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.
Ben Jones AC’91 of Chicago, Ill., is a professor at Kellogg School of Management. His research considers obstacles to growth in developing countries, including subjects such as national leadership, higher education, and climate change. Ben also studies technological progress in advanced economies, including the link between age and creativity, and the role of collaboration in innovation. His research has appeared in leading academic journals, including Science, and has been profiled in media outlets such as the Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal. A former Rhodes Scholar, Ben has served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as senior economist for macroeconomics for the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, master’s in philosophy from Oxford, and doctorate from MIT.
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.
Jonas Nilsson ’90 is a partner with Cinven, a private investment equity group.
Born in Sweden and a resident of Westport, Conn., Jonas was previously a partner at Triton, where he was responsible for business services investments in the Nordics. Prior to this, he was in the private equity and investment banking groups at Morgan Stanley in New York.
Jonas has a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Amherst College in Massachusetts.
Jon Schneider of Santa Fe, N.M., is a private investor focused on early stage energy and healthcare companies. He is also a visiting scholar at Northwestern University. Jon’s past positions include co-founder of the Solar Fuels Institute; principal/partner at Noribachi, an alternative technology firm based in Los Angeles; vice president, Energy Risk Management of Goldman Sachs, Asia; and managing director of the Astra Oil Group in Singapore and Switzerland. He has served on several non-profit boards, including the Santa Fe Preparatory School. Jon received a bachelor’s of arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s in arts in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Justin Lee ’95 of Boston, Mass., founded Justin Lee Architecture + Design in 2015 after his 10-year collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He has extensive experience working with clients, engineers, and contractors, putting together high-profile, high-performance museums/cultural projects and public space design. Coupled with his interested in the junction of architecture, art, and technology, Justin has led his architecture and design studio in pursuing projects ranging from museum and exhibition designs to digitally fabricated porcelain facades with morphing geometry. Apart from professional practice, Justin has also served as guest lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture, Boston Society of Architects, and Universidad Francisco Marroquin Facultad de Arquitectura in Guatemala. He holds a bachelor’s of arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University.
Klaus Desmet ’88 resides in Dallas, Texas, and teaches economics at Southern Methodist University. His research focuses on urban economics, international trade, long-run growth, climate change, and the political economy of diversity.
Klaus’ work has been published in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy, and has been featured in media outlets, such as The Economist and NPR. In 2019, he received the Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize, awarded biannually for the most interesting paper in the area of dynamic economics published in the Journal of Political Economy in the preceding two years.
Before returning to the United States, Klaus worked for 15 years at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
He holds a master’s in engineering and business from Université Catholique de Louvain and a doctorate in economics from Stanford.