alumnaecollege history Barnard College Board Chair Jolyne Caruso FitzGerald ’81 has announced three new members of the College’s Board of Trustees. They are financial services executive Jyoti Menon ’01, Columbia professor Serge Przedborski P’14, P’17, and Harvard Law School Dean Marcia Lynn Sells ’81. They join three board members who joined the Board during the 2016-17 school year: writer and humanitarian Nina Ansary ’89, president of Barnard’s London alumnae association Leila Bassi ’94, and investment advisor Caroline Bliss Spencer ’09.
“Barnard’s Board is proud to welcome this year’s new and returning Trustees,” said Caruso-FitzGerald, who has been Board chair since 2010. “Our new Board members come from diverse backgrounds, but all have deep roots in the Barnard community. The breadth and depth of their experiences will greatly benefit both the Board and the College as we continue to build our endowment and strategically position Barnard for the years to come.”
The Trustees of Barnard College are responsible for the overall governance and stewardship of the College, including the selection of the president and other senior administrative and faculty appointments, oversight of strategic direction and large-scale programmatic initiatives, and supervision of the endowment and budget.
Jyoti Menon is currently Head of US Third Party Wallets at Citibank, where she runs the partnership and product strategy for Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Android Pay. In prior roles at Citi, she worked on innovation in payments and drove roll outs for Apple Pay and Samsung Pay in the US. She has spent most of her career in financial services in product development and strategy.
Jyoti’s involvement with Barnard began right after graduation and she has held multiple leadership roles, including Chair of the Young Alumnae Committee, Co-Chair of the Athena Leadership Council, Adviser for the Student/Alumnae Mentorship Program, and Alumna Trustee. She was also recently appointed president of the AABC. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and is a proud member of Barnard’s Class of 2001, where as a student she took on the role of campus mascot Millie.
Dr. Serge Przedborski is the Page and William Black Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, a joint appointment in the departments of neurology, pathology and cell biology. He is also the vice chair of research in the Department of Neurology, co-director of the Motor Neuron Center, and director of the Columbia Translational Neuroscience Initiative, all at Columbia University. His research focuses on neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease; he is the current president and a founding member of the World Parkinson Coalition, as well as a co-chair of the coalition’s World Parkinson Congress 2016, among other health-related associations and societies.
Serge is the father of Sarah ’14 and Natasha ’17. He and his wife Sylvie were both members of the Parents Council.
Marcia Lynn Sells is the Associate Dean and the Dean of Students at Harvard Law School. Prior to Harvard, she spent more than 13 years at Columbia University, first as Associate Vice President, Program Development and Initiatives, for the office