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Einstein Board Welcomes New Members

Einstein Board Welcomes Seven New Members

With backgrounds ranging from business to education to medicine, these individuals bring new expertise and perspectives

Carol B. Einiger

Carol B. Einiger is the president of Post Rock Advisors, which she founded as an investment advisory business in 2005 and transitioned to a family office in 2018. Ms. Einiger began her investment career at Goldman Sachs in 1971. She worked from 1973 to 1988 at the First Boston Corp., becoming a managing director and the head of the capital markets department; from 1988 to 1989 as an executive in residence and a visiting professor at Columbia Business School; from 1989 to 1992 as a managing director of Wasserstein Perella; and from 1992 to 1996 as the chief financial officer and acting president of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. She served from 1996 to 2005 as the chief investment officer of the Rockefeller University.

Ms. Einiger is a director of Boston Properties, Inc., and a member of the investment committee of the JPB Foundation. She is a former member of the boards and investment committees of the University of Pennsylvania, the Lasker Foundation, and Horace Mann School; a former director and chair of the investment committee of UJA-Federation of New York; a former vice chair of the investment committee of the Museum of Modern Art; a former director of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, Columbia Business School, and Credit Suisse First Boston (USA); a former member of the advisory board of Blackstone Alternative Asset Management; and the founding chair of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. Ms. Einiger received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Business School.

Ms. Einiger’s late husband, Roger W. Einiger, joined the Einstein board in 2005 and the Montefiore board in 2014, and served as chair of the Einstein board from 2015 through 2020.

Susan H. Fuhrman, Ph.D.

Susan H. Fuhrman, Ph.D., is a president emerita of Teachers College, Columbia University, a founding director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, and a past president of the National Academy of Education. Dr. Fuhrman’s leadership track record includes her term as dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education from 1995 to 2006, where she was also the school’s George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education.

Dr. Fuhrman was influential in creating a new university-assisted public school as part of Penn’s West Philadelphia improvement initiative. Similarly, she helped the Teachers College Community School, in an education and social services partnership with a number of public schools, bring university leadership for neighborhood school improvement to West Harlem.

Buzzy Geduld

Buzzy Geduld has been the chief executive officer of Cougar Capital, LLC, since its inception in 2002. Prior to forming Cougar, Mr. Geduld was the chair and CEO of Herzog, Heine, Geduld, a Merrill Lynch company. Before Herzog’s merger with Merrill Lynch, he served as its president and CEO and had been with the firm for more than 30 years.

He serves on the board of the New-York Historical Society, chairs its finance committee, and is a member of its executive committee; he also serves on the board of Jazz at Lincoln Center and is a member of its investment committee. Mr. Geduld is a member of the board of trustees of Baruch College and is a member of its investment committee. He also runs the Donut Pub, established in 1964.

He served on the board of directors of the enCourage Kids Foundation from 1988 to 2019 and was co-chair of its investment committee. Mr. Geduld served on the board of trustees of the Rodeph Sholom Temple from 2004 to 2013, as well as the Rodeph Sholom School board, and on the board of trustees of the Dalton School and as a member of its finance committee from 2008 to 2014, and he co-chaired its investment committee from 2008 to 2017. He has served on the quality of markets committee of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and the board of governors of the Security Traders Association, and is a past president of the Security Traders Association of New York (STANY) and the STANY Gratuity Fund. He has also served on the trading committee of the NASD and the Security Industry Association.

Leslie Morse Nelson

Leslie Morse Nelson has been primarily involved with public elementary school education in various capacities since 2009 and is currently a substitute elementary school teacher at P.S. 198 in Manhattan.

She is the vice chair of the board of trustees of Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, and is a co-founder of the School-Based Mental Health Collaboration—a partnership between TC and New York City public schools. Mrs. Nelson is a member of the education committee of the board at WNET and was a longtime member of the Juilliard Council, an advisory board committee at the Juilliard School. She has been the president of the parents’ associations at the Collegiate and Chapin schools and served on the board of trustees of both.

Mrs. Nelson was previously the president of Nelson Giroux, Inc., an interior design and consulting firm; she retired in 2012. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College and a design certificate from the New York School of Interior Design.

She is married to Mitchell J. Nelson, a real estate attorney; they have three children and four grandchildren.

Sarah J. Schlesinger, M.D.

Sarah J. Schlesinger, M.D., is an associate professor of clinical investigation and a senior attending physician at the Rockefeller University. Dr. Schlesinger chairs the Rockefeller University Institutional Review Board and the research education and training committee, which is part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. She also serves as a director of the clinical scholars’ program and the certificate in clinical and translational science program.

Dr. Schlesinger has served as an independent corporate director of Ariad Pharmaceutical and the Medicines Company. She currently serves as an independent corporate director of Innoviva Inc., Armata Pharmaceuticals, and eGenesis. She is also on the board of AVAC (the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition) and the Hastings Center (a center for bioethics).

Dr. Schlesinger has an A.B. from Wellesley College and an M.D. from Rush University Medical College in Chicago. She served as a surgical house officer for two years in the combined Einstein-Montefiore program and trained in pathology at the New York Hospital, where she served as the chief resident. Dr. Schlesinger is married to real estate developer Elie Hirshfeld and is the mother of five sons, one of whom is in his second year of medical school at Einstein.

Andrew Sommers

Andrew Sommers is the managing partner of Ehrenkranz Partners, a wealth management firm in New York. The company offers portfolio management, financial planning, and investment advisory services to individuals, families, and foundations. Mr. Sommers joined the firm in 1997. He has been a partner since 2001 and the managing partner since 2012. Prior to joining Ehrenkranz, Mr. Sommers was an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York.

Mr. Sommers serves on the board of the Jewish Child Care Association as treasurer and chairs its finance committee; on the board of New 42nd Street as treasurer; and on Montefiore’s investment committee. He previously served on the board of the Jewish Communal Fund as chair of its investment committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the Columbia University School of Law. Mr. Sommers is married to Gerri Sommers, and they have a daughter and two sons.

Marla Schaefer

Marla Schaefer is the former co-chief executive officer and co-chair of Claire’s Stores, Inc., the world’s largest accessory retailer. Claire’s was a family-owned business that Ms. Schaefer eventually managed with her sister, building the retailer to 3,400 stores on three continents. She sold the company to a private equity group in 2007.

Ms. Schaefer is currently a trustee of Teachers College, Columbia University; a national and international board member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science; a trustee of Temple Beth El, Boca Raton, Fla.; a board member of Women in Distress of Broward County, Fla.; a member of the women’s business leadership organization C200; and a director of the Rowland & Sylvia Schaefer Family Foundation.

She attended the University of Florida and is a 1974 graduate of Florida International University. She holds an M.A. in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She and her husband live in Boca Raton, Fla. They have two daughters.

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