Chairman of the Board

Jules Kroll is Chairman and founder of K2 Global Partners. He is the founder and former CEO and Executive Chairman of the Board of Kroll Inc. He is the widely acknowledged creator of the modern corporate investigative and security industry. Kroll Associates is a publicly-held corporation with offices in more than sixty cities on six continents. 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, 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. Kroll is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Georgetown University Law Center, director of the Presidential Life Insurance Company and Chairman of the Board of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Kroll earned his LL.B at Georgetown University.


Zachary W. Carter is a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP and is head of the Trial Group of the firm's New York office, as well as co-chair of the firm's White Collar Crime and Civil Fraud Practice. Mr. Carter practices in the areas of white collar criminal defense and securities and other complex civil litigation, representing companies in government regulated industries and government contractors. Mr. Carter advises corporate clients on matters concerning regulatory and ethical compliance, as well as corporate governance. Mr. Carter has substantial experience in the areas of first amendment and products liability litigation. Mr. Carter received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

George Friedman became managing director of Aramis, Inc., of the Estee Lauder Companies, in 1968. He rose to Group President for Aramis and Clinique. In 1976 he started Warner Cosmetics, a joint venture with Warner Communication and Ralph Lauren. The company created a number of very successful brands includingPolo, Lauren, Vanderbilt and Picasso. He was Chairman and CEO of Gryphon Development, LP a company he founded in 1988. He was most recently Chairman and CEO of World Medical Leaders. Mr. Friedman has served as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College where he was President of the Foundation and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in 1990. He was also a professor at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, and in. 1992 was appointed a visiting lecturer at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He is on the Board of Directors at New Visions for Public Schools, as well as The Phoenix House. He is Chairman of the Phoenix House NY. Mr. Friedman also serves on the Boards of The New York Public Library and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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.

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David Lawrence is Associate General Counsel at Goldman Sachs. He is 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 provides 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. Prior to joining the firm, 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. David serves on the Board of Directors of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. Lawrence earned a JD from New York University in 1980 and a BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1975.

Michael McCann, the former Chief of Security of the United Nations, is the President of McCann Protective Services, LLC. The company delivers discrete and customized security services for the diplomatic community, corporate executives, celebrities and their families. Mr. McCann is a former senior ranking officer from the New York City Police Department and a 26-year veteran of the New York City Police Department. , Mr. McCann is also a member of the International Association of the Chief of Police (IACP) and serves on the International Policing Division Steering Committee, the New York State Bar Association, the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), the National Law Enforcement Association and the NYPD Captains Endowment Association. Mr. McCann received a Juris Doctorate degree from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is the President of John Jay's Alumni Association.

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, is one of the most accomplished and prominent executives in the real estate industry.. Mr. Mirante was named CEO of Cushman & Wakefield in 1984 and guided the dramatic transformation of the 88-year old firm from a regional brokerage company into a global multi-service real estate firm with 11,000 employees in 50 countries. Following a 20-year career as President and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Mirante assumed the position of President, Global Client Development . Mr. Mirante is a graduate of St. John's University Law School (J.D., 1968). He also holds an honorary degree, Doctor of Human Letters, from St. John's University, and is a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Mr. Mirante is an active member of the community, serving on the Boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations and cultural institutions, including The United Way of New York City, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, The National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, New York City Partnership and Chamber of Commerce, and The Realty Foundation of New York, Inc.

Bettina Murray is an Instructor 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 over seventeen years, and at John Jay for ten years. 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 she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Fordham University.

Silda Palerm, Silda Palerm is Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel for the Warner Music Group, handling all litigation for the corporation and its subsidiaries since 2001. Her practice began in 1989 with the New York City law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindell and has included a period with the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York during which she served as Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division. In that role, Ms. Palerm litigated cases involving contract and administrative law; personal injury; bankruptcy; and employment discrimination. From 1986 to 1987, she was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Federico Hernandez-Denton, Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, and the following year served in the same capacity to the Honorable Stephen Breyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.   

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.

Dr. Andrew Shiva, was until December 2009 the Chief Psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. 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 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 has represented financial institutions in major regulatory and internal investigations, as well as regulatory enforcement actions, involving financial derivative instruments, mutual fund trading and allegations of money laundering. He has been involved in antitrust litigation concerning the crude oil industry and the National Football League. He represented a law firm defendant in the national tobacco litigation and the world's largest spirits manufacturer in youth marketing litigation. He represents the New York State Banking Department in a dispute with the former Republic of Yugoslavia over the state's regulatory authority to liquidate insolvent Yugoslavian banks. Mr. Snipes also represents companies, board committees, officers and directors in securities fraud and derivative actions arising from (i) collapse of the energy trading market; (ii) financial statement fraud; and (iii) options back-dating. Mr. Snipes is the co-chair of the Firm's Diversity.

Phil Suarez is the CEO & President of the Suarez Restaurant Group and a partner in Culinary Concepts by Jean–Georges. Mr. Suarez's contributions to the New York cultural arena are not limited to his illustrious restaurants. He has actively served on the Board of Directors of the Police Athletic League for more than twenty years. He has also been on the Board of the New York Urban Coalition, acted as President of the Catholic Big Brothers Association, and is a member of the New York State Commission on Human Rights. Crain's New York Business counted him among their 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in 2002 and then again in 2003 as one of their 100 Most Powerful Minority Business Leaders.Most recently, Suarez has been appointed to the Board of Trustees at John Jay College.

Dick Tarlow, a member of the John Jay College Foundation of Trustees, conceived and has sponsored the John Jay Justice Awards. Having retired from the advertising agency business (he had previously been the owner of three prominent advertising agencies) he has focused his efforts since on his philanthropic activities. He was one of the original founders of "The Elders" whose honorary Chairman is Nelson Mandela. For several years, he sponsored various programs at The Children's Aid Society. Purchased 100 acres in Kenya where he hopes to build a model orphanage for 500 children and has helped build irrigation systems and purchased grain mills in several South African villages. He splits his time, with his wife Kristin Kehrberg, in their homes in Shelter Island, NY, Westport, Ct., New York City and St. Bart's.

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.