The Dean's Advisory Board is composed of leaders and alumni from across the industries that the NYU School of Professional Studies serves. This group of highly accomplished individuals brings their expertise to critical discussions about the institution, the students it educates, and the changing dynamics of the global workforce. Their keen business acumen, deep industry connections, and decades of experience afford new perspectives in critical areas of operation and decision-making.
Dean’s Advisory Board
Kim Castro ‘08
Editor and Chief Content Officer
U.S. News & World Report
Kim Castro is the editor and chief content officer at U.S. News & World Report. In this role, she has day-to-day oversight of all of U.S. News’s editorial content, working with editors and teams to produce the highest-quality journalism. Previously, Castro led the Consumer Advice team, which includes consumer-focused journalism from the Money, Health, Real Estate, and Travel channels. In September 2015, she joined the Executive Committee at U.S. News. Before U.S. News, Castro was a managing editor at Standard & Poor’s Corp., where she managed content creation and production of numerous equity research products. She also was head of thematic research at S&P, and in that position, she identified and developed trends, themes, and investment strategies. In addition, she edited and wrote for the company’s weekly newsletter, The Outlook, which focused on the technology sector for individual investors. A native of Pittsburgh, she earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University and a master's degree in publishing from the NYU School of Professional Studies.
Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist
Bannockburn Global Forex
One of the most widely respected and quoted currency experts, Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets for more than 30 years. As a keen observer of the interconnection of international politics and economics, Chandler appears daily in the financial press—CNBC, CNBC Asia, FOX Business, Bloomberg TV and Radio, Barron’s, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, among others—for which he provides his colorful take on the day’s global financial and economic news.
Throughout his career on Wall Street, Chandler has advised private businesses, hedge funds, and asset managers on navigating the foreign exchange market, and most recently joined Bannockburn Global Forex as managing director and chief market strategist in its New York City office.
Anne Ehrenkranz earned an MA from the NYU Institute of Fine Arts in 1983, in addition to a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She currently serves as the vice chair of the boards of two distinguished New York City Institutions—Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. Additionally, she serves on the board of Hospital for Special Surgery, where she is the chair of the Committee on Community Benefits and Charitable Care. Ehrenkranz is the research curator of the Wagstaff Photography Collection, which is now on display at the Getty Museum.
David Hirsh ‘90
Retired Managing Director
Blackstone Real Estate
David Hirsh is a sophisticated real estate investor with more than 30 years of experience across all major real estate product types in most major US markets. Over the course of his career, Hirsh has completed in excess of $30 billion in transactions and has developed a broad set of skills including: portfolio management, leasing, asset sales/dispositions, lending, and workouts/restructuring. In addition, he has a proven track record creating value, rebranding hotels, and strategically repositioning office buildings.
Hirsh spent 16 years (2002-2018) in Blackstone’s Real Estate Asset Management Group, retiring in January 2018. During his tenure at Blackstone, his most significant responsibilities included day-to-day oversight and strategic management of Equity Office Properties (2009-2018), IndCor Industrial Properties (2013-2015), LXR Hotels and Resorts portfolio (2004-2010), and several investments in the retail and senior housing sectors.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Hirsh worked at Citigroup for 15 years, including six years in real estate asset management, where he led the hotel group, and five years in corporate finance where he specialized in corporate real estate and project lending. He earned a BBA in accounting from Pace University and an MS in Real Estate Development and Investment from the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.
Hirsh is involved in many philanthropic efforts including fighting thyroid, head, and neck cancer (THANC Foundation), and supporting families affected by Alzheimer’s disease (CaringKind). He also is active with New York University (adjunct professor and vice chair of the advisory board at the NYU SPS Schack Institute of Real Estate and chair of its Hirsch Fellows program; and member of the Executive Advisory Board of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute). In addition, he serves as a Pace University trustee.
Jonathan C. Kim ‘09
Founder and Managing Partner
Jonathan C. Kim is the founder and managing partner of Redbadge Pacific, a global alternative asset management platform. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the platform and all its investment activities. Kim also is the founding principal of Miya Capital, a multifamily investment platform that focuses on real estate and venture capital investments in the US and Asia, and the founding partner of Arrow Venture Partners. Previously, he was on the acquisitions team at Hersha Hospitality Trust, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) listed on the NYSE, and consulted and appraised hospitality real estate for HVS Global, which is based in New York. Kim earned a BS in hospitality and tourism management from the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, serves on the NYU President’s Global Council, the NYU Alumni Association, the Tisch Center Advisory Board, and the Milken Institute YLC. He formerly served as an NYU Young Alumni Trustee, and also was an adjunct professor at the Tisch Center.
Bryan C. Skarlatos
Kostelanetz & Fink
For more than 30 years, Bryan C. Skarlatos has represented individuals and corporations in civil and criminal tax controversies, white collar criminal matters, regulatory investigations, tax whistleblower cases, and voluntary disclosures. He is often hired as an expert on tax standards, penalties, and procedures.
Skarlatos is an adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law, where he teaches the course Tax Penalties and Prosecutions. He created and chairs the annual NYU School of Professional Studies Tax Controversy Forum and the Practicing Law Institute program on Nuts and Bolts of Tax Penalties. Skarlatos is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel and he also has served as the chair of tax committees for many bar associations including the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association. He has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 lawyers in New York, and he is listed in Best Lawyers in America where he was named Tax Litigator of the Year in New York for 2014 and 2017. He also is ranked in Band One of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
In 2019, Skarlatos was selected by the UCLA Extension Tax Controversy Institute to receive the Bruce Hochman Award for outstanding proficiency in the filed of tax law. He has published dozens of articles and speaks throughout the country on tax-related topics. He frequently is quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USAToday, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Financial Times, Tax Analysts-Tax Notes, and Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report.
Edward Torres, CPCU, ARe
Executive Vice President
Willis Re North America
Edward Torres is a structured reinsurance broker, operating out of the Willis Re New York City office. He is a member of the financial advisory team, which is focused on the placement of prospective structured reinsurance solutions and legacy liability transfers (LPT/ADCs).
Torres was most recently the director of Capital Markets at PartnerRe, where he developed the company’s ILS and alternative capital strategy. Prior to that, he was the president and portfolio manager of Baldwin & Lyons Capital Markets, an ILS investment manager based out of Jersey City, New Jersey. From 2006 through 2008, he was a registered principal at Benfield Advisory, where he focused on originating, structuring, and distributing Insurance-Linked Securities. He held the Series 7, 63, & 24 licenses while at Benfield. Prior to that, he was a structured reinsurance underwriter from 1995 through 2006, most recently at Platinum Underwriters.
Torres earned a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from the NYU Stern School of Business. He holds the CPCU and ARe designations and is an adviser to Princeton Climate Analytics.
Chairman and CEO
Waterford Hotel Group
Len Wolman is the chairman and chief executive officer of Waterford Hotel Group. Under his leadership, Waterford has established itself as a leading company in the hospitality industry by developing and operating hotel, gaming, and venue properties totaling more than $3 billion throughout the United States. Waterford has gained unparalleled experience in the hospitality industry through the development, ownership, and/or management of more than 100 hotels, 10,000 guest rooms, 700,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, and numerous dining establishments.
Wolman currently serves as chairman of the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Advisory Board, is a member of the NYU School of Professional Studies Dean’s Advisory Council, and serves on the Executive Planning Committee of the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Science Center and chairs the Center’s Finance Committee. In addition, he serves as a member of the University of Johannesburg Board of Governors and as a founding board member of the University of Johannesburg College of Business and Economics School of Tourism and Hospitality. Wolman holds a national diploma in hotel management from the Hotel School of Technikon Witwatersrand in South Africa.