Michael Bacon (Chairman)

Michael is currently the Senior Managing Director, Global Strategy and M&A at AIG. Prior to this role he was the Managing Director, Global Strategy and M&A at AIG and his work experience includes being the Vice President of the Financial Institutions and Investment Banking Group at Goldman Sachs. Michael is a graduate of the Yale School of Mangement and did his undergraduate work at Brown University.


Kalle served as the president of USA Fencing from 2008-2012. She is a teacher and curriculum supervisor and the co-owner of the Gramon Family of Schools in New Jersey, which serves students with autism and other behavioral disabilities. She received her doctorate from Harvard University.


Aaron Waxler
(Legal Counsel)

Aaron is the Vice President of IP Licensing for NXP Semiconductors.  He heads the IP monetization team and is responsible for the value-creation from the NXP patent portfolio.  Aaron has over fifteen years experience in IP.  His previous responsibilities include managing NXP’s patent creation activities, and senior IP associate positions with Time Warner Cable and Philips Electronics where he participated in all aspects of patent practice.  Aaron holds a degree with dual concentrations in Chemistry and English from Brandeis University and a JD from Pace University School of Law.  Aaron is registered to practice in NY, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the USPTO.


Chuck Rowland is the owner of Fit Avenue NY, a fitness service dedicated to improving the enactment of daily life activities of those in the general public, as well as the performance of elite athletes. Prior to initiating his own business, Chuck was a vice president at Citigroup where he held positions in International Human Resources and the Consumer Bank.


Jeff is a leading education consultant specializing in innovation and character development.  He has worked with Beyond Z, Blue Engine and Student Success Network on program strategy and is currently helping Achievement First charter schools design a next generation school model. Prior to consulting Jeff was a Managing Director of Design at Teach For America where he managed a team of designers who developed training on pedagogy, goal setting and student motivation for 5,000 teachers across the nation. Jeff attend the College of William and Mary, holds and MFA from the New School in Creative Writing for Children, and is certified to teach both secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies. 

Rosa Campa Hearne (Director)

As a Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch, Rosa concentrates on assisting high net worth individuals, small businesses, foundations, and retirees determine their goals and risk tolerance. Born in Havana, Cuba, but raised in Flushing, New York, she attended the LaGuarda High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. She studied at Harpur College at SUNY Binghampton, where she graduated in 1977 with a double major in History and Music. She recently concluded a three year term as the regional delegate on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to Senior Management. She serves on the Board of the Central Jersey Fencing Foundation, where she chairs the Volunteer Committee.

GABRIELLE Sabharwal (Director)