Board of Trustees
UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees.
UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board provides general governance for the school, including collaboration with administration on strategic planning; oversight of the three pillars of UWC programming, academic, experiential, residential; reviewing and approving school budgets, and aiding in the school’s work to advance philanthropic goals.
Board members are alumni, parents of alumni, and international leaders and bring their broad experience in finance, governance, and education to the strategic management of the school. Read brief biographies of our board members below.
Board Chairman Steve Dichter of Santa Fe, N.M., is chief operating officer for Agility Logistics based in Switzerland. Prior to that, Steve was a senior partner with McKinsey & Co. for 20 years, where he was a co-leader of the organizational performance practice. He also served for two years as deputy secretary for the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue. Steve is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School.
Geeta Anand has been a journalist for 27 years, serving during the past decade as a foreign correspondent in India for The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She has won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about corporate corruption and authored a book, The Cure, made into the Harrison Ford movie Extraordinary Measures. She is currently a journalism professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her daughter Aleka Kroitzsh graduated in 2018 from UWC-USA.
Bill Banowsky of Austin, Texas, is a cinema operator, film producer, and real estate developer. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from SMU School of Law. Bill practiced law for 10 years before joining the radio and television broadcasting industry in 1996, where he served as general counsel of three publicly traded media companies. He founded Magnolia Pictures in 2001, served as cheif operating officer of Landmark Theatres from 2003-2007, and founded Carolina Cinemas in 2008 and Violet Crown Cinemas in 2011. Bill served on the board of directors of publicly traded LIN Media company from 2004 through 2014, during which time he served as chairman of the corporate governance committee.
Marc Blum of Baltimore, Md., is a former partner and now counsel to Gordon, Feinblatt LLC. He has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice for the Antitrust and Land and Natural Resources Divisions. Marc manages World Total Return Fund, LLLP. He serves or has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Davis Funds, McDonogh School, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore Courthouse & Law Museum Foundation, the Baltimore Council for Economic and Business Opportunity, and LifeBridge Health. He also serves on advisory boards to the Deans, Yale School of Engineering, and University of Maryland Medical School. Marc holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale, and law and doctorate degrees from Columbia University. He served as captain in the U.S. Army.
Leigh Ann Brown
Leigh Ann Brown
Leigh Ann Brown of Santa Fe, N.M., is president of Brown Thomason & Associates, LLC, a medical management company. Leigh Ann was a regional marketing director for AT&T and Southwestern Bell. She has served as board chair for the International Folk Art Alliance, Santa Fe Preparatory School, and the Buckaroo Ball Committee. Leigh Ann has served on the advisory boards of Santa Fe Pro Musica and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
Manolo Espinosa ’87 of Mill Valley, Calif., is senior advisor for Burda Principal Investments, a division of Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s largest media and technology conglomerates. Previously, he was vice president at SoundCloud, the world’s leading audio platform, responsible for SoundCloud’s global teams covering spoken audio, developer evangelism, and partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple. He was co-founder of IndexTank, a hosted search engine acquired by LinkedIn, and senior executive at media and tech companies for over 20 years. He was also instrumental in launching the UWCx alumni group in San Francisco. Manolo holds degrees from Amherst College and Harvard University.