Advisory Board Connecticut

Shan is a first year MBA student at Yale SOM and will be joining BCG this summer as a Summer Consultant in the Toronto Office. He completed his undergrad from IIT in India with a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in the US. Prior to Yale SOM, Shan was working at KPMG in India as a Climate Change Consultant and before that, as a Process Engineering Consultant at Carollo Engineers in Chicago. He is passionate about climate change and has engaged in international climate advocacy at the UN by engaging with diplomats and policymakers on issues of climate finance, carbon pricing and community-led movements. In fact, he has spoken at the UN multiple times as a youth leader. He is also a big NBA fan and loves basketball.

Andrew Ashforth is Co-Chief Executive Officer and a Principal of The Ashforth Company. He is jointly responsible for the overall operation of the Company, including its ownership and development activities, and its divisions, A.P. Construction Company and Albert B. Ashforth, Inc. – Management Services. In addition to his role as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Andrew is CEO and President of A.P. Construction Company. He is responsible for the overall operation, including long-term goals and direction. A longtime resident of New Canaan, Andrew is a member of the World Presidents Organization, and currently serves on the Client Advisory Board of Building Engines, Inc. He is a past board member of the Round Hill Club and Future 5 organization. Andrew is also past-President of the New Canaan Sports Council and New Canaan Day Care Center, past-Vice President of New Canaan Youth Soccer, and spent ten years as Assistant Coach of the New Canaan High School Men’s Hockey Team. Andrew graduated from Deerfield Academy and received his B.A. from the University of Vermont with a major in English and a minor in 3D Design.

Susan is an investor focused on impact investing, specifically focused on providing capital to women entrepreneurs. Prior to this, Susan was the COO of the Global Impact Investing Network, the Co-Chief Operating Officer of the Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Group, and an Executive Director at The Blackstone Group, Private Equity. Susan was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette for 15 years.

David Berkowitz is a private investor residing in New Haven. David currently serves on the boards of the Helen and William Mazer Foundation and Congregation B'nai Israel and Connecticut Social Venture Partners and is a former board Member and Treasurer of the Northeast Wilderness Trust

Bill Buchanan most recently served as the CEO of Lazard Capital Markets LLC.  He joined Lazard Frères & Co. in July 2006, as Head of U.S. Equity Capital Markets and Co-Head of U.S. Corporate Finance.

Wes practices in Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessy’s Business Services and Individual Client Practice Groups. Wes represents public and closely-held businesses and non-profit organizations in all aspects of their operations, from formation and start-up through growth, ongoing operations, and exit planning.

Mildred Carstensen  has spent her career as an educator, beginning as a high school French teacher in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1967.

Raúl de Brigard lives in Higganum and New York City, and has degrees from Harvard and UCLA in architecture and land planning. Since his arrival in Connecticut some  50 years ago he has been active in town affairs, including many years as chair of the Planning & Zoning and Conservation Commissions.

Tom Holloway, a Madison resident, is now retired. He served as Chief Financial Officer of the Community Economic Development Fund in Hartford and previously as CFO of the Bank Mart, a former Bridgeport savings bank.

Rob Klee is a Lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in industrial ecology, a law degree from Yale, and an undergraduate degree from Princeton in geology and environmental science. Rob most recently served as the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), from January 2014 until January 2019, for former Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

Penny has always been interested in preserving natural places. After Wellesley College and raising three sons, she attended the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and received a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Penny spent her final graduate year as an intern with the New York Botanical Garden on a project called The Bronx Green Up. This project helped Bronx citizen groups acquire vacant lots from the city and assisted them further in clearing the lots, donating materials to start urban gardens, and teaching residents gardening skills.

Erin Nicholls is an Associate in Wiggin and Dana’s Private Client Services Department, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, trust and estate administration, and philanthropy. In that role, Erin works with individuals and families on the preparation of tax-efficient estate plans, and she helps guide fiduciaries through the settlement of estates and the administration of trusts.
Before joining the firm, Erin was an intern for the Honorable Alfred V. Covello of the United States District Court and a summer associate for Wiggin and Dana. While in law school, Erin worked with Professor Brendan S. Maher, for whom she assisted with research related to retirement benefits, insurance, and health care law.

Carolyn O’Brien is the former Executive Director of the Viking Global Foundation, a foundation focused on promoting school readiness for at risk children in Connecticut and New York.

Elanah Sherman has been involved in the disability rights movement for about thirty-five years. As Project Director of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coalition of Connecticut, an Advocate at the former State Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, and a freelance consultant, she has provided ADA training and policy/structure access audits for private nonprofits, municipalities, and agencies of State government. As a volunteer, she led successful initiatives to increase accessibility at Connecticut’s domestic violence shelters and to develop one of the first and most effective ‘Medicaid buy-in’ programs in the country, enabling people with disabilities to work and retain their Medicaid coverage. Until recently, Elanah was Chair of the Norwich Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

Emma Tuzinkiewicz (New York) joined KKR’s Public Affairs team in 2015 to help support the Firm’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) work across its investment portfolio. A graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University, Ms. Tuzinkiewicz earned a B.A. focusing her studies on Sustainable Development and Spanish.