meet the board

Frances Arricale

Frances Arricale is a government relations attorney based in the Washington, DC area. She was recently a Director for Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles advising on production tax incentives offered by jurisdictions in the U.S. and internationally.  Fran served as Start-Up Director of Global Cities, Inc. and managed overall daily operations and programming for the organization.  Previously, Fran was a Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company where she served as the Chief of Staff for New York Life International/Enterprises and led a government affairs portfolio. Fran also held the posts of First Executive Director of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission in Washington, D.C. and General Counsel for the NYC Commission to the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol in the Office of the Mayor.  Fran earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University.  She is admitted to practice law in New York, California, and the District of Columbia.

Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy has been Executive Director of UNICEF, (1995-2005), President and CEO of World Learning, Chair of the International Baccalaureate Board of Governors, and Chair the Global Partnership for Education. As an elected official, she served as President of the New York City Council (1977) and a member of the New York State Senate (1973-77).  In the private sector, she was a Managing Director at Bear Stearns, a principal at Morgan Stanley and an associate at Cravath, Swaine and Moore. From 1993 to 1995 she was the director of the Peace Corps, appointed by President Bill Clinton and the first person to have been both a Peace Corps Volunteer and director.


Jeanne Brooks-Gunn is the Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also co-directs the National Center for Children and Families, a center devoted to research, policy, and practice. Brooks-Gunn’s specialty is policy-oriented research focusing on family and community influences upon the development of children and youth. She also designs and evaluates interventions aimed at enhancing their lives. Jeanne has been the recipient of several honors, among them: the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Alumni Council Award, election into the National Academy of Education, election into the National Academy of Medicine; Distinguished Contributions to the Public Policy for Children Award from the Society for Research in Child Development; Margaret Mead Fellow Award by the American Academy of Political and Social Science; James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. Jeanne received her B.A in psychology at Connecticut College, an ED.M. in Human Learning and Development at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in human learning and development.

Ester R. Fuchs

Ester R. Fuchs is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science and Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005 as Special Advisor for Governance and Strategic Planning to the Mayor and as chair of the 2005 NYC Charter Revision Commission. Prof. Fuchs is also Director of, an online voter engagement initiative and a board member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute and Smart Cities Center, American University’s Metropolitan Policy Center, and a Senior Fellow of the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto. Prof. Fuchs is appointed to the Committee on Economic Inclusion of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and is a member of the boards of the Fund for the City of New York, the Citizens Union, and the Museum at Eldridge Street. Prof. Fuchs received a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY; an M.A. from Brown University; and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago.


Charlynn Goins is Chairman Emerita of the New York Community Trust, where she served as chairman from 2009 through 2014. She continues to serve on its board.  From 2008 through 2015, Charlynn served on the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae. From 2006 through 2012 she served on the Boards of Directors of AXA Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries, and currently on the Advisory Board of All Star Code.   She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association and the New York Women’s Forum. Charlynn began her career as a tax lawyer at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn, and left the practice of law to join Integrated Resources, Inc. and then Prudential Mutual Funds and Annuities. Upon her retirement from Prudential, Charlynn served for two and a half years as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency. From 2004 to 2008, Charlynn was Chairperson of the Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  She received a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. 

Thomas H. Golden

Thomas H. Golden is a Senior Attorney for Bloomberg, L.P. Before joining Bloomberg, Thomas was a partner with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, where he served on the Executive Committee. He authored the chapter on United States law in the International Libel & Privacy Handbook (Bloomberg Press 2009). Thomas is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and of New York Law School's Innovation Center Advisory Board. He holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.

William (Bill) Gray

William (Bill) Gray is the retired Vice Chairman and Co - CEO of Ogilvy North America. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group and a former Trustee of the Century Family of Funds of Mutual Funds, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, HealthMarkets Insurance Inc. and The New York Public Library. He is the prior Chairman of the Board of NY Red Cross. He also is an investor and advisor to a number of digital ventures primarily focused in the media area.


John B. King Jr. is President and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2016 to 2017 under President Barack Obama after serving as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education and innovation. From 2011 to 2015, he served as New York State Education Commissioner, the first African-American and Puerto Rican to do so. John began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher and then as a middle school principal. He holds a B.A. in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and an M.A. in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University

Robert Orr

Robert Orr serves as University of Maryland School of Public Policy dean, UN Under Secretary-General, and special advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Bob served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General from 2004 to 2014, and was the principal advisor to the Secretary-General on counter-terrorism, peace building, women’s and children’s health, sustainable energy, food and nutrition, institutional innovation, public-private partnership and climate change. Bob joined the UN from Harvard University where he served as the executive director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to this, he served as director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Bob has served in senior posts in the government of the U.S., including deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the UN and director of global affairs at the National Security Council. He holds a Ph.D. and M.P.A. in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.  He is fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

Fernando M. Reimers

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters’ Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. Recent books include Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century, Empowering Global Citizens, Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons.  Version 1.0, Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore, Empowering All Students at Scale, and One Student at a Time. Leading the Global Education Movement. In 2017, he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations.

Michael Rubenstein

Michael Rubenstein is President of AppNexus and a member of its Board of Directors, where he has been a chief architect of the company's growth from startup to global technology leader. In his role as President, he leads the global commercial, market development, marketing and communications functions and spearheads international expansion and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining AppNexus, Michael was a longstanding executive at DoubleClick, where he founded and served as General Manager of DoubleClick Ad Exchange, an instrumental component of the company's $3.2 billion sale to Google in 2007. Michael is on the Board of Directors of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and is a regular speaker at industry conferences including Cannes Lions, AdExchanger I/O and ExchangeWire, and at New York-area business forums and schools. Michael holds a BA from McGill University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Milbrey “Missie” Rennie Taylor

Milbrey “Missie” Rennie Taylor spent 30 years in television news, primarily at CBS as the executive producer of CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Weekend News.  She was Vice President of ThirdAge Media, an internet company partly owned by CBS, Inc. She is the recipient of eight Emmys and a George Foster Peabody Award. She is currently a strategic media consultant.  Missie serves on the boards of Vassar College, Teachers College, USTA Foundation, The Asian Cultural Council, Trustee Emerita of The Asia Foundation and on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The First National Bank of Long Island and previously served on the Board of The Breakthrough Collaborative. Missie was a recipient of the Luce Fellowship (worked in The Philippines) and a graduate of Miss Porter’s School where she served as Board Chair.

Marjorie B. Tiven

Marjorie B. Tiven is the founder of Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with cities worldwide to support global awareness among the next generation through cross-national interactive educational programs. From 2002 through 2013, she served as New York City Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, representing the City on issues with foreign governments and the United States government and Treasurer and Managing Director of New York City Global Partners, Inc. which handled outreach to cities worldwide. A graduate of Antioch College and Columbia University School of Social Work, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tony Travers

Tony Travers is Director of British Government @ LSE, a programme at the London School of Economics.  He is also a professor in the LSE’s Government Department and co-director of LSE London.  His key research interests include public finance, local/ regional government and London government.  He has recently been an advisor to the House of Commons Education Select Committee and also the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.  He has published a number of books on cities and government, including Failure in British Government, The Politics of the Poll Tax (with David Butler and Andrew Adonis), Paying for Health, Education and Housing: How does the Centre Pull the Purse Strings (with Howard Glennerster and John Hills) and The Politics of London: Governing the Ungovernable City.