John Jay College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees
John Jay College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees
As of July 2014
Chairman of the Board
Jules Kroll Chairman and founder of K2 Global Consulting LLC and Chairman and CEO of Kroll Bond Ratings, Inc. He is the acknowledged founder of the modern investigations, intelligence, and security industry. In 1972, he established Kroll Associates Inc.. By employing former prosecutors, law enforcement officials, journalists, and academics who utilized sophisticated fact-finding techniques to address decision-makers' needs for accurate information, Mr. Kroll established investigations and risk consulting as valuable corporate services. Kroll Associates is a publicly-held corporation with offices in more than sixty cities on six continents. Mr. Kroll's reputation for high-quality investigative work was established on Wall Street in the 1980s and spread internationally in the 1990s as the firm successfully tracked down the hidden assets of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and Saddam Hussein. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Kroll has been interviewed on "60 Minutes" and "MarketWatch" and featured in many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Financial Times and The Observer. The recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, Mr. Kroll was named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Cornell University in 2003 and was honored with the U.S. Entrepreneurial Award by British American Business Inc. in 2002. He is a former member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University and Board of Trustees of Cornell University; he also served as the Chairman of the Georgetown Law Center Board of Visitors. Mr. Kroll earned his LL.B at Georgetown University.
Alan S. Abel is Executive and Global Leader of Crowe Horwath LLP’s Anti-Money Laundering Practice, and served similar roles at PwC and Coopers & Lybrand. Alan has assisted numerous global and regional financial institutions including the Bretton Woods and other multinational enterprises to help them improve their governance, business processes and controls. Alan has worked with thirty-five foreign governments to help them strengthen their legal and regulatory regimes, including the privatization process of Latvia following the fall of the Iron Curtain, the accountancy profession in Jordan, and assisting the transition of the Panama Canal Zone from the U.S. to Panama under the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.
Alan represents the AICPA to the Treasury Department for developing U.S. anti-money laundering guidance, and to the International Federation of Accountants for the accountancy profession globally. At the request of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, Alan participated in a Task Force for developing guidance on providing financial services to foreign “Politically Exposed Persons” (PEPs). Alan is formerly the CFO and Information Technology Director for the Jewish Social Services Agency of Greater Washington, one of the country’s largest community services and health care agencies, and was the only staff in the Agency’s 100-year history to be appointed to its Board.. Alan has testified before Congress as a private industry expert on financial crime, has made live appearances on CNN “SquawkBox” and CNBC “Maverick of the Morning,” has written numerous articles and speaks in professional venues and quoted frequently by the press. Alan is a CPA also certified in Financial Forensics, and licensed in the District of Columbia and Florida, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Alan holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. Accounting from Georgetown University. Alan is also the Executive Sponsor of Crowe’s Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) People Resource Network (PRN).
Paula Howell Anderson is a partner in the law firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she works in the Litigation Group and has built an international reputation in such areas as Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, cross-border commercial disputes, M&A-related litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust and international arbitration. Her clients have included global leaders in the finance, insurance, automotive, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, media and entertainment, and manufacturing industries. She serves on the firm's Diversity Committee and co-chaired its Black Lawyers Affinity Group. In addition to her work as a litigator, Ms. Anderson has done extensive pro bono work teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy Training programs for prosecutors at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and at the International Criminal Court. Ms. Anderson earned her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she was class valedictorian, and her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Peter J. Beshar serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Marsh & McLennan Companies. MMC, which has 55,000 employees worldwide and a market capitalization of $25 billion, operates through four leading brands: Marsh, Mercer, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman. Mr. Beshar supervises the Company’s Legal, Government Relations, Communications and Risk Management Departments. At Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Beshar has spearheaded an initiative to support military veterans as they transition to civilian life. On Veterans' Day last year, Marsh & McLennan announced its commitment to hire 500 US veterans over the next three years. Mr. Beshar also serves as a Trustee, and chair of the Veterans’ Committee, at John Jay College for Criminal Justice. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan in 2004, Mr. Beshar was a litigation partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he served as Co-Chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation Group. Mr. Beshar joined Gibson Dunn in 1995 after serving as the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the New York State Attorney General’s Task Force on Illegal Firearms. In 1992 and 1993, Mr. Beshar served as the Special Assistant to the Honorable Cyrus Vance in connection with the United Nations' peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia. Mr. Beshar is the recipient of the Business Leadership Award from the Citizens Union of New York, the Burton Award for Leadership in the Law, and the Law and Society Award from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. In 2008, Mr. Beshar was selected as a David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for the City of New York. Mr. Beshar is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Beshar graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. Following law school, Mr. Beshar clerked for the Honorable Vincent Broderick of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Zachary W. Carter is the 78th Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. As the chief legal officer of the City, Mr. Carter oversees the Law Department with over 700 attorneys, who represent the City’s interest in thousands of legal matters facing the City. As a key legal advisor to the Mayor and his City agencies, Mr. Carter is primarily focused on advancing the City’s interests, with a commitment to justice and fair outcomes for individuals. Throughout his career, Mr. Carter has used the law to level the playing field for those seeking equal access to justice and opportunity, free from the burden of discrimination based on race, national origin, gender, sexual preference or economic class. In 1993 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District, the first African-American to hold that office. His office prosecuted the full range of federal criminal cases, including major narcotics, securities fraud and human trafficking. Most notably, Mr. Carter oversaw civil rights prosecutions against police officers in the Abner Louima torture case and against rioters who killed Yankel Rosenbaum during the City’s Crown Heights riots in 1991. Prior to becoming the Corporation Counsel, Mr. Carter was a partner in the firm Dorsey & Whitney. He oversaw the Trial Group at the firm’s New York office and was co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud practice. Mr. Carter has served as a magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and as a judge of the New York City Criminal Court. He has served as chairman of the New York City Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary from 2002 through 2013. Mr. Carter has received the Public Interest Law & Society Award from the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Emory Buckner Medal from the Federal Bar Council. He graduated from Cornell University in 1972 and New York University School of Law in 1975.
LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College in 1975, after which she earned both a J.D. and an LL.M. in taxation from the New York University School of Law. She began her legal career in 1978 at the New York Office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, which she left to join the staff of the nonpartisan Congressional staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in 1982. In the early 1990"s she turned her attention to tax legislative and regulatory work and became a founding partner of the highly regarded boutique law firm of Washington Counsel, PC. She became a Principal of Ernst & Young LLP in 2000 when this Big Four Accounting firm acquired Washington Counsel. After a distinguished 35-year career as a tax lawyer, she retired from Ernst & Young in June 2013.
Richard H. Girgenti is a Principal in the Forensic & Litigation Services Practice at KPMG LLP. Mr. Girgenti is an experienced former state prosecutor and top level criminal justice administrator. He is a veteran trial and appellate attorney who has taught, written, and lectured extensively on a wide range of legal and criminal justice topics. Mr. Girgenti worked for seventeen years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's office. He has had extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of illegal drug trafficking, major felonies and homicides. In 1984, he was promoted to Administrative Assistant District Attorney. He also served as Coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Council. Mr. Girgenti is a graduate of Seton Hall University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Shauna-Kay Gooden is the Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the New York City Comptroller. Her experience encompasses a wide range of areas, including contract drafting and negotiation, resolving contractual disputes, general securities regulation matters, procurement matters and compliance monitoring. Prior to joining the Office of the New York City Comptroller, Mrs. Gooden was an associate at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP. At K&L Gates she participated in litigating complex commercial disputes, including claims related to commercial contracts, foreclosures and constitutional law. She also has extensive experience in various matters involving non-profit organizations, including forming and organizing non-profit corporations and drafting and negotiating commercial contracts on behalf of non-profit corporations. Mrs. Gooden holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and a master’s and bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Richard J. Koehler, a founding partner in the firm of Koehler & Isaacs, LLP, has been involved in labor relations for over 25 years. Mr. Koehler has represented unions in the public and private sector since 1992 and has managed legal service programs for unions since 1993. He serves as general counsel, labor counsel and/or fund counsel for numerous unions. Mr. Koehler began his career in the public sector as a New York City police officer, and worked his way up the ranks of the NYPD, holding such positions as Director of the Communications Division, Chief of Planning, and Chief of Personnel. In 1986, Mr. Koehler was named New York City Commissioner of Correction, a post he held until he left public service in 1990 to become a full professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Koehler has also served as an arbitrator for the New York City Office of Collective Bargaining. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from John Jay College, a master's degree in urban affairs from Hunter College, and his law degree from Fordham Law School.
David Lawrence is the Founder and Chief Collaborative Officer of the Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE). RANE is an independent, global expertise and information network that provides unbiased access to experts, insights and solutions across a broad range of risk. Prior to starting RANE, David served as the Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs as the global head of the Business Intelligence Group, which is comprised of a number of attorneys, former government and regulatory officials, and analysts located in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia. In this capacity, Mr. Lawrence provided coverage for the Investment Banking, Fixed Income, Merchant Banking, Equities and Asset Management Divisions. Mr. Lawrence joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 and was named Managing Director in 1999. Before his time at Goldman, David was an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York for approximately ten years. During his tenure he served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Public Corruption and General Crimes Units. Mr. Lawrence earned a JD from New York University in 1980 and a BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1975.
Jim McCann is a highly successful entrepreneur, public speaker and published author whose passion is helping people deliver smiles. Jim's belief in the universal need for social connections and interaction led to his founding of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which he has grown into the world's leading Florist and Gift Shop and Celebrations.com, the leading website for expert party planning content and advice. McCann's willingness to embrace new technologies that help people connect and express themselves, such as 800 phone numbers, the Internet, Mobile Commerce and Social Networking, often long before others, has enabled him to stay at the forefront of consumer and social trends. As a result, McCann has become an award winning public speaker, a published author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs nationwide. McCann's strategy for growth includes an effective combination of birthing new businesses and making acquisitions of businesses and brands that resonate with customers as great sources for exceptional gifts. McCann has expanded his company's gift offerings to become a leading player in the Gourmet Food and Gift Baskets business. McCann has also steered the Company into the emerging areas of content and media by founding Celebrations.com, a leading, interactive social website for party planning, tips and information. McCann's focus on customer engagement has enabled the company to stake out an industry leading position in the fast evolving areas of Social and Mobile communications, earning numerous awards for its initiatives and enabling it to deepen its relationships with customers. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, McCann is a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited and a variety of private and not-for-profit boards.
Luis A. Miranda, Jr. is a founding partner of the MirRam Group, LLC, a New York State-based marketing and political consulting firm. Mr. Miranda, along with his partner, assists corporations, not-for-profit institutions, and elected officials with strategy, communications, lobbying, and fundraising, with a special emphasis in the Latino market. Mr. Miranda is the founder and former president of the Hispanic Federation, a membership organization of health and social service agencies dedicated to address human services and health needs of the Hispanic community. Mr. Miranda earned his BA degree from the University of Puerto Rico and pursued graduate work in psychology at New York University.
Arthur J. Mirante II joined Avison Young in 2012 as a Principal and Tri-State President, based in the firm's New York City office. One of the most accomplished and respected professionals in the commercial real estate industry, Mr. Mirante serves as a member of Avison Young's Executive Operating Committee, and is responsible for business development, growing revenue and building strategic industry relationships to establish Avison Young's position in the Tri-State regional marketplace. Prior to joining Avison Young, Mr. Mirante worked at Cushman & Wakefield for more than 40 years, where he most recently served as President of Global Client Development for seven years. Prior to that, he served as the firm's CEO for 20 years. During Mr. Mirante's tenure as CEO, Cushman & Wakefield's revenues increased from $100 million to $1 billion and the firm expanded from 60 U.S. offices to 173 offices, including 100 outside the country. Mr. Mirante also significantly expanded the firm's capabilities into Advisory and Corporate Services, and diversified its financial services expertise to include the multi-family sector. In the role of President of Global Client Development at Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Mirante focused on expanding existing client relationships and developing new systems in an effort to continuously improve client relations and service. Throughout his career, Mr. Mirante has participated in some of the New York market's largest and most complex transactions, including the sale of the World Trade Center, the headquarters relocations of MasterCard International and The Guardian Life Insurance Company, the record $1.72 billion sale of 200 Park Avenue for Metropolitan Life in 2005, and the record $1.8 billion acquisition of 666 Fifth Avenue in 2007. Mr. Mirante and his wife, Elizabeth, are staunch financial supporters of the John Jay Vera Fellows Program for outstanding undergraduates who are committed to social justice and public service. Mr Mirante earned his JD degree in 1968 from St. John's University Law School.
Ron L. Moelis is co-founder, CEO and Chairman of L+M Development Partners Inc., a leader in developing affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing. Under Mr. Moelis’s leadership, L+M has been responsible for more than $2 billion in development and construction and has created more than 10,000 high-quality units in the tristate area alone. Community leaders, government officials and investment organizations consistently turn to L+M because of the company’s innovative approach and its track record of excellence. Mr. Moelis demonstrates a deep personal commitment to the issues of affordable housing and community development. He is a co-founder and Vice Chairman of the nonprofit New York State Association for Affordable Housing, and in 2010 he helped launch New York University’s Institute for Affordable Housing. Mr. Moelis also helped initiate a construction trades training program with LaGuardia Community College in 2008 that provides training and employment opportunities for inner-city youth. Mr. Moelis, who holds a BA in History and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law, serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law, the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Board of Trustees of Civic Builders, among many other civic involvements.
Bettina Murray, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Skills Program at John Jay College. She has been teaching a variety of reading, English and critical thinking skills to college students for seventeen years at John Jay. Ms. Murray received a B.A. from Hunter College, M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College, M.Ed. from Columbia University, Teachers College, an M.S. from Long Island University, and a Ph.D. from Fordham University.
Robert M. Pignatello is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of John Jay. He has held this position for the past 13 years. Mr. Pignatello oversees 6 departments within the college – Finance & Business Services, Facilities, Human Resources, Security, Information Technology and the College Theater – and manages overall financial accountability within the framework of the College's mission, goals and bylaws. He oversees such areas as capital planning and development, space allocation, maintenance and improvements, risk management, procurement, accounts payable, media services, public safety and emergency management, printing, revenue collection and financial planning, mail services, bookstore and food operations as well as other auxiliary, business and campus office services. He participates in overall policy development and plays a lead role in administrative management of the College. He is member of the College Foundation, Vice Chair of the College Auxiliary Board, sits on the Student Association Board of Directors, and Chairs the College's Student Tech Fee Planning Committee. He is a member of the National Association of University Business Officers and is active with Italian American civic groups. Mr. Pignatello holds a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Public Management from Montclair State University. Before joining John Jay College he held numerous elected and appointed positions in New Jersey state, county and municipal government.\
The Publisher and CEO since 1999 of El Diario La Prensa, the nation’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper, Rossana Rosado is a veteran of 25 years in New York media. An Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist, Rosado has also worked for WPIX, WCBS-AM and FM radio, and WNYC-TV 31. For three years she was Vice President for Public Affairs of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, serving in both the Dinkins and Giuliani administrations. Prior to becoming El Diario La Prensa’s Publisher, Rosado was the newspaper’s Editor in Chief, the first woman to hold that position. She maintains active affiliations with many of New York’s nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of New York City, the Community Service Society of New York and the New York Women’s Foundation, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the City University Graduate School in Journalism.
Jayne Rosengarten comes to John Jay as Vice President of Marketing and Development with more than twenty five years of experience as a senior-level development executive. Since 2008, she has served as Executive Director of Development at Hunter College where she spearheaded the growth of the College's endowment and increased fundraising through alumni annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. Jayne also reorganized the Office of Institutional Advancement in order to better lead Hunter into the next phase of the CUNY capital campaign. As a veteran development officer, Jayne brings to John Jay an extensive background in all aspects of fundraising, organizational development and board relations. Prior to her position at Hunter, Jayne headed fundraising divisions at several non-profits including Hadassah, Women's American ORT and the American Pardes Foundation. Early in her career she was a marketing and sales executive in the corporate sector. Jayne is a graduate of Queens College.
Dr. Alex Rovt is the President of IBE Trade Corporation, a world leader in the production, sales and marketing of agricultural fertilizers. A native of Ukraine, Dr. Rovt came to the United States in 1985, and two years later he took a sales job with IBE Trade. By 1996, he became the company's president and primary owner, leading the firm to its current position of controlling 12 percent of the world's ammonia supply and 6 percent of the ammonium nitrate. Today, IBE Trade clients include top agri-business players such as Cargill, ConAgra and Koch Nitrogen. Dr. Rovt has also diversified into New York real estate, having purchased 30 buildings, with plans for expanding that portfolio. A Brooklyn resident, Dr. Rovt is an active supporter of and contributor to civic and educational causes, including Brookdale University Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, the New York City Board of Corrections, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, and a local Jewish schools and community center. He also engages in charitable work in his native Ukraine. Dr. Rovt earned his PhD in International Economics from Kiev Academy of Sciences in Ukraine.
Jack Rudin, Chairman of Rudin Management, is a builder, developer and manager of New York City real estate. Along with his late brother, Lewis, they have carried on a family tradition of philanthropy and public service initiated more than 60 years ago by their father, Samuel. The Rudin Family's unique contributions to many philanthropies are exemplified by their development and support of many programs throughout the City of New York. Mr. Rudin serves with distinction on the Boards of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the George C. Marshall Foundation. He is an Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Congregation Shearith Israel (the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue), as well as a Trustee Emeritus of Iona College. Mr. Rudin has received honorary degrees from Iona College, The City College, The City University of New York, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Yeshiva University.
Anne Beane Rudman is a solo practitioner specializing in criminal defense & environmental law. Prior to this she was an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney’s office for 25 years where she was Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit. Since 2007, she has worked to implement trial advocacy programs in Liberia, Kenya and Uganda. She has also taught courses in Liberia and Ghana designed for local criminal practitioners, police, judges, and magistrates that focused on domestic violence and trial advocacy skills. Ms. Rudman was a contributor to the World Bank’s “Doing Business Project” for Liberia, Ethiopia and Papua New Guinea from 2007-2009. Ms. Rudman, a former trustee of Sarah Lawrence College, sponsored the College’s academic program in Cuba after visiting the country three times with SLC. She currently serves on the Board of the New York Road Runners Club which is responsible for the New York City Marathon as well as youth fitness programs for over 115,000 New York City public school children. She is also Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Without Borders, an international not-for-profit focused on promoting rule of law. Prior to joining the John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees in 2011, Ms. Rudman was on the Advisory Board of the Pre Law Institute and served as a judge at the CUNY Moot Court Competition, which included students from John Jay College.
Dr. Andrew Shiva was the Chief Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York until December 2009. He was also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forensic Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He graduated from John Jay College, from which he also received a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.
Alan Siegel has become one of the best-known figures in the branding business while building a leading brand consultancy, Siegel+Gale, devoted to positioning global companies for competitive success. He is one of the first graduates of the Management Training Program at Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn, a leading advertising agency. Mr. Siegel helped establish the Communications Design Center, which handled corporate identity, packaging, and sales promotion projects. A graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Mr. Siegel also attended New York University Law School, the School of Visual Arts, and Alexei Brodovich's Design Laboratory. Currently, he serves on the Boards of the Museum of Arts and Design, the American Theater Wing, The Authors Guild Foundation, Inc., the Nathaniel Wharton Foundation at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Business for Diplomatic Action, Aperture Foundation and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
William Snipes is a Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP and a member of the Firm's Litigation Group. His practice is focused on representing clients in complex commercial, securities, banking and products liability litigation and in investigations and proceedings before federal and state regulatory authorities. Mr. Snipes has represented a broad range of U.S. and foreign industrial and financial services clients. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Bar Association and of the Board of Trustees of New School University and a member of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Snipes, for many years, taught trial advocacy at Columbia Law School. Mr. Snipes has been named to The Lawdragon 500: The Leading Lawyers in America (2006, 2007) and Lawdragon 3000: Leading Lawyers in America (2009-2010), and has been recognized as a leader in Business Litigation in New York Super Lawyers (2006-2011).
Jeremy Travis became the fourth President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in August of 2004. Prior to his appointment, President Travis served four years as a Senior Fellow affiliated with the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research and policy organization in Washington, DC. From 1994-2000, Mr. Travis directed the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. Nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate, Travis reinvigorated the agency, managing the growth of its annual budget from $25 million to $120 million. Prior to his service in Washington, Mr. Travis was Deputy Commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He also served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice. Mr. Travis served as Special Advisor to New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch from 1986-89 and as Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services for the Mayor's Office of Operations in 1986. Mr. Travis earned a JD, cum laude, from the New York University School of Law and an MPA from the New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He received a BA, cum laude, in American Studies, from Yale College.