Board of Directors
Amrit Kanwal, Chair
Amrit is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MFS Investment Management, a Boston-based global investment firm where he has worked since 2009. Previously, Amrit held executive positions at Putnam Investments, Pepsi, and Miller Brewing. From 2007 to 2016, Amrit served on the board of SquashBusters, the country’s first urban squash program, chairing its governance and nominating committee. Amrit is also a board member of US Squash, the national governing body of squash, for which he serves on the finance and audit committees. A native of Hong Kong, Amrit earned a BA from the University of Texas and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. He is an active squash player and one of his two children plays competitively.
Derek is the Executive Director of Racquet Up, an SEA member program based in Detroit, Michigan. Derek has led Racquet Up from its founding in 2010. Previously, Derek served as Academic Director and subsequently Program Director for the nation’s first urban squash program, SquashBusters, located in Boston. A Michigan native, Derek earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A from Harvard Business School. Derek lives in Detroit and serves on the city’s Recreation Advisory Commission.
Tim is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Chubb Group. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of ACE Limited, a position he held since joining the company in 2000. Tim was Director of Fixed Income at Tudor Investment Corporation from 1997 to 2000 and Managing Partner and Director of Global Leveraged Investment Activity at Fischer Francis Trees & Watts from 1976 to 1997. He completed his B.A. at Indiana University with highest honors. Tim is a former trustee and board member at the American School in London and is currently a trustee of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has played squash for decades, and lives in Westport, CT with his wife Barbara.
Todd is the Managing Partner of WLJ Capital, an investment firm he founded in 2015. Prior to forming WLJ he was a Partner at ValueAct Capital. Todd is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was a member of the heavyweight crew team, and earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School. He is a late-in-life convert to squash. Todd resides with his family in Westwood, Massachusetts. His wife Brooke was a member of two National Champion squash teams at Harvard and a Captain in her senior year. Todd and Brooke have three children, all of whom play squash. Todd previously was a member of the Board of Directors of KAR Auction Services. He is currently a Member of the Corporation of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He and Brooke support SquashBusters and the Epiphany School among other organizations.
New York, NY
Rick is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yingo Yango, a health and wellness technology company and the Vice Chairman of MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm. In addition to being a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Rick serves on the board of directors at the Aspen Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Cristo Rey Network and several private companies. He previously held numerous executive positions, including Chairman & CEO of Fresh Direct, Chairman of the Board of Mozido, President & COO of Citicorp, Chairman of True North Communications, and Chairman & CEO of priceline.com. Rick earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and received his M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business Administration.
New York, NY
Brooke is a Managing Director at Evercore in its corporate advisory business. Brooke has played an integral role in a number of landmark transactions in the industrials sector. Previously, Brooke was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. She graduated from Harvard College and earned an M.B.A at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, Brooke served as co-captain of the varsity squash team where her team won three national championships and she earned All-American honors. A competitive golfer, Brooke previously served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association.
Elizabeth grew up in New York City and was an All-American squash player and co-captain at Princeton University. Elizabeth went on to complete her MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business and later work at GE Capital. Elizabeth has served as the President of the Norwood School’s Parents Association and a member of its Board of Trustees. An avid squash player and squash parent, Elizabeth has served on the SEA Citizenship Tour committee since 2017. She lives in Bethesda, MD.
Esteban is the Executive Director and Founder of Squash Urbano Colombia, SEA’s international affiliate program which launched in 2014 in Cartagena. Under Esteban’s leadership, Squash Urbano has grown to enroll 60 students, three of whom have gained admission to boarding schools in the United States. Squash Urbano has developed one of the strongest squash programs in the SEA network, and SUC students have won national tournaments in Colombia as well as two SEA National titles. From 2009 to 2014, Esteban was the Squash Director at CitySquash in the Bronx. Previously, Esteban coached at a squash club outside of New York City and lived in Toronto while playing on the professional men’s squash tour. Esteban graduated from Los Andes University in Bogotá.
Val is the Principal of his own residential architecture company, Val Hawkins Architect, LLC, which he launched in the fall of 2018. Previously, he worked as Project Manager and Architect at Franck & Lohsen Architects and Smithgroup, JJR, and held various posts in business, advertising and banking. Val completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton, where he played on the varsity squash team and was named most dedicated player. Val earned an M.B.A. at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Masters in Architecture at Catholic University. Val lives in Georgetown with his family.
Bob is a Managing Director and Senior Analyst in Equity Research at Bank of America, where he has worked since 2008. Previously, Bob was at Lehman Brothers and DLJ. Bob graduated from Trinity College, where he played varsity squash, and earned his M.B.A. at Columbia University. A native of Buffalo, Bob was involved with SEA’s efforts to start a program in his hometown. Bob plays doubles squash in Connecticut and New York.
Elizabeth Berylson Katz
Liz played varsity squash at Harvard University and is a trustee of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Liz has been involved with SEA’s partnership with Exeter’s Summer School, and is a supporter of SquashBusters in Boston and Lawrence. A resident of Boston, Liz most recently worked in the Retail Division of CHANEL, Inc. and is a full-time parent.
David is the CEO of MetroSquash, SEA’s member program in Chicago. Under David’s leadership, MetroSquash has grown from a startup in 2005 to one of the largest and successful member programs in the SEA network. David led the effort to build MetroSquash’s $7 million youth center, which opened in the South Side of Chicago in 2015, and he led the launch of MetroSquash’s new location in Evanston in 2018. Before MetroSquash, David coached the men’s squash team at the University of Rochester and was a teaching squash professional in New York City. A native of Canada and a former top ranked player on the professional doubles squash tour, David was an All-American squash player at Princeton, where his team won the national championship in 1993.
New York, NY
Pam is the Chief Administrative Officer of Two Sigma, an investment firm with $50 billion assets under management based in New York City. At Two Sigma, Pam is responsible for operations, work place services, and corporate platform and initiatives. Previously, Pam was at Deutsche Bank for eighteen years, most recently as a managing director and head of Global Prime Finance. Pam was named one of 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by the Hedgefund Journal in 2013. A graduate of Penn State, Pam lives in Brooklyn, and has two children who play squash competitively.
New York, NY
Kevin is the CEO of U.S. SQUASH, the national governing body and membership organization for the sport in the United States. In addition to owning the U.S. Open, the North American Open and other U.S. Championships, U.S. SQUASH selects and supports the U.S. Teams, maintains the official ratings and rankings system for the country, and invests in programs to grow participation in the sport at every level. Before joining US Squash in 2004, Kevin worked for Sun Microsystems in the Worldwide Marketing Operations group. Kevin also managed worldwide sponsorships, which included negotiating sales and marketing deals with MLB.com and a multi-year relationship with the National Hockey League. Prior to Sun, Kevin worked in the corporate consulting division of the sports marketing firm ProServ. Kevin graduated from Cornell University, where he was a member of the varsity squash team.
Arnold has been an activist museum director since 1974. He started his career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and was then Executive Director of the Urban Improvements Program of New York; Director of the Parks Council of New York; Director of the Metropolitan Museum and Art Centers of Dade County; Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art; and Director of the Brooklyn Museum from 1997 to 2015. With the second largest collection in the country, under Arnold’s guidance, Brooklyn became one of America’s most robust – an average age of 34 (down from 59 in 1998) – and diverse cultural institutions, with over 40% of its visitors people of color. During his Brooklyn tenure, Arnold chaired the City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) of 33 major cultural institutions on or in City-owned property. Since his retirement in 2015, Arnold Lehman has been senior advisor at Phillips, the international auction house for modern and contemporary art. He is a Trustee of the Bard Graduate Center, the American Federation of Arts, and on the Executive Committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum. A director since 1982, Arnold is Chair of the Legg Mason Funds. He is Brooklyn-based and, most importantly, was an avid squash player for over a half century.
New York, NY
Justin is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP, the international law firm headquartered in New York City. Justin specializes in syndicated loan financings and has significant experience in the representation of financial institutions, investment banks, financial sponsors and corporate borrowers. Justin graduated from Yale University, where he played varsity football, and received his J.D. from the University of Kansas. Justin plays squash actively, his two children are nationally ranked players, and his wife, Emily, is a former Yale All-American.
After earning a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Christie joined the Peace Corps in Mongolia and taught English for two years. Upon returning to the United States, Christie began a career in sales, first with 3M company in St. Paul, MN and then Connaught pharmaceuticals and Merck & Co in Texas and New York. After moving to Rye, NY and starting a family, Christie has served on the boards of Rye Presbyterian Nursery School, Manursing Island Club and is currently on the board of the Rye Youth Council. Christie is also involved with Unicef, Port Chester Carver Center and POTS (Part of the Solution, an integrative food shelter in the Bronx). Christie and her husband, Chris, have four children, two of whom are competitive squash players.
Rene is a Partner at Pinehouse Capital, LLC in New York, NY. Previously, he worked as Managing Director at Natixis Capital Markets, IXIS Capital Markets, Paine Webber, and Kidder Peabody. Rene earned his Bachelor’s from Cornell University, his M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Both of Rene’s daughters played squash at Harvard, and his eldest daughter, Haley, plays on the professional squash circuit and is a member of the U.S. National Team. Rene and his wife, Leslie Henshaw, are longtime supporters of CitySquash and live in Brooklyn, NY.
New York, NY
Jesse is a Corporate Account Executive at Box, a cloud content management company. Previously, Jesse worked as an Account Executive at Oracle in Redwood Shores, CA. A graduate of CitySquash, Jesse was a 2-time All American at Cornell University. An active squash player, Jesse is a board member of SquashDrive in Oakland, and lives in New York City.
Charlie is a personal investor and a board member of American Robotics, an autonomous drone developer in Marlborough, MA. Charlie has worked in various positions trading interest rates, including Managing Director of the US Treasury STRIPS desk at Barclays Capital, Partner at Centerlight Capital Management and Archeus Capital Management, two multi-strategy hedge funds he co-founded, and Salomon Brothers, where he ran the US Government Bond trading desk. He received his BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. Charlie is also a member of the board at Wyoming Seminary, a college preparatory school in Kingston, PA and served on SEA’s Board of Directors from 2007-2018. Charlie lives in Riverside, CT with his wife Hilary, a former board member of CitySquash and St Paul’s School, and enjoys squash, tennis, golf and two Labrador retrievers.
Amanda is one of the best American squash players of all time. A native of Sea Cliff, New York, Amanda won the World Junior Championships in 2010, becoming the first American to win the prestigious event. As a student at Harvard University, she won the National Intercollegiate Championships four times and did not lose a match during her four years. Amanda has reached a ranking of #7 in the world and won three gold medals at the 2014 Pan American Games. Known for giving back to the game, Amanda is a board member of US Squash, a mentor to a SquashBusters student, and regularly volunteers to play in exhibitions for SEA programs across the United States. Amanda resides in Boston.
Meg has served as the Executive Director of Capitol Squash in Hartford, Connecticut since 2014. A Hartford area native, Meg learned squash on the Trinity College courts before going to Vassar College, where she captained the squash team. After graduation, Meg joined Teach For America and taught special education at an elementary school in Washington, DC. In addition to her B.A. from Vassar, Meg has a Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education from George Mason University.
Mike has served as Harvard’s varsity squash coach since 2010. During his time at Harvard, Mike has led the men’s team to two national titles and the women to four straight titles. He has volunteered his time to mentor and coach the squash directors at SquashBusters and other programs while at Harvard. Previously, Mike served as the head squash coach at the National Squash Training Centre in Canada serving as the coach for many years of World No. 1 Jonathon Power. A passionate coach, he has presented at numerous conferences around the world.
Oliver is a Managing Partner with Blue Pool Capital Limited, a family office based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Blue Pool, he was with Citadel, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs & Co. in Hong Kong. Oliver received his B.A. from Harvard University and then completed a one-year advanced Chinese language program at the Stanford University Center at National Taiwan University. Oliver was a member of the Harvard squash team and continues to play actively. Oliver is on the board for Teach for America’s affiliate, Teach for China, where he serves as the Treasurer and Chairman of the Development Committee. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard University Shanghai Center and the Harvard China Fund. Oliver is also a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Advisory Board and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
New York, NY
Keith is the co-managing partner of the 300-lawyer New York office of Ropes & Gray, where he focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Previously, Keith worked as a senior analyst at Moody’s Corporation. He has been named “Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer” by Turnaround and Workouts, and has been included in top lawyers lists from Benchmark Litigation, Chambers USA, and New York Super Lawyers. A graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his B.A. and J.D., Keith is a founding board member of the New York Historical Society’s Minorities in Restructuring and Alternative Investments Chairman’s Council. Keith is an advisory board member at Legal Outreach, and has served on the board of the Harlem Community Development Corporation.
Tim co-founded SEA in 2005 and became executive director in 2012. Under Tim’s leadership, SEA’s membership has grown from 12 to 20 member programs in the United States and five affiliate organizations abroad, with combined enrollment exceeding 2,500 students. Previously, Tim was the founding executive director of CitySquash, the country’s fourth squash and education program, which operates in the Bronx and Brooklyn. A graduate of Harvard University, where he played varsity soccer and was an All-American on the squash team, Tim later competed on the professional squash tour and was a member of the U.S. men’s national team. A native of Cincinnati and resident of New York City, Tim is a board member of US Squash.
New York, NY
Paul is a portfolio manager focusing on global macro strategies at Moore Capital, an investment firm based in New York City. Before joining Moore in 2008, Paul spent fifteen years at Greenwich Capital Markets, where he was a proprietary trader, oversaw the US Government Bond trading desk, and ran Global Proprietary Trading. Before joining Greenwich Capital Markets, Paul worked at Barclays de Zoette and Brown Brothers Harriman. The Yablon Foundation, which is led by Paul and his wife, Jill, is involved with numerous charitable organizations. Paul has been a volunteer mentor at the Boys Club of New York and has served on the boards of the United Jewish Appeal of Greenwich, Allan Houston Legacy Foundation, and the Browning School. Paul graduated from Trinity College, and his children play squash and have volunteered at StreetSquash Harlem.
William E. Simon, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Los Angeles, CA
Bill is Co-Chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC. The firm, which he co-founded in 1988, manages a diverse investment portfolio totaling more than $1 billion in assets. Previously, Bill co-founded a municipal bond company and held senior positions at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company. Earlier in his career, Bill worked as Assistant United States Attorney under then Unites States Attorney, Rudolph Giuliani. A 1982 Boston College Law School graduate, Mr. Simon earned a B.A. from Williams College, where he played varsity squash and where he served until recently on the Board of Trustees. Bill is the Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation. He and his wife, Cindy, established the Sound Body Sound Mind Fitness Program for Los Angeles area high schools. Bill is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and Chairman Emeritus of Covenant House California. In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Trustees of the St. John’s Health Center Foundation in Los Angeles and the Riverview School in Massachusetts.