Board of Directors

CUP’s Board of Directors are diverse leaders from across sectors responsible for the strategic decision-making and financial responsibility of the organization.


  • Johnita Mizelle – Chair Emeritus

    Johnita Walker Mizelle serves as Head of Investor Relations & Ecosystem Development at Anthemis Group. Previously, she served as Head of Business Development for LM Capital Group, based in San Diego, CA. In her current capacity, she is responsible for ...

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  • Marcos Torres

    Marcos Torres is a senior Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets (RBC) and Head of the firm’s U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment investment banking business. Mr. Torres started his investment banking career at J.P. Morgan over 20 years ago, and ...

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  • Timicka C. Anderson

    Timicka Anderson is Managing Director and Head of Consumer Products & Retail within Citi’s U.S. Commercial Bank, Global and National Industries. She leads a specialized, client coverage team in the origination and development of Citi’s relationship with U.S. based early ...

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  • Seth Bryant – Secretary

    B. Seth Bryant is the Managing Partner of Bryant Rabbino LLP. Seth represents a wide range of clients, including large corporations and financial institutions, governmental entities, public benefit corporations, investment funds, and early stage companies in a range of transactional ...

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  • Michael A. Persaud – Chair

    Michael Persaud works in wealth management at Morgan Stanley. He has been a successful businessman and entrepreneur for his entire career. After spending twenty plus years running his business and working to build others in media and entertainment, Mr. Persaud ...

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  • Frank Dix

    Frank Dix is a management consultant in NY, who leads engagements advising banks, broker-dealers, and exchanges on cost rationalization/target operating models, AML and forensic tech, and global data privacy. In one recent engagement, Frank advised an investment bank on developing ...

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  • Sandra Hurse

    Sandra Hurse is the firm’s Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining GCM Grosvenor, Ms. Hurse held various positions at Bank of America, most recently serving as Global Head of Human Resources for Corporate and Investment Banking. ​ Previously, Ms. ...

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  • Harry Valetk

    Harry A. Valetk is a partner in the Global Privacy and Data Security practice group of Baker McKenzie. He regularly supports companies in the insurance and financial services sector, retail, pharmaceutical/ healthcare, transportation/ logistics, hospitality, defense, social media, cloud technology, ...

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  • Alexandra Wallace

    Alexandra Wallace is the Head of Media & Content at Verizon Media. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of NBC News as well as the executive in charge of Today and Meet the Press. She was also the Executive Producer ...

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  • Indhira Arrington – Vice Chair

    Currently, Indhira Arrington provides leadership in the strategic planning and execution of diversity sourcing initiatives and programs for the Wholesale Banking Division of Wells Fargo. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms. Arrington held several roles at Bank of America within ...

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  • Fernando Bohorquez

    Fernando Bohorquez is a forward-thinking, problem-solving, and innovative attorney who handles commercial, intellectual property, and bankruptcy litigation as well as business disputes. Currently the Litigation Group Coordinator for BakerHostetler’s New York office, Fernando has deep knowledge and experience with all ...

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  • David W. Brown

    David W. Brown focuses his practice primarily on securities and intellectual property litigation, regulatory investigations, and white collar criminal matters.

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  • Kenneth N. Ebie

    Kenneth Ebie is the Executive Director and Chief Development Officer of Black Entrepreneurs NYC. Ebie previously worked as a Director at The Raben Group, a national strategic communications and public affairs firm. Prior to that, he served in New York ...

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  • Meredith Moore

    Meredith Moore oversees Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s inclusion initiatives including diversity education, affinity groups, diversity pipeline, and community service. Hallmarks of Weil’s diversity efforts under Ms. Moore’s leadership include biennial diversity month celebrations globally, individual affinity group conferences, Upstander@Weil ...

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  • Tejash Patel

    Tejash Patel is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley and Global Head of Bank Resource Management (BRM) and Global Co-Head of Delta-One Structured Products (DSP) based in New York. Tejash joined Morgan Stanley in Tokyo as Japan Head of Securities ...

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  • Rashaan Reid

    Rashaan (“Rash”) Reid, is Head of Global Senior Relationship Management (SRM), which services the top 150+ clients within Global Markets at BofA Securities. Rash & the team’s focus is to holistically deliver to the firm’s top c-suite clients business, investment, ...

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  • Barry G. Simmons

    Barry G. Simmons is the Managing Director and Head of the East Division for JP Morgan Wealth Management. He currently leads a team of over 1,400 financial advisors across 1,500 branches in the East. He also serves as a co-chair ...

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  • Rossie Turman III

    Rossie Turman III is a Partner and the Head of International Finance with Lowenstein Sandler, LLP. Prior to joining Lowenstein, Mr. Turman was a Partner with Skadden Arps with over a 20 year career with the firm. His practice focus ...

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  • Lucas F. Torres – Treasurer

    Lucas F. Torres is a partner in the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers worldwide. Mr. Torres has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in ...

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  • Jean-Rene Zetrenne – LA Representative

    Jean-Rene (JR) is an executive with over 20 years experience in human resources. Currently, he is the Global Chief Talent Officer for Ogilvy & Mather, NA where he leads talent management strategy for 4,000 employees across the region. Given Ogilvy’s ...

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