Board of Trustees

Rudolph Austin, Treasurer

Mr. Austin is the Director of Operations at Senator Investment Group LP, an investment advisor. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day back office operation as well as the development of the firms various technology initiatives. Prior to joining Senator in March 2010, Mr. Austin was an Operations Manager at Apollo Global Management, LLC. At Apollo, Mr. Austin was responsible for verifying and reconciling the daily portfolio valuation for all products and strategies. Mr. Austin also helped implement systems and processes to automate various parts of the firms operations. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Austin was an Accountant and Bank Loan Manager at King Street Capital Management, LLC, primarily focused on the firm’s bank loan portfolio. He started his career working for the Soros Foundations, a global foundation that aims to shape public policy. Mr. Austin received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Pace University.

Katherine Brown, Secretary

Ms. Brown is the Administrative Director to the Chief Operating Officer of Latham & Watkins LLP, a global law firm. In this role, she provides strategic and project support to the Chief Operating Officer and the other Chief Officers who make up the firm’s senior administrative leadership. Previously, Ms. Brown was an associate in the Capital Markets Practice Group of Latham & Watkins, where she represented issuers and investment banks in variety of debt and equity transactions. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Ms. Brown was a law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Ms. Brown graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she was an Executive Editor of the Law Review. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University, where she graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Brown is an active patron of Lincoln Center.

Jon Drucker, Board Trustee

Mr. Drucker has served as the Worldwide General Counsel, Senior Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for Godiva Chocolatier, Inc. since January 2012.  He also serves as the General Counsel in North America for Godiva’s affiliated company, Star Brands North America, Inc.  Mr. Drucker received his JD degree from Stanford University Law School in 1985 and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 with a BA in Political Science.

Ross Harold, Board Trustee

Mr. Harold is the Associate Director of Program Assessment in the New York City Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Education.  In this capacity, he oversees a team who measures the quality of prekindergarten programs across New York City.  Prior to working with the Department of Education, Mr. Harold worked in a variety of capacities within different charter schools in New York and Washington, DC. These roles included teacher, instructional coach, principal, and manager of operations at a charter network. Mr. Harold received his MA in Early Childhood Special Education from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and Culture with a minor in Education Studies from UCLA.

Jay Hatfield, Board Trustee

Mr. Hatfield is currently President of Infrastructure Capital Management and Portfolio Manager of the Infrastructure Macro Income Fund. The Infrastructure Macro Income Fund focuses on investing in public and private companies in infrastructure related companies in the energy, real estate and industrial sectors. The Infrastructure Macro Income fund has had a 75% compounded rate of return since inception. In addition, Mr. Hatfield is a founding partner of Silverthorne Energy Partners; a large private propane related master limited partnership. Prior to founding Infrastructure Capital, Mr. Hatfield was a portfolio manager with SAC Capital Advisors, a $15 billion, multi-strategy hedge fund based in Connecticut. At SAC, Mr. Hatfield managed a $500MM infrastructure fund focused on investing in credit instruments and infrastructure related equities. Prior to joining SAC, Mr. Hatfield was a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Research at Zimmer Lucas Partners, an energy and utility focused hedge fund with over $1.5 billion under management. At Zimmer Lucas, Mr. Hatfield was responsible for directing research for credit funds with over $600MM of assets and also covered infrastructure related equities primarily in the energy and utility sectors.

Andrew Hutcher, Co-Chair

Mr. Hutcher is a Managing Director and Counsel of Credit Suisse, a global bank. He is the Chief Operating Officer in the Americas General Counsel division, based in New York. He also manages several groups that provide legal and advisory services, consisting of the Documentation of master and related agreements for derivatives, America’s country coverage in Brazil, the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean and Canada and certain regulatory matters. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Hutcher worked as an associate at Shearman and Sterling, a New York-based international law firm. Mr. Hutcher received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1986 and his B.S. in Commerce, with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1983. He is one of the founders of the Explorer Post for New York City high school students with an interest in the law and investment banking and a diversity-based summer internship program with many prominent law firms in New York. He also leads pro bono service clinics with the Legal Aid Society and the Urban Justice Center.

Natalie Deak Jaros, Co-Chair

Ms. Jaros is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office based in New York. She provides assurance and advisory services to the financial services industry, focusing on hedge funds and private equity funds. Her client base ranges from start-ups to multi-billion dollar global fund complexes with varied structures and strategies. She has advised hedge funds with respect to their operations including structuring, accounting and valuation practices as well as regulatory and compliance matters. Ms. Jaros has also led internal control reporting engagements for investment managers and hedge fund administrators. Ms. Jaros is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Managed Funds Association.

Roberta Kelly, Board Trustee

Roberta Kelly is an Independent Management and Organizational Development Consultant. Her clients have included schools, colleges, hospitals and other non-profit organizations.  Her work has included strategic planning, board development and retreats, conflict management, change management and  crisis management. Roberta is a retired Associate Professor at Simmons College in Boston where she was Director of The Educational Leadership Graduate Program and taught courses in Leadership, Organization Management and Leading Change.  Roberta graduated with honors in sociology and psychology from Tufts University, has a degree in management from Lesley College and has taken post graduate courses at Harvard in negotiation, leadership and change management.

Rachel Klein, Board Trustee

Ms. Klein is the Director of Service Learning at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx where she has been for seven years. As Director of Service Learning, Ms. Klein is responsible for creating, maintaining and strengthening partnerships with local, national and global partners. She also coordinates Riverdale’s Upper School Health Program, serves as a 9th grade Advisor and facilitates girls’ leadership groups. Prior to joining the Administrative Team at Riverdale, Ms. Klein taught at the Spence School and at the Trinity School in Manhattan. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and completed her Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University in 2006. Ms. Klein has served on the NYC Steering Committee for Best Buddies, a non-profit international organization whose mission of social inclusion for adults with disabilities is near and dear to her heart.

Joan Wicks, Board Trustee

Ms. Wicks is a human resources professional with a commitment to expanding opportunities for diverse urban populations. She began her career in urban education developing teacher training materials for teachers of inner city children, and then moved to the corporate world working in the fields of management training and career development at AT&T and Mobil Oil. As Equal Employment Opportunity Manager at Mobil, she was responsible for implementing its corporate wide upward mobility program. While living in Houston, Texas she worked in the not-for-profit sector as Executive Director of the Zoological Society of Houston with a mandate to improve the zoo to better serve Houston’s diverse population. Ms. Wicks has served on a number of non-profit boards. She received a B.A. from Mt. Holyoke College and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Gilda Wray, Board Trustee

Ms. Wray has spent more than twenty-five years in the non-profit sector in New York City, serving in both the foundation and not-for-profit agency worlds. Since leaving the Charles Hayden Foundation, where she worked for twelve years serving first as Program Officer, then Vice-President, and ultimately, President, she has been a consultant to foundations and not-for profit agencies. Prior to life in the foundation world, Ms. Wray was the Executive Director of Horizon Concerts. Ms. Wray served on the Board of Trustees of the Adirondack Museum, Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (President), and now serves on the Advisory Grants Committee of the De Kay Foundation and the Advocates Council of Citizens’ Committee for Children of NYC. She currently also serves on the boards of the Ausable Club Preservation Foundation and the 122 East 66thStreet Foundation.

Future Leaders Institute Honorary Trustee Policy
Former Trustees of the Future Leaders Institute, who have given long and distinguished service to the school and offered consistent philanthropic support, may be invited by the Board of Trustees to become Honorary Trustees.  Honorary Trustees may be invited to attend the FLI Annual Board Meeting and to continue their involvement with FLI by serving on one committee or working group, or serving in advisory capacity to the Board of Trustees. They will be invited to events at FLI throughout the year and kept informed through updates on the School’s activities and progress.

Melody Rollins, Honorary Board Trustee
Ms. Rollins is an executive vice president and head of U.S. institutional client management for Pacific Investment Management Company LLC (PIMCO), a global investment management firm with almost $2 trillion in assets under management. As an institutional client strategist, she has worked with corporate, multi-employer, and public pension plan sponsors as well as foundations, endowments and healthcare institutions to deliver customized investment solutions. Prior to her current role, she was head of the corporate client practice in New York. In addition to her client and management responsibilities, Ms. Rollins is a member of PIMCO’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and on the Board of the PIMCO Foundation. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2001, Ms. Rollins held positions in debt capital markets and liability management at Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank. She has 19 years of investment experience and holds an MBA with a focus on financial engineering from MIT Sloan. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Ms. Rollins holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. Outside of work, Ms. Rollins is very active in the community, focusing on organizations and programs that are eliminating educational and health disparities in underserved communities, which includes Board of Regents of Georgetown University as well as the Boards of Trustees of New York Academy of Medicine and Coro New York. Ms. Rollins is an alumni and active supporter of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the Toigo Foundation, and the Council of Urban Professionals (founding member).
Suzanne Thompson, Honorary Board Trustee
Ms. Thompson is a lifelong communications professional with extensive corporate experience. She held a series of executive positions in New York and London with Mobil Oil and Bresnan Communications, a cable company that was acquired by Charter Communications in 2000. She has also worked as a consultant on start-up ventures in the cable and telecommunications fields. In addition, she co-founded Coronado Consultants, which provides communications and strategy services to nonprofit and business clients. Ms. Thompson, who helped to create and run two nonprofits with an environmental focus, currently serves as Principal of Coronado Consultants, a Board member of Global Partnership for Afghanistan and the Civilians, and investigative theater company. She holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and has done graduate work in business administration at Baruch College.