The 2017 Alumni Elected Trustees

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2017 Alumni Trustee Elections. I’d like to extend a special thanks to the candidates on the 2017 slate for their devotion to Wesleyan and willingness to run for the Board of Trustees.

Congratulations to our newly elected trustees: Karen E. Donfried ’84, Shana A. Simmons ’03 and Meredith F. “Franklin” Sirmans, Jr. ’91 who will serve on the Board for the next three years beginning July 1, 2017. They bring a wealth of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to their new roles.

With the completion of the 2017 election cycle, we are now accepting nominations for 2018. We welcome your suggestions and recommendations.

With best wishes,                                                                      

MICHAEL A. DONNELLA ’76                                                                                                                    
Chair, Alumni Association Nominating Committee

KAREN E. DONFRIED ’84

KAREN E. DONFRIED ’84

Washington, D.C.

Karen is president of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Before assuming this role in April 2014, she was the special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs on the National Security Council at the White House. Her government service spans a wide range of duties in Congress, the Executive Branch and the State Department. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Munich and a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Karen received a Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014.

MEREDITH F. “FRANKLIN” SIRMANS, JR ’91

MEREDITH F. “FRANKLIN” SIRMANS, JR ’91

Miami, Florida

Franklin is Director of the Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami, Florida.  His long history in the arts includes serving as Artistic Director of Prospect.3 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Curator of modern and contemporary art at Houston’s Menil Collection.  He has also edited numerous catalogues on contemporary art.  At Wesleyan, Franklin was a member of the soccer team and served on the Wesleyan Student Assembly.  He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2016.

SHANA A. SIMMONS ’03

SHANA A. SIMMONS ’03

 Oakland, California

Since 2011, Shana has been the Corporate Counsel for Google, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area. She was previously Corporate Counsel with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a broad-based corporate practice focused on domestic and international capital markets and private equity fund formation. Soon after graduating from Wesleyan, Shana taught at Enterprise Public Charter School and American Indian Public Charter School. She received her JD from the University of California at Berkley School of Law. At Wesleyan, Shana majored in CSS, was a head resident and a senior interviewer, and served on the Wesleyan Student Assembly.