Erin is an Executive Director and the Managing Attorney for the Global Litigation Group in the Legal and Compliance Division at Morgan Stanley. Erin also serves as the Coordinator of the Firm’s Franchise Risk Committee for the Americas and as Pro Bono Lead Counsel, with responsibility for Morgan Stanley’s pro bono legal program, which utilizes strategic partnerships among Morgan Stanley attorneys, outside law firms and legal service providers. A litigator by training, Erin was previously associated with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where her practice focused on securities and derivative litigation, bankruptcy litigation and general corporate counseling of boards of directors. Before joining Weil, Erin clerked for a United States District Court Judge in Louisiana. She is a graduate of Bard College and Tulane Law School. In addition to her service on AFC’s Board, Erin is a member of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the New York City Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services, where she co-chairs the In-House Subcommittee. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of victims of domestic violence in family law matters and unaccompanied minors in immigration matters.
Tom Ogletree is Director of Social Impact at General Assembly, a global education company that offers immersive trainings and courses in technology, data, business, and design. At General Assembly, Tom leads social impact programs that contribute to a diverse tech talent pipeline and promote social mobility through careers in tech. Prior to General Assembly, he served as Director of Operations at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where he led organizational development and employee engagement programs. He also previously designed and managed capital fundraising campaigns for nonprofit clients at CCS Fundraising, and oversaw messaging strategy and strategic communications for GLAAD. He received his A.B. in English from Yale University and his M.P.A in Public & Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband.
Katie is a Partner at Baker Hostetler LLP, where she focuses her legal practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense. She has myriad experience in high-profile matters involving financial fraud, including representation of the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, as well as clients in significant securities-related government investigations and class actions. Involved in development, diversity, and recruiting initiatives across the firm, Katie is the Co-Chair of the New York Office’s Mentor Committee, and an active member of its Diversity, Women’s Steering, and Recruiting Committees. She has also devoted many hours to providing pro bono legal services, including representation of low-income clients on housing and family law matters, the Humane Society in its first nationwide class action complaint against a Florida “puppy mill,” and a client on death row in connection with his appeals. Katie previously worked as an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and as an intern with the E.D.N.Y.’s U.S. Attorney’s Office. She has been named by New York Metro Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for the past three years, and is a graduate of Columbia University and St. John’s Law School. In addition to her service on AFC’s Board, Katie devotes her time to the New York City Bar’s Women in the Legal Profession Committee, the Federal Bar Council, and activities within the St. John’s Law School alumni network.
Craig is President of Tiedemann Wealth Management and oversees all operations of the Firm. He also creates tailored trust and tax strategies for Tiedemann clients and develops related trust and investment products. Craig joined Tiedemann in February of 2000 and served as Managing Director, Trust Planning and Administration, until his appointment as President in March of 2004. Prior to joining Tiedemann in 2000, Craig was Vice President of J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc., most recently heading trust, estate and transfer tax planning services for New England private clients. Craig’s other roles at J.P. Morgan included Fiduciary Manager and founding member of J.P. Morgan’s Strategic Asset Allocation group. Before joining J.P. Morgan in 1992, Craig practiced trust and estate law with the New York law firm, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Craig earned a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Harvard Law School and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University. Throughout his career, Craig has been a frequent lecturer and author on tax and estate planning subjects, as well as related investment topics. Born and raised in New York, Craig currently resides in New York City.
Joanna Bratt is an Executive Director & Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Joanna manages multiple teams of lawyers who provide advice regarding commercial lending, strategic regulatory and compliance programs, treasury services and credit card products. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase & Co., Joanna was an attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP (now Morgan Lewis) where she represented first and second lien lenders, mezzanine lenders, equity sponsors and borrowers in a diverse range of debt finance transactions. She received a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School and Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University. In addition to her service on AFC’s Board, Joanna serves on the Leadership Advisory Committee of National Women’s Law Center.
Tai-Heng Cheng is the head of the New York international arbitration practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. A specialist in international disputes, he has wide experience representing corporations and sovereign states in international commercial arbitration, investor-state arbitration, state to state disputes, and U.S. court litigation.
He has served as lead counsel, tribunal chair, co-arbitrator, and testifying expert in disputes in almost every continent and under the rules of virtually every major arbitral institution. He is a member of the panels of neutrals of the AAA, ICDR, CPR, SIAC, HKIAC, KLRCA and SCIA. Additionally, Dr. Cheng has counseled sovereign states on public international law matters, including state succession, treaty interpretation, sovereign immunity, and expropriation. He has also represented clients in international parallel proceedings, as well as in U.S. federal and state court trials and appeals.
Dr. Cheng has been recognized in Chambers Global and Chambers USA for international arbitration, as well as in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration. He is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Dr. Cheng was a tenured professor of international law in the United States. He is the author of two books and dozens of articles on international law and international arbitration, which the U.S. Federal Circuit and District Courts have cited and relied on as authoritative.
Dr. Cheng is bilingual in English and Mandarin.
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Martin is a Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers, where he has been on the faculty since 1991. His research on the algorithmic theory of storage system for big data. He has also worked in industry during this time, at Bell Labs in 1997-98 and at Google 2000-2002. In 2008, Martin founded Tokutek, a database performance software company, where he served as CTO until its acquisition in 2015. Martin received his BS from the University of South Carolina, his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and his PhD from the University of Maryland. He has served on the board of Lambda Legal. He lives in New York City with his husband and 15 year old twins.
Martin Jackson is a partner in the International Arbitration and Litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP’s New York office. Mr. Jackson represents clients in international and domestic arbitrations, in litigation matters in New York federal and state courts, and in litigation matters in numerous other state and federal courts throughout the United States. His international arbitration and complex commercial litigation practice is focused on commercial disputes (breach of contract and other business torts—with a particular focus on contract disputes involving mining, natural gas, other natural resources, and renewable energy), securities disputes (derivatives and securities trading) and bankruptcy disputes. He speaks Spanish fluently and represents Latin American clients in international arbitrations and in legal proceedings in the United States. Mr. Jackson was named a “Future star” by Benchmark Litigation (2015), noting that “although Jackson attends to arbitration and litigation that is typically international in nature, on a more local level, he lays claim to a July 2014 victory for ride-sharing startup Lyft in which he reached a deal with New York regulators to allow the service to launch the same day in New York City.” He was also selected as one of The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 - Class of 2013 by the National LGBT Bar Association. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representation of victims of domestic violence in family law matters.
Greg Johnson is Vice President and Regional Services Advisor for Wells Fargo Bank and has been in this role since 2008. He is responsible for the Operations, Compliance and Customer Experience for stores located in New York City. Prior to 2008, Greg worked for Wachovia Bank and its’ predecessors in various roles. He is currently the Chair of the PRIDE Team Member network at Wells Fargo. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Pace University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Iona College. He currently resides in New York City with his partner Brian Swallow.
Isis King, an artist hailing from Prince George County, Maryland, is a graduate of the Arts Institute of Philadelphia. Majoring in “Fashion Design” and accepted to the school with a full-tuition scholarship, Isis served as Vice President of the “Fashion Club,” and graduated with the Industry Award for “Best Evening Wear” in 2005. After graduation, Ms. King began the process of preparing a move to New York City. It was during this time that a MSNBC documentary about Transgendered Individuals in 2007, entitled “Born in the Wrong Body: On the Edge” featuring Ms. King, introducing her to the world.
Isis King’s “spotlight,” was now on. The life changing moment came for Isis, when the creator, producer and star of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), Tyra Banks, observed her, ironically enough, at a “Cycle 10” ANTM photo shoot. Isis was encouraged to audition for “Cycle 11” of ANTM and was selected. For the first time in her life, she boarded an aircraft and traveled to compete amongst other “Supermodel” hopefuls. Leaving behind her fears, the homeless shelter where she was a resident and all apprehensions, she became the first woman of transgender experience to compete on ANTM. As a result, Isis became an ICON, as the most commented upon contestant in ANTM history.
Freelance Fashion Model, Designer and Motivational Speaker, Ms. King currently works in all areas of entertainment. Her belief in following one’s dreams is the driving force for her success. She has expanded her purview to include acting and recently filmed a movie in the Philippines . Ms. King’s mission, is to be the epitome of a well-rounded, world renowned entertainer and artist.
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Marie McKenna is a Vice President in Rates Sales at Barclays Capital where she has covered a range of institutional clients since joining the Bank in 2009. As a member of the firm’s Human Capital Program (HCP), Marie co-leads the recruiting effort for HCP across the Securities division and is highly involved in attracting & retaining talent across the firm. She is a founding member of the Bank’s Volatility Initiative and also heads the Bank’s Swaps Operating Committee.
Marie was born and raised in Philadelphia, and comes from a big family with 3 siblings and 24 first cousins. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Princeton University where she was a two-time All-American & co-Captain of the Women’s Lacrosse team. Since moving to New York City in 2009, Marie has been actively involved with CityLax, a non-profit organization that uses lacrosse as a teaching mechanism for students in the New York City Public School system.
John Owen is a corporate partner at the global law firm of Jones Day. He practices in the areas of capital markets and general corporate law and has represented domestic and international clients in a wide range of complex capital markets and corporate finance transactions. John serves on the diversity committee of the Jones Day New York office and serves on the steering committee of Jones Day’s Legal Recognition of Same Sex Relationships project. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma and attended law school at The University of Texas. Before joining Jones Day, he was previously affiliated with Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Weil, Gotshal. John was recognized by The Legal 500 US in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for capital markets and was named as a Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40 by the national LGBT bar association in 2014.
Bill Shea is a Freelance Producer/Creative Director who specializes in making videos and PSA’s for Non- Profits. Before embarking on his own Bill was a successful award winning Senior Vice President Group Creative Director at one of the worlds top Advertising Agency’s McCann Erickson.
At McCann Erickson Bill worked on such blue chip accounts as Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, Unilever, Lowes Home Improvement Stores, Waterman pens, and Johnson and Johnson to name a few. He has won numerous advertising awards including The Clio and a Cannes Lion.
Major League Baseballs “I Live For This” and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’s Fabio spots were two of Bill’s most successful ad campaigns.
In 2005 Bill left the world of advertising and joined Bob and Suzanne Wright at their non-profit start up called Autism Speaks. Bill spent the next eight years as Autism Speaks Creative Director and helped turn it into the worlds leading non-profit autism advocacy and research agency. At Autism Speaks Bill’s main focus was their Ad Council account. Working side by side with agency BBDO and the Ad Council, Autism Speaks has received over 400 million dollars in donated media and numerous awards since its inception. Autism Speaks is currently ranked as one of The Ad Councils top sponsors. Bill is very proud of the work he has done at Autism Speaks.
Today Bill is branching out and using his branding/film knowledge to help out other non-profits as well as other advertising opportunities. Some of Bills clients over the past few years are Education Alliance, The Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, The Autism Science Foundation, The Empire State Pride Agenda, JDRF, FOS Labs, Only Make Believe and The Ali Forney Center.
Bill has been on the board of the Ali Forney Center for the past four years and has also been the co-chair for their annual Fall Gala “A Place at the Table” event. Besides being on the board Bill has produced various PSA’s and Gala videos pro-bono for The Ali Forney Center.
Desmond P. Smith currently serves as the Head of Sales for Capital One Home Loans. In this role, Smith is a part of the Home Loans leadership team and has responsibility for both the Centralized & Distributed Sales channels.
Prior to joining Capital One, Desmond was a Managing Director at Citibank and most recently served as National Sales Manager for CitiMortgage, NA and had responsibility for both Retail and Correspondent Lending.
Desmond has been in the Retail Mortgage Banking sector for more than 20 years; First starting out his career as an intern during college for the Department of Housing and Urban Development – Federal Housing Administration (FHA.)
He has done almost all job functions in the Retail Mortgage business from origination to underwriting and is widely considered a pioneer in the revitalization of the FHA 203K program in the early 1990’s.
The program which he created for Norwest Mortgage (now Wells Fargo Home Mortgage) is still utilized today.
Desmond has also held senior management positions at JPMorgan Chase, where he served as Senior Vice President, National Retail Sales Executive (bank and non-bank footprint) and Wells Fargo, where he served as Senior Vice President, National Program Manager, overseeing all of their New Construction, Renovation, Reverse Mortgage, and Non-Prime businesses.
Desmond serves on the board of The Ali Forney Center which focuses on providing both emergency housing and shelter along with long-term foundational support for LGBT youth.
Desmond has a BSBA degree in Finance from Boston University and resides in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Dan Sternberg was a partner of the international law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, for twenty-three years until his retirement from active practice at the end of 2011, including five years (1991-1996) as a resident partner in the firm’s Paris office. He remains a Senior Counsel of the firm. Over his 30-year career as a corporate lawyer, Dan counseled a broad range of U.S. and international clients across the spectrum of corporate issues and transactions. His practice concentrated on public and private merger and acquisition transactions, as well as counseling corporations and their boards on corporate governance matters and institutional shareholders in their relationships with public issuers. Before joining Cleary Gottlieb in 1980 he served as law clerk to Judge Edward Weinfeld of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Dan received a J.D. degree from Columbia University in 1979 and his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1976.
In addition to his role as Senior Counsel to Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Sternberg has been a member of the Board of Managers of Tiedemann Wealth Management, a privately-held wealth and investment management firm, since 2012. Dan is also a director of The Wassaic Project (a multi-faceted art residency in northeast Dutchess County) and a trustee of The Storefront Academy South Bronx (a NYC charter school sponsored by The Storefront Academy). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the North East Community Center, which serves the town of North East, NY and neighboring communities in northern Dutchess County.
Richard is a Managing Director in Human Resources, specializing in Compensation, at the Bank of New York Mellon where he has worked since 2013. Richard is responsible for leading the compensation strategy for Client Services Delivery (Operations), Client Technology Solutions (IT), and the business units, Pershing and Broker Dealer Services. Richard has over 20 years of Human Resources experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Bank of New York Mellon, Richard was a Managing Director at Citigroup, most recently leading the Compensation function for the North America Consumer Bank. In his 23 years at Citigroup, Richard held a number of global leadership roles in Compensation, Benefits and Human Resources and worked for a number of years in one of its insurance subsidiaries, National Benefit Life. Richard earned a Master of Arts degree in Theatre History and Criticism from Hunter College, a Master of Arts degree in English from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Saint Francis University (Loretto, PA).
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