Chair (ex officio)
President, Brown University
Christina Hull Paxson began her academic career at Princeton University in 1986. In 2000, she founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research center for health and health policy at the Woodrow Wilson School and served as the center’s director until 2009. She was named the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in 2007. She was also the founding director of a National Institute on Aging Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging at Princeton, vice president of the American Economics Association, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been the principal investigator on a number of research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health, the most recent of which is a study of adversity and resilience after Hurricane Katrina. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and an MA and PhD in economics from Columbia University.
Co-founder and CEO, Wireless Generation
Larry Berger is CEO and co-founder of Wireless Generation, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, an education company that pioneered the adaptation of mobile technologies for teachers. Mr. Berger led the invention of Wireless Generation’s mCLASS system, which enables educators to administer early reading and math formative assessments using handheld computers and then immediately receive diagnosis and targeted instruction. Today, Wireless Generation serves more than 2.5 million children and hosts one of the largest databases of longitudinal student data in the country. Prior to founding Wireless Generation, Mr. Berger served as the educational technology specialist at the Children’s Aid Society, where he led the development of four community computer labs in disadvantaged neighborhoods that have served as models of using technology to empower young people. Mr. Berger also developed, with Wireless Generation co-founder Greg Gunn, the Hole in the Web, an online extension of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for children with cancer and blood diseases. As a White House Fellow, Mr. Berger worked on science education in the office of the administrator of NASA. Mr. Berger holds a BA from Yale University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has published widely on education and on educational entrepreneurship and has served as a co-investigator on several federally funded research grants.
Sheryl (Grooms) Brissett-Chapman
Executive Director, National Center for Children and Families
Sheryl (Grooms) Brissett-Chapman ’71 directs the work of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland, and is an adjunct associate professor at the Howard University School of Social Work. She received a Congressional Angel of Adoption Award, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, for transforming a former orphanage into a comprehensive, contemporary institution serving thousands of children and families in the National Capital Region. She is internationally recognized for her expert contributions in the areas of child maltreatment, juvenile justice, domestic violence, poverty and homelessness, substance abuse, and cultural competency.
Gwenn H. S. Gebhard
Executive Director, Luther I. Replogle Foundation
Gwenn H. S. Gebhard ’82, P’12 directs the work of the Luther I. Replogle Foundation, a nonprofit family foundation that supports the needs of youth, children, and women with children living in or at risk of long-term poverty. She holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University – one from the School of Public Health and the other from the School of International Service and Public Affairs.
Bernicestine McLeod Bailey
President, McLeod Associates, Inc.
Bernicestine McLeod Bailey '68 is president of McLeod Associates, Inc., an information technology consulting firm that specializes in performance management and business intelligence software applications. For twelve years prior to forming McLeod Associates in 1981, she was a systems engineer at IBM, and she is also involved in building a family gift and toy business. She was elected to the Brown Board of Trustees in 2001 and is currently a trustee emerita. She has been involved at Brown as a vice chair of the Campaign for Academic Enrichment, specifically, the Alumni of Color Initiative; immediate past chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity; and chair of the Archives Committee of the Pembroke Associates Council. She has also served as class treasurer, co-founder of the Investment in Diversity Fund, co-founder of the Third World Network, member of the Parents Council, member of several reunion gift committees, and member of the Third World Alumni Activities Committee. She has participated in numerous on-campus forums and seminars. She was an initial recipient of the Brown Alumni Service Award and received the Brown Bear award in 2007. Ms. McLeod Bailey has served as president of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Independent Computer Consultants Association and a trustee of the Westport (CT) Public Library. Currently, she is a member of the executive committee of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and secretary of Team Westport, whose mission is to achieve, extend, and celebrate diversity in the town of Westport. Ms. McLeod Bailey has recently completed terms on the board of directors of Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County, where she was treasurer, and REACHPrep, a scholastic program for low-income African American and Latino children from the counties of Fairfield, Connecticut, and Westchester, New York, where she was secretary.
Robin M. Steans
Trustee, Steans Family Foundation
Executive Director, Advance Illinois
Robin Steans is a trustee of the Steans Family Foundation, where she helps guide education and community development grantmaking in the North Lawndale community. She currently serves as executive cirector of Advance Illinois, an independent statewide education policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that Illinois provides a world-class education to every student. Ms. Steans has spent the last thirteen years working on public school reform. She has served as issues director of the Small Schools Coalition and as associate director of Leadership for Quality Education. Prior to her work in school reform, Ms. Steans taught at public high schools in Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago before going on to earn her law degree. She serves on the board of National-Louis University and Chapin Hall.
Chief Impact Officer at Education Cities
Butch Trusty is Chief Impact Officer at Education Cities, a national nonprofit that supports and advises city-based education organizations on their efforts to grow great public schools. Butch leads Education Cities’ advising practice and knowledge management efforts. Butch and the other members of the Impact Team work directly with city leaders to strengthen their efforts to grow great public schools, and frequently catalog best practices for dissemination across the sector.
Prior to his role at Education Cities, Butch most recently served as the Education Program Director at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. Prior to joining Joyce, Butch was a manager with The Bridgespan Group, where he advised school districts, philanthropic entities and policy and advocacy organizations on strategies to accelerate their impact. Butch was also an Education Pioneers fellow with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and has held positions with the Alliance for Excellent Education and EdisonLearning.
Butch earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University ('02) and has both a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University. Butch is a founding board member of the Great Lakes Academy Charter School in Chicago.