Government and Public Service

Brooke Anderson ’86:
Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff and Counselor for the National Security Staff: White House; former US ambassador: United Nations; former vice president of communications: Nuclear Threat Initiative; former co-director: Nuclear Security Project

Lauren Fishbein ’82:
trial attorney: Attorney General’s Honor Program, U.S. Department of Justice; 2004 U.S. Attorney General’s John Marshall Award Recipient

Alice C. Greenwald ’73:
director: World Trade Center Memorial Foundation; former associate director for museum programs for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC

Saudia Lawrence ’89:
co-director: Multicultural Alliance, San Francisco; model

Daniel R. Russel ’75:
deputy chief of mission: U.S. Embassy, Netherlands

Michael Sartisky ’73:
president, executive director: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, New Orleans


Norma Jean Darden ’61:
business owner, restaurateur, author

Carl Goldfischer ’80:
managing director: Bay City Capital

Eric Hermann ’74:
president, portfolio manager: FH International, African investment banking firm; Fulbright Grant recipient

Gloria Lau ’76:
former president: Charles Schwab Asia, Tokyo

David Netto ’92:
furniture designer and founder: David Netto Design

Mason Stark ’93:
director in equity department, managing member: Ramius Capital Group, LLC

Hilary Beall Tesoriero ’85:
Global Strategic Sales, The Bank of New York Mellon


Nicole Betancourt ’90:
Emmy award-winning filmmaker: 90 Miles (PBS), winner, Best Documentary at the New York Latino International Film Festival

Donna Gigliotti ’76:
producer: Vanity Fair, Shakespeare in Love, Emma, The Reader

Darnell Martin ’86:
screenwriter, director: Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That, Prison Song; actor: Nowhere Fast, Deadly Obsession

Anika Poitier ’94:
director, actress, writer: The Devil Cats

Peter Schnall ’75:
director, producer: Air Force One, The Brotherhood of 9/11, Diamonds

Helen C. Whitney ’65:
Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light, Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero; winner, Writers Guild of America Award for Documentary, among others


Jon Avins ’86:
operations analyst: The World Bank; lawyer specializing in general commercial litigation

Stephanie R. Cooper ’65:
MFA ’76, president: Law Offices of Stephanie R. Cooper, PC, New York City; winner, Belkin Scholarship, Alexander Fellowship

Elizabeth Kennedy ’60:
attorney, mediator: Elizabeth Kennedy Office, Anchorage

Kay Harris Patterson ’89:
intellectual property counsel: SRA International, Inc., Fairfax, VA

Medicine and Science

Judith Benkendorf MS ’80:
project manager: American College of Medical Genetics; senior genetic counselor and professor: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Eugenia George ’65:
physician; member: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Deborah Loeff ’72:
chief of pediatric surgery: Midwest Pediatric Surgery

Donald Miller ’75:
physician: Merrimack Family Medicine, Tewksbury, MA

John Werber ’80:
chief of dermatology: Spellman Center for HIV-related diseases, St. Clare’s Hospital, New York City

Performing Arts

Jane Alexander ’61:
former chairman: National Endowment for the Arts; actress and recipient, Tony, Emmy and numerous other awards; author: Command Performance: An Actress in the Theatre of Politics

Elise Bernhardt ’78:
executive director: National Foundation for Jewish Culture; founder and former executive director: Dancing in the Streets

Agathe David-Weill ’95:
co-founder, producer: Messenger Theatre Company, New York City; independent film producer: Dead Sexy, Talking Richard Wilson Blues

Jed Distler ’78:
composer, music curator, artistic director: Composers Collaborative Inc., New York City; composer-in-residence: West Park Presbyterian Church, New York City

Beverly Emmons ’65:
artistic director: Lincoln Center Institute; and Obie Award-winning lighting designer

Caroline Hall ’92:
actress: Pericles, Cabaret, Threepenny Opera; musician, multi-instrumentalist, trombonist: Klezmer Klub

Daniel Hurlin ’79:
Obie Award-winning performance artist; puppeteer; faculty member: Sarah Lawrence College

Nan Knighton ’69:
theatrical lyricist: Saturday Night Fever, The Scarlet Pimpernel; playwright: Man with Two Hearts Found on the Moon

Joyce S. Moorman MFA ’75:
composer; 11-time winner, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Award

Holly Robinson Peete ’86:
actress: 21 Jump Street, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, For Your Love

Carly Simon ’65:
award-winning singer, songwriter: “You’re So Vain,” “Anticipation”

Joanne Woodward ’90:
Oscar-winning actress: The Three Faces of Eve, Mr. & Mrs. Bridges, The Age of Innocence, among many others; environmentalist

Scholarship and Teaching

Teodolinda Barolini ’72:
Lorenzi Da Ponte Professor of Italian, chair of the Italian Dept.: Columbia University; fellow: American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, Medieval Academy of America; former president: Dante Society of America

Amanda Foreman ’91:
writer, historian: Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (Modern Library)—basis of the 2008 film DuchessOur American Cousins: The British Volunteers in the Civil War (Random House); winner: 1998 Whitbread Prize, Biography of the Year

Merle Goldman ’53:
professor emerita of history: Boston University; member: United Nations Commission on Human Rights; foreign policy consultant; author: Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China (Harvard University Press), among others

Cecelia Lopez ’85:
preschool teacher, translator: Bogotá, Colombia

Suzanne Rudolph ’51:
political science professor: University of Chicago; co-author: In Search of Lakshmi (University of Chicago Press)

Joan B. Waite ’55:
co-founder, past director: African American Educational Center of Northern New Jersey; mezzo soprano; past faculty member: Sarah Lawrence College

Visual Arts and Arts Management

Valerie Beller ’87:
painter; professor: Art Institute of Chicago

Martha Fleischman ’75:
president: Kennedy Galleries, New York City

Miranda McClintic ’69:
art historian and critic specializing in 20th century art; former curator of exhibitions: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; author: Modernism and Abstraction (Watson-Guptill Publications), among others

Wesley Miller ’00:
sculptor; curator and producer: Art:21: Art in the Twenty-First Century (PBS)

Linda B. Shearer ’68:
past director: Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; interim director: The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Alec Soth ’92:
photographer: Minneapolis Institute of Arts; works exhibited: Whitney Biennial, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York City, among others; photojournalist: New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Newsweek; winner of Jerome Fellowship, McKnight Photography Fellowship, among others

Nancy Spector ’81:
curator: Guggenheim Museum, New York City

Peter Stevens ’77 artist, sculptor; executive director: estate of artist David Smith

Writing, Publishing, and Journalism

Brooks Adams ’75:
co-writer: Young Americans 2: New American Art at the Saatchi Gallery (Saatchi Gallery); critic; contributing editor: Art in America

Patricia Bosworth ’55:
biographer: Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift; her biography of photographer Diane Arbus has been made into a film, Fur, starring Nicole Kidman and Jane Alexander ’61

Shapiro-Barash '76
author of 13 nonfiction women's issues books including The Nine Phases of Marriage, Toxic Friends, and Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets

Denise Duhamel MFA ’87:
poet: Two and Two (Pitt Poetry Series) and Mille et un Sentiments (Firewheel Edition) among others; co-editor: Sweet Jesus (Small Press Distribution); winner: National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship (2001)

Jonathan Fast ’70:
novelist: The Jade Stalk (Penguin USA), Golden Fire: An Ancient Novel of India (Arbor House), among others

Jean Feiwel ’79:
senior vice president and publisher: Holtzbrinck Publishers; past editor-in-chief and publisher of Scholastic Books, responsible for launching the Harry Potter, I Spy, and Adventures of Captain Underpants books

Karl Taro Greenfeld ’88:
editor: TIME Asia; winner: Henry Crown Fellowship, Aspen Institute, 2004

A.M. Homes ’85
novelist: This Book Will Save Your Life (Viking Adult), The End of Alice (Scribner), The Mistress’s Daughter (Viking), among others; contributing editor: Vanity Fair, Mirabella, Bomb, and Blind Spot; winner: Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1988), among others

Kate Klimo ’72:
vice president and editor-in-chief: Random House Books for Young Readers

Joan Konner ’51:
dean and professor emerita: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; former producer: NBC News and WNET-New York’s Bill Moyers Journal; winner of 16 Emmy awards

David Lindsay-Abaire ’92:
playwright: Fuddy Meers, Rabbit Hole (winner, 2007 Pulitzer Prize), Kimberly Akimbo, among others; winner: the Kesselring Prize (2001), the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award (2002), among others

Catherine McKinley ’89:
memoirist: The Book of Sarahs (Counterpoint); editor: Afrekete: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Writing (Anchor Books/Doubleday); associate director: The Publishing Certificate Program, City University of New York; 1999 Fulbright Grant recipient, Ghana, West Africa

April Reynolds Mosolino ’97:
novelist: Knee Deep in Wonder (Metropolitan); winner: Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Award for work-in-progress, a PEN/ American Open Book: Beyond Margins Award (2004), among others

Esmeralda Santiago MFA ’92:
author, memoirist: When I Was Puerto Rican (Vintage), Almost a Woman (Vintage), The Turkish Lover (Da Capo), among others; co-editor: Las Mamis (Vintage), Las Christmas (Vintage); winner: the Alex Award from the American Library Association (1999), among others

Julie Shigekuni MFA ’90:
novelist: A Bridge Between Us (Doubleday), Invisible Gardens (St. Martin’s), among others; literary anthologies: On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast (Anchor Books/Doubleday), among others; editor: Blue Mesa Review; winner: Henfield Award and an American Japanese National Literary Award

Ingrid Sischy ’73:
international editor: European Vanity Fair; former editor-in-chief: Interview Magazine; contributing editor: Vanity Fair

Barbara Walters:
former co-anchor: ABC’s 20/20 and The Barbara Walters Specials; co-host/ co-executive producer: The View