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Barnard College Adds Six New Members To The Board Of Trustees

Bold. Beautiful. Broke. Barnard. President Beilock and the Board of Trustees recently announced the appointment of new members to the college’s Board of Trustees, including a founder of Time’s Up and a supermodel-programmer.

Earlier today, Barnard College announced six new people to join the Barnard College Board of Trustees. Each one of these new members will serve four-year terms. The new trustees are Nina Shaw, Karen Goldberg, David J. “Doc” O’Connor, Dipak Tanna, Amy Veltman, and Karlie Kloss.

Nina Shaw is a Barnard College alumnae of the Class of 1976 and alumnae of the Columbia University Law School Class of 1979. Shaw is a partner and co-founder of the law firm Del Shaw Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano in Los Angeles, and a founder of the organization Time’s Up, which was created in early 2018 to fight against sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and workplaces across the nation.

Karen Goldberg is a Barnard College alumna of the Class of 1983, as well as the parent of a Barnard student from the Class of 2022. Goldberg is a Vagelos Professor of Energy Research, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her research focuses on developing new catalytic systems to create new sustainable forms of fuel and chemicals using raw materials and feedstock. In 2018, Goldberg was elected to the Academy of Natural Sciences and remains a major figure in her field.

David J. “Doc” O’Connor is a parent of a Barnard student in the Class of 2022 and works as a managing partner and co-founder of Arctos Sports Partners LP. O’Connor previously worked as the CEO of the Madison Square Garden Company, which owned and ran numerous New York City entertainment properties including Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, and Radio City Music Hall.

Dipak Tanna is a parent of a Barnard College student in the Class of 2023 and is the owner of Tanna Agro Impex (TAIPL), which is a limited manufacturer and agricultural product exporter in Mumbai. Tanna is also the Managing Director of Tanna Home Life Pvt. Ltd., which is a real estate and development business also in Mumbai. She also heads the Tanna family’s foundation that works to build and support schools in rural India and support women undergoing economic hardships.

Amy Veltman is an alumna of the Barnard College Class of 1989 and the current President of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College. Veltman works as a comedian who has performed across the country and was the first-place winner of the Laughing Matters Comedy Competition. Veltman is also the producer and co-host of the podcast 2 Moms on the Couch which discusses her and her co-host Dr. Dana Dorfman lives as GenX-ers, parents, and women.

Karlie Kloss is an American supermodel, 43-time Vogue Covergirl, philanthropist, and coder. Kloss founded the organization Kode with Klossy, which is a non-profit founded in 2015 focused on expanding education, opportunities, and coding accessibility for young women. The organization hosts free two-week summer camps where girls aged 13-18 learn to code and program in HTML, Javascript, and Swift. Kloss was recognized on the Time 100 list for her dedication to Kode with Klossy and the education of young women. Kloss previously visited the Barnard College campus in November of 2019 to tour the college’s Computer Science facilities and discuss the future of women in STEM.

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Karlie Kloss herself via Wikimedia

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous A supermodel? Are you kidding me? Who’s next Kim Kardashian?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous This is a sexist comment, implying that all supermodels are dumb, good-looking women? As for the comparison, Kim Kardashian is not a supermodel. She’s a celebrity.

      Ms. Kloss is committed to Barnard’s mission, and she has the capacity to make large gifts. In addition, she’s a young woman, a big plus for a philanthropic board. Perhaps “anonymous” needs to research Ms. Kloss’s philanthropic goals as well as how board searches are conducted before making a frivolous judgement.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Can you give an example of a “bad looking” supermodel?

  • Jiwoo Ko says:

    @Jiwoo Ko Great to see these admirable and successful people joining the board!!

  • Nancy says:

    @Nancy Good additions all, with a range of backgrounds and experiences (and a classmate from ’83!).

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