advises some of our social entrepreneurs on fund-raising, board development and strategic growth. He is the founder of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) which launched SEO Scholars, one of the premier college access and success programs in the country.
helps our organizations with human resources issues, organizational development and strategic growth. As president of Mark Bieler Associates, Inc., a consulting firm, his clients include The Westfield Group, Morgan Stanley Retail, Ogilvy & Mather, Mercantile Trust, and the top management of the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1985 to 1999, Bieler was Director of Human Resources for Bankers Trust Company as well as Executive Vice President of the parent organization, Bankers Trust Corporation.
advises our grantees on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Prior to opening her consulting firm, Lingo Ventures, Lisette served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at Brooklyn College. During this time, she also led the launch of a pilot workforce and community college partnership in Miami and Philadelphia.
Mark Bieler – EGF Chairman
Mark Bieler is President of Mark Bieler Associates, Inc., a consulting firm advising on strategic human-resources and organizational development. His clients: The Westfield Group, Morgan Stanley Retail, Ogilvy & Mather, Mercantile Trust, and the top management of the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1985 to 1999, Bieler was Director of Human Resources for Bankers Trust Company as well as Executive Vice President of the parent organization, Bankers Trust Corporation.
Michael W. Osheowitz – EGF Chairman Emeritus
As a young investment banking consultant, Michael Osheowitz founded Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) with the aim of providing low-income young people with more educational and professional opportunities. Several decades later, SEO founded SEO Scholars, which is helping hundreds of low-income children get to and through college. Michael was EGF’s board chairman from 1989 to 2007, and has advised the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Michael was President of Arthur Schmidt and Associates, an investor relations and financial consulting firm.
Steven Brown is Executive Director of Building Skills New York, which provides employment opportunities for low-income New Yorkers in the affordable housing construction and management industries. Before that, he served as president of the Greyston Foundation, which runs the Greyston Bakery, a model for successful work force development, community renewal and personal transformation within a profitable business environment.
From 1983 to 1998, he worked at the New York City Housing Partnership. From 1998-2004, he was President of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, which provides mentoring and college scholarships to minority students throughout the country.
Dr. Anthony Carnavale is one of the nation’s leading authorities on education, training and employment, a research professor and director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. He has held senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and executive branch, including serving on the White House Commission on Technology and Adult Education as well as in the private sector.
Nicole M. Chestang
Nicole Chestang is President of Chestang & Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting practice serving the educational, non-profit and private sectors, with a specialty in college access, persistence for low-income and minority youth. Previously, Chestang served as Chief Operating Officer of the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), the leading not-for-profit international association of graduate business schools and sponsor of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®). Chestang worked at the Unisys Corporation and Fisher Controls in human resources management. She serves as a Trustee of Next Generation Education Foundation and the National Black MBA Foundation.
Steve Gross is CEO of Calvert Education. Calvert originated the concept of home schooling over 100 years ago and is now focused on enabling teachers of all types to succeed outside the traditional classroom experience. Prior to Calvert, Mr. Gross was SVP Global K-12 Marketing at Pearson. His previous stops included LexisNexis and Pepsico.
Lofton Holder is Managing Director at Investcorp, where he serves the investment needs of large U.S. institutional investors including corporations, insurance companies, endowments and foundations. Prior to joining Investcorp, Mr. Holder spent 13 years with J.P. Morgan Asset Management and five years with CS First Boston. Holder has been a long time advocate of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, working to advance the college and career development of under-represented youth.
Roszell Mack, III
Roszell Mack is the president and managing member of Mack & Co., a New York-based independent advisory firm focussed on strategic advisory, direct investment and customized investment solutions for the family office and institutional markets. Previously, he co-founded Ascend Venture Group, a private equity firm with over $250 million in assets and before that, served as an investment banker for more than ten years with Goldman Sachs & Co., Salomon Smith Barney and Peter J. Solomon. He sits on the board of Transylvania University, a private liberal arts college in Lexington, KY.
Joshua B. Parker
Joshua Parker has been a principal of the Gargoyle Group of Companies and the CEO of its Investment Advisory Business since 1998. Previously, Parker was Executive Vice President, of Kenmar Advisory Corp. and its affiliates—one of the leading managers in the managed futures industry and an options market-maker on the American Stock Exchange. He serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Managed Funds Association. He is also a Bridge Gold Life Master, a former North American Bridge champion and has represented the United States in international bridge competitions.
Alan S. Weinstein
Alan Weinstein is the retired president of Arthur Schmidt & Associates, an investor relations and financial consulting firm. He is also a member of Gray Matters, a group of seasoned professionals who offer pro-bono advisory services to non-profit, community-based organizations in the New York Metropolitan area.
Lisette Nieves is a founding partner at Lingo Ventures, where she provides consulting services to the nonprofit and public sector on growth, talent recruitment/retention, and change management. Prior to Lingo Ventures, Lisette served for two years as the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College and before that, as the founding Executive Director of Year Up NY, an innovative workforce development program. She served as Chief of Staff at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) for the City of New York and working at the federal level at the Corporation for National Service, launching and administering the AmeriCorps program. She is both a Truman Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar and was recently named an Aspen Pahara Fellow.
Denise Taylor is the Global Chief Information Officer at Westfield where she is responsible for leading the company’s next-generation technology strategy to produce solutions that strengthen business partnerships with retailers and tenants and enhance the consumer experience. Denise earned her MBA from Pepperdine University and has had a 20+ year career leading Global Technology Groups and Information Technology Divisions at AEG, NBC Universal, Universal Studios and Universal Music Group.
Kiran Handa Gaudioso
Kiran Handa Gaudioso is the Chief Operating Officer at United Way of Northern New Jersey where she invests in strategies that improve access to quality education, heath, and financial stability resources for some 1.2 million residents across five counties. In addition, Kiran oversees the research component of the United Way ALICE Project, a comprehensive study of households that earn above the poverty level, but less than a basic cost of living.
Before joining United Way, Kiran served as interim CEO and vice president of Program Operations at New Jersey After 3, the public-private partnership that worked to provide safe quality after-school and expanded learning time programs for 15,000 public school students. She was director of Mentoring, Volunteerism & Enrichment Programs at Sponsor For Educational Opportunity and served as a policy adviser under former Governor James Florio.
Kiran attended Syracuse University and earned an M.A. in political science at The Eagleton Institute of Public Politics at Rutgers University.