU, The New School, Princeton University Planned Giving Committee. Lincoln Center Theatre, American Academy of Poets, and the Sakharov Archives. Mr. Zabel is recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding Trust & Estates lawyers. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton and cum laude from Harvard Law School.


Emeritus Members

Susan Lasker Brody

Susan Lasker Brody is the President of Susan L. Brody Associates, Inc., an art advisory company that provides customized services on the acquisition, sale and appraisal of fine art. Previously, she served as head of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Painting Department and created and built Sotheby’s first Museum Services Department, where she managed and developed all auction sales from museums throughout the U.S. In 1983, she founded her own firm. Ms. Brody is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Lasker, the Chicago advertising magnate, co-founders of the prestigious Lasker Medical Research Award. With a lifelong family interest in medicine and science, she received an MPH from the School of Public Health, Columbia University in 1997 with a focus on mental health and mood disorders for populations, where she established a scholarship for students from developing countries. Ms. Brody is on the “Leadership Council” of The New York Stem Cell Foundation and is a board member of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and The Huntington Library and Gardens, San Marino, California. She earned her BA from Stanford.

David Harris

Dr. Harris has had a longstanding career in the medical field. He was the vice president of Medical Affairs for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York; the commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health; the associate director of Mount Sinai Hospital; and, deputy commissioner of NYC Department of Health. He attended Cornell where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his MD from New York University. Dr. Harris is a 1965 alumnus of the Mailman School, and a recipient of Columbia’s Alumni Federation Medal for conspicuous service. In addition to his 40 years on the board of Public Health Solutions, Dr. Harris serves on the boards of several organizations that address issues of medicine, health, home health and hospice care, disposal of low-level radioactive waste, and protection of community water supplies. As a member of the NY State Board for Medicine and the NY State Board of Professional Medical Conduct, Dr. Harris now focuses his professional interests on physician licensure and discipline.

Mathilde Krim

Mathilde Krim founded the AIDS Medical Foundation (AMF) in 1983. Previously, she worked at the Sloan- Kettering Institute for Cancer Research as director of its interferon laboratory where she observed early cases of AIDS and realized that the disease would have serious public health and sociopolitical consequences. Dr. Krim became the founding co-chair of amfAR in 1985, following unification of AMF and the National AIDS Research Foundation and served as chairman of the board from 1992–2005. She continues to participate on the board’s executive and development committees. In 2007, she was honored by amfAR with the establishment of the Mathilde Krim Fellows in Basic Medical Research program. Dr. Krim received her PhD from the University of Geneva and holds 16 doctorates honoris causa, among numerous other honors. In 2000, she was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. She is an adjunct professor at the Mailman School.

SUSAN PATRICOF

Susan Patricof is a dedicated advocate for at-risk children and for public health. In 1973 she joined the Northside Center’s Board of Directors, in 1993 served as its Chair, and currently serves as President. Northside provides clinical treatment to more than 2500 children and families and in 2005, its Susan E. Patricof Head Start Center opened its doors to 200 children in Harlem. In 1999, Mrs. Patricof became a member of the IRC’s Board of Directors where she has served on its health, nominating and program committees and has co-chaired the Children’s Unit for ten years. Mrs. Patricof also serves on the Board of the Global Foundation for Humanity and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.