Board of Advisors

KIM K. AZZARELLI is a business, philanthropic and legal advisor with significant experience in leading initiatives relating to women and girls. Azzarelli is co-founded Seneca Women and a Partner at Seneca Point Global. She has served as Senior Vice President of Tina Brown Live Media and the Newsweek Daily Beast Company where she led strategy, partnerships, and philanthropy for Women in the World. Previously, Azzarelli held senior philanthropic and legal roles respectively at organizations including Goldman Sachs and Avon Products and began her legal career as a corporate lawyer at Latham and Watkins. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School. Azzarelli is a graduate of Cornell Law School and Cornell University. She is a co-author with Ambassador Melanne Verveer of the upcoming book entitled Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
 

NANCY BARRY is the Founder and President of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and the former President of Women's World Banking. In the first years of Enterprise Solutions to Poverty’s establishment, it mobilized over 150 leaders of corporations, banks and enterprises in major developing countries such as India, China and Mexico. Barry is a global leader in building microfinance and enterprise systems for low-income entrepreneurs worldwide. Barry has been twice recognized as one of Forbes Magazine's World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and as one of U.S. News and World Report’s 20 of America's Best Leaders in 2006. Barry earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Stanford University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.

DR. JACQUELINE K. BARTON ’74 is the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry as well as the Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Barton has won numerous awards for her pioneering work in chemistry and biology. She is a recipient of a prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. She has received nine honorary doctorates, the most recent from Yale (2005) and Columbia (2010) Universities. She has received numerous awards, most recently the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2015) and the American Chemical Society Priestley Medal (2015), in addition to university medals from Barnard College and Columbia University.

STEPHANIE BELL-ROSE is Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute, which works to advance TIAA-CREF’s growth strategy and encourage a sound, national retirement system. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Bell-Rose was founding President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, which promotes excellence and innovation in education worldwide and was the Foundation Counsel and Public Affairs Program Officer for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has served as a member of both the Business-Higher Education Forum and a Steering Committee member for the World Economic Forum’s Global Education Initiative. Bell-Rose earned an A.B. with honors from Harvard College, and was a recipient of Harvard University’s Rockefeller Fellowship. She also received a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government.

STEPHANIE BERGER is the co-founder of Berger Hirschberg Strategies (BHS), the premier political fundraising and non-profit consulting firm in Washington D.C. and New York. A veteran of three presidential campaigns, Berger is an expert, teacher and trainer in the field of fundraising and non-profit development, with a passion for leadership and the empowerment of women. Prior to BHS, Berger served as Co-Finance Director of John Kerry’s 2004 Presidential Campaign. From November 2001 to January 2003, Berger was the Associate Vice-President of Development for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. She is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University, serves as a board member of Harlem’s IMPACT Repertory Theatre and is the Vice President of the Board of the Yale Women’s Campaign School.

THE HONORABLE MARGOT BOTSFORD '69 is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts, the highest appeals court in the commonwealth. Botsford has taught law at Northeastern University School of Law and Boston University Law School. Prior to joining the bench, she practiced law in the public sector as an Assistant Attorney General and as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County. Botsford earned her MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 2007.

WENDY MYERS CAMBOR is Founder and Managing Director of Dolphin Lane Inc., a financial services consulting firm. Prior to this, she spent twenty years in leadership positions on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). She studied acting at Cornell University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell.

JOLYNE CARUSO-FITZGERALD '81 is the Chair of the Barnard Board of Trustees, as well as Founder and CEO of Alberleen Capital Management, an alternative asset management and advisory firm. She is a Wall Street veteran with thirty years of experience in U.S. and international markets at firms such as Andor Capital Management, Lehman Bros., and JP Morgan Securities.

RONNIE ELDRIDGE '52 is host of cable TV’s Eldridge & Co. Program of CUNY TV, City University of New York. She has spent years working on behalf of women and girls. She has served on the New York City Council, as special assistant to Mayor John Lindsay, and in Governor Mario Cuomo's cabinet as the Director of the New York State Division for Women. She is married to Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. The celebrated marriage between the feminist politician and the gruff city columnist inspired the CBS show, "American Nuclear." She also was the Executive Producer of WOMAN ALIVE, a feminist series on network public television.

ANNE SUTHERLAND FUCHS is a consultant to private equity firms and served as Chair of the Commission on Women's Issues for New York City from September 2002 until December 2013. She directs the Boards of both Pitney Bowes Inc. and Gartner Inc. Fuchs has been Executive Vice President of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, a global luxury products conglomerate, and the Global Chief Executive at Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, LVMH's auction house subsidiary. As Senior Vice President and Group Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines from 1994 to 2001, she was publisher of many of America's most successful and popular magazines, including Vogue, Woman's Day, and Elle. Fuchs has received recognition and numerous awards including the Matrix Award for Magazines by Women of Communications and Advertising Woman of the Year. Fuchs received a B.A. from New York University. She also studied at the Sorbonne, Institute of European Studies (Paris) and the University of Mexico City, Institute of North American Studies (Mexico).

ELLEN FUTTER '71 served as President of Barnard from 1981 to 1993, and is President of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Futter has served as a Director of AIG, JP Morgan Chase, Consolidated Edison and as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2009, she was elected to the American Philosophical Society. Futter is also a Member of the Advisory Board of Yale School of Management. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Futter graduated from Barnard College in 1971 and earned a JD from Columbia Law School in 1974.

DR. HELENE GAYLE '76 is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, which unites stakeholders to work on a variety of global and social issues. Dr. Gayle served as President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, from 2006 until 2015. Previously, Dr. Gayle was director of HIV, TB and Reproductive Health within the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A board certified physician specializing in pediatrics, Helene worked for over twenty years at the Center for Disease Control and directed the CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention. She has been honored for a number of awards, including the Barnard College Women of Achievement of Award in 2001 and Woman of the Year Award in 1999. Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy Magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership,” Dr. Gayle has been featured by national and international media outlets. She has also published numerous scientific articles.

BETSY GOTBAUM '60 served as elected Public Advocate for the City of New York from 2002 until 2009. She has also worked as an advisor to three Mayors, a financial executive developing capital for start-up entrepreneurial firms, the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and President of the New York Historical Society.

PHYLLIS GRANN '58 is a former senior editor at Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc., having served the company for twenty-five years. During her long career in publishing, she has been CEO and President of Penguin Putnam, the U.S. affiliate of The Penguin Group, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Putnam Berkley Group. Phyllis is an Adjunct Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School and a Director of Forbes, Inc. and the Warner Music Group.

ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, holder of the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, has guided leaders of large and small organizations worldwide for over twenty-five years through teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The author or co-author of eighteen books, Kanter has received twenty-three honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards and prizes for her written works. The former Editor of Harvard Business Review, Kanter has been named to lists of the "50 Most Powerful Women in the World," and the "50 Most Influential Business Thinkers in the World." She is Chair and Director of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University. 

HELENE KAPLAN '53 of Counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, is Trustee Emerita and Chair Emerita of Barnard College. She has served as Director of five of the largest corporations in the world including MetLife, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan Chase and Verizon and as a Trustee of many civic, cultural and educational organizations, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the American Museum of Natural History and the J. Paul Getty Trust. Kaplan is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

SHELLY LAZARUS served as worldwide CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the eight largest advertising networks in the world––with more than 450 offices in 169 cities – from 1996 until 2008, as well as Chairman from 1997 until she became Chairman Emeritus in 2012. Lazarus is a member of the boards of General Electric, Merck & Co., and New York Presbyterian Hospital. She has been listed in Fortune Magazine’s annual ranking of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”

LINDA FAYNE LEVINSON '62 is an independent investor and advisor to professionally funded, privately held ventures. From 1997 until 2004, she was a Partner of GRP Partners, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies. From 1982 until 1998, she was President of Fayne Levinson Associates, an independent consulting firm advising major corporations. During her career, she was an executive at Creative Artists Agency, Inc; a Senior Vice President of American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc.; and a Partner of McKinsey & Company, where she became the first woman partner in 1979. She currently serves as Chair for the Board for Connexus and is a member of the Boards of Kount; NCR Corporation; Ingram Micro, Inc.; and The Western Union Company.

LIZ NEUMARK '77 is CEO of Great Performances, the largest off-premises catering company in New York City. Initially conceived as a waitress service for women in the arts (offering an alternative way to supplement meager artist incomes), the company has grown to provide thousands of meals each week at a wide range of venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Apollo Theater, Sotheby’s and the Plaza Hotel. The company also runs Katchkie Farm, a sixty-acre organic farm in Columbia County. In 2007, Neumark was appointed to the Governor’s Food Policy Council.  She also writes a blog on food politics for The Huffington Post.

INDRA NOOYI is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, which boasts the world's largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including Frito-Lay, Quaker, Pepsi-Cola, Tropicana and Gatorade. With more than $43 billion in revenue, PepsiCo employs 198,000 people worldwide. In addition to being a member of the PepsiCo Board of Directors, Nooyi serves as a member of the boards of The Consumer Goods Forum, Catalyst, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. In 2008 and 2009, she was named #1 on Fortune Magazine’s ranking of the “50 Most Powerful Women in American Business.”

ANNA QUINDLEN '74 is a novelist and columnist whose work over the last thirty years has appeared in some of America's most influential newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Newsweek. With the release of A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen became the first writer ever to have books appear on the fiction, nonfiction, and self-help New York Times Best Seller lists. In 1992, Quindlen won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. 

AMBASSADOR AZITA RAJI, ’83, former Co-Chair of the Athena Leadership Council, was nominated by President Obama in October 2014 and confirmed by the Senate in February 2016 to serve as the United States Ambassador to Sweden. Raji is a recognized business strategist and former senior Wall Street investment banker with international experience, who currently brings her expertise in finance and economics to numerous leadership roles in the non-profit sector.  She serves as an active trustee, co-founder, and advisor on national boards and appointed commissions, including The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Barnard College, Columbia Business School’s Social Enterprise Program, Economic Advisory Council of the Center for American Progress, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and National Partnership for Women and Families. During the 2012 Obama campaign, Raji served as National Finance Vice Chair and Chair of the Swing State Victory Fund. Raji holds a B.A. in architecture and French from Barnard College and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School. She is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. 

MERRYL TISCH '77 served as Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents for almost 20 years and co-chaired its Committee on Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education (now P-12). Among other activities, Tisch serves as Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the UJA-Federation of New York, the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She previously served as Chairperson of the Mt. Sinai Children’s Center Foundation.

FAYE WATTLETON joined the global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director in New York in 2010. Prior to working at Alvarez & Marsal, Wattleton was the Co-Founder and President for the Center for the Advancement of Women, a women-focused national opinion research, education and advocacy organization. From 1978 to 1992, as President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Wattleton played a leading role in defining the national debate over reproductive rights and health. A nurse and certified nurse-midwife with an MS in Maternal and Infant Health, Wattleton has received fourteen honorary doctoral degrees, and has been recognized by countless organizations for her work. She is currently a member of the Columbia University Board of Trustees.

SHEILA WELLINGTON is a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU.  A leader and advocate on behalf of women in business, Wellington was President of Catalyst, the pre-eminent non-profit organization on women’s private sector leadership for ten years.

CONSTANCE HESS WILLIAMS '66 is a former Trustee at Barnard and served as a member of the Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. She is Chair of the Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and on the Board of Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. A Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, she has also served on the boards of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Episcopal Academy, and the Baldwin School.  

MARIE WILSON is the Founder and President Emeritus of the White House Project as well as a leading advocate on women’s leadership.  An honorary “founding mother” of the Ms. Foundation, Wilson was the co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World.

MELINDA WOLFE is Chief Human Resources Office and member of the executive team at Pearson. Prior to joining Pearson, Wolfe served as head of Professional Development at Bloomberg L.P., where she was responsible for Global Human Resources and as Managing Director in the Office of Global Leadership and Diversity at Goldman Sachs, which strategically addresses the expansion of a more diverse and inclusive workplace.