Alexa Smith – Chief of Staff in Office of the President at Manhattan School of Music

Alexa Smith is the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President at Manhattan School of Music. After receiving her from Master’s Degree from MSM in Voice, she pursued a career in opera before becoming the Marketing Director at New York City Opera. There she led marketing efforts and planned special events with partners including The Mexican Cultural Institute, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and>>>

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Brent Dickman – Vice President for Finance & Operations at Union Theological Seminary

Since August 2016, Brent Dickman has been the Vice President for Finance and Operations at Union Theological Seminary. He has over 20 years of experience working in higher education administration. Prior to his joining Union Theological Seminary, Brent worked at Yale University for seven years, first as the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Law School and then as the Executive>>>

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Brian Simpson – Director of Communications & Strategy at Riverside Church

Since 2015, Brian Simpson has served in a variety of director-level communication and information technology roles at The Riverside Church in the City of New York, playing a key role in Riverside’s branding efforts and new website launch. He came to Riverside from Arizona, where he served as director of communications at the Association of Arizona Food Banks (AAFB). Brian spearheaded all>>>

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Carlton Davis – President of the General Grant Houses Tenant’s Assocation

Since 2015, Carlton Davis has been President of the General Grant Houses Tenant’s Association. Davis has had 10 years of experience in the federal government as an assistant head of recruitment manager with the Navy—in addition to being a film producer and a former boxer and rapper. He aims to improve the complex’s community by developing programs that keep kids engaged after school>>>

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Deborah Sack, Vice President, Operations, Office of Communications and Public Affairs

Deb oversees the ongoing operations of Columbia University’s Office of Public Affairs. With a staff of approximately 225, the Office of Communications and Public Affairs handles media, content, marketing communications, government affairs, public relations, and community affairs for the University’s three undergraduate and seventeen graduate schools. Before joining Columbia in 2007, Deb was>>>

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Elise Dowell – Vice Chancellor for Communications and External Affairs at Jewish Theological Seminary

As JTS’s vice chancellor for communications and external affairs, Elise Dowell guides the institution’s strategic communications, oversees external relations, and serves as an ambassador for JTS to the public. Elise, who joined JTS in 2002, was named chief communications officer in 2008. She has implemented a major rebranding initiative, enhanced JTS’s digital presence, and upgraded the>>>

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Father Daniel O’Reilly – Head of Corpus Christi Parish

Rev. Daniel O’Reilly is pastor of Corpus Christi parish and also the Catholic chaplain at Columbia University. Fr. O’Reilly was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. He attended Regis High School in New York City and majored in philosophy at Princeton University before entering the seminary for the Archdiocese of New York. After earning Master’s degrees in theology and divinity from St>>>

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James Gandre – President of Manhattan School of Music

Dr. James Gandre, an educator and musician with a deep commitment to students and the development of American conservatory learning, returned to Manhattan School of Music to assume the presidency in May 2013. He had previously served the School for fifteen years. In 2000, Gandre became Dean of Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he ultimately went on to serve as the>>>

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Lawrence Palfini – Vice President of Facilities Management and Site Operations at International House

Lawrence M. Palfini is the Vice President Facilities and Site Operations of International House. In this role, he is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the capital improvement plan and facilities management requirements for International House’s non-profit educational residential community of over 700 students, scholars and interns from over 100 countries around the globe>>>

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