President and Board of Directors

Our esteemed board of directors works to ensure the future of our organization.

This diverse and committed group of scholars, business leaders, educators, and experienced philanthropic leaders serve Facing History and our mission with dedication and distinction. Charged with overseeing the governance and growth of Facing History, each member of our board plays an integral role in helping us execute our work with intention. We are grateful for their contributions to our organization and celebrate their work as advocates for ending bigotry and hate.

Roger Brooks
President and CEO

Jill Garling
Board Chair

Kwame Anthony Appiah
Board of Scholars Chair

Abdullah T. Antepli
Senior Fellow of Jewish-Muslim Relations & Co-Director, Muslim Leadership Initiative, Shalom Hartman Institute; Associate Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy and of the Practice of Interfaith Relations at Divinity School, Duke University; Member, Governance Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Paul H. Berz
Retired Chair, Highland Capital Management; Advisor Emeritus, Boston Symphony Orchestra; Co-Chair, Memphis Benefit (1997, 1998, 2002), Former Chair, Memphis Advisory Board, & Member, Audit and Development Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Jeffrey J. Bussgang
General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners; Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School 

Caretha Coleman
Principal, Coleman Consulting; Board Member, The RealReal; Founding Member, The Angels Forum; Co-Founder & Board Member, Black Directors Health Equity Agenda; Chair, The Leverage Network; Board Member, Accion Opportunity Fund; Member, Governance and DEI Task Force Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Edda Collins Coleman
Managing Director, Cogent Strategies; Co-Founder; The All In Together Campaign; Advisory Board Member, Civic Eagle; Chair, San Francisco Advisory Board and Member, Governance Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Lisa Conn
Co-Founder & COO, Gatheround; Chair, Los Angeles Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Reggie Crenshaw
Principal, Crenshaw and Associates Consulting Group; Former Captain, United States Army;  Chair, Memphis Advisory Board, Co-Chair, 25th Anniversary Benefit, & Member, Finance Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Cheryl Strauss Einhorn
Founder & CEO, Decisive; Adjunct Professor, Columbia Business School 

Debra Engel
Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Service, 3Com; Board Member, Accion Opportunity Fund; Leadership Council, YWCA; Member, San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board & Member, Governance, DEI Task Force, and Development Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Lori R. Fife
Retired Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Member, Trustees' Council of Penn Women & Board Member, Penn Hillel, University of Pennsylvania; Member, Next Generation Council, USC Shoah Foundation; Co-Chair, Funding Committee, UJA Federation of New York; Chair, New York Advisory Board, Co-Chair, New York Benefit (1996, 2014), & Member, Executive and Development Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Mark S. Fife
Retired Founder, MSF Capital, LLC; Member, New York Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Wendy Fischman
Research Director, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Beaver Country Day School; Chair, New England Advisory Board & Member, Development Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Cristina S. Fockler
Board Member, Circuit Playhouse; Board Member, St. Mary’s Episcopal School; Former Chair, Memphis Advisory Board, Co-Chair, Memphis Benefit (2010, 2013), Chair, Governance Committee, & Member, Executive Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Kristyn Friske
Leadership Team Member, HEROS; Board Member, Merillac St. Vincent Family Services; Member, Impact100 Metro Denver; Member, Compass Pro Bono Chicago; Chair, Chicago Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Andrew S. Janower
Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners; Member, Board of Trustees, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Co-Founder, Pediatric Low Grade Astrocytoma Foundation; Chair, Compensation Committee & Member, Executive Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Dr. Carol Johnson-Dean
Member, Board of Trustees, City Year; Fellow, 2014 Cohort, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative; Member, Memphis Teacher Residency Advisory Board; Board Member, Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Member, Board of Trustees, First 8 Memphis; Member, Memphis Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Jill Ellen Karp
Vice Chair, Nantucket Film Festival; Board Member, Nantucket Book Festival; Board Member, Boston Youth Sanctuary; Member, Advisory Board, Ploughshares at Emerson College; Founding Member, The Nantucket Project; Member, New England Advisory Board, Co-Chair, New England Benefit (2006) & Member, Development Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Daniel S. Katz
Former Co-Manager, Apex Capital; Member, San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board & Member, Finance Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Eunice Lee
Senior Vice President & COO of Studio Operations, Call of Duty Development, Activision; Member, Los Angeles Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Julie Abrams Leff
Board Member, Ramapo for Children; Board Member, New York City Center; Former Chair, Board of Directors; Chair, Leadership Council; & Member, Executive, Governance, DEI Task Force, Development, and Compensation Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Emily Leventhal
Co-Founder, Ebbets Field Capital LLC; Board Member, Combined Jewish Philanthropies; Member, New England Advisory Board, Chair, Finance Committee, & Member, Executive, Audit, and Development Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Lawrence M. Levy
Retired Partner, Brown Rudnick LLP; Member, Board of Trustees, Linda Loring Nature Foundation; Member, London Advisory Board & Member, Governance and Compensation Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Madeleine Levy
Chair, Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Faith Community Advisory Committee; Board Member, Telling Tales; Member, Canadian Advisory Committee, International Holocaust Alliance; Chair, Canada Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Richard I. Melvoin
Retired Head of School, Belmont Hill School; Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Managing Partner, Strategic School Leadership; Member, Executive, DEI Task Force, and Compensation Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

Saul Pannell
Retired Partner, Wellington Management Company; Vice Chair, Marine Biological Laboratory; Board Member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; Board Member, Analysis Group; Co-Chair, New England Benefit (2014) & Chair, Audit Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Deborah L. Plummer
Principal Consultant, D.L. Plummer & Associates; Board Member, Grub Street Center for Creative Writing; Board Member, Positive Education Program; Board Member, Reflection Point; Board Member, Nana’s Tribe Foundation; Member, DEI Task Force & Development Committees, Facing History and Ourselves,

Fernando M. Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education & Director, Global Education Innovation Initiative and International Education Policy Masters Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Member, Executive Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Susie Richardson
Member, San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board & Development Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Shelly Saltzman
Founder, Citizens Leadership Middle Schools; Board Member, Teach for America - Ohio; Editor, The Borgen Project; Cofounder and Coalition Member, Honesty for Ohio Education; Chair, Cleveland Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Stacy Sharpe
Senior Vice President, Corporate Brand, The Allstate Corporation; Board Member, Chicago Urban League; Member, Board of Trustees, Arthur W. Page Society; Chair, Chicago Advisory Board & Member, Executive and DEI Task Force Committees, Facing History and Ourselves

MyKhanh Shelton
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Inclusion, WarnerMedia; Member, Los Angeles Advisory Board & Chair, Development Committee & Member, Executive Committee, Facing History and Ourselves

Marcus L. Smith
Retired Manager, MFS Investment Management; Board Member, MSCI Inc.; Board Member, First Industrial Realty Trust; Member, Board of Trustees, Core Knowledge Foundation; Member, Advisory Council on Education, Harvard Medical School; Member, Finance Committee, Facing History and Ourselves 

Judy Wise
Board Member, Restore Justice Illinois; Board Member, Chicago Media Project; Chair, Mother Jones Magazine; Founder, London Office, Co-Founder, Chicago Office & Member, Development Committee, Facing History and Ourselves 

Alan Yang
CEO and Senior Managing Director, GCP; Chairman, Global Investment Committee, GLP

Effective as of August 22, 2022

 

A diversity of perspectives, passions, and experiences ensures wise stewardship of our vital organization.

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Serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors has been incredibly rewarding. … Our work at Facing History and Ourselves is urgent and essential; and I look forward to continuing serving.
— Julie Abrams Leff, Chair Emerita of the Board of Directors