Advisory Board

The Patricelli Center Advisory Board, consisting of alumni, parents, faculty, students, and staff, guides the work of the Center. The board meets twice each year, and members serve as speakers and mentors for PCSE programs.

  • Carl Byers '93, Venture Partner, Fidelity Biosciences; adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School

    Carl ByersCarl Byers is a Venture Partner at Fidelity Biosciences, a healthcare focused venture capital fund. In addition, he is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches a course in Entrepreneurial Finance. He serves as an adviser to early stage health and social ventures. From 1997 to 2010, Byers served as Chief Financial Officer at athenahealth, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATHN), where he was a member of the founding team. He led the company’s Initial Public Offering in 2007, which The Wall Street Journal named as the year’s most successful. After athenahealth, Byers worked as a consultant in micro-finance (in Chile) and as the financial officer of a health and water related social venture (in India). Prior to the founding of athenahealth, Byers was a management consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton in New York. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where Byers earned a B.A. in the College of Social Studies. He was a Business Fellow at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He also earned a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Byers is on the board of the MINDS Foundation and is a trustee of Lexington Montessori School. He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and three children.

    (member since 2013)

  • Sharon Belden Castonguay, Director, Wesleyan Career Center

    Sharon Belden CastonguaySharon Belden Castonguay, EdD, joined Wesleyan in May as the Director of the Career Center. She was previously the Director of the Graduate Career Management Center at Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business, in Manhattan. She has also served as an assistant director for PhD career advising at Harvard, where she worked with students seeking to transition from academe to business. Prior to Harvard she was an assistant director of graduate career services at the Boston University School of Management, where she taught a course in career development. Through her career consulting practice, SBC Career Consulting, she has been an invited speaker at Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard Medical School, and the New York Academy of Sciences, among others. She received her doctorate in human development from Harvard, where her research focused on how businesspeople make career decisions. She also holds an MA in Education from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Smith College.

    (member since 2013)

  • Marcus Chung '98, StichFix (former Vice President of Social Responsibility and Vendor Compliance, Children's Place)

    Marcus ChungA recognized leader in corporate social responsibility (CSR), Marcus has held CSR roles at Gap, McKesson and Talbots. Marcus serves as Vice President, Social Responsibility & Vendor Compliance for specialty apparel retailer The Children's Place, leading a global team responsible for protecting garment workers' rights and minimizing environmental impact in the company's supply chain. Through partnerships with local and global stakeholders, leadership in industry associations and integrating CSR throughout the company, the Social Responsibility & Vendor Compliance team seeks to create opportunities where both the company and communities can benefit and thrive.

    (member since 2013)

  • Peter Frank '12, CEO,

    Peter FrankPeter Frank is the CEO of, a student textbook exchange and price-comparison startup based in NYC.  Prior to founding, he was a jack-of-all trades associate at Hatch Labs, the firm that developer Tinder.  While at Wesleyan, Peter expanded -- an anonymous discussion board -- to over 500 schools, eventually selling the business in 2011.  In Summer 2011, he also completed a TAP Internship with Capital Group in Los Angeles.

    Peter is based in New York City, where he also serves on the SHOFCO Leadership Council.  He hopes to help students employ a lean startup methodology in validating, itereating, and scaling their social-impact projects.

    (member since 2015)

  • Lara Galinsky ’96 (Co-chair), Entrepreneur in Residence, The Future Project
    Lara Galinsky '96

    Lara is an author, speaker, expert on working on purpose, and former senior vice president of Echoing Green, a groundbreaking nonprofit organization with the mission to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. She speaks and leads workshops at colleges, universities, corporations, and nonprofits around the world. Two themes run through Lara’s career: helping individuals identify their unique role within the ecosystem of social change; and recognizing and championing promising social innovators working to solve the mostly deeply entrenched social, political and environmental problems of our time.

    One of Lara’s favorite quotes sums up her career ideology: Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid. - Basil King

    (member since 2011)

  • Amir Alexander Hasson '98, CEO of Oxigen USA, Inc. and Serial Social Entrepreneur

    Amir HassonAmir is an accomplished entrepreneur with expertise in international business development, management, strategy, finance, IT, FinTech, mobile applications, telecom, and distribution. He has started four companies, raised funding from a variety of investors, and built networks impacting the lives of millions of people in the USA, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He was born in Chicago and completed his Bachelor’s with Honors from the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University. He worked in marketing and production at leading new media companies in New York City during the “.com boom” and spun-out a human-powered portal for the holistic health industry, He then received his Master's in the Management of Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

    During the course of his study at MIT, Amir co-conceived and patented DakNet, a novel store-and-forward "drive-by" WiFi technology for rural connectivity. He worked with engineers at the MIT Media Lab to lead the development and deployment of WiFi networks in rural India, while managing business development for Media Lab Asia, an R&D lab started by MIT.

    Based on this MIT research, Amir spun-out First Mile Solutions, which developed and implemented wireless Internet solutions for public and private organizations in developing countries. Amir led First Mile Solutions to profitability, managing product development and projects for NGOs, telcos, and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations Development Program in countries such as Cambodia, Rwanda, and Paraguay.

    Amir then founded United Villages, Inc., a VC-funded company that later acquired First Mile Solutions and now operates rural India's first mobile phone supply chain, enabling thousands of retailers to procure and manage their inventory of products and services through UV's proprietary mobile platform. UV has been recognized as one of Top 20 Most Impactful Companies by Investors' Circle.

    Amir has published several papers and has spoken at over 30 events internationally. He is the inventor of two issued and two pending patents and has been interviewed and cited by major media organizations including CNN, the BBC, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Amir was featured as one of the Top 25 [Entrepreneurs] Under 35 by Red Herring Magazine in 2006 and one of the Top Young Innovators (the "TR35") by MIT Technology Review in 2010. He has participated in several Aspen Institute and Aspen Institute India "roundtables" and was sponsored as a Fellow in the inaugural 2009-10 Aspen Institute First Movers program.

    Based in Cambridge, MA, Amir now serves as the CEO of Oxigen USA, Inc, a subsidiary of India's largest payment solutions provider, Oxigen Services India (P) Ltd, which took over UV in 2012.

    Amir also serves as a Reviewer for IEEE Communications Magazine, as an Entrepreneur In Residence for the MIT Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, as a Mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, as a Mentor for CRDF Global, and as a Mentor for the Harvard University iLab.

    (member since 2014)

  • Ellen Jewett ’81 P'17 (Co-chair), Managing Partner, Canoe Point Capital; Trustee Emerita, Wesleyan University

    Ellen Jewett is Managing Partner of Canoe Point Capital, LLC, an investment firm focusing on early stage social ventures.  Prior to joining Canoe Point, Ms. Jewett was the Managing Director, Head of U.S. Government & Infrastructure for BMO Capital Markets, where she served on the Management Committee of the U.S. Fixed Income Division and the Operating Forum of the Debt Products Division, and represented the firm as a trustee for the Citizens Budget Commission.  Ms. Jewett spent more than 20 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in airport infrastructure financing, serving as head of the public sector transportation group, and previously as the head of the airport finance group.  While at Goldman, Sachs & Co., she was involved in a wide range of innovative project financings, including public private partnerships and also served as chief of staff of the Municipal Bond Department.  Ms. Jewett began her career at the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development innovating an energy conservation program during the then energy crisis.   Ms. Jewett currently serves as President of the board of The Brearley School. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways and serves on its Audit Committee.  Ms. Jewett is the current Trustee Emerita of Wesleyan University and co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, where she previously served as Vice Chair of the board and Chair of its Investment Committee.  Ms. Jewett earned her Masters at the Yale School of Management, as well as an MSc from University College London (Psychoanalytic Theory) and her BA from Wesleyan University.

    (member since 2011)

  • Makaela Kingsley '98, Director, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship

    Makaela KingsleyMakaela Kingsley is the Director of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneuership at Wesleyan University. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1998 with a degree in Neuroscience & Behavior. After a stint doing public relations for the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, she returned to Wesleyan to join the Alumni & Parent Relations team, later becoming the Director of the Patricelli Center in 2013.  She has served on boards for Middletown’s North End Action Team, the Neighborhood Preschool, Wesleyan Alumni Association, Open Communities Alliance, and the Wesleyan Doula Project, and she has been a judge for the Echoing Green Fellowship, a mentor for Startup Weekend, and a Coach for AshokaU Commons. Makaela lives in Hamden with her husband and two children.  

    (member since 2015)

  • Anne Lebleu '00, Director of Philanthropy Management, Arabella Advisors

    [Anne Lebleu]Providing essential grant-making counsel and expertise, Anne Lebleu executes the philanthropic strategies and manages the operations of Arabella’s family and individual clients. Anne works with both new and established individual philanthropists and foundations to build their grant-making strategies, develop their grant-making portfolios, and set up and streamline their operations. Currently, she serves as program officer for a foundation focused on environmental health and green chemistry, supports a family focused on national early childhood development efforts, and is developing a strategy focused on adolescent youth leadership for an individual donor. Her experience is wide-ranging:  She has researched the concept of prize philanthropy and evaluated its usefulness in scaling innovation in green chemistry, and she has led her team in exploring opportunities for clients in fields such as early childhood development, arts education, social and emotional learning, and childhood obesity. Additionally, Anne has extensive experience supporting family foundations in essential governance matters. For example, she has facilitated meetings focused on how to include a family’s next generation in its philanthropy, led family-legacy exercises for foundation board members, and written operational and strategic succession plans for clients.

    Prior to joining Arabella, Anne was the executive director of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, which encourages and supports the study of related to the preservation and rehabilitation of America’s historic, architectural, and urban heritage. Before that, she worked at Rafael Vinoly Architects, where she managed the launch of the book Think New York: A Diary of Ground Zero, which documented the firm’s involvement in the Ground Zero master planning competition.

    In addition to her work at Arabella, Anne contributes to the social sector as an advisory board member of Wesleyan University’s Patricelli Center For Social Entrepreneurship; as a steering committee member of Healthy Babies, Bright Futures; and as a member of the Facilities and Fine Arts Committee of the National Cathedral Chapter and the Vanguard Chapter of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute. She also recently served on the grants committee for the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

    Anne is a 2006 recipient of a Getty Graduate Internship grant, which allowed her to pursue her interests in arts and cultural philanthropy at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. She has a BA from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning.

    (member since 2015)

  • Robert Patricelli ’61 P'90 P'88, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health USA; Trustee Emeritus, Wesleyan University

    Robert E. Patricelli is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health USA, provider of business services to health care professionals. Its principal subsidiaries are Women’s Health Connecticut and In Vitro Sciences.

    Most recently, Bob founded and was CEO of Evolution Benefits until July of 2011; he still serves as Vice Chairman of the board. That company was sold to Genstar Capital in July, 2010. Prior to forming Women's Health USA and Evolution Benefits, Bob was Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Value Health, a NYSE company and the nation's leading specialty managed care company. In 1997, Value Health was sold to Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation.

    From 1977 to 1987, Bob served in a variety of positions at Connecticut General Corporation and its successor, CIGNA Corporation, culminating as Executive Vice President of the parent company and president of its health care group. Prior to CIGNA, Bob held appointments in numerous positions in the Federal Government, starting as a White House Fellow and serving as Minority Counsel to a U.S. Senate Subcommittee, Deputy Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and as Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Wesleyan University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris.

    Bob is a member of the Board of Directors of Northeast Utilities, Newman’s Own Foundation, Newman’s Own, Inc., the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts (where he is chairman), and the Connecticut Science Center. He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Executive Council of the Harvard School of Health Policy and Management. Bob and his wife Margaret are also board members (Margaret is chair) of Shining Hope for Communities, founded by Wesleyan students Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner.

    (member since 2011)

  • Jessica Posner Odede '09, COO & Co-founder, Shining Hope for Communities

    Jessica Posner Odede is the Chief Operating Officer & Co-founder of Shining Hope for Communities, an innovative non-profit that combats extreme poverty and gender inequality.  This year SHOFCO will serve over 76,000 beneficiaries and is spreading across Kenya’s urban slums with a model that links free schools for girls to holistic community services for all, making the school a portal for large-scale social change.  Jessica is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and activist.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from Wesleyan University, and is the youngest alumnae to receive the institution’s “Distinguished Alumni Award.” She won the 2010 Do Something Award and was named “America’s top-world changer 25 and under,” and received the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. Jess speaks Swahili, and is the first known outsider to live for an extended period of time in Kibera.  Her work has been featured by President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton on NBC, and on five occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times and in his book and documentary series "A Path Appears."  She is currently writing a book with her partner and husband, Kennedy Odede, called Find Me Unafraid, forthcoming from Ecco (HarperCollins) in October 2015. 

    (member since 2015)

  • Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87, Executive Director, Bowery Residents Committee; Trustee, Wesleyan University

    Muzzy Rosenblatt '87 Muzzy Rosenblatt is the Executive Director of BRC, the Bowery Residents’ Committee, one of New York City’s most comprehensive housing and social services agencies. Since arriving in 2000, Muzzy has led the agency through a period of growth that has strengthened its financial condition, improved the quality of services provided, and established BRC as a leader and innovator among not-for-profit social services agencies. Now with 27 programs that graduate more than 3,000 people each year into jobs, homes, and new lives, BRC has an enormous and increasing impact on the people it serves.

    From 1988 to 1999, Muzzy held several positions in New York City government, including First Deputy Commissioner and then Acting Commissioner of the New York City Department of Homeless Services. Muzzy received his MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (1992), and his BA from Wesleyan University (1987). He is a native New Yorker, and resides in Forest Hills, New York.

    (member since 2011)

  • Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 CEO and Founder, Footsteps2Brilliance

    Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17Ilene Rosenthal is the CEO and Founder of Footsteps2Brilliance™, a breakthrough Early Learning Mobile Game Platform for pre-K through 3rd grade that accelerates student achievement by uniting the power of mobile gaming with the latest in cognitive research. Footsteps2Brilliance™ recently won several prestigious awards including the SIIA award for “Innovative Company Most Likely To Succeed”, Codie finalist for “Best K-12 Instructional Solution”, AEP award for “Best ESL/ELL Educational Solution”, and “Golden Lamp Award” finalist.

    Ilene previously served as President of Strategic Initiatives for Achieve3000, and co-founded Lightspan, an educational software company that successfully bridged school and home using videogame technology. She is recognized as a leader for her innovative work using game methodology to increase time spent on learning and accelerate student achievement.

    Ilene began her career as a teacher, during which time she designed curriculum and authored textbooks. In her capacity as a lawyer, she has served as General Counsel to the Government Operations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia. She also served as General Counsel to the Software Publishers Association (now SIIA) and Special Assistant to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

    Ilene received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. She serves on the Boards of the E L Haynes Public Charter School and New Futures, and has two daughters adopted from China.

    (member since 2013)

  • Rob Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Allbritton Center, Wesleyan University;

    Rob RosenthalRob Rosenthal, John Andrus Professor of Sociology, stepped down as Wesleyan’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in June 2013, and he will begin a term as Director of the Allbritton Center in July 2014.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been at Wesleyan since 1987.  He writes and teaches in the areas of housing, homelessness, community research, and the use of music in social movements.  He’s the author of Homeless in Paradise, co-winner of the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award (1994-95) and, with Richard Flacks, Playing for Change (2011); he’s currently working on an edited collection of the papers of Pete Seeger.  A winner of the Binswanger Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education’s “Leadership in Community Service” award in 2008, Mr. Rosenthal has worked for the past twenty years with community groups in Middletown, CT, including as one of the founding directors of Wesleyan’s Center for Community Partnerships.

    (member since 2011)

  • Sarah Williams ’88, Co-founder, Propel Capital; Principal, Sarah Williams Consulting

    Sarah Williams directs her own consulting business – working with foundations, donors, social investors, and corporations to help them give and invest smartly and strategically. She builds and manages grant and impact investing portfolios in areas including poverty alleviation, women’s rights, prison education, and social entrepreneurship, among others.

    With Jeremy Mindich, Wesleyan ’87, Sarah founded Propel Capital, an impact investment fund that supports and invests in social entrepreneurs. In 2011, she launched, for ImpactAssets, the IA 50, a resource for investors that lists the most experienced impact investing fund managers in the US. Her clients have included the Calvert Foundation, ImpactAssets, KPMG, Pfizer, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, family foundations, and individual donors and investors.

    Prior to her consulting career, Sarah spent 10 years creating and directing philanthropy programs for Pfizer Inc. She was responsible for the establishment of The Pfizer Foundation, which was, at its inception, the largest corporate foundation in the United States with over $320 million in assets. She developed public-private partnerships in international health in the US and around the world. Sarah also designed, launched, and managed partnerships in K-12 education in schools across the country, including initiatives in science and math education, support for alternative schools, and new approaches to teacher training.

    Sarah has worked in public education, designed HIV education programs, organized for pro-choice candidates, and served in senior management and board positions for a variety of nonprofit organizations. Sarah graduated from Wesleyan University and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Andrew Kimball, and their two sons.

    (member since 2011)

Thank you to these members who have completed their terms:

Phoebe Boyer ’89, President and CEO, The Children's Aid Society; former Trustee, Wesleyan University

John Feinblatt '73, Chief Advisor for Policy and Planning, Office of the Mayor of New York

Irma Gonzalez '78 P'09, Principal, Zoen Resources; Trustee, Wesleyan University

Lily Herman '16, PCSE Peer Advisor; Co-founder, The Prospect

Joyce Jacobsen, Andrews Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University

Sonia BasSheva Mañjon, Former Vice President for Institutional Partnerships and Chief Diversity Officer, Wesleyan University

Bob Miller P’02 P’99, Former Silicon Valley CEO; Chairman Advisory Board Center for Social Sector Leadership, Haas School of Business UC Berkeley

Michael Sciola, Former Director of the Career Resource Center, Wesleyan University

David Gary Shaw, Former Dean of the Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, Wesleyan University

Kennedy Odede ’12, Co-founder, President & CEO of Shining Hope for Communities; Trustee, Wesleyan University