John F. Savarese, Chair
John F. Savarese (1995) is a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. His practice principally relates to securities regulation, compliance, and the defense of regulatory and white-collar criminal investigations. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and then worked as an assistant United States attorney in the Southern District of New York, serving there as chief appellate attorney. He has taught advanced criminal procedure at Harvard Law School.
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Debo P. Adegbile, Trustee
Debo P. Adegbile (2014) joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in 2014, where he is a partner in the litigation/controversy department. Adegbile has two decades of legal experience in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors. During 2013-2014, he served as senior counsel to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Previously, he led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., the nation’s leading civil rights legal organization, serving as its acting president and director‐counsel. He has broad civil rights and commercial litigation experience that includes both civil and criminal cases in the United States Supreme Court. He presented oral argument before the Supreme Court in two of the most significant civil rights cases in recent decades in which he defended the constitutionality of the core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He received his JD from NYU School of Law, is a graduate and trustee of Connecticut College, and also serves as a director of the American Constitution Society.
 
Roger Blissett, Trustee
Roger Blissett (2011) joined RBC Capital Markets corporation in 1996 as a managing director and senior deputy general counsel, after working at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Lehman Brothers. He is currently vice president and responsible for the management, operation, and regulatory status of the New York Branch of RBC Capital Markets and managing director for that corporation’s U.S. strategy. He is a member of the leadership team and the head of the education working group of the Pipeline Crisis: Promoting Winning Strategies, an association of senior partners and managers in leading law firms and financial institutions who address challenges faced by young black men.
  Roger Blisset
 
James K. Bredar, Trustee
James K. Bredar (2007) is a U.S. District Court Judge in Baltimore. Previously, he served as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Colorado, and as a National Park Ranger. Judge Bredar headed Vera's London office in 1991 and 1992.
 
Mylan Denerstein, Trustee
Mylan L. Denerstein (2014) is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. She is a member of the Gibson Dunn’s white collar defense and investigations, securities litigation, appellate and crisis management practice groups. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, she served as counsel to New York  Governor Andrew Cuomo since 2011. In this role, she acted as the governor's chief counsel and principal legal advisor. From 2007 to 2010 during the administration of then-Attorney General Cuomo, she served as the executive deputy attorney general for social justice. Previously, Denerstein served as deputy commissioner for legal affairs for the New York City Fire Department.  She also served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Denerstein earned her BA from the University of Virginia and JD from Columbia Law School, where she was named a Charles Evans Hughes Fellow for outstanding commitment to public service and was a recipient of the Jane Marks Murphy Prize for exceptional proficiency and advocacy in clinics.
 
Dawn Dover, Trustee
Dawn Dover (2011), a managing director and co-head of the Financial Institutions Practice of Kekst and Company, has joined Vera’s board of trustees. Since joining the firm in 1987, she has assisted a variety of clients in addressing how their organizations present themselves and how they deal with new or particularly challenging situations. She was a member of the board executive committee of
one-time Vera spin-off Wildcat Service Corporation until it was acquired by Fed Cap in July 2011.
 
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Dean M. Esserman, Trustee
Dean M. Esserman (2005) is chief of police in New Haven, Connecticut. From 2003 through June 2011 he served as police chief in Providence, Rhode Island. Before that he led the Stamford, Connecticut, Police Department as its chief; and from 1993 to 1998, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Metro North Police Department in New York as its chief. He was assistant chief of police in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1991 to 1993 and counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police from 1987 to 1991. He began his career as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York. 

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William Floyd, Trustee
William Floyd (2014) is a public policy professional, issues management strategist, and lobbyist with nearly 30 years of experience working in government, private, and nonprofit sectors. Currently, he is the head of external affairs for Google New York and responsible for managing the company’s outward-facing presence in the state. Before joining Google, he was a member of the Law Offices of Claudia Wagner, where he provided strategic counsel and government affairs support for a wide array of clients. In 2003, He served as executive director of the New York City Districting Commission, a multi-partisan government agency charged with redrawing the city’s 51 council district lines. Previously, he was the director of community affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications, Inc. A graduate of Columbia College, where he earned a BA in urban affairs, economics and education, he is active on several nonprofit boards, the Little Red/Elizabeth Irwin School, and the Children's Museum of the Arts. 
 

John Gleeson, Trustee
John Gleeson (2014) has been a United States District Judge since October 1994. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Gleeson has served as adjunct faculty at the New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. Before his appointment to the bench, her served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York for 10 years, serving as Chief of Appeals, Chief of Special Prosecutions, Chief of Organized Crime, and Chief of the Criminal Division. He began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr., United States Circuit Judge in the Sixth Circuit and then as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is a former member and Chair of the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Judicial Administration at New York University School of Law.

 
Saul A. Green, Trustee
Saul A. Green (2006) is the former deputy mayor of Detroit and is senior counsel at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone in Detroit. Formerly, Mr. Green was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1994 to 2001. He served as Wayne County corporation counsel from 1989 to 1993; chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Detroit Field Office from 1976 to 1989; and as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1973 to 1976. A significant component of his private practice is civil rights cases. Through his work with the Innocence Project, he helped secure the exoneration of Eddie Lloyd, who had served 17 years in prison after having been wrongfully convicted of murder.
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Evan C. Guillemin, Trustee
Evan Guillemin (2014) is a principal of Select Equity Group LP and member of the firm’s management committee. He joined Select Equity in April 2004 as the firm’s chief financial officer and ran the operations and finance groups for several years. He is currently a senior analyst and associate portfolio manager for the firm. He serves as a director and chairman of the audit committee of Mesa Labs, sits on the board of Bremont Chronometers, a private watchmaker, and serves as a director of Shake Shack Enterprises, the parent company of the restaurant chain.  Prior to joining Select Equity Group, he was chief financial officer, and then chief operating officer of Delia*s Inc., a publicly-traded retailing company.  He also served as director of acquisitions at Primedia and an editor at International Thomson. Guillemin received a BA from Yale College and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
 
Sally T. Hillsman, Trustee
Sally T. Hillsman (2003) is executive officer of the American Sociological Association, a membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. She was deputy director of the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, from 1996 to 2002. Earlier, she was vice president for research at the National Center for State Courts and associate director of the Vera Institute of Justice. A sociologist specializing in crime and justice, she earned her doctoral degree from Columbia University and taught at Queens College of the City University of New York.
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Sandra A. Lamb, Trustee
Sandra A. Lamb (2008), through Lamb Advisors, serves as a consultant to nonprofits on strategic alliances and change solutions such as financial restructuring and increased organizational efficiency. She spent the first part of her career as a portfolio manager in the MONY Group and then moved to Lazard Freres, where for 20 years she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions as well as other complex corporate financial advisory assignments. She has served on the board and audit committees of several stock-exchange-listed companies and nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as a trustee and treasurer of the Taproot Foundation, a trustee and vice chair of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a trustee and chair of the audit committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.
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Catie Marshall, Trustee
Catie Marshall (2006) ran the communications divisions for two NYC agencies responsible for the creation, preservation, and financing of affordable housing. Previously she has served as senior vice president at Citigroup, deputy superintendent for communications and media relations at the New York State Banking Department, assistant press secretary in New York City Hall, spokesperson for City Planning, the Economic Development Corporation, and the city’s schools chancellor; and director of internal communications for a global advertising agency.
   
Theodore A. McKee, Trustee
Theodore A. McKee (2006) has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1994. Before being appointed to the federal bench he was a state trial judge. During that time, he chaired the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission. He has also served as an assistant U.S. attorney. In addition, to his judicial duties, he currently serves on several other boards of directors, including the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University; the advisory board of City Year, Philadelphia; and as chair of the board of advisors of the Jerry Lee Center of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dr. Amanda Heron Parsons, Trustee
Amanda Parsons (2014) is the vice president of community & population health at Montefiore Medical Center, headquartered in the Bronx, where she oversees patient education, employee wellness, and community interventions aimed at improving health and wellness.  Prior to that, she was deputy commissioner of the division of health care access and improvement at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, where she oversaw the primary care information project, correctional health services, primary care access and planning as well as IT, finance, admin, and legal bureaus. Parsons previously worked for McKinsey & Company as an engagement manager serving health care clients. She earned her MD and MBA from Columbia University. She is passionate about improving health and health care quality, correctional health, and reducing disparities for vulnerable populations. She also serves on the board of directors for VIP Community Services and the New York eHealth Collaborative.  
 
Laurie O. Robinson, Trustee
Laurie Robinson (2001-09, 2013-present), the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University, has been involved in national criminal justice policy for more than three decades. She has twice served as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the same post in the Clinton Administration, make her the longest serving head of the agency in its 45-year history. Between her stints in the Justice Department, Robinson launched, and then directed, the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Science Program in Criminology and served as a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Penn's Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. Prior to joining the federal government, she served for 14 years as director of the American Bar Association's Section of Criminal Justice, where she founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. She has frequently testified before Congress and has served on numerous national boards, including those of the Center for Naval Analysis, the Police Foundation, and the National Center for Victims of Crime.
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Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr., Trustee
Frederick A. O. Schwarz, Jr. (1978-81, 1987-present) is senior counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and chief counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School. He chaired Vera’s board from 1987 to 2006. He is a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, having been its chair for almost 20 years. He has served as corporation counsel of New York City, chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, chairman of the New York City Charter Revision Commission, and chief counsel of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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Karen Patton Seymour, Trustee
Karen Patton Seymour (2007) is a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Her practice focuses mostly on white-collar criminal defense and internal investigations. She has also served as chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where she oversaw, among others, the investigations into WorldCom, ImClone, and Adelphia.
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Alan Vinegrad, Trustee
Alan Vinegrad (2010) is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. His practice focuses on representing individuals, corporations, and corporate board committees in a wide variety of criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, as well as in complex civil litigation. He has also served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and as the office's chief assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the Criminal Division, deputy chief of the Criminal Division, chief of Civil Rights Litigation, and chief of General Crimes.
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Honorary Trustees

Richard Dudley

Michael Jacobson

Eric Lane

Joseph McDonald

Richard L. Menschel

Michael E. Smith

Christopher E. Stone

Herbert Sturz

Patricia Wald