Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Laurene Sperling, Chair
President, Sperling Family Charitable Foundation

Mrs. Sperling is the Chair of BELL's Board of Directors.  She is an accomplished philanthropist with a background in corporate finance and investment banking. Former Vice President at Cowen & Company, Mrs. Sperling lends her expertise to universities, independent schools, and public schools.  She also serves on BELL’s Development, Program & Strategy and Governance Committees.


Paula Arrojo
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ms. Arrojo is a private wealth advisor and leads Goldman Sachs' New York Private Wealth Management team. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and was named managing director in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Paula worked at Chase Manhattan Bank for eight years. Paula earned a BA in Comparative Area Studies, Political Science and Spanish from Duke University in 1992 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Ms. Arrojo serves on BELL's Governance Committee.  She and her husband have two children and live in New York. 


Michael Bell
Chairman & CEO, inVentiv Health

Michael brings to BELL's governing board three decades of business management and operational expertise in leading global services companies. Prior to his role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bell held the position of inVentiv’s Chief Operating Officer. His focus on operational excellence, strategic innovation, and cultivating talent is well regarded in the industry. Prior to joining inVentiv Health, Bell served as Senior Executive Vice President of John Hancock Financial Services. He also co-founded and helped lead the Monitor Group, where he partnered with companies across the healthcare delivery continuum.

Bell earned his bachelor's from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.  He serves as the Chairman Emeritus of Brigham and Women's Hospital, and previously served as a trustee and Chair of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. He also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College.


Chris Bulger
Managing Partner, Bulger Partners

As the managing partner of Bulger Partners, Mr. Bulger provides investment banking and strategy consulting to innovative, technology-focused enterprises.  He has been involved in over 100 transactions around the globe for clients such as IBM, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Knight Securities, Infosys and e*Trade. Mr. Bulger has also worked as a venture capitalist, management consultant and systems engineer. He holds a BS in Engineering from Boston University and an MBA from Yale University. He serves on the Development Committee.


Gene Guill

Managing Partner, GPS Risk Management Advisors, LLC 

As managing partner of GPS Risk Management Advisors, Mr. Guill provides risk management consulting services to financial institutions.  He is retired from Deutsche Bank, where he served as a Managing Director in the firm's Corporate Banking & Securities Division. He is also founder and past chairman of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers, and a past president of the New York Chapter of the Risk Management Association. He holds a BA from Davidson College and a PhD in economics from Duke University.  He chairs BELL's Development Committee and serves on the Finance and Governance Committees. 


John J-H Kim
Founder & Chair, District Management Council

Mr. Kim has extensive background in education, business, and management.  As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kim is responsible for bringing the best management and leadership practices to its network of public school district leaders and administrators around the country. He works closely with superintendents to plan, analyze, and build system-wide efforts that lead to higher student achievement while improving operations and lowering costs.

In addition to his responsibilities at DMC, Mr. Kim is on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where he is part of the Social Enterprise Initiative. He is the co-chair and core faculty member of PELP (Public Education Leadership Project), a joint project between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School.  Mr. Kim serves on the Program & Strategy Committee.


George Neble

George Neble
Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

Mr. Neble serves as the Office Managing Partner of the Boston Ernst & Young office, as well as the EY Market Segment Leader for New England. He leads the New England EY offices in providing assurance, tax, transactional and advisory services to some of the area's largest public companies as well as to a diverse client base of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations. He also serves as a Partner in the Assurance Services practice. Overall he has more than 35 years of extensive experience working with companies on their financing, acquisition plans and involvement with numerous IPOs, secondary financing plans and multiple M&A transactions. His expertise is focused in technology and companies that provide financial process automation, networking hardware, semiconductor manufacturing services and equipment, educational technology, integrated data collection and data management.


Paul Reville
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mr. Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He has been a member of the HGSE faculty since 1997 and has served as director of the Education Policy and Management Program. He is the founding director of HGSE's Education Redesign Lab. He recently completed nearly five years of service as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As former Governor Deval Patrick's top education adviser, Reville established a new Executive Office of Education and had oversight of higher education, K-12, and early education in the nation's leading student achievement state. He served as a teacher and principal of two urban, alternative high schools. He holds a BA from Colorado College, an MA from Stanford University and five honorary doctorate degrees.


Laura Samberg
Executive Director, Samberg Family Foundation

Ms. Samberg has devoted her last 20 years working on education and children's health. At her family's foundation, she has focused its grantmaking on education and youth development, health, and Jewish issues. Prior, she conducted and managed research and policy work on education and children's health and issues in the corporate and non-profit sectors, at the Institute of Educational Leadership, R.O.W. Sciences, and the American Council on Education. She also on the boards of College Summit, Harlem Children's Zone, the Jewish Outreach Institute, and Project HEALTH. She has a BA in History from Cornell University and a MA in Education from Stanford University. Ms. Samberg serves on BELL's Program & Strategy Committee.  She lives in northern Virginia with her husband and two children.


Garrett Smith
Assistant Chancellor, UMass Boston

Mr. Smith brings to BELL a combination of experience in management and education. Before joining UMass Boston, he served as as a managing director at the District Management Council (DMC), where he worked closely with district leadership teams to implement best practices and drive continuous improvement. Prior to joining DMC, he worked at Bain & Company across a wide variety of industries and practice areas, including marketing & growth strategy, strategic planning, and change management. He also worked in policy development at the US Department of Education, as a project manager at Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a consultant to the National Math and Science Initiative. He received a BA in Math and Economics from Williams College and and MBA and MPA from Harvard University. Mr. Smith chairs BELL's Program & Strategy Committee.


David Zilberman

David Zilberman
Comcast Ventures

Mr. Zilberman has spent his career within the investment sector in various capacities but his expertise appears to lie with the technology sector. At Comcast Ventures (joined in 2006) he focuses on identifying, executing and managing new investments while supporting existing portfolio companies that focus on enterprise technologies and digital media. In addition to his experience working with various investments and venture capital, he is very knowledgeable about consumer enterprise and the larger trends within enterprise IT (the trend of larger companies adopting these technologies, the sectors move towards making these technologies more mobile-friendly, etc.) Dave holds a B.S. in Management with a concentration in Finance from Binghamton University.


Board Emeritus

Nicholas Bogard
President, J. Nicholas Arthur

President of J. Nicholas Arthur, one of the nation's leading executive search firms, Mr. Bogard contributes a wealth of business experience to BELL.  He leads major searches for executives within BELL, chairs BELL's Audit Committee and serves on the Development Committee.


Marjorie Fink
Scripps Research Institute Board of Directors

Marjorie Fink is originally from New York City, and currently splits her time between New York City and Palm Beach. Her late husband, Rodney Fink, passed away in late 2001 from non-smokers lung cancer, which inspired her very active philanthropic and board leadership with the Scripps Research Institute. She holds an English degree from the University of Wisconsin and has a merchandising background. Marjorie brings valuable experience in the philanthropic world to BELL’s work.


Kathleen Kelley
Queen Anne's Gate Capital Management, LLC

Ms. Kelley is an experienced hedge fund manager and economist.  She serves on the board of the Bedford-Stuyvesant “I Have a Dream” Program and the Iris House, a center for women and children.  She holds a BA in mathematics from Smith College and a general course diploma from the London School of Economics.


Deb Knez
Trustee, Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation

A trustee of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, Ms. Knez is an engaged philanthropist with considerable experience in non-profit development. She is an overseer of the Boston Children’s Museum, a board member of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and works closely with the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Ms. Knez served on BELL's Development and Program Committees.


Donald Manekin
Co-Founder & Senior Vice President, Seawall Development Company

Mr. Manekin is a driving force in community-focused real estate development.  He currently sits as regional president and national board member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties and works with civic organizations including Teach for America and the Open Society Institute. Former chief operating officer of Baltimore City Schools, Mr. Manekin served on BELL's Strategy Committee.


Doug Miller

Mr. Miller joined BELL's board shortly after he retired from his previous role as Executive Vice President and manager of State Street's Global Relationship Management Group. Prior to these roles, Mr. Miller was a key member of the Deutsche Bank integration team, responsible for client retention and relationship management for the transition. Mr. Miller served on BELL's Program Committee and chaired the Nominating Committee.


Soren Oberg
Managing Director, Thomas H. Lee Partners

Mr. Oberg is a member of the Operating Committee at Thomas H. Lee Partners.  Prior to joining THL, Mr. Oberg worked at Morgan Stanley in the Merchant Banking Division and the Global Strategist’s office at Cowen & Company.  He serves on the board of several private companies and is a Founding Board Member of the Canada Wide Virtual Science Fair.  He serves on BELL's Program & Strategy Committee and is chair of the Governance Committee.


Charles Ogletree, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Professor, Harvard Law School

Chair Emeritus of BELL's board, Professor Ogletree is professor of law at Harvard Law School and founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.  A highly-esteemed legal scholar, civil rights lawyer, and leader, Professor Ogletree is deeply committed to serving public schools and institutes of higher education.


Chris Piela, Chair Emeritus

Mr. Piela served as director from 2004 through 2014, during which time he led the Finance Committee as chair and the Governance and Audit Committees as a member. In his most recent role as Senior Vice President of FCCI Insurance Group's Southeast region, he was responsible for developing and executing core growth, expansion and profit strategies. Previously, Mr. Piela held a senior leadership role at Liberty Mutual in Boston. His work with BELL dates back to 1994.  In his role as emeritus director, he will continue to serve on BELL's Finance Committee as a non-voting member.


Justin Sadrian
Partner & Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

Mr. Sadrian, who joined Warburg Pincus in 2000, leads the firm's West Coast office and focuses on media, internet, and information investments. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sadrian worked at JP Morgan in their investment banking and private equity groups. He is a director of A Place for Mom,, Endurance International, The Gordian Group, MultiView, OnTargetJobs, Seamless and Service Repair Solutions. In addition, Mr. Sadrian is also a Vice Chair of Friends of Hudson River Park. Mr. Sadrian received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  An active board member from 2009-2016, Mr. Sadrian served as chair of BELL's Finance Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee.


Lauren Smith, MD, MPH
Boston University School of Medicine

Dr. Smith served on BELL's board as director and Program Committe chair from 2004 through 2014.  She is a pediatric hospitalist and researcher whose clinical and academic work has focused on child health disparities and the impact of public policy on child well-being. Dr. Smith formerly served as the medical director and interim commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she provided senior clinical leadership. Prior to joining DPH, she served as the medical director of Inpatient Pediatrics and the Medical-Legal Partnership at Boston Medical Center. She is on the boards of Crittenton Women's Union and Child Trends.