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Advisory Board

Advocates, ambassadors and doers

In 2023, we celebrated ten years of groundbreaking research and global impact from the Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES) program.

In 2023, Drexel celebrated ten years of faculty, student, alumni and staff contributions to groundbreaking research in environmental sciences.

Experience the Liberal Arts in Action

The dedicated advocates, ambassadors and doers who make up the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board fuse diverse talents, backgrounds and interests to galvanize our network of alumni, families and industry partners. They foster meaningful relationships with leading local, national and global organizations. Their integrated platform enhances the collective efforts of our liberal arts faculty, students and staff in a way that supports Drexel’s timeless legacy – through hands-on experiences and knowledge that deepens community connections.


Members

Daniel Bahar, Advisory Board member, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Daniel Bahar – Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors
Drexel alum – 1998 BS International Area Studies (Global Studies)

Daniel Bahar, JD, is a Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international economic policy advisory firm. Mr. Bahar previously served as Assistant US Trade Representative for Services and Investment, leading services, investment, and digital trade policy and negotiations at the Office of the US Trade Representative. Mr. Bahar received a JD from Harvard Law School, an MA from the College of Europe, and a BS from Drexel University.


James L. Benjamin, Advisory Board member, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

James L. Benjamin – Co-Founder, Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions
Drexel parent

Jim Benjamin is the co-founder of Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions, a treatment-resistant mental health clinic located in Atlanta, GA that offers innovative and compassionate treatment modalities for patients who have not responded to traditional antidepressant medications. Jim serves as the board chair of COR Inc., which works to unlock the potential of underserved, trauma-impacted students in schools and communities across Atlanta. He is also a board member of Azzly, Inc., an electronic medical record software company focused on the behavioral health market. In addition, Jim is a trustee at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. Jim lives in Atlanta with his wife and Breakthru co-founder, Dr. Karen Giles, his son Jake and his daughter Sam.


Anthony DeSimone, PhD, Advisory Board member, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Anthony DeSimone – Vice President, Engineering & Technology, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems
Drexel alum – 1998 BS Physics, 2005 PhD Physics

Anthony (Tony) J. DeSimone, Jr., PhD, is the Vice President of Engineering & Technology (E&T) at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) and chair of Lockheed Martin’s E&T Council. As the principal technical leader for RMS, Dr. DeSimone is focused on scientific discovery and advancing technical solutions across a diverse portfolio that includes helicopters, integrated air and missile defense, radar, undersea systems, spectrum dominance, cyber solutions and training and logistics solutions. Dr. DeSimone earned his doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Drexel University in 2005. He is a board member with the Drexel University Solutions Institute.


Lisa Dolberry Hancock, Director, Learning and Innovation, Columbia World Projects, Columbia University

Lisa Dolberry Hancock – Director, Learning and Innovation, Columbia World Projects, Columbia University
Drexel alum – 1991 BS International Area Studies (Latin America and Economics)

Lisa Dolberry Hancock, MIA, is the Director of Learning and Innovation at Columbia World Projects at Columbia University. She has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and private sectors designing and leading community impact initiatives and stewarding philanthropic investments to increase access and opportunity in higher education, entrepreneurship, international affairs, and the arts and to strengthen the capacity of people and organizations to lead change in their communities. Lisa holds a Master of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in International Area Studies (Latin America and Economics) from Drexel University.


Madison Eggert-Crowe, Advisory Board member, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Madison Eggert-Crowe – Vice President of Political Affairs, Comcast
Drexel alum – 2010 BS Political Science

Madison Eggert-Crowe, MPA, is Comcast’s Vice President of Political Affairs, overseeing the Company’s enterprise-wide political activities compliance program. Madison holds a BS in Political Science and Mathematics from Drexel University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government. Madison is a board member of the Public Affairs Council and the Committee of Seventy.


Jennifer Ganten – Chief Global Affairs Officer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Jennifer Ganten – Chief Global Affairs Officer, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Drexel alum – 1992 BS International Area Studies (Global Studies)

Jennifer Ganten, MBA, is the Chief Global Affairs Officer at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) leading a cross-functional team building a fusion movement, growing global support for this credible solution to climate change. She brings decades of experience in energy policy advocacy, partnership building and global market expansion to CFS. Ganten received a BSc in International Area Studies from Drexel University, an International MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Paul W. Jezierney – Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP

Paul W. Jezierney – Of Counsel, Winston & Strawn LLP
Drexel alum – 2010 BS Political Science

Paul Jezierny, Esq., is Of Counsel in the Miami office of Winston & Strawn LLP and a member of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Paul represents clients across a broad range of industries in complex domestic and international business transactions.In addition, he regularly advises clients on corporate governance, securities law, and other general corporate matters. He also works with sponsors in the formation and structuring of US and global private investment vehicles. Paul received his BS in Political Science from Drexel University in 2010 and his JD and LLM in taxation from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013.


Lisa D. Kastner – Founder, Running Wild, LLC

Lisa D. Kastner – Founder, Running Wild, LLC
Drexel alum – 2000 BS Communications

Lisa Diane Kastner, MBA, MFA, is the Founder of Running Wild, LLC, a content creation, distribution and licensing company. Featured in FORBES and several other publications, Lisa has been named to multiple “Best of”s. A technology consultant and executive by day, she has helped organizations transform by leveraging technology and process. As a writer and editor, she has identified talent like Jamie Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Reuben "Tihi" Hayslett's Dark Corners, and many other authors whose works have been named best of the respective year. Lisa began Running Wild with the belief that we can change the world through story. Lisa obtained her BS from Drexel University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State University and her MFA from Fairfield University.


Rosario LoBrutto – Senior Pharmaceutical Executive

Rosario LoBrutto – Senior Pharmaceutical Executive
Drexel alum – 1995 BS Chemistry

Rosario LoBrutto, PhD, is an enterprising Senior Pharmaceutical Executive with diverse and progressive global research and development leadership experience in innovative medicines, generics, and life cycle management. Rosario has over 25 years of experience working for Fortune 200/500 pharmaceutical companies across all significant areas of drug development, cross-functional portfolio planning, and mergers and acquisitions. Rosario earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Drexel University and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Seton Hall University. He received an MBA with distinction from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management and an MS in Health Care Policy and Leadership from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.


Jessica Sharp – Co-founder and principal of Maven Communications LLC

Jessica Sharp – Co-Founder and Principal of Maven Communications LLC
Drexel alum – 2002 BA Corporate Communications

Jessica Sharp is co-founder and principal of Maven Communications LLC, a strategic public relations agency in Philadelphia. She specializes in developing and implementing strategic communications programs for organizations and has been integral in managing companies through high-stakes mergers and acquisitions, distinguishing brands in highly commoditized markets, and navigating potentially devastating crisis events for companies and individuals. She received a Master of Arts in Communications Management from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications from Drexel University.


Catherine Swift Sennett – Partner in Charge of Advisory Services for Jackson Cross Partners

Catherine Swift Sennett – Partner in Charge of Advisory Services, Jackson Cross Partners
Drexel alum – 1980 Humanities and Communications

Catherine (Cate) Swift Sennett, Esq., is the Partner in Charge of Advisory Services for Jackson Cross Partners, a commercial real estate company in King of Prussia, PA. Cate manages a full-time staff of twenty-five attorneys, real estate professionals, and office shore teams who assist on large-scale international and domestic abstracting and real estate portfolio projects. She has developed comprehensive training programs for lease abstracting and document management focused on data integrity and quality control of property information for significant retail and commercial property lessees. Cate graduated from Drexel in 1980 and earned her Juris Doctorate from Villanova School of Law in 1983. She was a founding employer with the Drexel School of Law’s co-op program.