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Our Leadership


Board of Overseers

The executives serving on the SPS Board of Overseers are our ambassadors to industry, responsible for identifying innovative partnerships and cultivating lasting relationships. Board members also spearhead high-profile initiatives and facilitate networking opportunities for SPS students.


Umran Beba
Global Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer and SVP, Talent Management
PepsiCo, Inc.

Stephanie Bell-Rose
Senior Managing Director and Head
TIAA Institute

Don Duet
President and COO

Randall Lane
Forbes Magazine

David Levin
Former President and CEO
McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo
President and CEO
Celebrity Cruises, Inc.

Jorge Rodriguez
President and CEO
Telmex USA and Televista Inc.

Michael Ulica
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating and Financial Officer
National Geographic Society

Troy Vincent
Executive Vice President of Football Operations
National Football League (NFL)

Ram Vittal
Managing Director and Head of Franchise Client Management, Treasury Services
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Dean's Council

Columbia University faculty who oversee SPS programming, policies, and full-time faculty appointments, promote academic excellence, and offer the Dean strategic counsel.


Geraldine Downey, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology;
Director; Center for Justice

Robert Klitzman, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Mailman School of Public Health;
Academic Director, Bioethics, School of Professional Studies

Brendan O’Flaherty, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics,
Arts and Sciences

Arthur M. Langer, Ed.D.
Professor of Practice in Technology Management, 
Academic Director, Technology Management, School of Professional Studies;
Director, Center for Technology Management

Alondra Nelson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, 
Department of Sociology, Arts and Sciences;
President, Social Science Research Council

Samuel K. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health;
Associate Professor of History, Department of History, Arts and Sciences;
Director, Institute for Research in African American Studies

Dr. Gregory J. Wawro
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Arts and Sciences

Executives in Residence

By connecting SPS students with industry leaders, the SPS Executives in Residence program helps our students bridge the academic and professional world to accelerate their careers and impact.

Maryam Banikarim
Former Global Chief Marketing Officer
Hyatt Hotels

Lance Braunstein
Aladdin Product Group, Blackrock

Murli Buluswar
Senior Executive Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group

Nicholas Donofrio
Former EVP of Innovation and Technology

Virginia Gambale
Managing Partner
Azimuth Partners LLC

Peter Gunder
Chief Business Development Officer
American Family Insurance Company

Todd Haimes
Artistic Director/CEO
Roundabout Theatre Company

Edward Lewis
Essence Magazine

John Nixon
Duane Morris, LLP