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Board of Directors

Members of our Board of Directors represent a diversity of experience and expertise. Their broad skills and resources help guide the Andrew Goodman Foundation into the 21st Century.


MICHELE WRIGHT, ED.D. (SHE/HER)

MICHELE WRIGHT, ED.D. (SHE/HER)

Chair

Michele Wright is an equity-focused leader in non-profit and educational institutions. Michele has developed and implemented strategic initiatives, programs, community partnerships, program evaluation, and organizational change strategies to advance mission and impact. Her work has also centered on equitable opportunities and access to arts education. Michele is a program officer and consultant at GMA Foundations, a philanthropic advisory firm in Boston, MA. She holds an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, in which her research focused on culture, change, and equity in higher education. She presented a chapter of her dissertation as a case study at the NADOHE International Conference at Coventry University in Coventry, UK: “An Anti-Racism Implementation Plan: A Case Study; How A Decentralized Liberal Arts College Implemented a New Framework for Change.” Michele received a Bachelor of Music from The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from The Juilliard School, and an Ed. D in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PENNGSE).

MICHAEL W. MALAFRONTE (HE/HIM)

MICHAEL W. MALAFRONTE (HE/HIM)

Vice Chair

Michael W. Malafronte has been an investor for his entire 26-year career and has developed a deep understanding of strategic imperatives and executional capabilities that drive shareholder value.

In 2007, Michael led the entrepreneurial effort to start a money management firm, International Value Advisers, LLC (IVA). IVA opened to outside clients in February 2008 and, after growing to $15.2 billion AUM, closed its investment products to new investors only 3 years later. Michael oversaw the physical and technology infrastructure development and the staffing of all IVA departments (trading, investment analysts, sales, accounting, communication and compliance, etc.). During his 13 years as Managing Partner of IVA, Michael built a world-class team and developed lasting business relationships with several global legal and financial firms.

Prior to IVA, Michael was a securities analyst and portfolio manager. He was a generalist working for absolute value driven investment firms and has extensive experience valuing businesses and assessing management teams for long term successful value creation.

Michael served on the board of two small cap public companies early in his career and has been on the board of Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE) since 2016. While on the ATGE board, Michael has advised the company through a significant repositioning of the portfolio, including several acquisitions and divestitures, and the public market valuation and intrinsic value of the company has grown significantly. Michael has served on the compensation, nominating and governance, external relations and audit committees for ATGE. Since 2018, Michael has chaired the compensation committee and has assisted the company in restructuring its compensation structures to better align the performance of the company with executive compensation.

Michael graduated from Babson College in 1996 and is currently active in civic and philanthropic endeavors including Cycle for Survival and Share the Harvest Farm.

DAVID GOODMAN (HE/HIM)

DAVID GOODMAN (HE/HIM)

Secretary

David Goodman is the brother of Andrew Goodman and the former Chairman of The Andrew Goodman Foundation's Board of Directors. Professionally, David is a civil engineer and holds an MBA from Stanford University. He was the founder and CEO of United American Energy Corp., an electric generation and power company operating in eight states throughout the U.S. David is a member of the Global Leadership Council of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), member of U.S. Green Building Council, member of American Solar Energy Society, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, on the Advisory Board of the Natural History Museum of The Adirondacks, on the Advisory Board of the Ruby Bridges Foundation, and a Trustee Emeritus of the Antioch College Board of Trustees. He brings extensive experience in developing, operating, and expanding organizations.

COREY WEISS (HE/HIM)

COREY WEISS (HE/HIM)

Treasurer

Corey Weiss has a background in engineering, physics, business management, and philanthropy. He spent the early part of his career in the semiconductor industry in both technical and management positions for a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. In 1998, Mr. Weiss founded Applied Technologies Consulting, a business consultancy that serves clients of technology driven enterprises. Mr. Weiss is also an active investor evaluating, making and monitoring investments across asset classes. He is currently a Board member, advisor and fiduciary to a variety of organizations including the Karan-Weiss Foundation (founded by Donna Karan and Stephan Weiss, founders of the NY based fashion house Donna Karan International) and the Green Meadow Waldorf School, of Chestnut Ridge, NY. Mr. Weiss holds a Masters degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from Cornell University, NY and a BA in Physics and a BS in Electrical Engineering both from Rutgers University, NJ.

ROBERT MASTERS, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

ROBERT MASTERS, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

Chair Emeritus

Robert Masters is a life-long New Yorker who attended Queens College during the same period as Andrew Goodman. Robert and Andrew drove together from NYC to Oxford, Ohio in June 1964 to participate in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Freedom Summer training to prepare for their volunteer work in Mississippi registering African Americans to vote.

Currently retired, Robert was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Acadia Realty Trust, a fully-integrated equity real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, ownership, management and redevelopment of high-quality retail properties located in key street and urban retail corridors as well as suburban locations within high-barrier-to-entry, densely-populated metropolitan areas along the East Coast and in Chicago.

Previously Mr. Masters worked in the banking sector, a private law firm, and the Department of Justice. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo and Ghana, West Africa. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York and his Juris Doctorate from New York University Law School. He currently lives with his wife Carla in White Plains, NY. They have three children and five grandchildren.

DALE G. BERGER (SHE/HER)

DALE G. BERGER (SHE/HER)

Dale Berger is a member of Women for Women International’s Global Board of Directors. She currently serves as a member of the Global Revenue & Advancement Committee and the Global Program Committee.

Ms. Berger has a long career as a businesswoman specializing in retail, owning several successful stores in New York City. She most recently worked as a commercial real estate broker, specializing in the leasing of office space and sales of commercial buildings.

Ms. Berger has held numerous leadership roles with various not-for-profit organizations including Her Justice, of which she is a former Board Member, where she founded and organized their successful annual photography auction. She is also a former Board Member of New Alternatives for Children and a Founding Member of the Young Leadership of Israel Bonds. Ms. Berger has counseled City Year New York in their early development.

Ms. Berger holds degrees from Skidmore College and Tufts University. She and her husband, Max W. Berger, have four children and ten grandchildren.

AUSTIN BORAL (HE/HIM)

AUSTIN BORAL (HE/HIM)

Austin Boral is joining AGF's Board of Directors after three years as co-chair of the Associate Board. He is passionate about civic engagement, economic inclusion, and democratic reform. Austin brings perspective from federal and state government as a policy analyst, from local government as an economic development strategist, and from the private sector as a management consultant.

Most recently, Austin worked on the Strategy team at New York City Economic Development Corporation - a quasi-governmental agency that serves as the city's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth. Prior to joining NYCEDC, Austin spent three years in the public and social sector practice at McKinsey & Company where he served federal government agencies in capability building and organizational transformation, while also leading pro bono projects with the office's Social Impact Group. Previously, he interned for the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand on Capitol Hill, the Office of President William J. Clinton in Harlem, and the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs.

Originally from Long Island, Austin graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Geography and Public Policy. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School and MPP at Harvard Kennedy School.

FRED FARKOUH, CPA (HE/HIM)

FRED FARKOUH, CPA (HE/HIM)

Fred Farkouh is a tax executive with over 40 years of experience in areas of business, financial, and tax consulting. Presently, Mr. Farkouh is a senior partner of Farkouh, Furman & Faccio LLP, a company founded in 1974 that provides tax advisory and compliance services to over 400 companies across multiple industry sectors both domestically and internationally ranging in size from start-up to multi-billion-dollar revenues and market cap.

Mr. Farkouh has also appeared as an expert witness in arbitration hearings as well as in Federal Courts, New York State Courts, Alaska State Court, and New Jersey Courts.

He holds a BBA degree in accounting from the City College of New York as well as a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School.

ELBERT GARCIA (HE/HIM)

ELBERT GARCIA (HE/HIM)

Born and raised in Washington Heights, New York, Elbert Garcia has spent the last two decades working to lift up the voices and experiences of people of color and immigrants. He currently serves as the Director of Strategic Communications at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), a 45-year old Washington DC-based advocacy group that works with leaders to ensure that grantmakers are transparent with, and accountable to, those with the least wealth, power, and opportunity in American society.

His past work has included everything from digital journalism at The New York Times to serving as senior press staffer for Democratic politicians at the national and state level to consulting on social media and communications strategy with movement groups such as New Florida Majority, the Miami Workers Center and Florida Immigrant Coalition.

The proud father and husband is a first generation Dominican-American alumnus of the Prep for Prep and National Urban Fellows programs and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and a Master’s in Public Administration from CUNY’s Baruch College. When he is not doing the above, he is also helping with community media efforts like Law@theMargins and the Que Lo Que Podcast.

CHRISTINA SANDERS (SHE/HER)

CHRISTINA SANDERS (SHE/HER)

Texas native, Christina Sanders, is the Founder of the PoliChic Engagement Fund, where she helps women get involved in electoral and policy advocacy. Christina assisted The White House in developing engagement programs and was featured in Marie Claire for successes in expanding voter rights. She is an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member and an Alumna of Georgetown and Texas Southern Universities.

ANDREW TOMBACK, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

ANDREW TOMBACK, ESQ. (HE/HIM)

Andrew Tomback is a partner in the Global Commercial Litigation Group and is based in the New York office. He focuses his practice on litigations and investigations involving federal securities laws, complex litigation and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Andrew has over 25 years of experience drawn from business, private practice and government service. He handles a full range of civil and criminal litigation before the courts, US Securities and Exchange Commission and various other regulators.

Before entering private practice, Andrew was deputy general counsel of the Resolution Trust Corporation, where he managed several hundred attorneys handling federal savings and loan resolutions. He also served as senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement at the US Department of the Treasury. Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in the criminal division of the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he conducted grand jury investigations and prosecuted criminal cases, concentrating on complex securities frauds, including stock manipulations, insider trading, international tax evasion enterprises and penny stock schemes. He tried 12 cases, all to conviction, and successfully argued over a dozen appeals. Andrew also clerked for the Honorable Stanley Sporkin of the US District Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining McLaughlin & Stern, Andrew was senior vice president and general counsel at Scientific Games Corporation. Andrew also practiced litigation at another global law firm.

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