Advisory Board Members

Meet our ADVISORY Board Members 

Craig Smith
Tom Olgetree
Dan Sternberg

Dan Sternberg (He/Him) 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. 

Erin J. Law, Esq.
John T. Owen
Alberto Arelle

Alberto I. Arelle (He/Him) is a Vice President in the Investment Services Technology for Risk Systems at Bank of New York Mellon since 2017. Before joining BNY Mellon, he worked at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. for eighteen years at their Boston, Dublin and NY offices. He focused on Foreign Exchange and Treasury with an emphasis on capital management and regulatory reporting. Alberto co-chaired the LBGTQ ERG at BBH from inception to a firm-wide initiative focusing on volunteering and active engagement with BBH’s partnership.

 

Alberto was born in Mexico City. He graduated from Boston University with dual degrees in Economics and Philosophy. When he is not working or spending time with his husband Jorge, he can be found at his garage working on one of his various motorcycles, or riding them.

Billy Dume

(He/Him) Bio coming soon.

Isis King

Isis King (She/Her), 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.

Katie Zunno

Katie (She/Her) 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.  

Ed Wells

Ed Wells (He/Him) is the Executive Vice President and Head of International at WWE, a publicly traded (NYSE: WWE) global entertainment company.  In this role, Wells is responsible for the strategic development of WWE’s brand and businesses outside of the U.S., including the expansion of its media distribution and growth of WWE Network.  He also oversees WWE’s key regional offices including the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, China, India, and Asia Pacific. Wells is based in WWE’s Stamford, Connecticut headquarters and reports directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.

Wells joined the company in January 2008 as Vice President and General Manager, Japan, where he established the Tokyo office.  He went on to become Vice President and General Manager, Asia, in 2009, managing the Asia Pacific business.  In September 2011, Wells was elevated to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International, repatriating to the U.S.

Prior to joining WWE, Wells held several senior management and business development roles at Viacom and Nickelodeon.

Wells received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and later earned Master of Arts degrees in International Studies from both American University and Ritsumeikan University.  Wells has served as a board member of The Ali Forney Center in New York City since January 2016.