National Council for Arts & Sciences

CCAS National Council for Arts and Sciences

 

The National Council for Arts and Sciences serves as a volunteer advisory board to the dean of the Columbian College. Comprised of distinguished national and international alumni, parents and friends of the college, the National Council works to address issues impacting the college’s growth and development.

 


Melissa Maxman Columbian College

Melissa Maxman, BA '84, Music

Managing Partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP
Member and Former Chair, National Council for Arts and Sciences

"My participation on the National Council has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It is my wish that [alumni] find similar opportunities to give back and have a role in advancing GW's promise and potential."


Current Members

In the lists below, "P" denotes parent; the year that follows denotes graduation year of the child.

  • Mahmoud Abdallah, P '04, P '10 - Managing Partner - MMA Global Investments LLC
  • Lois F. Alperstein, BA '77, P ';12 - Proprietor - Country Shoppers of Culpeper
  • Anthony Arias, BA '11 - Managing Director - Sada Capitol
  • Marc D. Bianchi, Esq., BA '83, P '10, '12 - Financial Advisor
  • Jason B. Blank, BA '02 - Vice Chair, NCAS - Partner - Haber Blank, LLP
  • Jerry R. Bloom, BA '74, MA '76 - Partner - Winston & Strawn
  • Greg A. Blue, BA '90, JD '95 - Partner - Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti
  • Yawen Chiang, PhD '83 - Director, Strategic Planning and Scientific Collaboration - Genetech Process Research & Development
  • Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr., BA '94 - Campaign Co-Chair
  • Elizabeth Craig, MPA '83 - Retired Deputy Assistant Administrator - Office of Air & Radiation
  • Michael Feinsod, BA '93 - Chairman & CEO - Ameritrans Capital Corporation
  • Dr. Farahnaz Forozan, PhD '00 - Scientific Program Director - LabCorp Clinical Trials Scientific Affairs 
  • Howard Furman, BA '79, P ';09, ‘10 - Managing Director - Fixed Income Capital Markets 
  • John T. Gaffney, Esq., BA '82, P '10, '13, '14 - Partner - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Stephen Haber, BA ‘79 - A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor, Director and Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow - Hoover Institution
  • Benjamin Klubes, Esq., BA '87 - Chair, NCAS - Partner - Buckley Sandler LLP
  • Bennett Lavenstein, MD, BS '66, P '03 - Physician - Neurologist - Children's National Medical Center
  • Richard Legon, BA '70, MA '73 - President - Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities
  • Melissa Maxman, Esq., BA '84, JD '88, P '10 - Commercial Litigation Group - Cozen O'Connor
  • John McGurl, M.D., BA '84 - Internal Medicine - Virginia Hospital
  • Gregory Nelson, BA '78 - Partner - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Marsha Reeves, B '91 - Chief Growth & Operations Officer - KIPP Baltimore
  • Michael Thacher, BA '70 - Retired General Manager, Public Relations & Communications - Unocal Corporation
  • Bryan N. Tramont, BA '89 - Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
  • William Warren, BA '67 - Retired Foreign Service Officer
  • Yonni Wattenmaker, BA '93 - Executive Director - Breast Cancer Alliance
  • Kevin A. Werner, BA '82 - Vice President - Corporate Development
  • Elissa Wernick, BA '85 - Interior Designer

 


Emeriti Members

  • Marc Albert, Esq., BA '70, JD '73 - Partner - Stinson Morrison & Hecker, LLP
  • Bert Deixler, Esq., BA ';73 - Partner - Kendall Brill Kleiger
  • Axel Freudmann, BA '68 - Retired Senior VP Human Resources - AIG
  • Candace G. Kaplan, CFP, BA '70 - CEO and President - Kaplan Financial Group
  • Pamela Lawrence, BA '76 - Senior Vice President - North Shore Medical Center
  • Richard Marmaro, Esq., BA '73, P '08 - Partner - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
  • Alan S. Nadel, Esq., BA '71, JD '76 - Partner - Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP
  • Sheldon J. Rapoport, BA '70 - Retired Foreign Service Officer
  • Peter K. Yeskel, BA '71, P '04 - Owner - Peter K. Yeskel & Associates

 


Affiliated Advisory Councils