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.
As an entrepreneur Allan Affeldt has restored historic or architecturally significant properties, revitalized communities, and transformed people and places with his visionary projects. He has restored historic properties in railroad towns, including the La Posada in Winslow, Ariz., Legal Tender in Lamy, N.M., the La Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M. – home of the first trackside hotel for the Fred Harvey Company which also operated the Montezuma Castle – and the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M. Allan’s expertise is in nonprofit and for-profit finance, strategic planning, public relations, and conflict resolution.
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.
Dominic Garcia is the chief investment officer of New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association in Santa Fe, which is a $16 billion public pension fund serving 90,000 employees. Dominic’s risk-based approach to investing has been recognized nationally and helped the system produce strong risk adjusted returns and exceed benchmarks. Prior to returning to his native New Mexico in 2017, Dominic spent nine years as a Senior Alpha Manager at the $100 billion State of Wisconsin Investment Board pension system, which is the only fully funded pension system in the country. Dominic also serves on the research and advisory boards for the University of North Carolina Kenan Institute for Private Capital, the University of Chicago Center for Municipal Finance, Managed Funds Association, and AIF Global. He has a bachelor’s in political science and economics from the University of New Mexico and a master’s of public policy in public finance from University of Chicago. Dominic and his wife live in Santa Fe with their three children.
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.