Policy Development is currently recruiting a Board of Directors ready to represent the organization and stay actively involved in the organization’s activities. The PD Board will be international, racially and ethnically diverse, gender balanced, and comprised of both young professionals and experienced leaders. The Board will represent a range of sectors including: academia, politics, business, the media, and the top-down and bottom-up non-profit sectors. Directors will be expected to attend bi-annual board meetings, engage in PD programmatic and administrative issues, represent the organization to external audiences, and participate in fundraising efforts. A Board of fifteen individuals is the target size. Current Board members include:
Aron P. Goldman
Aron Goldman serves as the Executive Director of Policy Development. Goldman is a public policy analyst and an advisor to organizations in the areas of capacity-building, organizational assessment, program development, project evaluation, and professional development. While at Policy Development, Goldman has overseen and implemented projects with The World Bank, The United Nations Association, GlaxoSmithKline Community Partnerships, Princeton Social Capital, The Phipps Community Development Corporation, and others.
Prior to PD, served as Director of the New York Office of the EastWest Institute, helping to launch a new field office in Moscow and several new economic reform, political stabilization, and security projects in Central and Eastern Europe.
Previously, Goldman helped run the 1998 Children’s Summit and other development and post-conflict civil society projects within the Office of the Director-General at the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris. Prior to his time at UNESCO, Aron conducted policy analysis and program planning for the Phipps Community Development Corporation in New York, concentrating on welfare reform legislation and family services in the South Bronx. Goldman has also contributed to programmatic work at the McKnight Foundation (Minnesota), thePalouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (Idaho), Public Agenda (New York), the Montana Conservation Corps (Montana), and the International Labour Organization Subregional Office for South Asia (New Delhi).
Goldman’s educational background includes Macalester College (BA), London School of Economics, and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (MPA).
Publications: “The Missing Debate in Charity Oversight and Reform,” The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March, 2005 (forthcoming); “Reinventing Rural Society: Adapting the Knowledge Economy to Rural Economies in North America and Europe,” World Bank, ECSSD, 12/01.
Stanley N. Katz
Stanley N. Katz, Lecturer with the rank of Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, is President Emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies, the leading organization in humanistic scholarship and education in the United States.
Mr. Katz graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1955 with a major in English History and Literature. He received his M.A. from Harvard in American History in 1959 and his Ph.D. in the same field from Harvard in 1961. Katz is co-editor of a book on the behavior of non-governmental peace and conflict resolution organizations in Northern Ireland, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa in collaboration with Professor Benjamin Gidron of Ben Gurion University, Israel, “Mobilizing for Peace: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Israel/Palestine,” forthcoming, from Oxford University Press in May, 2002. His current research focuses upon the relationship of constitutionalism and civil society, both in the United States and in emerging democracies around the world.
Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Mr. Katz is a leading expert on American legal and constitutional history. He is also active in the research field of arts and cultural policy, and currently serves as the Director of the Princeton UniversityCenter for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School, and as President of the National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage. The author and editor of numerous books and articles, Mr. Katz has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and has recently been the Vice President of the Research Division of the American Historical Association. He has just completed twelve years on the Board of Southern Methodist University , and he is a trustee of theNewberry Library.
He also currently serves as Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba. Katz is a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of theAmerican Society for Legal History, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians; and a Corresponding Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He has honorary degrees from several universities.
Manuel A. Méndez
Manuel Méndez is Vice-Chairman/Commissioner of the City of New York Equal Employment Practices Commission. Mr. Méndez is a former Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration and the former Executive Director/CEO of the Phipps Community Development Corporation. Sitting on several New York City-based non-profit boards in addition to PD, Méndez received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.
Natan M. Shklyar
Natan Shklyar is a Principal in the New York office of Droege & Comp., a global management consultancy. Previously he was with McKinsey & Company and with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Prior to his private sector career, Mr. Shklyar was a research associate and project manager at the EastWest Institute (EWI), where his research and writing focused on the interplay of Russia’s foreign policy and its emerging federal structure. At EWI he was also the Managing Editor of the weekly Russian Regional Report.
Mr. Shklyar has published numerous articles on Russian politics in such academic and policy journals as Transitions, Soviet & Post-Soviet Review, and Demokratizatsiya, as well as commentary in Foreign Affairs, The Economist, and The Financial Times. He has contributed chapters to two books on former Soviet space, and is also co-editor of Russia’s Fate through Russian Eyes (Westview Press, 2001), a book of essays by young Russian leaders.
Mr. Shklyar is a active on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. including Policy Development, Inc. (a direct-service non-profit consultancy),CluMBA Inc. (an international association of Russian-speaking MBAs from top global business schools), and is a director of Octavia Group, LLC (a leading technology solutions provider).
He holds and MBA in Finance and Management with highest distinction fromColumbia Business School, and a BA in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Miami University of Ohio, where he was a Benjamin Harrison Scholar.
Benjamin Wolin is CEO and Co-Founder of Waterfront Media, a leading online subscription-based publisher of self-help products including the #1 New York Times Best Seller, The South Beach Diet (other clients include Dr. Andrew Weil, and Denise Austin). Waterfront Media currently boasts 300,000 paid subscribers, and more than 4.4 million people receive newsletters from Waterfront’s leading authorities.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “What has helped keep the [South Beach Diet] book sales humming is a little-noticed deal Rodale cut last June with closely held Waterfront Media Inc.” (WSJ, 6/30/04)
Prior to founding Waterfront Media, Wolin served as the Vice President of Production & Technology for Beliefnet, Inc. As Beliefnet’s first employee, Ben helped raise $27 million and was responsible for the management of 8 email newsletter products across 5 million subscriptions. In addition to Beliefnet, Ben built and managed sites for PBS, Tribune Interactive, Warner Bros, and A&E. He has served as the Technology Director for the media arts company Global Action Project and created and taught at several community technology centers in New York City.