Our Mission

Brooklyn College Foundation has an unconditional commitment to life-changing, distinctive, and affordable education for students from all backgrounds at Brooklyn College. Through a range of initiatives, the foundation secures, manages, and distributes philanthropic resources that enable student success.

Revised and Adopted 2019

Board of Trustees

Anthony Castellanos ’85, Chair

Mr. Castellanos began his career in the accounting profession while attending Brooklyn College, preparing tax returns and performing bookkeeping services for clients of a local accounting firm. Upon graduating from Brooklyn College, he accepted an associate position with Price Waterhouse where he launched his career in their entertainment and media practice and was admitted to the partnership in March of 1998. In October of 2000, Mr. Castellanos accepted a position with SoftBank Corporation, a telecommunications, technology, and media company with global private equity and venture capital investments and operations. He was a Partner in SoftBank’s venture capital arm, SoftBank Capital, and served as SoftBank’s Chief Tax & Administrative Officer until January 2006, when he joined KPMG LLP.

Mr. Castellanos earned his B.S. Degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College in January 1985. He is currently a member of the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees and is Chairman of its Audit & Finance Committee.  Mr. Castellanos is also actively involved in mentoring current and recent graduates of Brooklyn College to support them in discovering and launching their careers in business.

Martin D. Sass ’63, Vice-Chair

Chairman, M.D. Sass

  • Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
  • Chair of the Investment Committee
  • Executive Committee

Martin D. Sass is Chairman and CEO of M.D. Sass, one of the nation’s leading independent registered investment management firms.
Before launching M.D. Sass in 1972, he was President, CIO and a principal shareholder of Neuwirth Management and Research Corp. Mr. Sass received a B.S. in Accounting from Brooklyn College and studied Finance and Investments in M.B.A programs at NYU and CUNY. He joined the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees in 1995, and is Vice-Chair of the Board and Chairman of the Foundation’s Investment Committee. He has provided several internships to Brooklyn College students and in 2015 funded the M.D. Sass Investment Institute, including a long/short equity hedge fund with active participation by Business School students at Brooklyn College.

Mr. Sass is also Chairman and Co-Founder of the SASS Foundation For Medical Research, a charity whose mission is fighting cancer through research, patient care and education.

Ante Basic ’90, Treasurer

Co-founder and co-portfolio manager of Trigon Investment Advisors

  • Investment Committee
  • Planned Giving Committee

Mr. Basic is the co-founder and co-portfolio manager of Trigon Investment Advisors, a global macro hedge fund with $500 million under management. He is responsible for all aspects of running Trigon, including the implementation of discretionary and quantitative trading strategies that invest in major global assets classes.

Mr. Basic began his career in finance while a student at Brooklyn College, performing programming and back office functions for equity options traders at the American Stock Exchange.

Upon graduation he joined Chase Manhattan Bank (1990-96) where he completed the Capital Markets Training Program and became head trader of a quantitative trading group, responsible for portfolio management, research and development of systematic and quantitative trading strategies.

Mr. Basic was co-founder, President and head trader of Global Capital Markets Strategies, a fund consultant and commodity trading advisory company (1996-99). He joined the MLC family of funds in 2000 as Managing Director and subsequently lunched Trigon in 2002 with a co-portfolio manager from MLC.

Mr. Basic graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Business, Management and Finance, and received his M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University.

Stella Lagudis ’82, Secretary

General Manager, Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Corp

  • Planned Giving Committee

Stella Lagudis spent more than three decades in the financial services industry before resigning from Wall Street in June of 2014, to steer the not-for- profit Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Corporation. As General Manager she is responsible for all aspects of managing this quasi-municipality, which includes overseeing Shelter Island’s North Ferry Co., Inc.

Ms. Lagudis initially joined The Bank of New York in March 2002 as Head of Marketing, Sales, and Relationship Management for the company’s Investment Operations Outsourcing business. While at The Bank of New York, she was a member of the company’s Operating Committee, a body of approximately 100 senior executives that managed the firm.

Prior to joining The Bank of New York, Ms. Lagudis was a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer at Smith Barney Capital Management (now part of Legg Mason Asset Management), and Group Vice President at ABN AMRO Bank, N.V., where she served as Senior Banker and Team Leader covering U.S. asset managers. She also held various sales and leadership positions at J.P. Morgan from 1982-1994.

Ms. Lagudis was a founder of BNY Mellon’s Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN) and served as chair of the WIN Mentoring Committee. She also serves as a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York serving on the Community Outreach and Mentoring Sub-Committees.

She is the recipient of the BCAA Distinguished Achievement Award 2016.

Michelle J. Anderson, President, Brooklyn College (ex officio)

President of Brooklyn College

  • Trustee Ex Officio
  • Executive Committee

President Anderson is a 1989 honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned the Chancellor’s Award for outstanding academic achievement. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1994, where she was Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal. She went on to clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for Judge William A. Norris. President Anderson has taught at Villanova Law School and has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. From 2006 – 2016, she was Dean at the CUNY School of Law, overseeing a period of great renewal and transformation in development, facilities, programs, and recognition. During her tenure, CUNY Law strengthened its public interest mission, increased its academic standards, and obtained PreLaw magazine’s ranking as the “Best Public Interest Law School” in the nation. CUNY Law launched a number of groundbreaking initiatives as well, including: the Pipeline to Justice Program, the Court Square Law Project, the Community & Economic Development Clinic, the Center for Urban Environmental Reform, the Center on Latino/a Rights & Equality, and the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. President Anderson is a leading scholar in the law of rape and sexual assault. She is an adviser to the American Law Institute’s project to reform the Model Penal Code on sexual offenses and a consultant to its campus sexual misconduct project. In 2014, she received the New York City Bar Association’s “Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award” for her social justice commitments. In 2016, she received the City & State’s “Above & Beyond Award for Outstanding Women in Public Service.” In August 2016, she became President of Brooklyn College.

Todd Michael Galitz, Executive Director

Sam E. Beller ’59, Trustee

President Diversified Programs, Inc.

  • Chair of Planned Giving Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Development Committee

Sam E. Beller is a Chartered Life Underwriter and a Chartered Financial Consultant with more than 50 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is President of Diversified Programs, Inc., a Life, Health and Group Insurance Sales agency and President of Diversified Advisory Services, Inc., a Financial Services organization.

Mr. Beller is the author of The Great Insurance Secret, published by William Morrow and Company. He has written numerous articles for various publications and has spoken to both public and industry audiences. He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a member of the Association of Advanced Life Underwriters and Estate Planning Council of New York.

Mr. Beller was President of the Brooklyn College Foundation from 1985-1987 and is currently Chairman of the Planned Giving Committee. He was awarded the Brooklyn College President’s Medal in 1987 and was selected as Brooklyn College alumnus of the year in 1992.

Mr. Beller has been married to Eva for 60 years. They have 19 children (3 fantastic sons, 3 great daughters-in-law and 13 magnificent grandchildren).

Sarah L. Benson ’04, Trustee

Artistic Director, Soho Rep.

Sarah Benson has been the Artistic Director of Soho Rep. since 2007. Ms. Benson received a Drama Desk nomination and an OBIE award for Sarah Kane’s Blasted (Soho Rep; NY Premiere. She directed the world premiere of Gregory Moss’ House of Gold, Sophocles’ Ajax, Lucas Hnath’s A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney and Richard Maxwell’s Samara.

In a glowing profile in the October 13, 2014, New Yorker, Drama critic Hilton Als averred that since Benson assumed leadership at the Soho Rep. he had “never seen a boring production—a very rare thing indeed.”

Ms. Benson has also worked on new plays at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New York Stage & Film, and New Dramatists. At Soho Rep, Ms. Benson has commissioned and produced work by artists including David Adjmi, Annie Baker (M.F.A. ’09), Dan LeFranc, Thomas Bradshaw (M.F.A. ’04), Cynthia Hopkins, Jomama Jones, Young Jean Lee (M.F.A. ’05), John Jesurun, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma and Anne Washburn. This work has been recognized with six OBIE awards, four Drama Desk nominations, and The New York Times Outstanding Playwriting Award.

Ms. Benson moved to New York from London on a Fulbright for Theatre Direction. She has served as a mentor in the directing programs at Yale University and New York University.

Doris Bien-Aime ’13, Trustee

Don Buchwald ’59, Trustee

President, Don Buchwald & Associates

  • Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema Director’s Advisory Council

Don Buchwald ’59 attributes his good fortune to many things and high on that list is being born in Brooklyn and being a graduate of Brooklyn College.

Mr. Buchwald heads a bi-coastal talent agency. The 50 DBA Agents serve the needs of many diverse talent functioning in all areas of the entertainment industry. Mr. Buchwald is directly responsible for a small list of long term clients; among them, Howard Stern.

At Brooklyn College, Mr. Buchwald majored in Theater and was active as well in the Radio & TV Department. Encouraged by a wonderful team of professors and mentors, he found his calling.

After graduation he worked as an actor and theater manager in L.A., NY and various regional posts and in 1964 joined fellow Brooklyn College graduate Monty Silver (Agency); a NY talent company.

Don Buchwald & Associates, Inc. was formed in 1977 & is housed in its’ own building in NYC and on Wilshire Blvd in L.A.

A long term member of the Friars Club (1972), Mr. Buchwald has served as a member of its’ Board of Governors for some years.  Most proudly, he has been a member of Trustees of the foundation at Brooklyn College for (20 years). He is the first recipient of the Brooklyn College Theater Alumnus Award, the Alfred Drake Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award & most recently the Second Harvest Award.

Mr. Buchwald lives in Manhattan with his wife Maggie and their weekend home is named “Bensonhurst”. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Edwin H. Cohen ’62, Trustee

Principal, Prism Capital Partners, LLC

  • Executive Committee
  • Governance and Nominating Committee

After a 40 year career as one of the most prominent members of the real estate brokerage community, Ed Cohen joined long-time friend and associate Eugene Diaz as a partner and principal of Prism Capital Partners, LLC. Prism’s focus is on development and redevelopment, investment and management of multi property types throughout the Metropolitan area.

Prior to this, Mr. Cohen served as an Executive Director of Cushman & Wakefield, as President and Manager of Grubb & Ellis’ New York operations and as Executive Vice President and Manager of Grubb & Ellis’ New Jersey Office. Mr. Cohen had established and headed the Suburban Division for Wm. A. White & Sons in 1966 until its acquisition by Grubb & Ellis in 1986, representing major clients throughout the greater New York Metropolitan area.

During the course of his career, Mr. Cohen has completed hundreds of real estate transactions in this area. Among his landmark deals was the lease of an entire 400,000 square foot office building at the Harborside Financial Center complex in Jersey City, a transaction which established the New Jersey waterfront as an acceptable location for banks, stock brokerage firms and other financial institutions to relocate major back office operations.

Mr. Cohen was awarded the Cushman & Wakefield Brokerage “Service Excellence Award” for his outstanding achievement in the pursuit of business performance excellence and total client satisfaction and the firm’s “Strategic Agency Services Achievement Award” for outstanding performance for his client.

Celia Costas, Trustee

  • Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema Director’s Advisory Council

Celia Costas won her first Emmy Award as producer of one of the most acclaimed and awarded miniseries of all time, HBO’s Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. She worked again with Mr. Nichols as executive producer of the feature films Closer and Charlie Wilson’s War.

Ms. Costas won her second Emmy Award as executive producer of Joseph Sargent’s Warm Springs, written by Margaret Nagle. Also for Mr. Sargent, she produced the telefilm For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story and co-produced A Lesson Before Dying, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

Ms. Costas’ feature credits include, as co-producer Betty Thomas’ Private Parts and 28 Days, and Ben Stiller’s Zoolander. She was the executive producer for Doubt (2008), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Annie (2014), and The Intern (2015). Her current project is the film adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Girl on the Train, for Steven Spielberg’s company, DreamWorks.

Ms. Costas’ father, Procope S. Costas (1902-1974), was a professor of Classics at Brooklyn College from 1958 to 1973. In his memory, Celia sponsors an annual awards ceremony and lecture series in the Classics Department.

Irwin Federman ’56, Trustee

General Partner, U.S. Venture Partners

Irwin Federman is a General Partner of U.S. Venture Partners, a 30-year-old Silicon Valley early- stage venture capital firm. Mr. Federman began his career as a CPA, having been awarded the Forbes Gold Medal for attaining the highest grade in California on his CPA exam. He worked in public accounting before becoming CFO of three successive startups, the last being Monolithic Memories (MMI).

When MMI went into what was perceived to be a terminal spiral, Irwin was named President. The company prospered, went public in 1980 and in 1987 merged with AMD, of which Mr. Federman became Vice Chairman.

Mr. Federman was also Chairman of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association and served two terms on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

Mr. Federman has received the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award and the Brotherhood Award from the Silicon Valley Conference for Community and Justice. In 2004, he was inducted into Junior Achievement’s Silicon Valley Hall of Fame. In 2008, he received the International Business Forum’s Special Achievement Award. Irwin received a B.S. in Economics from Brooklyn College, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Science from Santa Clara University.

Bernard H. Garil ’62, Trustee

Jules Haimovitz ’71, Trustee

  • Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema Organizing Committee

Jules Haimovitz is a highly regarded leader and business strategist in the entertainment industry. He has successfully launched some of the best known entertainment brands in the business.

From his starting-up of the Showtime, Lifetime, Sundance, and Smithsonian cable channels, to his leading and subsequently managing various acquired companies such as MTV Networks, to presiding over ‘turn around’ companies such as Aaron Spelling Productions and ITC, Haimovitz has faced a full gamut of business challenges and has created successful outcomes in each instance. From his leading its acquisition in 2002 until its sale in 2007, Haimovitz served as Vice Chairman and Managing Partner of Dick Clark Productions.

As President of Haimovitz Consulting, Haimovitz’s clients included CVC Capital and MidOcean Capital Funds.

Mr. Haimovitz has served as President of MGM Networks, Inc., a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; President and Chief Operating Officer of King World Productions, Inc.; President and Chief Operating Officer of ITC Entertainment Group; President and Chief Operating Officer of Spelling Entertainment Group; President of the Viacom Network Group, with the responsibility for Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc., MTV Networks Inc., the Lifetime cable channel, and Viewer Choice and President of the Viacom Entertainment Group.

Mr. Haimovitz holds a dual B.A. degree in Mathematics and Communications, as well as an M.A. degree in Mathematics, from Brooklyn College.

Donald Kramer ’58, Trustee

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ILS Capital

  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees of BCF (1992-1996)

Donald Kramer, Chairman and CEO of ILS Capital Management, has a long history of participation in the insurance and reinsurance business. He was the founder and CEO of several successful reinsurance companies in both the United States and Bermuda. He also leads several non-profit organizations, including the American Ballet Theater in New York, where he was elected chairman in 2011; the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda; and Bermuda First, a think tank dedicated to providing thoughtful insight into Bermuda’s society and economy.

Mr. Kramer earned an M.B.A. from New York University, and both a B.A. in economics and an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Brooklyn College. He is also a CFA (Charted Financial Analyst). He has been a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation for more than three decades.

In 2011, Mr. Kramer received The Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour of the British Empire for both his work and philanthropy in Bermuda. Most recently, he received the Free Enterprise Award from the Insurance Federation of New York, Inc., and he will be a 2016 inductee to The Insurance Hall of Fame, an honor awarded by the International Insurance Society.

Frank Lavadera ’76, Trustee

Don Lemon ’96, Trustee

Mr. Lemon has reported and anchored on-the-scene for CNN from many breaking news stories, including the George Zimmerman trial (2013), the Boston Marathon bombing (2013), the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (2012), the death of Michael Jackson (2009), and many more. He also anchored breaking news coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Arab Spring, and the death of Osama Bin Laden. Lemon reported for CNN’s documentary Race and Rage: The Beating of Rodney King. He is also known for holding politicians and public officials accountable in his “No Talking Points” segment.

Mr. Lemon joined CNN after serving as a co-anchor for the 5 p.m. newscast for NBC5 News in Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago, he worked in New York as a correspondent for NBC News, The Today Show, and NBC Nightly News.

Mr. Lemon earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College and also attended Louisiana State University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the college, teaching and participating in curriculum designed around new media. In 2010 he received Distinguished Alumnus honors at the Brooklyn College Commencement.

Arlene Lichterman, Trustee

Marge Magner ’69, Trustee

General Partner, Brysam Global Partners

  • Chair of the Development Committee
  • Chair of the Foundation for Success Campaign
  • Executive Committee
  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees of BCF (2005–2009)

Ms. Magner is a founding member and Partner of Brysam and has over 30 years of operating and deal experience in the consumer financial services sector.

Prior to the formation of Brysam, Ms. Magner served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Consumer Group at Citigroup. In this position, she was responsible for the company’s operations serving consumers through retail banking, credit cards and consumer finance, as well as for finance, credit and other staff functions. Ms. Magner was named to the Fortune magazine list of Most Powerful Women in Business from 2001-2004 (#5), Forbes magazine list of World’s Most Powerful Women (#19 in 2004), and U.S. Banker’s list of the Most Powerful Women in Banking (#1 in 2004), as well as U.S. Banker’s list of the Top 25 Non-Bank Women in Finance (#11 in 2008), among others. Currently, Ms. Magner is lead director of Accenture Ltd, and a director at Ally Financial, Inc. She served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn College Foundation from 2004-2010 and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. She is also a board member at the Museum of American Finance.

Ms. Magner holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Brooklyn College and an MSIA degree from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University.

Daniel Menendez ’09, Trustee

VP Chief Operating Officer, Bank of America

Daniel Menendez is a native of Honduras. He came to the United States in January 2001 and attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY) before enrolling at Brooklyn College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and finance in 2008.

After graduating, Menendez began his banking career at Citibank as a management associate. In 2013 he was promoted to area director for Maryland, where he was responsible for managing Citibank’s footprint in the state.  He then returned to New York and served as the area director for the Bronx until 2016. Later, he transitioned into HSBC, where he focused on the retail bank and wealth management business until 2019.

In 2019, after receiving an M.B.A. in international business from Florida International University, Menendez joined Bank of America as the enterprise retail sales manager overseeing the mortgage sales team for Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Chinatown Manhattan. In 2021, he was offered and accepted the opportunity to lead the Credit Solutions Advisor II Lending Team for New York’s boroughs and Long Island as lending market leader. In fall 2022,  he accepted a role at Bank of America in Global Markets as VP chief operating officer overseeing governance for Latin America. He has a passion for supporting students achieve academic success while mentoring them for their career advancement. He is a big soccer fan and enjoys learning about different cultures through gastronomical experiences and travel. He currently resides in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, with his wife, Evelyn, and their two children, Abigail and Sebastian.

Florence Cohen Rosen ’59, Trustee

Zev Rosenwaks ’68, Trustee

Director and Physician-in-Chief of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital

Zev Rosenwaks, M.D. is the Director and Physician-in-Chief of the Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine and Attending Obstetrician-Gynecologist. In 1994, he was named the Revlon Distinguished Professor of Reproductive Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Rosenwaks is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in assisted reproduction. He was the director of the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Virginia, the unit that achieved the first IVF pregnancy in the United States. He also developed the first egg donation program in the United States. Dr. Rosenwaks has been listed in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors in New York, the Northeast as well as in Castle Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors.

Dr. Rosenwaks currently serves on the Weill Cornell Medical College Board of Overseers and was recently awarded the Weill Cornell Medical College Award for Teaching Excellence.

Dr. Rosenwaks is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and currently serves for the Council of the New York Obstetrical Society.

Dr. Rosenwaks has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, 100 invited book chapters and 6 textbooks. He has edited numerous textbooks and journals and is currently an Editorial Editor of Fertility and Sterility and an Associate Editor of Seminars in Reproductive Medicine.

Evan Silverstein ’76, Trustee

Leonard Tow ’50, Trustee

Pawel Walczuk ’10, Trustee

Management Consultant at Accenture

  • Recent graduate trustee (special two-year term)
  • Development Committee

Pawel Walczuk graduated from Brooklyn College with a triple major in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. He completed his Master’s degree in Political Economy at the London School of Economics in 2011. Mr. Walczuk joined Accenture’s management consulting practice in 2012. While at Brooklyn College, Mr. Walczuk undertook a number of internships including one at SMBC Nikko Capital Markets and one for Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Walczuk was a member of the Honors Academy and was active on campus as President of the Philosophy Society. He was the recipient of the Furman and Tow Study Abroad and Research Scholarship and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2010.

Mr. Walczuk now specializes in strategic planning, organizational transformation and policy analysis. While at Accenture, Mr. Walczuk has focused on helping public service clients including government agencies at the state, county and local level. Most recently, Mr. Walczuk ‘s projects included helping states prepare for the healthcare reform, devising organizational strategy and implementing performance management system. Mr. Walczuk also has been pioneering new effective government financing methods called Social Impact Bonds.

Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D. ’81, Trustee

Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

  • Development Committee

Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Dr. Waldstreicher has oversight across pharmaceuticals, devices and consumer products for safety, epidemiology, clinical and regulatory operations, and development of the corporate ethical science, technology and R&D policies, including those related to clinical trial transparency and compassionate access. She also chairs the Pharmaceuticals (Janssen) R&D Development Committee and supports the Device and Consumer Development Committees, which review late stage development programs in the pipeline. Dr. Waldstreicher also holds an appointment as a Faculty Affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine.

Among her prior roles in Janssen, the pharmaceutical sector of Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Waldstreicher was responsible for late-stage development spanning the areas of neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolism including Invokana®, Xarelto®, Invega Sustenna®, and Invega Trinza®. Before joining Johnson & Johnson in 2002, Dr. Waldstreicher was head of the Endocrinology and Metabolism clinical research group at Merck Research Laboratories, and responsible for overseeing clinical development of Mevacor®, Zocor®, Proscar® and Propecia®, and for clinical development programs in atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes, urology and dermatology. During that time, she received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Merck Research Laboratory Key Innovator Award.

Dr. Waldstreicher received both the Jonas Salk and Belle Zeller scholarships from the City University of New York and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College. Dr. Waldstreicher graduated Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School in 1987, and completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and her endocrinology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has won numerous awards and scholarships, and has authored numerous papers and abstracts. Dr. Waldstreicher combines broad experience in science and medicine along with a passion for advancing transparency and ethics.

Richard A. Wilpon ’72, Trustee

Senior Executive Partner, Sterling Equities

Richard A. Wilpon is a Senior Partner of Sterling Equities and a Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sterling American Funds, with responsibility for the day-to-day management of its real estate investments with a special focus on acquisitions and dispositions. Mr. Wilpon is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York  Mets. He has been a Trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation since 2007, and is a member of the Regional Cabinet of Washington University in St. Louis and is involved in various professional, civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Wilpon received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brooklyn College.

Carol L. Zicklin ’61, Trustee

  • Secretary, Board of Trustees
  • Executive Committee
  • Governance and Nominating Committees

After graduating from Brooklyn College, Carol L. Zicklin immediately started teaching at the elementary level in Brooklyn. After five years, she and her husband, Larry, moved to New Jersey, where she raised two children. She earned a M.S.Ed. in 1976 from Rutgers University and then pursued a Learning Disabilities Teacher Certification from Montclair State University. After supervising a Resource Room for Special Education students, she became a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant for the Child Study Team in East Brunswick, NJ. She later worked at Middlesex County College as a Learning Disability Specialist, assessing college students and instructing them in advocating for themselves with their professors.

Mrs. Zicklin founded and supervised a not for profit Dating Service under the auspices of the Jewish Board and Family and Children’s Services. She is currently involved in the Auxiliary Board of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mrs. Zicklin is the proud mother of two grown children and the grandmother of six grandchildren.

Mrs. Zicklin and husband Larry are among the largest donors to the CUNY system, having given money for the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and two Zicklin Chairs at Brooklyn College.

Ilene Gold ’62, Honorary Governor

Ilene Gold was born in Brooklyn, and met her husband Stanley when she came to Los Angeles for her cousin’s wedding. In 1964 they were married; they have two children, Jennifer and Charles. Jennifer serves on the Board of Trustees at Westover School in Connecticut and Charles serves on the Board of Trustees at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Stanley Gold has had a storied career as President and CEO of Shamrock Holdings, Roy Disney’s business private investment company, and now serves on its Board of Trustees. Stanley has played a leading role at The University of Southern California (USC) serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and the USC Law School. He has sustained many Jewish organizations, and been a significant political contributor. He currently remains on the Board at USC, is on Board for The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, and The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Stanley is currently of council at his previous law firm Gang, Tyre, Ramer and Brown.

Mrs. Gold previously served on the Board of Councilors of Letters, Arts and Sciences at USC and is currently on the Board at the Roski School of Fine Arts at USC and the Board of Blue Ribbon for the Arts. As a resident of Beverly Hills for over 40 years, Mrs. Gold is an active philanthropist in her community.

Myron I. Kandel ’52, Honorary Governor

Myron Kandel was one of the founders of CNN and served as its financial editor and economic commentator for 25 years. In 2000, he was named one of the ten most influential financial journalists of the 20th century.

Mr. Kandel started his journalism career as a copy boy for The New York Times, working nights while completing his senior year at Brooklyn College. He earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and subsequently taught journalism there and at CCNY. He served as the financial editor of three newspapers: the Washington Star, the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Post. He was also a foreign correspondent for the Herald Tribune, a reporter for The New York Times and the editor of the New York Law Journal.

Following his retirement from CNN in 2005, he served as the founder and president of the New Hampshire-based Initiative for Corporate Responsibility and Investor Protection.

Mr. Kandel has been the president of five journalism groups, including the New York Financial Writers’ Association and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He is the recipient for four honorary doctorate degrees.

In 2002, he and his wife endowed the Thelma ’54 and Myron Kandel ’52 Internships, which support Brooklyn College students who intern in challenging, but often low-paying positions. As former sports editor of the Brooklyn College Vanguard while a student, he helps judge the candidates for the annual Vanguard Prize for student journalism.

Saul B. Katz ’60, Honorary Governor

Murray Koppelman ’57, Honorary Governor

Zachary L. Solomon ’57, Honorary Governor

  • Former Chair, Board of Trustees of BCF (1997-2001)

Zachary Solomon worked as a buyer and merchandise manager at Abraham & Straus after receiving a B.A. in Economics from Brooklyn College in 1957. For the next 50 years this native of Belle Harbor, Queens enjoyed a distinguished career in the retail industry.

In 1964, Mr. Solomon moved to Los Angeles to become a Senior Vice President with May Company. He later served as Executive Vice President and then became President of The Emporium, the venerable San Francisco department store. In 1983 he returned to New York and was named President and CEO of Perry Ellis, a manufacturer of casual but elegant sportswear. In 1987, he became president of Ellen Tracy Co, a women’s clothing manufacturer, and in 1991 he took over as president and chief executive officer of Associated Merchandising Corporation, that later became a subsidiary of Target Corporation that helps to develop and import garments and other goods for the Target Department Stores. In the years since, Mr. Solomon has continued in the retail trade, serving as CEO of Adrienne Vittadini, President of Finity Apparel Group, CEO of Baby Togs and Paul LaFontaine.

Mr. Solomon was elected to the Brooklyn College Foundation Board of Trustees in 1984; he served as Chairman from 1997-2001. In 2007 Mr. Solomon was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award.


Executive Director

Todd Michael Galitz
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Managing Director, Campaign and Leadership Gifts

Emily Mitra Moqtaderi
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  • Michelle Hecht, Institutional Events Specialist
    P: 718.951.5000, ext. 5139
  • Anna David, Executive Assistant/HR Administrator
    P: 718.951.5000, ext. 1284
  • Ludovic Leroy, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Institutional
    P: 718.951.5000, ext. 2032
  • Farah Naz, Senior Database Manager
    P: 718.951.5000, ext. 2036
  • Sana Naz, Development Manager, Operations
    P: 718.951.5000, ext. 2037
  • Ozuma Sampson, Office Assistant
    P: 718.951.5074


Brooklyn. All in.