Nine elected to Princeton Board of Trustees
Princeton University has named nine members to its Board of Trustees, effective July 1.
The trustees are:
• Blair Effron, Lori Dickerson Fouché and Bob Hugin, who were elected by the board to serve as charter trustees;
• Timothy Kingston and Elizabeth Myers, who were elected by the board to serve as term trustees;
• Marisa Demeo, Kathy Kiely and Kathryn Roth-Douquet, who were elected by alumni to serve as alumni trustees; and
• Morgan Smith, who was elected by the junior and senior undergraduate classes and the two youngest alumni classes to serve four years as a young alumni trustee.
Completing their terms as trustees on June 30 are Scott Berg, Class of 1971; Katherine Bradley, Class of 1986; Beth Cobert, Class of 1980; Yan Huo, Graduate Class of 1994; Ann Kirschner, Graduate Class of 1978; Melanie Lawson, Class of 1976; Laura Overdeck, Class of 1991; and Achille Tenkiang, Class of 2017.
Biographical information about the new trustees follows.
Marisa Demeo, of Washington, D.C., is an associate judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. Demeo graduated from Princeton in 1988 with a degree in politics and earned a law degree from New York University.
Demeo has worked in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, first as a paralegal and then as an Honors Program trial attorney. In 1997, she went to work for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where she stayed for seven years before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Columbia. Her experience in court led her to the bench, and she was appointed as a magistrate judge in 2007.
Over the course of her career, Demeo has been recognized with numerous awards and public honors, including the Congressional Black Caucus Chair’s Award. She is the co-chair of the D.C. Court’s Strategic Planning Leadership Council, and has previously served as chair of the Judicial Education Committee and chairperson of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia Judicial Council, an organization she co-founded that focuses on broadening opportunities at the court for Latino/a/x law students.
Blair Effron, of New York City, is co-founder of Centerview Partners, an international investment banking and advisory firm that has advised over $3 trillion in transactions across a range of sectors. Since its founding in 2006, Centerview ranks among the most active banking firms globally in strategic advisory.
Effron serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council on Foreign Relations, and on the boards of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Visions for Public Schools and the Partnership for New York City. He also sits on the advisory board of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative affiliated with the Brookings Institution.
Effron served as a term trustee at Princeton from 2016-20. He received his degree in history from Princeton in 1984 and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Lori Dickerson Fouché, of Montclair, New Jersey, earned a degree in history from Princeton in 1991 and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She served as an alumni trustee at the University from 2015-19.
Fouché was the chief executive officer at TIAA Financial Solutions, where she led a strategic transformation of TIAA’s Retail and Institutional businesses with $11 billion in revenue and nearly $1 trillion in assets under management. Prior to joining TIAA, Fouché was chief executive officer of Prudential Group Insurance. She has also held senior positions at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and Chubb & Son.
Fouché has served on the boards of multiple community and business groups, including Girls Inc., LL Global, and President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. She is currently a director of the Kraft Heinz Company and Hippo Enterprises Inc., and has been recognized on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list and Black Enterprise's list of the Top 300 Most Powerful Black Executives.
Bob Hugin, of Summit, New Jersey, graduated from Princeton in 1976 with a degree in politics before serving as a United States Marine Corps infantry officer and earning an MBA from the University of Virginia. He served as a charter trustee at the University from 2012-20.
From 2010 to 2016, Hugin was the chief executive officer of Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of transformational therapies for unmet medical needs in cancer and immune-inflammatory disease. Hugin retired from Celgene in 2018, the same year he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey.
Before joining Celgene in 1999, Hugin was a managing director at J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. He currently chairs the board of the Garden State Initiative, a nonpartisan research and educational organization focused on economic issues in New Jersey. Hugin also serves as chair of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, and is a longstanding member of the board of trustees of Family Promise, a national nonprofit network assisting homeless families. He is a director of Chubb Limited, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals and the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.
Kathy Kiely, of Columbia, Missouri, is the Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. For much of her career, Kiely worked as a Washington correspondent for the New York Daily News and USA Today, covering Congress, national politics and other major stories, including unrest in the Middle East.
Kiely served on the Congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents for two years and chaired the National Press Club Scholarship Committee, which provides scholarships to minority high school students interested in journalism. She taught several semesters as an adjunct professor at both George Washington University and American University, and spent 2017–18 as a journalism lecturer at the University of New Hampshire. She was also a National Press Club Institute of Journalism Press Freedom Fellow, organizing events around free speech issues and advocating for journalists who have been jailed or threatened for their work.
Kiely graduated from Princeton in 1977 with a degree in English and has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University. In 2009, Kiely taught at Princeton as a Ferris Professor of Journalism. She has served as a member of the Daily Princetonian board of trustees for over a decade.
Tim Kingston, of New York City, is the chairman of Goldman Sachs in Chile, where members of his family have resided for five generations. He has worked at Goldman Sachs for more than three decades, and was a founding member of the firm’s Latin American banking business. He later led the firm’s global power business with a particular focus on deregulated energy and renewable power before opening the Goldman Sachs Chile office in 2013.
Kingston is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Americas Society and Technoserve, a global nongovernmental organization that promotes technology and educational solutions to poverty principally in Africa and Latin America. Kingston is the previous chair of Annual Giving and served as co-chair of the Class of 1987’s 20th, 25th and 30th Reunion Annual Giving campaigns.
At Princeton, Kingston concentrated in history and was a four-year member of the University’s lightweight crew team. He received an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Elizabeth Prus Myers, of New York City, graduated from Princeton in 1992 with a degree in economics. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1997.
Myers is a Managing Director and Global Chairman of Investment Banking, Equity Capital Markets at J.P. Morgan, where she has worked for 27 years. Prior to her current role, she served as Global Head of Equity Capital Markets, where she led the team responsible for advising J.P. Morgan’s corporate clients on equity capital raising in the Americas, Europe and Asia. She has been named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance by American Banker magazine and one of Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance.
Myers serves on the executive committee of Women on the Move at J.P. Morgan, which supports female employees and women-run businesses. She serves on the advisory boards of Princeton’s Bendheim Center for Finance and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a board member of New Yorkers for Children, a nonprofit with a focus on youth in foster care and is a national board member of the Posse Foundation which helps colleges and universities identify applicants with strong leadership skills from diverse backgrounds.
Kathryn Roth-Douquet, of McLean, Virginia, earned a master in public affairs degree from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs in 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a law degree from the University of San Diego.
Roth-Douquet is the founder and chief executive officer of Blue Star Families, the nation’s largest national nonprofit for military families, reaching over one million military and veteran families. Prior to founding Blue Star Families, Roth-Douquet worked for several foundations and for the Clinton White House, as the first woman to serve as Lead Presidential Advance. She is the author of two books and is published regularly in outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Boston Globe and USA Today.
Roth-Douquet has received numerous awards for her public service, including the Secretary for Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service and the Chief of Staff of the Army Medal for outstanding Civilian Support. She is the inaugural selection for the National Football League Hall of Heroes, to be inducted August 2021. Roth-Douquet sits on several boards, is a trustee of the Commons Project, and co-chaired the 2017 Bipartisan Policy Council Task Force on Defense Personnel. She is also senior adviser to Summit Institute, which brings together tech innovators, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit and cultural leaders.
Morgan Smith, of Los Angeles, is a member of the Class of 2021. She concentrated in Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).
Smith will be a Project 55 Fellow with Chicago Volunteer Services as a child representative coordinator.
At Princeton, Smith was the first Black president of the Whig-Cliosophic Society, a student worker with the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, a cohort leader for the Vote100 effort and a barista with Coffee Club. She was also a member of the Black Arts Company: Dance, Campus Life Leadership Council, the Princeton Association of Black Women and the SPIA Student Advisory Committee.
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