Dean's Council

Dean's Council Members

Rose Caiola

Broadway Producer and Executive Artistic Director, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

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Sharon Chang

Founder, Guild of Future Architects

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Margaret Crotty

Executive Director & CEO, Partnership with Children

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Jeffrey S. Gould

Founder & President, PortAble, Inc.; Member NYU Board of Trustees

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Frances Halsband

Founding Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects

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Joel Holsinger

Partner, Portfolio Manager & Co-Head of Alternative Credit, Ares Credit Group

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Brian Levine

Founding Partner and Practice Director, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine New York; NYU Emeritus Board Member

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Laurie Zephyrin

Vice President, Health System Equity, The Commonwealth Fund

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Rose Caiola
Broadway Producer and Executive Artistic Director, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

Rose Caiola is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (mmac), a state-of-the-art dance and movement classroom, studio and performance facility near Lincoln Center, and Manhattan Youth Ballet, one of the country’s premier classical ballet academies.

Rose conceived, co-wrote, and produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, based on Julianne Moore’s children’s book, which premiered at New World Stages and is currently being licensed worldwide by Music Theatre International. Rose is also a co-bookwriter and lead producer of Rock and Roll Man — The Alan Freed Story, which had its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in 2017 and is in development for Broadway and a national tour.

A five-time Tony Award® winning producer, Rose made her debut as a Broadway producer in 2011 with the historic revival of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz. Since then, partnering with her brother Luigi Caiola, Caiola Productions has won five Tony Awards® and two Drama Desk Awards – their award-winning productions include Once on this Island (Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical),  Dear Evan Hansen (winner of 6 Tony Awards® including Best Musical), The Color Purple (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best Musical Revival and Best Leading Actress), All The Way starring Bryan Cranston (winner of 2 Tony Awards® for Best Play and Best Leading Actor, Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf  (winner of 3 Tony Awards® for Best Revival of a Play, Best Director, and Best Leading Actor).

Current Broadway productions include Company, American Buffalo, and the Tony-nominated Jagged Little Pill.

Past Broadway productions include Pretty Woman the Musical, Lifespan of a Fact, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel, Fiddler on the Roof, An Act of God, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Sunday in the Park with George, Significant Other, Sylvia, On Your Feet, China Doll, and Spring Awakening, You Can’t Take It With You, The Elephant Man (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play), It’s Only A Play, An American in Paris, The Realistic Joneses, The Bridges of Madison County, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino, The Heiress, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, The Anarchist starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, and Godspell. Off-Broadway, Caiola Productions has been represented by Little Shop of Horrors, Daddy Long Legs, and Nevermorethe Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe. On tour, Caiola Productions has been a co-producer of Porgy & Bess, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, and others.

Rose was the executive producer of the award-winning 2012 documentary First Position, a property she is currently developing for the musical stage. She began her career as a dancer and actress and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


 

Sharon Chang
Founder, Guild of Future Architects

Sharon Chang is a future architect and the founder of the Guild of Future Architects. Her work focuses on reframing the relationship between capital, creativity, and impact through masterfully calibrated collaborations.

A philanthropist, entrepreneur and investor in transformational ideas and technologies, Sharon is also trained as an artist, designer, and architect. Early in her career, she developed creative and business expertise at the nexus of Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and Silicon Valley as an award-winning strategic mastermind. After nearly two decades exploring the most consequential intersections of these culture-making forces, she began to pioneer a powerful discipline – future architecture – that designs, translates and manifests the intangible to shape complex cross-sector collaboration. Since 2010, she has been remixing philanthropy, private equity and impact investment, social entrepreneurship, leadership development, design thinking and filmmaking into dynamic new configurations to challenge outdated systems.

As Sharon pursues her own journey toward mastery, her wide-ranging endeavors continue to design and test new systems that govern our everyday activities – the way we eat, shop, travel, learn, work, think, dream and create. From a film that inspires gender equality to a fashion brand that drives conscious consumption; a smart city operating system to a fair-trade apparel factory in West Africa, all her projects confront the status quo and help to make the world more beautiful for more people. By choice she remains an outsider to every industry and strives to be a native to all the communities that she works hard to cultivate.

Sharon lives in New York City and travels the world often. She makes spectacular martinis and loves snow-capped mountains and exotic ice cream.


 

Margaret Crotty
Executive Director & CEO, Partnership with Children

Margaret Crotty has served in executive leadership roles in both the not-for-profit and private sectors in the areas of education and public health. Prior to joining Partnership with Children, Margaret launched and ran Save the Children’s $2 billion initiative to reduce child mortality in the developing world.

Previously, she was the President and CEO of AFS-USA Intercultural Programs, formerly the American Field Service, which has provided intercultural exchanges for over 300,000 high school students since 1947. Margaret has also served as the executive director of a workforce development agency serving New York City and Washington, DC.

In the private sector, Margaret spent seven years at the global corporation EF Education, the world’s largest privately-held education company, living in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Paris, first as a member of the founding management team of EF’s online language education business, and later as President of EF’s higher education business. She has also lived in Indonesia on two occasions, working for McKinsey & Co. and for Save the Children.

Margaret graduated with honors from Princeton University in History and African American Studies. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master’s of Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University. She serves on several health and education boards, including those of Northwell Health, Lenox Hill Hospital, The Open Medical Institute, ACCESSHealth, the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and Third Street Music School. She is a member of the Seachange Capital Partners board, a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and the Program Leader for the Emerging Leaders Program, a management and leadership program for young leaders in the social sector.


 

Jeffrey S. Gould
Founder & President, PortAble, Inc.; Member NYU Board of Trustees

After obtaining his Juris Doctorate, Jeffrey S. Gould joined his family business, Gould Publications/GouldLaw, which was founded by his parents, Norman (1927-2018) and Jeanette Gould. This fully vertically manufacturing company provided our country’s law enforcement community with up-to-date laws and training materials. Jeffrey has also taught as an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Evidence and Criminal Law.

Gould has founded portablecontainers.net, a company upcycling unused shipping containers into housing, storage, and medical units. With his wife Lenore, they established the 3E Fund to support expression, education, and the environment.

Jeffrey serves on several philanthropic boards including the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and NYU Board of Trustees. With his family, he has established many College Academic Scholarships, in addition to the Gould Law Library, a Criminal Justice Library, NYU’s Welcome and Alumni Center and College Publishing & Programing Center. Gould is also an advisory member of the Stern Center for Sustainable Business.


 

Frances Halsband
Founding Partner, Kliment Halsband Architects

Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects. Her role as lead designer for many of the firm’s university projects and campus plans has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.

Frances is a consensus builder. Her varied roles as a designer, faculty member, and peer reviewer have provided a unique perspective on the many voices that shape planning and design today.

Frances was the first woman president of AIA New York and the Architectural League of New York. She is a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and has served as an Architectural Advisor to the US Department of State Office of Overseas Building Operations, and the Federal Reserve Bank.

She has served as dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, and has been visiting professor of design at Harvard, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Rice, U Virginia, U Maryland, and North Carolina State. Frances served as Architect Advisor to the Brown University Corporation, as an architectural review panel member for Harvard University, and architect advisor to Smith College. Her research papers on campus design have been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Places Journal.

In 2018, Frances initiated the successful movement to amend the American Institute of Architects Code of Ethics and Professional conduct to state that “members shall not engage in harassment or discrimination in their professional activities on the basis of race religion national origin, age, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.”

Frances received a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She was a recipient of the William Kinne Fellowship and a National Merit Scholarship. This June she received an Honorary Doctorate of Design from the New School of Architecture and Design. She is a registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.


 

Joel Holsinger
Partner, Portfolio Manager & Co-Head of Alternative Credit, Ares Credit Group

Mr. Holsinger is a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Alternative Credit in the Ares Credit Group. Mr. Holsinger serves as a member of the Ares Credit Group's Alternative Credit Executive Committee and Alternative Credit Investment Committee.

Prior to joining Ares in 2019, Mr. Holsinger was a Partner at Fortress Investment Group in the Credit Group, where he served on the Management Committee of Fortress and the Investment Committee for the Credit Funds. He also co-headed Illiquid Credit, which included leading the Direct Lending, Structured Equity, Net Lease, Structured Finance and Energy Groups at Fortress and focused on tactical and opportunistic direct investments across all asset classes, industries, and geographies.

Previously, Mr. Holsinger was a Founding Partner of Atalaya Capital Management, where he co-headed the investment committee. Additionally, Mr. Holsinger held prior positions within financial services at Navigant Consulting, American Commercial Capital (subsequently acquired by Wells Fargo) and Citigroup. He currently serves on a number of corporate boards and advisory groups. Mr. Holsinger is also active in a number of charities, with a particular focus on global health and education, which includes serving on the board of directors of PATH Global Health.

Mr. Holsinger holds a BA from California State Fullerton in Business Management and Administration, with an emphasis in Finance.


 

Brian Levine
Founding Partner and Practice Director, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine New York; NYU Emeritus Board Member

Brian A. Levine, MD, is the founding partner and practice director of CCRM New York. He is board-certified in both reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Levine attended New York University School of Medicine, completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center, and then completed his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Levine has over 50 publications and was awarded the highest prize by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine for his assisted reproductive technology (ART) video submission on three-dimensional sperm imaging techniques. He has also received multiple honors and teaching awards and continues to mentor students, residents, and fellows on both basic science and clinical research.

Dr. Levine is a member of the New York Surgical Society, the New York Medical Society, the New York Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

In addition to his clinical expertise and ongoing research, Dr. Levine is currently the technology editor of Contemporary OB/GYN magazine and has lectured nationwide on how physicians and laboratory personnel can adopt common technologies to improve clinical efficiency.

In 2017, Dr. Levine was honored with the Doctors of Distinction award in Westchester County, was also named a Rising Star by Super Doctors in 2017 and 2018, a New York Super Doctor in 2019, and a Castle and Connolly “Top Doctor” in 2019.


 

Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MPH, MBA
Vice President, Health System Equity, The Commonwealth Fund

Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MPH, MBA, is vice president for Advancing Health Equity at the Commonwealth Fund. Dr. Zephyrin has extensive experience leading the vision, design, and delivery of innovative health care models across national health systems. From 2009–2018, she was the first national director of the Reproductive Health Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs, spearheading the strategic vision and leading systems change through the implementation of evidence-based policies and programs to improve the health of women veterans nationwide. In 2016–2017, she served as acting assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Community Care, and later in 2017, as acting deputy under secretary for Health for Community Care.

While directing the VA’s Community Care program, a key component of VA’s high-performance network with an operating budget of over $13 billion, Dr. Zephyrin spearheaded efforts to implement legislation, develop internal governance structures, and address patient outcomes through systemwide optimization of care delivery. As part of the leadership team, she also represented VA before Congress and other internal and external stakeholders.

Dr. Zephyrin is a board-certified clinician. She is a clinical assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone School of Medicine (2013–present) and was previously an assistant professor at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (2007–2012). She earned her MD from the New York University School of Medicine, MBA and MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and BS in Biomedical Sciences from the City College of New York. She completed her residency training at Harvard’s Integrated Residency Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.