Executive Advisory Board
The following individuals give generously of their time, energy and treasure to create the positive change that Give to the World seeks to make across the globe.
Dennis Kass is the Non-Executive Chairman of Legg Mason. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Jennison Associates LLC, one of the seven investment arms of the Prudential Corporation. Previously, Mr. Dennis Kass served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Fiduciary Officer of JP Morgan Investment. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Mr. Kass held a position as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in investment banking and pension advisory services. He served in the Reagan Administration from 1985 to 1987 as the Assistant Secretary of Labor and was a Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development from 1981 to 1982. He was also a Member of Advisory Committees to the U.S. Trade Representative and to the Secretary of Labor. Mr. Kass earned a B.A. in History from Principia College and earned an M.S. in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Eve Guernsey retired in October, 2010 from the position of Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Investment Management Americas, a position she held since 2002. She was responsible for strategy development and management of the Institutional Asset Management business, serving pension funds, endowments and foundations; JP Morgan Funds, the proprietary mutual funds business that serves both retail and high net worth clients; Global Liquidity, providing multi-currency cash management products to institutions worldwide and Retirement Plan Services, a defined contribution and defined benefit record keeper and administrator to US retirement plans.
Eve chaired the Executive Committee for Investment Management Americas and was a member of the Operating Committee of JP Morgan’s Asset Management division. She also served on the Executive Committee of JP Morgan Chase and was a member of the board of directors for the JP Morgan Chase Foundation where she chaired the foundation’s Investment Committee and served on the
Eve joined the mutual fund board that oversees the Lord, Abbett mutual fund complex in January, 2011 where she serves on the Audit and Governance committees. She serves on the Advisory Board of Silver Lane Advisory, LLC, a firm focused on mergers and acquisition advisory work in the wealth management sector. Eve serves on the board of the YWCA of New York City, on the Advisory Board of the New York Botanical Garden.
Rev. Louis Vasile is the Pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish, which provided more than 3000 lbs. of goods in one year alone for Give to the World for distribution to the neediest people of Afghanistan and the Middle East. That distribution represented the largest distribution of its kind that point by Give to the World, and enabled the organization to extensively grow its impact overseas. Rev. Louis Vasile continues to support the organization through the procurement of donations and donations in-kind throughout the United States, as well as through his active guidance to the strategic vision of Give to the World. He was ordained in 1972 and has approximately 40 years of service to the community in a variety of leadership positions, to include seven parishes throughout New York State.
Scott is Chief Executive Officer of Quantitative Management Associates (QMA) which currently manages $75 billion on behalf of corporate, public, and multi-employer pension plans, endowments and foundations, and financial services companies. Scott joined the firm in 2003 as head of Client Relations, with responsibility for sales, consultant relations and product and business strategy before becoming CEO in 2005. Previously, Scott was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management where he led a strategic initiative to build their retirement business and was head of Institutional Client Service and Marketing. Prior to joining asset management, Scott served in a variety of roles within investment banking, private banking and corporate divisions of JP Morgan & Co. Scott is a Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a BA in Political Science.
Hamid M. Khan is currently a Senior Program Officer in the Rule of Law Center at the United States Institute of Peace where he works on various rule of law projects in Afghanistan and throughout the Islamic world. Khan is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School where he teaches a course on Islamic law. Previously, Khan was a Rule of Law advisor for USIP’s Kabul office where he worked on implementing the Institute’s projects regarding interpretation of the Afghan constitution, the informal system of justice and transitional justice issues under Islamic law. Previously, Khan served as Postdoctoral Fellow for Stanford Law School’s Afghanistan Legal Education Project where he directed legal education efforts at the American University of Afghanistan including two textbooks on Afghan law, and later, served as an international observer for the 2010 Afghan parliamentary elections in Helmand Province.
Khan is a former adjunct professor of Islamic law at the University of Colorado Law School, visiting professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wyoming and former member of the ABA Committee on Islamic finance. He has lectured on Islamic legal matters around the world including before the United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, the Italian Institute for Higher Criminal Sciences, the University of Innsbruck, Stanford and Northwestern Law Schools, the Lahore University of Management Sciences of Pakistan, and the National Defense University. Khan also served as an advisor to the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and to NATO/ISAF on issues of Islamic law, counterinsurgency, women’s empowerment under Islamic theology. During his time in private legal practice, Khan, in part, served as counsel of record for five detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and in efforts to defend the rights of the mentally ill in Colorado. Khan, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado served as a law clerk to the Honorable Terrence L. O’Brien, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Khan received his B.S., summa cum laude in Political Science from the University of Wyoming and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Adnan Kifayat is a senior resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund (GMF), where he advises the organization on its efforts to strengthen leadership development and Next Generation strategies in the transatlantic region and its joint work in programming the OCP Policy Center Atlantic Fellowship in Europe, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. He also contributes to the continued development of GMF’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.
Adnan has held senior positions in public service, including at the White House, State Department, and Treasury Department, where he established partnerships with strategic allies to cooperate in trade, finance, development and stabilization. Until 2014, Adnan served as Secretary of State John Kerry’s acting special representative to Muslim communities and was instrumental in creating programs to broaden and deepen U.S. diplomatic engagement through social entrepreneurship, political empowerment, and shared commitments to security. As senior advisor to the under secretary of state for public diplomacy, he led the development and deployment of the Public Diplomacy 2.0 Initiative, which helped transform the State Department into a new media-savvy institution. His work at the Treasury Department resulted in initiatives and agreements to promote financial cooperation between the United States and key partners, in the Middle East, G8, and Asia. He served twice on the National Security Council staff to coordinate issues across the Middle East and Africa.
Fredric Nelson is Chief Investment Officer of Commonfund, where he has oversight of Commonfund’s equity and fixed income programs as well as the outsourced solutions business. Rick chairs the Commonfund Investment Policy and Asset Allocation Committee. Before joining Commonfund, Rick was Vice Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of ING Investment Management Americas from 2003-2009, where he led more than 300 professionals managing over $165 billion in assets. He was responsible for client and ING proprietary capital in traditional, private equity and hedge fund asset classes. Rick was a member of ING Investment Management Committee, Insurance Americas Asset Liability Committee, ING Group Management Council, and Director, ING Mutual Funds. While at ING he created the Multi-Asset Strategy and Solutions Group which combined asset allocation, liability modeling, risk management and financial engineering skills to deliver consultative solutions and multi-asset portfolios for clients.
Before ING, Rick was Managing Director, Head of U.S. Equity for JP Morgan Investment Management from 2000-2003. He led 120 professionals managing over $90 billion in assets. Rick was responsible for institutional and retail client assets in quantitative and fundamental active strategies across all-cap ranges and styles. He was also a member of JPMIM Management Committee. Prior to his role at JP Morgan Investment Management, he was with Bankers Trust Company for 13 years, most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Quantitative Investments Group. In this capacity he led a team of 13 professionals and initiated the group’s entry into cutting edge active quantitative strategies. Mr. Nelson earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Business from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
Paul is Global Head of Equities for J.P. Morgan Investment Management. Prior to this, he was the Chief Investment Officer of U.S. Equity. An employee since 1992, Paul joined the U.S. Equity team in 2001 and was previously a portfolio manager and client portfolio manager in J.P. Morgan’s Global Equity Team, based in London and New York. Before joining the firm, Paul spent five years as an equity portfolio manager with Citibank and two years with Schroder Capital Management in London. Paul obtained a B.A. from the University of Durham in the UK.