– International Board of Advisors –
Elie Wiesel, Honorary Chairperson
Nobel Laureate for Peace, 1986
Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2004
Dr. Paul Farmer, Founder, Partners In Health
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chair, Department of African & African American Studies, Harvard University
Kerry Kennedy, International Human Rights Activist and Author
Dr. Bernard Kouchner, Founder, Doctors Without Borders
Jonathan Kozol, Author & Child Advocate
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
– Charlotte Board of Advisors –
Mary Lou and James Babb, Civic Leaders
Robert Bertges, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
Clarice Cato Goodyear, Community Volunteer
The Honorable James Martin, Vice President for Research, Carolinas HealthCare System
Sally D. Robinson, Civic Leader
William Vandiver, Retired Executive, Bank of America
The Honorable Kurt Waldthausen, Honorary Consul, Federal Republic of Germany
The Honorable Melvin L.Watt, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency
Dr. James H. Woodward, Chancellor Emeritus, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
– Charlotte Board of Trustees –
Chair, Rajnish Bharadwaj
Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
Rajnish Bharadwaj joined The Echo Foundation Board of Trustees in January 2009. Mr. Bharadwaj is an Executive Vice President at Wells Fargo and serves as the Head of Cross-Border Governance. He moved to Charlotte in 2005 when he joined Wachovia. Prior to Wachovia, he was based in New York and was a Partner in the financial services practice of A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm. Mr. Bharadwaj has worked and lived in many countries – Canada, India, Mauritius, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the USA.
President, Stephanie Ansaldo
The Echo Foundation
As a non-profit president, family therapist, and community volunteer, Stephanie Goldberg Ansaldo has devoted her career to advancing humanity. Herself the product of a multi-cultural family, she finds richness in individual differences and embraces diversity. Based on her belief that understanding and mutual respect is the cornerstone of a successful society, Ansaldo cofounded The Echo Foundation with Nobel Laureate for Peace Elie Wiesel. As President, she works to promote personal responsibility for humankind. She designs innovative initiatives to address the urgent issues of our time while connecting students and community leaders alike with some of the world’s foremost humanitarians. In the context of this multifaceted programming, individuals come to understand their personal power for positive change. Ansaldo received her B.S. in Child Development from Virginian Polytechnic Institute and State University and her M.S. in Clinical Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has received The Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award; the UNC Charlotte Alumni Award; the inaugural Bob Barret Social Justice Award; The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian honor; The Charlotte Observer “Heroes of Democracy” Award; and recognition as a finalist for the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for her commitment to addressing issues of inhumanity, injustice and human suffering.
Vice Chair, Thomas Palmer
Retirement Practice Leader, Towers Watson
Thomas joined the Echo Foundation Board in 2015 after working with the Foundation in 2014. He moved to Charlotte in 1998 and has 25 years of service with Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company specializing in risk management and human resource consulting. Thomas graduated from Cornell University but does not miss upstate New York winters. His local and national charitable interests include but are not limited to: Arts for Life, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Children International, Council for Children’s Rights, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and Smile Train.
Treasurer, John Stedman
President, JBS Capital, LLC
John Stedman is president of JBS Capital, LLC, a real estate investment and venture capital firm. He is a Charlotte native and has a B.A. in Economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. His work experience includes 27 years in banking and starting The Scottish Bank in Charlotte, NC. He currently serves on Johnson C. Smith University’s Board of Trustees, UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, and the Vestry at Christ Episcopal Church. He has served as chairman of the Salvation Army Charlotte Advisory Board, chairman of the Western NC Leukemia Board, and member of the executive committee for the Mecklenburg Boy Scouts Council.
Secretary, Dr. Joan F. Lorden
Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Lorden is the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she provides leadership for seven colleges, research institutes, and a university-wide graduate school. She also currently serves as the principal investigator for an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, designed to increase the recruitment and retention of women faculty in science and engineering. She is a member of the Howard University Specialized Neuroscience Research Program Advisory Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Research Institute and the Institute for Social Capital. She is active in community organizations, serving on the boards of several local organizations, including the Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts and the Echo Foundation. She has served as a member of the Charlotte Advisory Board for the Knight Foundation. Dr. Lorden received a B.A. from the City College of New York and a Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University.
Chairman Emeritus, Ambassador Mark Erwin
President, Erwin Capital
Mark Erwin is the President of Erwin Capital, Inc., a family-owned investment company. During the Clinton Administration, he served in two positions. In 1997, President Clinton appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. From 1999-2001 he served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of the Seychelles and the Federal Islamic Republic of Comoros. Ambassador Erwin was an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of Winthrop University and has guest lectured at many schools and universities. He received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Winthrop University. In 2000 he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the Governor of North Carolina. Military service was provided to the United States Air Force. Currently he serves on the North Carolina Economic Development Board, the Board of Directors of NewDominion Bank, Chairman of The Avenir Foundation, the Board of Advisors of The African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University, the Board of Directors of Opportunity International, the Board Directors of the UNC Charlotte Foundation and the Lynnwood Foundation Board.
Partner, Poyner & Spruill, LLP
Frank Bryant is a partner in the law firm of Poyner Spruill. He is a Charlotte native and has a B.A. and a J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former member of a board of directors of Council For Children’s Rights, Johnston YMCA, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Seniors Centers, Greater Charlotte Sports of Hall of Fame, and is a current member of a board of directors of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and Babcock Graduate School of Management Family Business Center.
Managing Director, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton
With more than 25 years of Financial Services (FS) experience, Tom spent the majority of his career advising multi-national FS firms across their core Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance businesses in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Chamber, Leadership Charlotte, and the Harris YMCA Branch. Joseph has a B.S. in Business Administration & Economics from High Point University and an MBA from UNC Greensboro.
Director, Global Retirement Strategy, United Technologies Corporation
In his role as Director of Global Retirement Strategy for United Technologies Corporation, Mr. Levine has the opportunity to travel and interact with colleagues from many different backgrounds and cultures. Mr. Levine is a pension actuary by training and spent ten years in benefits consulting before joining Coltec Industries, which later merged with Goodrich and became United Technologies Corporation. He grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Virginia. Mr. Levine is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He also serves as a Citizen Trustee of the Charlotte Firefighters’ Retirement System.
Thomas D. Pollan
Senior Director, Client Principal for Hewlett-Packard Company, President of Pollan Enterprises
Mr. Pollan is a Senior Director, Client Principal for Hewlett-Packard Company. He has over 30 years of consulting experience in the Financial Services industry. He is an expert in large-scale, complex multi-national enterprise-wide change. In previous roles, Mr. Pollan served as a Senior Partner with Accenture. Mr. Pollan also founded and served as President of Pollan Enterprises, a multi-million dollar holding company for new start-up businesses and has been featured in local and national publications including CNN Money and Fortune Small Business. Mr. Pollan has been associated with The Echo Foundation for over 15 years and has served in various Board positions including Chairman.
Winston W. Way Jr.
Senior Portfolio Manager, Partner Emeritus, Queen Oaks Advisors
Winston is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received his undergraduate education from the University of Alabama, and subsequently did his graduate work at Michigan State University (MA and Ph.D. studies, History), and Vanderbilt University (MBA, Finance). Winston was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Vienna (Austria) and an NEH fellow for post-graduate study at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a former college history teacher. Winston’s professional career in investments began in 1982 when he started in sales and trading for Thomson McKinnon Securities. He subsequently worked for Memphis-based Morgan Keegan. In 1990, Winston started Charlotte-based Buckhorn Capital Management as a fee-only alternative for investment advice for individual investors and closely held businesses. After 23 years Winston merged Buckhorn with Queens Oak in 2013. Winston and his team now serve over 100 clients, centered mainly in six southeastern states.
Gail Brinn Wilkins, ASID
President, Gail Brinn Wilkins, Inc.
Gail Brinn Wilkins has been a professional ASID designer for more than 25 years. She attended the New York School of Interior Design and participated in the Parsons School of Design “Study in Paris” program, where she studied design at the Louvre, museum. Principal in her own business for the past 25 years, she has used that training to create uniquely personalized elegance for a burgeoning list of corporate and residential clients from New York to Washington State. Her professional credits include membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). She was voted Designer of the Year by the North and South Carolina Chapter of ASID as well as many other design awards in her field through the years. Her home and garden were selected for the 1972 and the 1988 Mint Museum Home and Garden Tour of fine houses. Her work has been published in many local and national publications; she also has written many articles on design.