2010-11 New Trustee Bios
Danielle S. Bart '04, of Somerville, Massachusetts, worked most recently in the spaces of international philanthropy, development, and social entrepreneurship, managing the research and internship program of a foundation in Santa Barbara, California. This fall she will begin studies at Harvard Law School. Her aim is to be involved in global governance, policy reform and development, themes she previously explored as a member of the inaugural class of UC Santa Barbara's MA program in Global and International Studies. While at Carleton, Danielle was involved in a number of activities, including IM sports, the Carleton Choir and Singers, and the Knightingales. She also worked as a Resident Assistant, a Senior Admissions Fellow, and (of course) at the Burton Dining Hall. She is from Trinidad & Tobago.
John F. Harris '85, of Alexandria, Virginia, is currently the editor in chief and a cofounder of POLITICO, a publication specializing in national politics and the workings of the federal government.Since its launch in January 2007, POLITICO has become one of the country’s most-trafficked news sites and has drawn widespread attention nationally and internationally for its efforts to create a new editorial and business model to sustain robust journalism in an era of radical change for the media industry.
Harris, a native of Rochester, N.Y., graduated from Carleton College in 1985 with a major in American History. John began his newspaper career in 1985 as a summer intern at the Washington Post. The summer ended with a job offer, and Harris spent the next 21 years at the paper in a succession of beats that began in Virginia politics.; He covered the term of Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor; spent time covering the military; and six years, starting in 1995, covering the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Harris’s last position at the Post was national politics editor. He is also the author of “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House,” (2005) a history of the 42nd president which was a New York Times bestseller and a Times notable book of the year. He also co-authored a book on modern politics, “The Way to Win,” which he wrote with Mark Halperin.
Harris was also recently listed in the Telegraph’s list of most influential Washington journalists and GQ’s list of the most influential people in Washington. He is a frequent guest on such shows as CBS’s “Face the Nation,” PBS’s “Washington Week” and “Charlie Rose Show,” and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” In addition, he is a board member of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the American Society of News Editors.
Pamela Kiecker Royall '80, of Richmond, Virginia,graduated from Carleton in 1980 with a B.A. in Religion. She continued her education by earning an M.B.A. from Minnesota State University–Mankato, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Colorado–Boulder.
Pamela has 25 years’ experience in higher education as a professor, researcher, and marketing strategist. Her faculty and administrative appointments have included business and health-care management positions at both private and public institutions. She has published more than 75 articles in academic and trade journals and has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education, and the World Bank, among others. She has participated in academic programs and consulting projects in Scandinavia, Eastern and Western Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, India, Malaysia, China, Central Asia, and Australia. Pamela is Head of Research at Royall & Company, a direct marketing agency working exclusively with colleges and universities on student recruitment and enrollment programs. (Her husband, Bill Royall, is founder and Chairman of Royall & Company.)
Arthur D. Kowaloff '68, of New York, graduated from Carleton College in 1968 and from Yale Law School in 1971. From 1971 until 1991, he practiced corporate and securities law at the New York law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he became a senior partner and member of the Executive Committee. He joined Patricof Capital Corporation in 1991 and helped to establish that business as an international investment bank dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs and their companies. In 1998, Mr. Kowaloff and his partners sold Patricof Capital to the Bank of New York and until 2003 was a senior managing director of BNY Capital Markets. Since that time and currently, he has been a public company director, board member of Orange Regional Medical Center (a hospital located in Orange County, New York), and President of the PBP Foundation of New York.
Steven G. Poskanzer, was named Carleton’s 11th president on April 23, 2010, and assumed his new post on August 2, 2010.
Formerly the president at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, Steve is a 1980 cum laude graduate of Princeton University, and he earned a J.D. degree from Harvard University in 1983. He served for the past 12 years in the SUNY system, the New York state system of higher education that encompasses 64 campuses. He held associate and senior associate provost positions in the main SUNY office, the final two years as head of the office of academic affairs. He became vice provost for academic affairs in 2000 before moving to the SUNY–New Paltz campus in October 2001 as that institution’s president, serving first on an interim basis until being named permanently to the position in 2003.
Prior to SUNY, Steve served for four years as the executive assistant to the president at the University of Chicago, and before that, as associate general counsel at the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve’s time at SUNY–New Paltz was marked by a visible transformation, as the institution doubled the number of students that come from the highest selectivity category, retention rates increased dramatically, as did the number of full-time faculty members. In 2008 Newsweek magazine named SUNY-New Paltz as the “Hottest Small State School” in America.
Margaret C. Simms '67, H'10, of Washington, D.C., is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Low Income Working Families project. Prior to joining the Urban Institute in July 2007, she was a Vice President at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. Dr. Simms has held academic appointments at Atlanta University and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has edited many books and monographs on black economic well-being, and has written extensively on issues of employment and training, education, income and poverty, and minority business development. Dr. Simms served as editor of the Review of Black Political Economy from 1983 to 1988. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recently served on the National Research Council Committee on the Fiscal Future of the United States. In 2008, the National Economic Association presented her with the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award for her contributions to scholarship, institutional leadership, and service. Carleton College awarded her an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2010. She received her PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
David B. Smith, Jr. '88, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, is the General Counsel of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that provides education to and advocates on behalf of the independent directors of mutual funds. Prior to joining the Forum, Dave spent ten years on the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission in a variety of positions, was an associate at the law firm Shea & Gardner and clerked for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Dave serves as a director of Illinois Tool Works, Inc. and of the Northern Trust Corporation. He is also President of the Board of Trustees of the Green Acres School, a private K-8 school in Rockville, Maryland dedicated to progressive education.
Dave graduated from Carleton in 1988 with a degree in philosophy, and also received an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
R. Kirk Weidner '85, from Shorewood, Minnesota, is a 1985 Carleton graduate in Economics. He is Vice President and Corporate Account Leader responsible for building the relationship between Cargill and The Coca-Cola Company and System on a global basis.
Kirk joined Cargill in 1985 as a commodity trader in Memphis, TN. He has held various roles in sweetener sales and management including Product Manager and Regional Sales Manager. In 1991, he helped to launch Cargill’s entry into the Worldwide Acidulants business. In 1995, he was named General Manager of the Cargill Foods distribution business in Medley, FL serving the cruise industry. In 1997, Kirk received the Broken Silo Award for leading cross-business collaboration in the company. He joined the leadership team of the Corn Milling Business Unit in Minneapolis in 1998. In 2000, Kirk was selected as one of Cargill’s first Global Corporate Account Leaders. He also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of TPT – Twin Cities Public Television.
Brooks H. Wallin '78, P '12, of Paris, France, is President and owner of Organic Stories SAS, a Paris-based manufacturer and marketer of premium organic food products. With its two French manufacturing facilities, Organic Stories produces own-brand and private label organic breakfast cereals and organic canned food and preserves, mainly for the French market, but also for numerous other European and Asian markets.
After completing his BA at Carleton where he majored in Geology, Brooks went on to receive an M.S. degree from the University of Hawaii in Marine Geology and Geophysics in 1982. He began his career in 1982 as a petroleum geophysicist in Houston working for Conoco on offshore Gulf of Mexico fields and prospects. In 1986, Brooks went on to attend the M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School after which he relocated to Paris, France.
In Paris, he first worked as a banker from specializing in energy project finance for Crédit National SA, and then in 1994 joined TOTAL SA, the French oil company, as Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development departments from 1994 to 1999. In 1999, Brooks become the chief financial officer of a start-up food company named “La Vie” in Paris, and in 2003 Brooks founded the Organic Stories Group.