Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Leadership Council

Leadership
Council

The Leadership Council advocates for the programs and activities of the Center. They contribute advice, volunteer time, and financial support, ensuring a strong and lasting foundation for public service at MIT. We are grateful for their steadfast support.


Christian Bartley, Managing Director, Faleiro

Christian Bartley’s specialty is global strategy and marketing. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, he has traveled the globe and has lived in such places as San Juan, Warsaw, Sofia, and Paris. Advanced studies include a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in French from Marquette University, intensive studies at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, M.S. in Engineering Management, and an M.B.A., also from Marquette. While in graduate school, his research focus was on the use of rapid prototyping systems—what has today become known as 3D printing—in manufacturing environments.

Bartley’s career has leveraged his engineering, business, and international background by focusing on global growth strategy and cross-cultural marketing. He has worked with, led projects for, and consulted companies from startups to Fortune 500s in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He has operated in a range of industries from healthcare to finance to industrial equipment. For over ten years, he also held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the World Trade Center office in Wisconsin. He worked with such global companies as General Electric, Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, and ManpowerGroup, to name a few, on various aspects of global trade, policy, and economic development. Along with his day-to-day responsibilities at Faleiro, he sits on a number of executive and advisory boards.

As a result of his work in the international arena, Bartley received an Appointment by Royal Decree to be an Adviser for Foreign Trade to the Kingdom of Belgium, and a subsequent appointment to be an Advisor for Economic Diplomacy. He has been a judge in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award program, and Hong Kong’s International Institute of Business Development New Business Venture Competition.

Outside of work, Christian has a passion for education. For the past few years, he has taught a seminar on global growth strategies for a program at Yale University with Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as guest lectured at various universities, including the European University College, Brussels, the Washington, D.C.-based Les Aspin Center for Government, Thunderbird School for Global Management, and Marquette University’s Law School and M.B.A. program.

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Paul Edelman ’78

Paul Edelman is the Managing Director of Edelman & Associates, an executive search and technical recruiting firm serving clients in software, financial services, and other technology-driven industries. Previously, Paul was Vice President of Staff and Organization Development for a successful high technology startup. Paul began his career at AT&T, where he served as an internal organization development consultant and then as Operations Manager for the startup of the American Transtech subsidiary. Paul is a member of the Hub Angels Investment group.

Paul earned his S.B. in Physics at MIT and a PhD in Psychology at Harvard. Paul is married to Julia Schlam Edelman. They have two sons, Abe and Eric. They live in Lakeville, Massachusetts. Paul’s MIT activities include President Class of ’78, Reunion Planning Co-Chair, Reunion Gift Committee, Tech Day Committee, UPOP TA, Community Catalyst Leadership Program Mentor, and ICAN Career Advisor.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
There is a growing consensus among MIT alumni and students that MIT’s motto “Mens et Manus” (mind and hand) could be improved by the addition of “Cor” (heart). Students come to MIT with strong social consciences and the desire to make the world a better place. The PKG Center allows students to exercise their “hearts” so they don’t weaken from underuse amidst the pressure of problem sets and exams.

Favorite Project
Amos Winter’s Better Wheelchair Design

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Priscilla King Gray HM

Priscilla King Gray is a 1955 graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a degree in English and Early Childhood Education. In 1978, she studied at the American Institute of Textile Arts and was awarded a teaching certificate in surface embroidery.

As partner of the Chancellor of MIT (1971–1980), the President (1980–1990), and the Chairman of the Corporation (1990–1997), Mrs. Gray has hosted students, faculty, staff, and visiting dignitaries to MIT, and has traveled extensively with her husband to various alumni club and development events.

During her long service to MIT, which began in 1957, she has been a willing participant on various Institute committees, including the Alumni Officers Conference Committee, the Client Teams for the renovation of the Stratton Student center and the creation of Edgerton Hall, a graduate student residence, and the advisory committee for the MIT Faculty Club. She has been a longtime member of the MIT Women’s League, serving as its honorary chairman from 1980 to 1990. She presently serves on the Consumers’ Advisory Council for the MIT Medical Department, and as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the MIT Public Service Center, a position she has held since the Center’s inception in 1988.

Priscilla Gray was awarded Honorary Membership in 1977 in the MIT Alumni Association. In 1985, she received the Lobdell Award from the Alumni Association for the Senior Dinners program, which she began in 1981. In 1990 the Alumni Association presented her with the Bronze Beaver—its highest honor—in recognition of distinguished service to the Association and its members as the Institute’s first lady. Wheaton College, her alma mater, honored her with its Alumni Recognition Award in 1992.

For thirty years, commencing in 1978, she taught crewel embroidery classes and workshops in surface embroidery under the auspices of the MIT Womens’ League. Her classes included students from all segments of the MIT community. Priscilla Gray also volunteered at the Boston Children’s Hospital, usually on the infant surgical ward.

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Bonny Kellermann ’72

Bonny Kellermann graduated from MIT with an S.B. in Political Science (after changing her major eight times) in 1972. She then went on to the University of Chicago where she earned an S.M. degree in Social Service Administration in 1974.

Bonny returned to MIT in the fall of 1974 to work as Assistant to the Dean (subsequently Assistant Dean) of Students, then Associate Director of Admissions and Director of the Educational Council. She then went on to serve as Associate Registrar, then Recording Secretary. She currently holds the position of Director of Special Constituencies in MIT's Resource Development department.

Bonny has been very active with the MIT Alumni Association, having held positions as President of the Class of 1972, President of the MIT Club of Boston, President of the Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA), and Regional Chair of the MIT Educational Council. She has served on numerous national committees, including the Board of Directors, the Fund Board, the National Selection Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Tech Challenge Games Committee. She has received a Lobdell Award and a Bronze Beaver Award, as well as numerous Presidential Citations, to recognize her volunteer contributions.

Bonny is an avid figure skater. She has been teaching a figure skating class at MIT since her student days. She also competed for twenty years on a synchronized skating team, and won the National Championship eight times with her teammates.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
I have always had a strong interest in community service (going back to my student days and even my teen years). As someone who works at MIT, I have had the privilege of getting to know some of the students whose lives have been enhanced by experiences supported by the PKG Center. So when given the opportunity to serve on the PKG Center Leadership Council, learn more about the students being supported by PKG Center programs and how I could help with that effort, of course this was something I was eager to do.

Favorite project?
There are so many, it is truly hard to single out a single project. I particularly like the story of the leveraged wheelchair, which started out as an idea from a single student, Amos Winter, who then went on to share his experience with others as a graduate student at MIT, and now is a faculty member heading a lab at MIT that uses design to overcome barriers. Or Sanergy, a simply brilliant project that addresses sanitation problems and provides electricity and fertilizer by converting waste. Or Alia Whitney-Johnson, who was (I believe one of the first) students to turn a student project into a nonprofit business, a trend followed by many. Then there are the student groups supported by the PKG Center doing amazing things: Amphibious Achievement, which has a profound impact on the self-confidence and academic performance of low achievers in high school by coupling tutoring with excelling in rowing or swimming. Or Camp Kesem, where students dedicate themselves to providing a special camp experience for children whose parents have been afflicted with cancer. There are so many stories. And each year there are new stories. That's what makes the impact of the PKG Center so significant.

Why do you support the PKG Center?
The opportunity to engage in meaningful service during student years at MIT has a profound impact on the rest of the life of each of the students who have this experience. What they learn under the guidance of Center staff will be important to them for the rest of their lives as they consider ways to help various communities. These students are making a difference to the lives of people through their PKG Center service projects (which undoubtedly makes them feel good), but they are also learning that service is an important part of their adult life. I hope and expect that many of these students will go on to make a difference to people's lives in many ways after they graduate. I consider it an investment in a better future world to support the experiences that these young people have while they are students at MIT. And it also makes me proud that MIT people are making this difference.

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Joseph Levitch ’69 (Co-Chair)

Mr. Levitch is currently a principal in the Minneapolis office of Sullivan, Cotter, and Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in human resources consulting for the health care industry. He has over thirty years of experience as a human resources and compensation consultant.

From 1986 to 2000, Joe was a Partner of Towers Perrin, a global human resources consulting firm. He served as a consulting principal in the firm’s Health Industry Consulting Practice and held several leadership roles, including Regional Practice Leader for executive compensation consulting and National Practice Leader for physician compensation consulting. From 2000 to 2005, Joe was a managing director of Clark Consulting where he was responsible for the firm’s healthcare executive compensation consulting practice.

During his career, Joe has worked on and directed numerous engagements in compensation and human resources management. His clients include hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers and faculty practice groups, healthcare associations and alliances, managed-care organizations, and physician group practices.

Joe holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT (1969) and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan (1972) Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor. He is the Midwest Regional Director of the MIT Corporation Development Committee, the Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the MIT Public Service Center, and a member of the Alumni Association Program Committee. He served as Co-Chair for the Class of ’69 Forty-fifth Reunion Gift Campaign in 2014. Joe annually volunteers as a mentor-instructor in the MIT Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program (UPOP) and is a member of the board of the MIT Club of Minnesota. For the past two years, he has served as the “Challenger” in support of the Undergraduate Giving Campaign.

Professionally, he is a member of WorldatWork and of the American Society for Health Care Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA).

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
I became interested in working with the PKG Center after meeting several students and experiencing their passion for the service projects they were working on. I was impressed to learn about what so many students were able to accomplish with limited resources, as well as by their desire to devote their time and energy to others in need of assistance, all over the world. I was also inspired by the commitment and enthusiasm of the PKG Center leadership and staff. It was easy for me to see the impact that my time and financial support could have on the work being supported by the PKG Center.

Favorite project?
I can’t think of one specific favorite, but the work that I find most meaningful are the projects done by students from less developed countries who return home and undertake projects of all types to address community needs related to improved living conditions, easier access to health care, and enhanced economic opportunity.

Why I support the PKG Center
I support the PKG Center because I strongly believe in its mission and I continue to be amazed at the impact that my financial support can have by enabling the wide range of projects undertaken by the students who are supported by the PKG Center.

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Bill Maw, Chief Financial Officer, LenderLive Holdings, Inc.

Bill Maw is the Chief Financial Officer of LenderLive Holdings, Inc., a mortgage services company, and he is based in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to joining LenderLive in August of 2017, Bill spent more than a decade with Liquidnet Holdings, Inc, a global financial technology company based in New York City that facilitates equities and fixed income trading for the world’s leading asset management firms in 45 markets. He was responsible for all aspects of finance for Liquidnet, led the company’s capital raising process and oversaw acquisitions. In addition, Bill was also responsible for forecasts, analysis and reporting of business performance, and preparation of board material.  Prior to that, he was at General Electric for 10 years where he held a series of senior finance positions.  Bill began his career in public accounting with firms including Price Waterhouse.

Bill is a board member and chair of the Audit Committee of PYXERA Global, Inc. an international NGO; he is also the author of THE WORK-LIFE EQUATION: Six Key Values That Drive Happiness and Success.  Bill was educated in the UK and is a Chartered Accountant.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
I want to be a part of something truly amazing which is helping drive smart, exponential, and positive impact for people and communities in need around the world.

What has been your favorite project so far?
“Disease Diagnostic Group: What if we told you we could save one million lives every year with just refrigerator magnets and a laser pointer?” Now isn’t that amazing!

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Elena McFann ’90

Elena McFann serves as Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement’s Central Region. In this role, she is responsible for the financial performance of UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare business serving over 3.4 million seniors in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Previously, as Chief of Staff for UnitedHealthcare, Ms. McFann served as senior advisor to UnitedHealthcare’s Chief Executive Officer. In this position, she defined and executed business vision, mission, strategies, and tactics to position UnitedHealthcare to meet the expanding health care needs of consumers across all stages of life. Prior to that, Ms. McFann led Network Strategy and Innovation for UnitedHealth Networks, successfully spearheading efforts to reinvigorate network offerings, drive strategies to better serve UnitedHealthcare’s customers’ diverse needs, and grow membership.

Ms. McFann has also managed UnitedHealthcare’s physician, hospital, and ancillary provider networks in the Pacific Region (California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska) and served as Vice President, Physician Network Management, responsible for designing and deploying strategic tools, processes, and standards across UnitedHealthcare’s physician network nationwide.

Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Ms. McFann held positions at PacifiCare Health Systems, Corvel Corporation, MedPartners, and Ernst & Young. Ms. McFann holds a B.S. from MIT and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

As a current member of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Leadership Council, Ms. McFann identifies new partnerships and resources to advance community service opportunities for MIT students. In addition, Ms. McFann serves as an MIT Educational Counselor and is a member of the International Healthcare Council for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization providing free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.

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Kaia Miller

Kaia Miller is founder of Aslan Global, Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm advising governments, businesspeople, and community-based organizations in developing economies on competitiveness and economic development, and on the role of diasporas in building homeland competitiveness. She spent several years working with the Cambridge-based consulting firm The Monitor Group as a leader in its Country Competitiveness Practice and co-founded the spin out ontheFRONTIER (now The OTF Group) in 2000 before founding Aslan Global, Inc. in 2001.

Kaia has advised public and private sector leaders in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East on issues related to competitiveness and economic development. Specifically, she has worked with entrepreneurs in dozens of industries to develop export strategies and global business networks. She has examined the government and private sector roles in building competitiveness, as well as the potential role of a country’s emigrant network. She has also worked with several countries on defining, building support for, and implementing their national visions for creating prosperity.

Kaia has developed and taught several seminars on economic competitiveness and business strategy, and is regularly invited to speak about competitiveness, emigrant networks, and economic development. She served as adjunct professor and member of the Executive Committee at the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at Georgetown University and is author of Emigrant Community Networks: An Underutilized Opportunity for Developing Countries, and Prosperity Creators: Listening to Businesspeople in Developing Countries. Kaia is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for the President of Rwanda. She serves on the boards of the New England Chapter of the United States Fund for UNICEF, the Maranyundo Education Initiative for Rwanda, and the John Winthrop School for Young Children in Boston, and is a member of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Leadership Council..

Kaia received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and her M.S. in International Relations from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.

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Agha Mirza ’94, SM ’95

Agha Mirza serves as CME Group’s Managing Director and Global Head of Interest Rate Products. He is responsible for the management and growth of CME Group’s Interest Rate Futures and Options products. In 2015, Agha was appointed to the Alternative Reference Rate Committee, sponsored by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Before joining CME Group in 2013, Agha served as Managing Director and Head of the Canadian Rates business at Citigroup, where he spent over seventeen years. At Citigroup, Agha led a team of traders for Canadian bonds, swaps, options, and tax structured products to a 14-year stretch of industry leading revenues. Recognized early for top performance, Agha was awarded the trading desk head responsibility at Citigroup in less than four years by age 26 and was promoted to Managing Director in another five years.

Agha taught the MBA course Rethinking Risk Management at Insead University, Singapore in January 2013. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT and was awarded a patent (USA Patent no. 5,793,650) on his Masters thesis. While at MIT, he was invited to and inducted into national honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Agha lives in New York City with his wife and two children. Agha has served on the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Leadership Council since 2007. In addition, Agha (along with his wife) supports various philanthropic causes including the Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the leading American foundation focused on Turkey, as well as Developments in Literacy, a nonprofit organization that opens and operates elementary schools for women in rural Pakistan. Agha’s hobbies include golf, backgammon, and traveling.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
We were introduced to the PKG Center because we were interested in supporting programs and organizations that were committed to tackling and solving humanity’s problems. The PKG Center has been instrumental in institutionalizing public service at MIT, promoting the finest traditions of the MIT community such as originality, ethics and hard work in an environment where the word "impossible" does not exist.

Favorite project?
Over the years, every project we came across exhibited extraordinary responsibility towards community needs as well student initiative and leadership. If we had to pick a few, we could say Recovers.org is the most meaningful due to its scope, Aasadeep Projects in India most inspirational due to its impact, and Amphibious Achievement the most interesting student project due to its unique approach to teaching.

Why we support the PKG Center
We support the PKG Center because by allowing excellent ideas to flourish "in the lab" and then immediately put to work "in real life", sometimes in as short a time as a semester or a summer, the PKG Center has proven itself to be an essential center for an institution whose motto is "Mens et Manus." We believe the PKG Center fulfills a vital role as the "Face of MIT" in the United States and around the world through the many projects it supports, as well as serving as an "Ambassador of Public Service" by setting an excellent example for other universities to replicate the Center’s vision and success.

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Burcu Mirza

Ms. Mirza has been serving on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the leading American foundation focused on Turkey since 2013 and on Leadership Council of MIT’s Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center since 2009. Ms. Mirza worked at JPMorgan Chase in the Fixed Income Derivatives division for five years with the firm’s institutional clients, such as international asset managers and hedge funds. She left her position as a Vice President in July 2003.

Ms. Mirza volunteered to increase awareness about bone marrow registry through Delete Blood Cancer, the largest nonprofit donor center globally, in 2011 and worked with the organization again in 2013 to provide a patient with a second chance in life. She served as the Alumnae Admissions Representative in Singapore for Mount Holyoke College in 2011 and 2012 and was awarded the Alumni Merit award in 2012 for her work. She coordinated a service learning summer project between MIT and Robert College of Istanbul in 2010 after spearheading a campaign to endow the school’s Banu Buyukunal Scholarship in 2008. She has been a longtime supporter of Developments in Literacy, a nonprofit organization that operates schools for girls in rural Pakistan.

Bolder Giving, a nonprofit organization that works to inspire and support people to give at their full potential, profiled Ms. Mirza as a Global Giver in March 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
We were introduced to the PKG Center because we were interested in supporting programs and organizations that were committed to tackling and solving humanity’s problems. The PKG Center has been instrumental in institutionalizing public service at MIT, promoting the finest traditions of the MIT community such as originality, ethics and hard work in an environment where the word "impossible" does not exist.

Favorite project
Over the years, every project we came across exhibited extraordinary responsibility towards community needs as well student initiative and leadership. If we had to pick a few, we could say Recovers.org is the most meaningful due to its scope, Aasadeep Projects in India most inspirational due to its impact, and Amphibious Achievement the most interesting student project due to its unique approach to teaching.

Why we support the PKG Center
We support the PKG Center because by allowing excellent ideas to flourish "in the lab" and then immediately put to work "in real life", sometimes in as short a time as a semester or a summer, the PKG Center has proven itself to be an essential center for an institution whose motto is "Mens et Manus." We believe the PKG Center fulfills a vital role as the "Face of MIT" in the United States and around the world through the many projects it supports, as well as serving as an "Ambassador of Public Service" by setting an excellent example for other universities to replicate the Center’s vision and success.

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Kate Mytty, IDEAS Advisor, Co-Instructor, D-Lab Waste 

Kate Mytty recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Urban Planning from MIT and is continuing her work at MIT as a co-instructor of D-Lab Waste. Through her MIT Tata Fellowship, she had the opportunity to research municipal waste systems in Pune, India, in collaboration with SWaCH, a wastepicker cooperative and in Muzaffarnagar, with the municipal government, private waste organization, a local university, and waste pickers. She is interested in the dynamics between formal and informal players in developing and managing city systems for waste, transportation, housing, water, and sanitation.

Prior to graduate school, she managed the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge and continues to contribute to IDEAS’ mission through her role on the PKG Leadership Council. She enjoys working with youth entrepreneurship organizations, including serving on advisory committee for Global Minimum, which runs youth programs in Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Kenya. Her interest in community-based work stems from working with Burmese refugees in Milwaukee; designing public space tools for self-built settlements in Medellin, Colombia; and teaching entrepreneurship to youth in India, Turkey, and the United States. Kate earlier worked for five years in communications, consulting, and publishing in Boston and Milwaukee. She has a degree in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Marquette University.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center? IDEAS’s mission is to inspire and enable MIT students to work with people around the world to develop, test, and implement new ideas that can shape the world around us in a positive way. I have seen both students and communities transformed through the collaborative process that IDEAS encourages. IDEAS supports the initial seed of an idea and provides it the foundation to grow into ventures like Assured Labor, Wecyclers, EyeNetra, and many more. This potential for collaboration and impact was what magnetized me towards the PKG Center.

What has been your favorite project so far?
Wecyclers continues to be one of my favorite projects. Encouraging and enabling recycling to happen in a more streamlined fashion at the household level has huge benefits for communities. Bilikiss’ work to stimulate recycling in Lagos as one of the first household recycling businesses has enabled a number of people to be employed in the recycling business and provided thousands of households easy access to recycling. This has major implications for waste diversion in landfills and in other dumping grounds.

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Hyun-A C Park ’83, MCP ’85

Hyun-A has always been deeply involved with MIT as a volunteer, serving her class in roles from president to reunion gift chair. A former term member of the MIT Corporation, she has led academic visiting committees, mentored students through the Community Catalyst Leadership Program, and interviewed prospective students as an educational counselor. She is currently president of the MIT Alumni Association.

For 25 years, Hyun-A has focused on strategic management of transportation and infrastructure capital assets. She began her career at the Massachusetts Division of Capital Planning and Operations. In the 1990s, she joined Cambridge Systematics, a transportation planning firm, ultimately becoming a VP. After working on the Central Artery/tunnel project, she got involved with transportation research, and she now chairs the Technical Activities Council of the Transportation Research Board, a volunteer role. In 2006, she cofounded Spy Pond Partners, a strategic planning group that specializes in transportation performance and management; she now serves as its president.

At home in Arlington, MA, Hyun-A is never far from the MIT atmosphere. She met her husband, Jacob Friis, SM ’90, while he was a grad student at Sloan. Their son, Erick Friis, is a sophomore studying computer science and electrical engineering. Their daughter, Katie, studies at Brown University.

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James (Jim) Taylor ’65, SM ’67

Jim Taylor is a Sloan School alumnus who retired after a near-four-decade career with Exxon Mobil Corporation, specializing in executive compensation and development. He and his wife live in Houston, Texas where they are active in the Presbyterian Church and the lives of their nine grandchildren. His principal hobby is distance running, having completed over forty marathons, yes, including Boston.

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Caroline Wang ’86 (co-chair)

Caroline Wang graduated from MIT with an S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1986, and from UC San Diego with a M.S. degree in Applied Mechanics/Bioengineering in 1989. After working at Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedics as a design engineer and a manager, designing and manufacturing custom made hip and knee implants, she left the workforce to be at home with her children.

Since that time, she has served in a variety of volunteer roles in her local community, currently serving as parent association president and trustee at her children’s school. She is also an active volunteer for MIT, serving as an Educational Counselor and a member of the Leadership Council of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center. She lives in Menlo Park, California, with her husband, Mike Cassidy ’85, and their two children.

What inspired you to get involved with the PKG Center?
I like giving back to MIT in a way that feels impactful, not only to MIT or its students, but also to the rest of the world that desperately needs the solutions that PKG Center students are creating.

Favorite project
Too hard to pick a favorite!

Why I support the PKG Center
The PKG Center provides opportunities for MIT students to put theory into practice, to meet new people and cultures, and to be proud of themselves for making a real difference in the world.

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Deirdre White, CEO, PYXERA Global

Deirdre White is a globally recognized leader in building tri-sector partnerships to address the world’s most pressing challenges. As CEO of PYXERA Global, she has led the transformation of the organization to one that maximizes impact through strong and strategic partnerships. Deirdre’s expertise spans private, public, and social sector experiences. Her social sector tenure at PYXERA Global is complemented by early career roles at the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and American Councils. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (now a signature initiative of PYXERA Global.).

Prior to joining PYXERA Global in 2002, Deirdre was a Senior Manager in the Public Sector Practice at Arthur D. Little, Inc., leading projects focused on strategy and organization for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, along with numerous government agencies across Eurasia. Deirdre began her career in the private sector, working with Welt International, a niche consulting firm engaged in non-conventional means (barter and countertrade) of financing international trade ventures. She later expanded her private sector experience as a Senior Manager in Arthur D. Little’s Moscow office, leading post-privatization restructuring efforts for large manufacturing enterprises in Russia and Ukraine. She also served as an organizational development advisor to several of the Eurasian oil and gas sector’s largest firms.

Widely cited for her thought leadership, Deirdre has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, ForbesFast CompanyThe Huffington Post, and The New Global Citizen; she has contributed to MarketWatch, the Council on Foreign Relations Development Channel, and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Deirdre is a member of the MIT PKG Center Leadership Council and the Bretton Woods Committee, and is an alumna of the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program. She continues to be recognized for her impact in the field and CR Magazine lauded her as a CR Superstar in 2014.

Deirdre drives the discussion of new strategies for global engagement and has been a featured speaker at the Shared Value Leadership Summit, Wharton Africa Business Forum, Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network, and U.S. Department of Commerce’s Discover Global Markets. She has served for multiple years as regional judge for the HULT Prize, a competition dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs. Previously, Deirdre was co-facilitator of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Employee Engagement Action Network. She also participated in Rockefeller Foundation’s renowned Bellagio Initiative and the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread’s Leadership Forum for Global Citizen Diplomacy.

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Eberhard Wunderlich SM '75, PhD '78

Eberhard Wunderlich retired as Vice President of Systems Engineering and Development from AT&T Labs in Middletown, NJ. He and his organization led the development of Internet application services including the AT&T Content Delivery Network and AT&T U-verse IP TV applications. The organization was also responsible for IP services infrastructure such as AT&T Maillennium email, PC clients, dial and transaction service capabilities, and Domain Name Service (DNS) capabilities. Dr. Wunderlich previously led the development of AT&T Voice over IP offers such as AT&T CallVantage Service, AT&T Voice over Managed Internet Service, AT&T Savings Line, AT&T Global Wholesale VoIP and AT&T Integrated Network Connect Service (INCS). Dr. Wunderlich has over thirty years of R&D and Product Management experience with AT&T.

Dr. Wunderlich received M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the MIT and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He has traveled extensively internationally and is fluent in German. He is a member of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center Leadership Council and has actively supported the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge.

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Shahla Wunderlich PhD '78

Shahla Wunderlich is a Professor of Food and Nutrition in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Montclair State University. Dr. Wunderlich’s research findings in the areas of food and the environment, community gardens and heavy metal contamination, genetically modified food (GMO), and nutrition assessment and the life cycle have been published and presented at national, state, and international professional meetings. Dr. Wunderlich has served as a reviewer for many nutrition textbooks. She has received several grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the health and well-being of the older adults in the community adjacent to the University.

Dr. Wunderlich earned her Ph.D. degree from the MIT in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism. She is a Registered Dietitian. She has received many awards, most notably the Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award from the American Dietetic Association and the Montclair State University Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award.

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