SLCeeds Advisory Board
Peter L. Bloom
Advisory Director, General Atlantic, 1996-
Peter Bloom is currently an Advisory Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he worked as a Managing Director for 15 years before retiring at the end of 2009. Since he joined the firm in 1995, Peter led global technology due diligence on prospective investments, provided technology and risk management assistance to CEO's and senior management teams of portfolio companies as well as guidance on emerging technology trends for GA, its stakeholders, and several private and public entities.
Peter is currently a member of the Risk Management Committee of Gavilon, one of the world's largest agricultural trading firms conducting business in over 25 countries. He is also a technology and board advisor to GETCO, a leading electronic market maker which actively engages in 50 financial markets globally. Peter serves as a Director of Passur Aerospace, which provides specialized analytical services and business intelligence to major airlines and airports based on advanced signal processing technology.
Prior to joining General Atlantic, Peter spent thirteen years at Salomon Brothers in a variety of roles in both technology and fixed income sales and trading. As the Managing Director of the company's U.S. Technology Division, he led the team that was responsible for recovering the trading capability of 11 firms following the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. While at Salomon Brothers, he received the Carnegie Mellon/AMS Achievement Award in Managing Information Technology. Peter graduated from Northwestern University in 1978 with a B.A. in Computer Studies and Economics.
He served as a member of the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force and as a judge for the Lemelson-MIT Invention Awards and the Legatum Fortune Technology Prize. He was a founding member of the BP Digital and Communications Technology Advisory Board and the New School for Social Research Technology Advisory Board. He is an active member of Business Executives for National Security and a consultant on security related technology issues as well as a member of the FCC Technical Advisory Council. Peter is a frequent speaker to private, educational and public sector organizations on technology related issues.
Peter has served on several public, private and non-profit boards. He is the Chairman of DonorsChoose.org, which was named the most innovative charity in America by Stanford Business School and Amazon. Peter is also the co-founder and Chairman of Peak Rescue Institute, which teaches advanced rescue skills to first responders in law enforcement, public health and the military. He is a board member of The Food Bank for New York City, the Cancer Research Institute and an Associate Founder of Singularity University.
Peter was raised in Binghamton, NY and lives in Brooklyn, NY. In 1987, he and his wife retraced Napoleon's route from Poland to Moscow on their tandem bicycle.
David A. Dull
David A. Dullis a director of Ostendo Technologies, Inc., On-Ramp Wireless, Inc. and ZetaRx Biosciences, Inc. and a business advisor to several other privately-held therapeutics, water science and electronics companies.In 2009, he retired after 11 years as a senior executive and general counsel of Broadcom Corporation, where he was responsible for legal affairs, intellectual property strategy and development, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, as a partner in the law firm of Irell & Manella LLP in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, he represented clients in the entertainment and technology industries. For five years before and after law school, Mr. Dull was a staff member of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A., a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in New York City.
Mr. Dull is a trustee of Sage Hill School and Sarah Lawrence College and a member of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee and the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies, did graduate work in history at Oxford University, and later received his law degree at Yale. He and his wife reside in Newport Beach, CA. They have two children. Their daughter graduated from SLC in 2007.
John A. Hill
Vice Chairman, First Reserve Corporation
John A. Hill, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, has been with the First Reserve since its founding in 1983. He serves as a senior advisor on investments, investment origination, investor relations and government policy liaison. Prior to acquiring First Reserve with William Macaulay in 1983, Mr. Hill was a co-founder of Meridien Capital Company, a private equity buyout firm. From 1976 to 1981, he served as Senior Vice-President of F. Eberstadt & Co., Inc., an investment banking, research and institutional brokerage firm, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eberstadt Asset Management and as founding Chairman of the Board of the Eberstadt Energy Fund. Prior to 1976, Mr. Hill spent seven years in the U.S. Federal Government as Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget and subsequently as Deputy Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration during the Ford Administration.
Mr. Hill currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sarah Lawrence College, as Lead Director of Devon Energy Corporation, and as a Trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds (where he served as former Chairman from 2000 to 2011). He was born and raised in Midland, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Southern Methodist University and an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Bethel College.
Co-founder of IncubateNYC, November 2011-
IncubateNYC is a business incubator designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs turn their ideas into sustainable companies by providing members the structure, support and resources necessary to be successful when launching a business. IncubateNYC is devoted to enriching and transforming the Harlem community into the next technology startup hotspot in New York City.
IncubateNYC was started with the purpose of making entrepreneurship accessible. “We strongly believe that everyone deserves a shot at turning his or her dreams into reality. We accomplish this by providing structured programming on entrepreneurship, innovation, and lean startup principles. We provide a collaborative work environment for entrepreneurs to build their business around other like-minded, driven individuals, and we provide resources through our extensive network and growing community.”
Prior to IncubateNYC, Mr. Mayo was the co-founder of InHouse Group, an early stage investment and advisory company based in New York City. He is a former private equity investor with ICV Partners, a New York-based middle market private equity fund and consultant for McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Mayo has also worked as a lead member of the business development and strategy team for Weight Watchers International. In this role, he was responsible for sourcing and structuring new partnerships with startup companies within the healthcare space. He holds a BA in Business Administration-Finance from Morehouse College.
Jamee K. Moudud, PhD
Professor of Economics, Sarah Lawrence College, 2000-
Dr. Moudud obtained his B.S. (Materials Science & Engineering) and M.Eng. (Electrical Engineering) from Cornell University and an M.A. and PhD (honors) in Economics from The New School for Social Research. Dr. Moudud has published articles on the state, business competition, development, and growth in the International Journal of Political Economy, Research on Money and Finance, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, Challenge, and Encyclopedia of International Political Economy. His book Strategic Competition, Dynamics, and the Role of the State: a New Perspective was published in 2010 by Edward Elgar as part of its New Directions in Economics series. His next book Alternative Theories of Competition: Challenges to the Orthodoxy (co-edited with C. Bina and P. Mason) was published by Routledge in 2012. Finally, Dr. Moudud is co-editing (with C. Bina) International Economics: An Encyclopedia of Global Trade, Capital, Labor, Technology, and Innovation which will be published by Greenwood Press in 2014.
About his current research: One of the oldest controversies in economics is the “state versus markets” debate, in which one group of authors has supported laissez faire while a rival group has been a proponent of state intervention. In contemporary economics this is essentially the debate between the Austro-Libertarian tradition of Friedrich Hayek and the broad tradition inspired by John Maynard Keynes. Ironically, both of these rival traditions implicitly assume that the state is fundamentally neutral and autonomous and therefore can implement the appropriate policies. In contrast, Dr. Moudud’s research draws on an alternative theoretical tradition, inspired by Karl Polyani and others, which takes the view that the state and economic processes are enmeshed and co-evolve across geographic space and historical time. Quite simply, one cannot disentangle the state from the economy. From what Dr. Moudud calls a historical-structural-institutional (HSI) perspective, he is currently studying not only how public policies shape economic processes but the deeper question regarding the ways in which structural and institutional factors, that evolve over time, shape the public policies themselves. He is investigating business-state relations and the ways that they shape and are shaped by industrial, labor, social, and taxation policies. His framework involves the study of these issues in the context of the long waves of variations in profitability and capital accumulation. One component of his study of business-state relations involves the investigation of industrial organization theory and business history. Dr. Moudud is also working on an econometric project involving tax rates in the US and overseas and a project dealing with the political economy of the state in a comparative international and historical perspective.
Catherine Muther ’69
Catherine Muther is the founder and President of the Three Guineas Fund, a foundation focused on creating economic opportunity for women. The fund has managed operating projects, a grant portfolio, and made impact investments in Microfinance. Ms Muther was the founding Chair of the Board of Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture fund that invests in social enterprises providing affordable goods and services to the poor in India, East and West Africa. Earlier, she founded Astia, a business accelerator for women technology entrepreneurs. Catherine is on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke University, the Global Philanthropy Forum, and Acumen Fund. She is a member of the Board of Directors of BRAC USA and PolicyLink. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, MA from Cambridge University, and MBA from Stanford Business School. She was the Senior Marketing Officer at Cisco Systems. Catherine is currently a guest in the economics faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, teaching social entrepreneurship. She has received numerous awards for leadership in business and philanthropy.
Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Columbia University School of Medicine
Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., served as the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Columbia University School of Medicine. Dr. Polan specializes in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and hormonal issues related to gynecology patients and menopause. She received her bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and M.D. from Yale University and completed her residency and Reproductive Endocrine Fellowship in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Polan received her M.P.H. (Maternal and Child Health Program) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Polan served on the board of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals prior to it’s acquisition by Pfizer and currently serves on the board of Quidel Corp, San Diego, CA as well as on the boards of several privately held life sciences companies. Dr. Polan’s research has involved ovarian and urologic function with many publications in both areas. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and has served on a number of NIH and university committees. She has a long-standing interest in women’s health research and has been actively involved in international public health. She initiated The Eritrean Women’s Project in 2001; she has maintained this surgical project in Eritrea to repair fistulas resulting from traumatic births.
Chan Suh ’82
Founder and CEO, BroomeCrosby LLC, 2010-
Chan Suh is CEO of Broome Crosby Ltd., a start-up creative company he founded in 2010 at the intersection of business, technology, and social responsibility. He currently works with a small number of commercial and non-profit organizations to develop the next generation digital business and social innovations. The company's first project was the creation of the Samsung Digital Innovation Team. Chan created an integrated team of client staff, agency personnel, technology vendors, and freelance talent to radically improve Samsung’s digital communications and expertise. The team completed its mission launching a number of digital innovations for Samsung including its very first TV App Store and a new global web platform. Prior to Broome Crosby, Chan Suh co-founded Agency.com in 1995 with $80 and the recognition that it was time to take the Internet seriously for cultural, commercial, social, and business purposes. Agency.com pioneered the idea of an agency specializing in interactive communications and technology. As CEO, Chan grew the company to 1,800 people and profitable annual revenues of $200 million with 14 offices in US, Europe and Asia helping clients such as 3M, American Express, Apple, British Airways, British Telecom, CIT, Discovery Channel, Dun & Bradstreet, Ebay, Energizer, HP, Ikea, LG, Motorola, Nike, Sun, Snickers, Skittles. In 1999, Chan led Agency.com through an IPO on NASDAQ then, privatization and subsequent sale to the Omnicom Group.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Suh served as a marketing director at Time Inc. (1992-1995) and helped conceptualize and launch Pathfinder, Time Warner’s web service. In 2001, he was inducted into the Advertising Age Interactive Hall of Fame. He serves on several not-for-profit boards including: Daniel's Music Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free music programs for people with disabilities in the New York area and the Taproot Foundation. He serves as a member of the advisory board of Venture For America, and a member of the Impact Fund at Pop!Tech, a platform for supporting early-stage, unconventional, collaborative and higher-risk/higher-return approaches to global challenges. Chan Suh attended Sarah Lawrence College, and served as a trustee of the College from 2000-2005.
Alfred W. Zollar
Al Zollar founded AWZ Tech, LLC and has been its Managing Partner since January 2011. Mr. Zollar served as General Manager of IBM Tivoli Software at Tivoli Systems, Inc. from July 2004 to January 2011. Mr. Zollar served as the CEO of PS Publishing. He served as General Manager of IBM iSeries, where he was responsible for the iSeries server product line. He served as General Manager of the eServer iSeries segment from January 2003 to July 2004, President and Chief Executive Officer of IBM Lotus Software from January 2000 to January 2003 and General Manager of Network Computing Software from 1996 to 2000. He joined IBM in 1977 as a Systems Engineer Trainee. He retired from IBM in 2011, after a 34-year executive career, during which he held leadership roles for all units within IBM's Software Group division. He serves as the Lead Independent Director of Carnegie Speech Company. He has been a Director of Carnegie Speech Company since May 2012 and Public Service Enterprise Group, since June 2012. He serves as a Director of Lotus Development Corp. He serves as the Trustee at Massachusetts Software & Internet Council. He has been a Board Member of the Chubb Corp. since 2001.
Mr. Zollar serves as a Board Member of The Abyssinian Fund. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He has been named as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in America" by Savoy magazine, one of the "50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology" by US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine and one of the "100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America" by Black Enterprise magazine. He is a past fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Mr. Zollar holds a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of California at San Diego.
Patricia Miller Zollar
Patricia Miller Zollar is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and President of Northbound Equity Partners. Neuberger Berman is an independent asset management firm with $170 billion of assets under management. Within Neuberger, Ms. Zollar runs the Northbound Emerging Managers Private Equity Fund. Before joining Neuberger, Ms. Zollar co-headed and co-founded the Lehman Brothers Partnership Solutions Group (“PSG”), a Wall Street business focused on developing strategic opportunities with women - and minority-owned financial services firms. The innovation of the Partnership Solutions Group was recently chronicled in a case at the Harvard Business School.
Before rejoining Lehman Brothers in 2004, Ms. Zollar spent 6 years in asset management with Goldman Sachs, where she was a vice president in the Asset Management division. Ms. Zollar received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.S., with highest distinction, from North Carolina A&T State University, where she serves on the Board of Trustees. She is also a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Executive Leadership Council and on the Board of the National Association of Investment Companies.