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Ten new members join the Alumni Association Board

Ten alumni with varied backgrounds and a shared love of Brandeis recently were elected to the Brandeis Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. The new members, including six members-at-large and four alumni club presidents, will serve two-year terms.

“We are grateful to these new board members for bringing their many talents to this important volunteer body that helps engage our dynamic alumni,” says Alumni Association President Mark Surchin ’78.

Members-at-Large

Pamela K. Anderson '79

Anderson, who graduated from Brandeis with a bachelor’s in economics and earned a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University, is a senior advisor who partners with nonprofit CEOs, boards and senior staff members to collaborate on advancing strategic missions. She has held leadership positions in a number of non-profit organizations. Anderson has served as a member of the advisory councils of Brandeis’ Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program and Posse Program, as a member of her class Reunion Committee and as a volunteer alumni admission interviewee. Anderson, originally from Chicago, currently resides in Baltimore.

“As a non-profit leader, I have worked with a number of boards and would like to contribute to the growth and diversity of the Brandeis Alumni Association. I want to give back as Brandeis gave to me.”

Amy Greenberg Bard '79

Bard graduated from Brandeis with a bachelor’s in American Studies. She was a retail buyer, then worked in accounts payable until her retirement. She has been on the steering committee for the Alumni Club of Greater Boston for 10 years and has co-chaired the Alumni Basketball Day event for more than 15 years. She has also co-chaired many Class of 1979 reunions and served as a reader of Brandeis WOW (World of Work) fellowship applications. Amy and her husband, Len Bard '79, live in Needham, MA.

“I’ve been active in the Alumni Club of Greater Boston, and now I would like to translate my passion and fondness for Brandeis onto a larger stage. I would also like to use my affection for Brandeis to become an effective ambassador for the university.”

Kai Keller '07

Keller, who received his bachelor’s in economics and politics from Brandeis and his master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, is a project lead and Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. He served as co-chair for his 10-year Reunion and was part of his 5-year Reunion Committee. Under his leadership, his class challenged the class of '02 on fundraising and participation. Keller has returned to campus to advise current student on internship and career decisions in events facilitated by the Hiatt Career Center. He’s also championed a number of fencing team reunions and alumni meets.

“Despite my family’s limited financial means, Brandeis provided me access to a world-class research university in an intimate and inclusive community with a strong emphasis on social justice. All of these dimensions are so important, yet challenging to maintain. I would like to help the institution strike this delicate balance.”

Steven Rabitz '92

Rabitz graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Brandeis University and from New York University School of Law with a J.D. and LL.M. A partner in the international law firm of Dechert LLP, Rabitz focuses his practice on the fiduciary responsibility, prohibited transaction and funding rules of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), and specifically how they relate to financial products and services. Rabitz has been involved in Brandeis Alumni interviews. He lives with his wife and two children in Northern New Jersey.

“My four years at Brandeis were among the most rewarding and special I have ever had. My enthusiasm, belief and affection for the University has never waned, and I want to be in a position to project Brandeis’ positive image to concerned prospective students, alumni and other potential friends.”

Jonathan Sclarsic '03

Sclarsic, who graduated from Brandeis with a bachelor’s in politics and from Cornell Law School with a juris doctor, is currently in the mid-career program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government pursuing a master's in public administration. Prior to attending the Kennedy School, he served as an assistant attorney general with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Director of its Division of Open Government. There, he was responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth’s government transparency laws. He has been co-president of the Alumni Club of Greater Boston for the past four years, and served as the first Bold (Brandeisians of the Last Decade) chair in Boston.

“As my term as co-president of the Boston Club ends, I am happy to have the opportunity to continue to serve the Brandeis alumni community by serving on the board of directors as a member-at-­large. Giving back to Brandeis in this way has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.”

Michael Zinder '75

Zinder, who graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis with a bachelor’s in political science and from Columbia Law School with a JD as a Stone Scholar, is a partner in Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s corporate and financial services department where he co-headed the firm's finance practice group for many years. Zinder is a recognized, rated practitioner by Chambers and was profiled in the October, 2015 issue of Practical Law, The Journal. While at Brandeis, Zinder was active in Student Government, was Vice President of the Pre-Law Society and was a reporter for The Justice, and since graduating has served as a member of the Class of 1975’s 40th Reunion Committee and has been involved in numerous Brandeis lawyer, business, real estate and investment networking nights, including recently The Changing Landscape of Real Estate Development.

“I had a very meaningful experience at Brandeis, and while times change and nothing can be quite re-created, I would love to have some input into our dealings with alumni to see whether we can get more meaningful participation and contribution to the life of the University from our alumni.”

Alumni Club Presidents

Daniela (Jacobson-Fried) Egan '04 (Alumni Club of Greater Boston)

Egan, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, works for MIT’s Alumni Association. She has been involved with the Alumni Club of Greater Boston since 2010, chairing numerous community service events, including visits to Cradles to Crayons and the Greater Boston Food Bank, as well as the 18th Annual Holiday Reception. Egan was a member of the inaugural Boston Bold Committee, co-chaired her 10th Reunion and has volunteered for the Hiatt Career Center's Mock Interview Night. She is married to alumnus Benn Egan '04 and they live in Medford with their son Malcolm.

“I am excited to work closely with Hanna and the Steering Committee to continue to bring great programming to the Boston area, and to encourage our alumni to deepen their engagement with Brandeis and learn all about the amazing things happening on campus and in our alumni community!”

Hanna Switlekowski '13 (Alumni Club of Greater Boston)

Switlekowski double-majored in Near Eastern & Judaic Studies and politics at Brandeis. She went on to earn her master’s in public administration at Northeastern University. She is the legislative director for State Senator Paul Feeney (D-Foxborough). Switlekowski has been a member of the Alumni Club of Greater Boston’s steering committee member for the past few years, chairing a New England Revolution event in 2016 and PawSox event in 2017, as well as the 18th Annual Holiday Reception. She also served on the Waltham Group 50th Anniversary Silent Auction Committee.

"I’m incredibly honored to serve as Co-President with Daniela, as we work together with the steering committee to build, grow and diversify the alumni club. Brandeis was founded on the values of social justice, and this is a way of giving back to the community that enriched my life."

Ana Lobo, IBS MBA'12 (Alumni Club of Toronto)

Lobo, who received her master’s in business administration from the Brandeis International Business School, started working with the Canadian government to develop software for their transportation division after graduation. She also co-founded an NGO with a fellow IBS Brandeisian. She then moved back to the private sector working with software development for the U.S. healthcare market. Lobo has served as the alumni representative for IBS at the Toronto MBA fair.

“I look forward to continuing to help people connect to the club, being involved with the growth of the club, and fostering the great momentum that Judi [Shostack '78] has garnered with her endless enthusiasm to hold insightful events.”

Ora Wexler '04 (Alumni Club of Toronto)

Wexler, who graduated from Brandeis with a bachelor’s degree in economics (in addition to completing the international business program) and from Queen’s University with a juris doctor, is a partner in the corporate and securities group at the law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP. She is a member of the Alumni Club of Toronto's steering committee and has served on the Class of 2004's Reunion Committee.

"My four years at Brandeis were some of the best of my life. My best friends continue to be friends I made at Brandeis. As co-president, I'm looking forward to giving back to Brandeis, connecting and reconnecting with alumni, getting more involved with alumni initiatives and working to improve the alumni experience."

Categories: Campus News
Date: July 31, 2018