BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Anton Levy, Chairman
Anton J. Levy is a Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he has worked since 1998. Mr. Levy works in General Atlantic’s New York City office where he heads General Atlantic’s global Media & Consumer sector. Mr. Levy has worked closely with many of General Atlantic’s portfolio companies and is a director of several portfolio companies including AKQA, Gilt Groupe, Mercado Libre (NASDAQ: MELI), Network Solutions, Red Ventures and Webloyalty. He formerly served on the boards of Dice Holdings and Zantaz Corporation. Prior to joining General Atlantic, Mr. Levy was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. where he worked with the firm’s technology clients. Mr. Levy received a B.S. from the University of Virginia, with degrees in Finance and Computer Science, and his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, graduating both with highest honors.
Orlando Ashford, Vice-Chairman
Orlando D. Ashford is a Managing Partner at Mercer, leading the firm’s new business expansion in corporate board, CEO and C-suite effectiveness. Mr. Ashford also leads Mercer’s consulting services in change management, diversity, and executive talent development. Previous, Orlando was the Chief HR and Communications Officer of Marsh and McLennan Companies, Inc. As Chief HR and Communications Officer, he served as the lead employee advocate for 50,000 employees in more than 100 countries. He and his team provided leadership on all aspects of Human Resources and Communications, including talent management, media relations and employee communications, diversity, compensation and benefits, and HR operations. Prior to Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Ashford was with the Coca-Cola Company, as Group Director of Human Resources for Eurasia and Africa based in Istanbul, Turkey. Previously, Mr. Ashford was Vice President, Global HR Strategy and Organizational Development for Motorola, Inc. He has also held leadership positions with Mercer Delta Consulting, Ameritech, and Andersen Consulting. In 2010, Mr. Ashford was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America”. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and serves on advisory boards for Purdue University School of Technology, University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and Ladders.com. Mr. Ashford holds a BS in organizational leadership and an MS in industrial technology both from Purdue University. In 2006, he received Purdue University School of Technology Distinguished Alumni Award.
Ben Chrnelich, Treasurer
Ben has been involved with StreetWise Partners in numerous capacities since its inception. Ben has experience as a Partner, Officer, Director of the San Francisco program and a Board of Advisors member. Prior to Mr. Chrnelich’s current position at MSCI, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative & Financial Officer of NYSE Technologies, a leader in providing complete connectivity, data management and transaction solutions for investment banks, broker dealers, hedge funds and financial markets throughout the world. Ben served also as the Chief Administrative Officer for Equity Sales and Trading at Lehman Brothers, the Controller for Schwab Capital Markets, Vice President – Finance at Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, and with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York in their Capital Markets Audit and Business Advisory group. Ben is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Accounting.
Tony Snow, Secretary
Red Oak Partners
Tony Snow is employed at Red Oak Partners. Prior to this position, Mr. Snow also focused on investments in global equities at Soros Fund Management LLC, Ardea Capital Management L.P. and Wyper Capital Management, L.P. Previously, Mr. Snow was employed at Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer, a private equity firm, where he was an Associate focused on leveraged buyouts. He began his career at Merrill Lynch & Co. as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Snow received a B.B.A. with high distinction from the University of Michigan, concentrating in finance and accounting, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Rahul Advani, Founder
Energy Capital Partners
Rahul, a Founder and the Chairman of StreetWise Partners, is a Principal and founding team member of Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm with over $6.5 billion under management. Previously, he was a junior member of the management team that built and successfully sold Orion Power Holdings, Inc., a $4 billion wholesale energy company. Rahul has also been a Director of Corporate Investment and Development for Starwood Hotels where he focused on large acquisitions and new build projects. Earlier in his career, Rahul was as an analyst within the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, Rahul worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services group. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 2004 and a B.A. in mathematical economics in 1996 from Colgate University where he was also captain of the NCAA Division I men’s swim team. Rahul lives with his wife, Shibani, and daughter in La Jolla, CA.
Matt Gorin, Founder
Contour Venture Partners
Matt, the Founder of StreetWise Partners and former Chairman of StreetWise Partners for 12 years, is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Contour Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm based in New York. Matt was previously with Promontory Financial Group, a merchant banking firm focused on the financial services sector, where he helped launch Promontory Interfinancial Network. Previously he worked for Red Hat as Business Development Manager in its Strategic Planning & Corporate Development group. Matt also worked at Morgan Stanley within its strategic venture capital fund, concentrating on making investments in early-stage financial services companies. Prior to entering business school, he was a turnaround consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Advisory Services group. Matt received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and B.A. in Economics and American Studies from Brandeis University, where he was an NCAA Academic All-American for tennis.
Tracey Allard, Executive Director
Tracey has been Executive Director at StreetWise Partners since March 2011. She has long been committed to supporting disadvantaged individuals and communities. Throughout her career, she has led results-driven community development, workforce development, and capacity-building initiatives. Her work has strengthened the efforts of practitioners through technical assistance, training, and research projects that stimulated dialogue and improved workforce development practices. Underlining her work is a staunch and passionate belief that given the right opportunities, disadvantaged individuals can thrive and be contributing members of society.
Tracey joins StreetWise Partners from her most recent position as the Director of Employment and Graduate Services at The HOPE Program. There she led the development and launch of an innovative sectoral program called GROCERYworks, which trains and places low-income job-seekers in career ladder opportunities in the food retail industry. She also held program positions at The Door, Public/Private Ventures, and Seedco.
Tracey succeeds Melanie Christianson, who joined StreetWise Partners in February 2008 and served as Interim Executive Director from June 2010 to April 2011. Mrs. Christianson recently moved back to England with her husband, Graeme, also a long time StreetWise Partners volunteer.
Christopher F. Bennett
Petrus Partners Ltd.
Chris Bennett became involved with Streetwise Partners in 2002 when he volunteered as a mentor for three cycles. He then served as an Officer for two cycles in the PwC program from 2004 – 2005. Mr. Bennett is a Principal of Petrus Partners, a New York based real estate fund management firm, which he joined in 2006. At Petrus he focuses on investments in commercial properties and residential land developments. Previously, Mr. Bennett worked at Nomura Securities International where he originated and underwrote commercial mortgage loans and in Merrill Lynch & Co.’s Private Wealth Management Division. Mr. Bennett received a B.Sc. degree in Economics from Duke University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tim has been involved with StreetWise Partners for four years and was recently re-elected to his second two-year term on the Board of Directors. Timothy works at Lochbridge. Prior to this position, he worked at Compuware Corporation and InSource Consulting—a business and IT consulting firm catering to Federal Government, Finance and Insurance customers—as a Partner in the Federal Government Solutions Practice. Timothy has over 17 years of extensive experience working with Federal Government agencies in the Civilian, Military and Intelligence Communities, where he builds long-standing, trusted client relationships. Timothy’s experience includes: IT Systems Development and Integration, Change Management/Culture Change, Federal Financial Management, Human Capital Development, Data Warehousing (DW), and Business Process Reengineering (BPR). Prior to joining InSource, he worked for Gallup, Inc heading up Human Capital solution delivery solutions to Federal agencies in fast-paced, multi-cultural environments. Before joining Gallup, Timothy spent 13 years at American Management Systems (now CGI). He had P&L and business development responsibilities running Practice Areas in Data Warehousing and Human Capital Development. In addition, Timothy has served as a product manager at AMS. He developed and managed the product direction of a performance management and budget formulation IT system. His love of non-profit and government agencies stems from a desire to help the under-served populations in society. He received degrees in Industrial Management, Economics, and Political Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Timothy lives in Washington, DC with his partner, Bill, and is an active member in the art, music and performing arts of Washington, since 1993.
Jon Clifton is a Partner at Gallup and Director of the Gallup Government Group. His responsibilities include oversight of Gallup’s global government work and the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing study conducted in more than 150 countries, representing more than 98% of the world’s adult population. Jon is a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He is a member of Gallup’s Public Release Committee, the group that oversees and maintains Gallup’s public release standards for data, research, and methodology. Jon received a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a juris doctorate with a focus in international law from the University of Nebraska. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Brian is a Managing Director at Barclays Capital. He is responsible for several areas within technology including the award-winning “Barclays Capital Live” Research and Ecommerce platform. Prior to Barclays, Brian was at Lehman Brothers for eighteen years. He was based in London for six years and Tokyo for eight years (where he was Chief Technology Officer for Asia). Since 2004 he has lived and worked in New York. Brian became involved with StreetWise (as an officer) in 2007 and became the organization’s champion when he transitioned to Barclays in 2008. He was instrumental in helping establish the New Jersey program in the Barclays Jersey City office. Brian was born and raised in Ireland and has a business degree from University College Dublin.
Barbara Edwards Delsman
Barbara Edwards Delsman is a consultant in nonprofit management with over 20 years’ experience as the former Executive Director and Development Director of The HOPE Program, one of NY City’s most effective workforce development programs. Under her leadership, HOPE received the following awards and honors: Charity Navigator’s highest four star rating; “Best in America” seal of approval from the Local Independent Charities of America; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation award for “Best Practices in Workforce Development”; designation as one of The Economist Group’s “US Charities” and GE/NBC’s Women’s Network nonprofit partner; winner of the Goldman Sachs Capacity Partner and the Robin Hood Hero awards.
Since leaving HOPE in the summer of 2010, Barbara has been a coach and mentor to Executive Directors and Development Directors, helping them to develop the problem-solving skills and strategies they need to achieve their short and long term goals.
Barbara has experience in the corporate, education and nonprofit sectors. She worked in market research at AT&T, taught computer science to adults with physical disabilities at the University of Miami and math at Panama Canal College, and founded and directed Community Adoption Services in Iran. She has a BA in Mathematics and a MA in Experimental Psychology.
Brian has volunteered with StreetWise Partners since the spring of 2000 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2008.
Brian was a co-founder of Glocap, an alternative asset recruiting firm, from 1997-2011 and helped grow the company to over 80 professionals and establish international operations. Last year Brian left Glocap to Found a new start-up called Swellbox, which is developing an online consumer solution to managing electronic health records.
During his tenure at Glocap Brian held a variety of roles that included Head of Strategy as well as Head of the Private Equity practice. He co-authored the annual private equity compensation report jointly published with Dow Jones and also authored “The Glocap Guide To Getting a Job in Private Equity” published by John Wiley & Sons. Over the years Brian has been cited as an expert in the press, including interviews on CNBC and Reuters, regarding human capital topics in alternative asset industry, and has also been an invited speaker and moderator at industry conferences as well as at related private equity events at Harvard Business School and The Wharton School. Brian is married with three children.
Prior to Glocap, Brian worked at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (DMG) in corporate finance. Brian graduated with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Latham & Watkins LLP
David Kurzweil is a partner in the new York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions and general public company representation. David has a broad array of experience in both public and private company mergers and acquisitions, which includes representation of principals, special committees, private equity and leveraged buyout funds, and financial advisors. David has also represented issuers, underwriters and initial purchasers in numerous debt and equity securities offerings, and has provided general corporate advice to both public and private companies. David has a BA from Georgetown University and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
Christine Lattanzio leads PricewaterhouseCoopers’ New York Metro Real Estate Tax practice and has over 15 years of experience providing federal, state, local and international tax services to clients in the financial services industry.
Christine focuses her practice on large private equity fund groups, including real estate and infrastructure funds, and has significant industry-specific experience with the business and tax technical issues that arise in funds sponsored by banks and other large financial institutions.
In addition to her work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Christine has worked in the tax department of a publicly traded real estate company and practiced law with a global law firm. Christine holds an A.B. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.
Tazia’s involvement with StreetWise Partners began in 2004. She has volunteered as a mentor in the PWC adult program for four cycles. In 2007, Tazia joined the StreetWise Partners Junior Board, of which she served as Co-Chair from 2008-2012. Tazia is a Director at Deutsche Bank where she works within the firm’s Markets Coverage Group providing cross-asset investment idea generation and execution for high net worth individuals, family offices, hedge funds and other institutions. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Tazia was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she worked for close to seven years in a similar role. Tazia began her career in Citigroup’s private bank, focused on business development, relationship management, and portfolio modeling. Tazia holds her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
David Worn is Director of Washington, DC Operations at the Silicon Valley-based enterprise software maker, Palantir Technologies. In this role, David is responsible for operational execution at all of Palantir’s global software deployments. During his tenure as Palantir’s first DC-based hire, David has overseen growth of the McLean, VA, office from one employee to nearly one hundred and fifty, while also playing an active role in the management of Palantir’s 3,000% growth in engagements. Prior to joining Palantir, David was an analyst with the Department of Defense.
David earned his BA in Asian Studies from Cornell University and his MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. Drawing upon his years of experience in bringing private sector innovation to the public sector, David speaks frequently on the role of innovation in the global economy.
As a believer in the importance of equality of fair opportunity, David served as a long-standing volunteer with Streetwise Partners, both as a program officer and as a member of the Junior Board. With his wife and father, he develops low-income housing in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL. He is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA DC.
David and his wife, Carrie, split their time between Washington, DC, Palo Alto, CA, and New York, NY.