Board of Advisors

Jason Aiken '94 Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

General Dynamics Corporation
Reston, VA

Jason W. Aiken became senior vice president and chief financial officer of General Dynamics in January 2014. He was appointed vice president of General Dynamics in March 2010.

Previously, Aiken was the chief financial officer and senior vice president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation since September 2011. He served as controller of General Dynamics from March 2010 to August 2011. He had also been staff vice president of accounting for General Dynamics. Aiken joined General Dynamics in June 2002 as director of consolidation accounting.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, Aiken was an audit manager with Arthur Andersen LLP in Washington, D.C. In his eight years with Andersen, Aiken provided audit and consulting services for a variety of defense contractors, including General Dynamics.

Aiken received a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, in 2009. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Aiken is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Kiersten Barnet '05 Executive Director

New York Jobs CEO Council
New York, NY

Kiersten Barnet is the Executive Director of the New York Jobs CEO Council, a nonprofit membership intermediary that leverages the power of the collective to scale workforce development solutions that benefit both jobseekers and business. Led by CEOs of large employers, the Council is committed to hiring 100,000 low-income and diverse New Yorkers into career-ladder jobs. In 2021, Council members hired 11,200 low-come New Yorkers and continues to bridge gaps between education and business to create new career pathways across industries.

Kiersten previously spent 15 years at Bloomberg, most recently leading Bloomberg’s Gender-Equality Index (GEI) and reporting framework. Kiersten and her team successfully influenced hundreds of the largest companies around the world to measure and report new social sustainability metrics and enhanced the investment community’s ability to direct capital in a way that aligns with clients’ values.

Skilled at publicly advancing a mission, Kiersten has spoken at global stages including Davos and the New Economy Forum and was the host of Bloomberg’s on-camera interview series “Invested in Equality”. She is the co-founder and former steering chair of the U.S. 30% Club, a group of influential CEOs including Warren Buffett and Larry Fink who are committed to diversifying U.S. boardrooms. She is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, a former strategy officer to the World Economic Forum and sits on the investment committee of Project Sunshine, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to bringing joy to pediatric patients. Kiersten currently serves on the board of directors at CareerWise New York and is a board member of the State Business Executives.

Michael Bearup ’85, P’20 Lead Partner Culture

Denver, CO

Mike is the Lead Partner for Culture for KPMG. For twelve and a half years, Mike was the Office Managing Partner for KPMG LLP's Denver offices, an office of approximately 1100 professionals. He has more than 37 years of experience providing audit and business advisory services to the technology, biotech, software, manufacturing, medical device, and venture capital industries.

Mike works with a number of Audit Committee members on corporate governance matters and has presented at KPMG's Audit Committee Institute roundtables. Mike has spent his entire career in the Colorado marketplace. He has significant experience with initial public offerings, ongoing periodic reporting for publicly traded companies, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has significant experience in international operations of U.S.-based services, manufacturing, and technology companies. Mike serves as the Account Executive on several accounts.

Mike also served on the KPMP LLP Board of Directors as Lead Director from 2019 through 2021. He works closely with Audit Committees on governance issues, as well as on other issues that are impacting the Audit Committee's agenda. He leads KPMG's Denver and Wyoming Audit Committee Peer Exchanges, as well as bi-annual Denver Audit Committee Institute roundtables.

Thomas "T." Blair '99 Managing Director

Bank of America
New York, NY

Thomas Blair is a Managing Director and Global Head of Commodity Sales & Structured Origination as well as Co-Head of Global Markets Investable Indices Distribution at Bank of America. Thomas is based in New York.

In his role as Global Head of Commodity Sales & Structured Origination, Thomas is responsible for delivering Commodity solutions to Institutional accounts including Pensions, Endowments, Asset Managers and Hedge Funds and as well as Corporate clients across the Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Transportation, Industrial and Renewable sectors. Thomas is a member of the Global Commodities leadership team as well as a Board Member of Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc.

In addition to his Commodity role, Thomas co-heads Global Markets Investable Indices Distribution, where he is responsible for delivery of quantitative investment strategies across asset classes to Institutional clients. Bank of America’s Investable Indices platform delivers cross-asset investment solutions to clients while leveraging underlying single asset class expertise.

Thomas joined Bank of America in 2011 and previously was Head of Commodity Sales for the Americas. Prior to joining Bank of America, Thomas held various positions in Sales and Trading at Barclays and Goldman Sachs.

Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and History from Washington and Lee University & a MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Thomas resides in Darien, CT with his wife, Tasha ’00 and their two sons, Lachlan & Sawyer.

Erika Snyder Hagberg '97 Global Client Lead, Global Business Org

Google, Inc.
New York, NY

Erika Hagberg is a Global Client Lead at Google, where she has spent the last 14 years, based in New York City. Her goal is to ensure that she brings her clients the best of Google so they can grow and transform their business while being more effective and efficient.

In this role, she leads a team that oversees the relationships globally with some of the largest CPG companies in the world. Erika came to Google from Time Inc. where she was the Director of Sales Development for Corporate Marketing. Prior to Time Inc., she spent 4 years at AOL as an Account Executive within New Business Development. She received a Journalism degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington VA.

She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Peder, and their 3 boys William (13), James (12) and Layton (7). Erika has a passion for mentoring young women in marketing and advertising, and she's on the Rumson Education Foundation Board in her hometown public school district. She's also passionately involved in mental health through her work with Fountain House and Shore House and believes each of us plays a role in living healthier lives, both mentally and physically.

Jeff Hamill ’81, P’13, ’17, ’20 Executive Vice President and Chief Media Officer

Hearst Magazines
New York, NY

Jeff Hamill is executive vice president and chief media officer of Hearst Magazines, one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines. He is responsible for advertising pricing strategy across the company’s portfolio including corporate contract and agency negotiations. Hearst Magazines publishes more than 300 editions and 240 websites around the world, with more than 25 titles in the U.S.

Hamill joined Hearst Magazines in 1983 as a part of Hearst’s industry leading publishing training program and has held senior advertising sales management positions at multiple Hearst titles including Redbook, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. From 2000 to 2019 he led Hearst Integrated Media, the corporate sales and marketing arm of Hearst Magazines. Additionally, he is a member of the MPA Ad Marketing Committee, the New York Advertising Club Media Action Committee, serves on the Board of the Magazine Publishers of America, and is a former board member of the New York chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Brook E. Hartzell '00 Operating Principal

Crosspoint Capital
San Francisco, CA

Brook is operating principle at Crosspoint Capital Partners and brings twenty-plus years of experience in the technology space leading cross-functional teams through transformation initiatives, venture investments, mergers and acquisitions, integrations, and global risk mitigation strategies. Brook most recently contributed to the growth of Workday, a leading cloud enterprise software provider, building and leading the acquisition integration practice. This follows seventeen years in the digital storage industry with Seagate where she built her operating capabilities in functional and corporate roles across North America and Asia Pacific. One constant in Brook’s career while working in various parts of the world has always been the chance to maintain connections with young professionals and serve as an active mentor.

Brook holds a B.S. in Business Administration & Accounting from Washington & Lee University where she was a four-time All-American in tennis and received her multi-discipline master's in management, economics, and international relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Brook resides in the Bay Area with her husband Tad and they are active supporters of the Bay Area arts community.

Morgan Hill '07 Partner

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Ms. Hill is an Atlanta-native and 2007 graduate of Washington & Lee University. After graduating from Washington and Lee, she completed her JD at Harvard Law School (2010) and obtained an MA in Italian from Middlebury College's school in Florence, Italy (2011). Ms. Hill worked in New York for two years as a capital markets associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton before moving to London to join Shearman & Sterling. After almost four years at Shearman, Ms. Hill was recruited to join Kirkland & Ellis where she was promoted to Partner in October 2019.

John Hudson ’87, P’19 Co-Founder & General Partner

Confluence Healthcare Partners
Charlotte, NC

John Hudson is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Confluence Healthcare Partners. John has 30+ years of investment banking experience advising senior management teams and the board of directors. At Wells Fargo Securities, John served as a Vice Chair, Head of Investment Banking Coverage, and Head of Healthcare, Consumer, and Gaming Investment Banking.

Before joining Wells Fargo, John worked in the Healthcare Investment Banking group at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) and Kidder, Peabody in New York. John earned a B.S. from Washington & Lee University and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Jack Huffard ’90 Co-founder/Board of Directors

Tenable Holdings, Inc.
McLean, VA

Jack is an accomplished start-up and growth software executive with more than 20 years of global go-to-market, operational and strategic planning experience. Jack is the co-founder of Tenable, Inc (NASDAQ: TENB) and also serves on Tenable's Board of Directors. Jack has the rare operating perspective of taking a company from founding through IPO and beyond as a public company. Before co-founding Tenable in 2002, Jack was the Director of Corporate Development for Enterasys Networks. Prior to Enterasys, Jack held various management and sales positions at John Hancock and Marriott Corporation. He received the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for defense and security.

Jack has a BS from W&L ‘90 and a MBA from Babson College ‘00. In addition to Tenable, he currently serves on Norfolk Southern Railroad’s (NYSE: NSC) and Immersive Labs’ corporate boards as well as the advisory boards for the Williams School for W&L and National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Jack was appointed by the White House as a member of NSTAC (National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee) in 2020, an advisory committee that provides advice to the President on our Nation’s critical national security and emergency preparedness. He also is a member of the Goldman Sachs Software Council.

Jack and his wife, Katie, have three sons, Jack, Sam, and Brown and live in McLean, VA.

Karly Iacono '02 Senior Vice President

CBRE Capital Markets, Investment Properties Group
Saddle Brook, NJ

Karly Iacono is a Senior Vice President in CBRE's Capital Markets, Investment Properties Group. Karly provides clients with national advisory services on property acquisitions and dispositions, corporate sale-leasebacks, and development, with notable expertise in retail and single tenant net lease investments.

She has received a myriad of industry awards and acknowledgements, including being named a Globe St. Woman of Influence, Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal's Top Executives in CRE, and the Marcus & Millichap National Achievement Award. Karly is also the host of the widely followed commercial real estate video podcast CRE Fast Five, which offers investor education and interviews with some of the top voices in the commercial real estate industry.

Karly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington and Lee University with a BS in Business Administration. She is an avid outdoor adventurer and lives in Northern NJ with her two daughters.

Jennifer Kennedy '96 Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
San Francisco, CA

Jennifer Kennedy is an asset management partner focused primarily on the private equity sector. In serving her clients, Jennifer brings a wide range of experiences from her 16 years in PwC's Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) Office. While in WNTS, she had the opportunity to consult with a number of the firm's largest asset management clients as one of the firm's specialists in accounting method issues. These strong relationships and experiences allow Jennifer to provide valuable insights, benchmarks, and best practices to each of her clients.

Prior to joining the Washington office, Ms. Kennedy worked in the legacy Price Waterhouse L.L.P. Atlanta office, where she provided tax consulting and compliance services to a broad range of clients.

Jennifer serves as a member of PwC's U.S. Board of Partners and Principals. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors at the Marriott School of Accountancy - Brigham Young University as well as the treasurer of the Orinda Network for Education.

Ms. Kennedy was previously the chair of the Accounting Periods and Methods Technical Resource Panel of the AICPA and is a co-author of 572 T.M., Accounting Methods - Adoption and Changes.

Ms. Kennedy earned a B.S. in Accounting from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and a MS in Taxation from American University in Washington, D.C. She is a CPA licensed in Georgia, California, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. and is a member of the California Society of CPAs.

Femi Kusimo '08 Global Markets Trading Chief of Staff | Global Platform Execution Services & Product COO

Bank of New York Mellon
New York, NY

Olufemi "Femi" Kusimo is the Global Markets Trading Chief of Staff and Global Platform Execution Services & Product COO at Bank of New York Mellon. In this role, he is responsible for budgeting, strategy and advising the global management team on special projects. He joined Bank of New York Mellon in 2020, serving as the Global Head of FX Transition Management and Onboarding, managing teams across offices in the US, UK, and India.

Prior to joining Bank of New York Mellon, Femi worked at Goldman Sachs for 12 years in the Global Markets Division in a variety of Operations roles on teams in Salt Lake City, Bengaluru and New York. At Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for managing the client onboarding space and liaised with senior internal stakeholders, external clients, and regulators. He also assisted with diversity and inclusion, recruiting and mentoring across the firm.

Femi is a proud West Virginia native and attended Washington and Lee University on the prestigious Heinz Scholarship, where he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Since 2017, he has served on the Board of Trustees for the Sugar Hill Children's Museum in Harlem, NY and sits on the Finance Committee. He currently lives in Jersey City, NJ with his wife, Alisa, and son, Elijah.

Caroline Boone Mitchell ’89, P’23 ’25 Senior Vice President

Truist Financial
Houston, TX

Caroline Mitchell is a client advisor with SunTrust Private Wealth Management. She offers clients more than 25 years of comprehensive wealth management experience, with a team approach that brings together specialists in investments, financial planning, credit and estate strategies.

Caroline is a native of Houston, Texas and is a graduate of the Kinkaid School and Washington & Lee University. Caroline serves on the board of The Women's Home, the Williams School Board of Advisors at Washington and Lee University and is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Houston. Caroline and her husband, John, have three children and are active members of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church.

Kelly Sewell Nagel ’00 Head of Residential

Washington, D.C.

Kelly has over fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, development, and operations. She most recently led the multifamily platform for a vertically integrated real estate private equity fund manager where she had portfolio responsibility for acquisitions, dispositions, financings, ground-up developments, redevelopment and asset and property management in multiple markets. Kelly has developed and managed multifamily and mixed-use projects and served as a portfolio manager for several national REITs. Prior to commercial real estate, she served as a program manager with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Kelly is passionate about parity, promoting diverse and underrepresented voices, clear communication, and loves to build high-performing teams. She is a global governing trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where she is also the immediate past chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. Kelly holds an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, and a BS in Business Administration & Accounting from Washington & Lee University. She lives in McLean VA with her three children.

Tolulope "Tolu" Olubunmi '02 Chief Executive Officer

Lions Write
Washington, DC

Tolu Olubunmi is a Nigerian-born, American-raised chemical engineer turned political strategist and social entrepreneur. She began her career helping to build the largest immigrant youth movement in US history. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on education, migration, economic inclusion, sustainability, and climate change.

Tolu is the founder and CEO of the social impact venture, Lions Write. In 2018, she was tapped by the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a special appointment to the United Nations in New York. She ran the United Nations’ award-winning global climate action campaign, ActNow.

Tolu sits on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League, Board of Directors of USA for IOM (UN Migration Agency), served on the World Economic Forum's Migration Council, co-founded Immigrant Heritage Month, and has helped draft and implement U.S. immigration policies. She is a skilled public speaker, connector, and respected social impact innovator who has worked closely with leaders in government, the private sector, and civil society to shift culture, influence public policy and build strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships.

In 2015, the World Economic Forum named her one of 15 Women Changing the World and an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur. She was also honored by the Anti-Defamation League for her work on behalf of migrants and refugees. Her inspiring personal story and work have been profiled by several media outlets, including BBC, MSNBC, TIME, US News and World Report, CBS and others.

Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.

Rebecca Russell '08 Partner

Bain & Company
Atlanta, GA

Rebecca Russell is a Partner in Bain & Company’s Atlanta office. She is a leader of Bain’s Consumer Products and Organization practices with a deep focus on large scale transformations.

During her time at Bain, Rebecca has worked with senior management teams at large, multi-national clients to help them tackle topics such as operating model, growth strategy, M&A, organizational effectiveness, behavior change and other transformational topics.

Rebecca graduated from Wharton Business School where she was a Palmer Scholar and she also received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Washington and Lee University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Jamie and two children Henry and Olivia.

Katie Harris Storer '10 Managing Director

New York, NY

Katie Storer is an investor at Blackstone focused on consumer Growth Equity investments. She joined Blackstone in 2020 and has been part of Blackstone’s investments in Spanx, Supergoop! and Walker Edison and is a member of the Board of Directors at Spanx and Walker Edison.

Prior to joining Blackstone’s Growth Equity team, Katie spent four years at The Carlyle Group focused on Consumer, Media & Retail investments as part of the U.S. Buyout Fund. Previously, Katie worked at Wellspring Capital Management, a middle-market private equity firm in New York, and at Deutsche Bank in the Investment Banking division.

Katie received an M.B.A from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in business administration from Washington & Lee University. Katie resides in New York with her husband Peter and son Henry.

Tom Tagle '93 Parter, Western Region Leader, Government Contracts

McLean, VA/San Jose, CA

Tom Tagle joined BDO USA in April 2023 as a Partner in the Government Contracts practice with a focus on growing the Western Region. He has over 30 years of experience working with US federal government contractors across a variety of industries, including aerospace, construction, shipbuilding, contingency operations, information technology, engineering, healthcare, and professional services.

Often working for legal counsel, he leads investigations into allegations of accounting irregularities regarding cost allowability, cost allocability, and regulatory compliance under the Federal Acquisition Regulation, Cost Accounting Standards, and Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act (formerly known as Truth in Negotiations Act “TINA”).

Previously, Tagle was a Partner with Baker Tilly, Director with Navigant Consulting, and served the first nine years of his career at Arthur Andersen LLP.

Tagle graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Tagle applied his cost accounting knowledge to teach Undergraduate Accounting 330, “Cost Accounting,” at W&L during Winter Term 2018. He is a certified public accountant and resides with his wife in Palo Alto, CA.

Stephen Welker ’05 Partner

Sherborne Investors Management LP
New York, NY

Stephen is a Partner in and Director of Research of Sherborne Investors, responsible for leading the firm's research function, including identifying investments, establishing the turnaround thesis and participating in the investment's management. He has previously been a non-executive director of TGI Fridays and Electra Private Equity PLC, and was an advisor to F&C Asset Management plc and a Trustee of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Prior to joining Sherborne Investors, Stephen worked at Morgan Stanley on both real estate investment banking and principal investment transactions. He earned a B.S. in accounting from Washington and Lee University.