Advantage Testing Foundation

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Board of Trustees

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Arun Alagappan, President

Arun Alagappan is the President and Founder of Advantage Testing, Inc. He is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and a graduate of Harvard Law School. At Princeton, he won the Class of 1869 Prize in Ethics. Mr. Alagappan sat on the Board of Editors of the Harvard International Law Journal, served as Law Clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and worked briefly at the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell in New York City. He was a Teaching Fellow in Harvard's Department of Mathematics and was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Teaching of Harvard Undergraduates from the Dean of the College. Mr. Alagappan serves on the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep and as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America). The goals of these organizations are to nurture the academic and leadership potential of exceptional students of modest means and to increase the socioeconomic diversity of students at leading colleges and universities.

Martha Minow, Vice President
Martha Minow is the Dean of Harvard Law School and the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law. An expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities, she also writes and teaches about law, culture, and narrative. Her recent books include Government by Contract (co-edited, 2009) and Just Schools: Pursing Equality in Societies of Difference (co-edited, 2008). Dean Minow served on the Independent International Commission on Kosovo and helped to launch Imagine Co-existence, a program of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, to promote peaceful development in post-conflict societies. During a 5-year partnership with the Federal Department of Education and the Center for Applied Special Technology, she worked to increase access to the curriculum for students with disabilities. Her honors include the Sacks-Freund Teaching Award, selected by the Harvard Law School Class of 2005, the Holocaust Center Award, 2006, and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Toronto, 2006. Dean Minow chairs the board of directors for the Revson Foundation (New York) and serves on the boards of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Covenant Foundation (New York and Chicago), Facing History and Ourselves, and the Iranian Human Rights Documentation Center. In 2008, she served on advisory committees addressing legal policy and educational policy for the Obama campaign.
John E. Sexton, Vice President

John Edward Sexton is the President Emeritus of New York University, as well as the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and NYU Law School’s Dean Emeritus. Dr. Sexton is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of both the Association of American University Presidents and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Boards of the New York State Commission on Higher Education, the American Council on Education, the Institute of International Education and the Association for a Better New York. While Dean of the Law School he was President of the Association of American Law Schools. Dr. Sexton received a B.A. in History from Fordham College, an M.A. in Comparative Religion and a Ph.D. in History of American Religion from Fordham University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Before joining NYU, he served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court, and to Judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal of the United States Court of Appeals.

Shirley Tilghman, Vice President
Shirley M. Tilghman is the President Emerita of Princeton University. She is a world-renowned scholar of molecular biology who has conducted pioneering research in the field of human genetics. Dr. Tilghman is a member of the National Research Council’s committee that set the blueprint for the Human Genome Project and was a founding member of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the NIH. Prior to being named President of Princeton, she served on the university’s faculty for 15 years. She is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, and the Royal Society of London and is a recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and the Genetics Society of America Medal. Dr. Tilghman serves on the Board of Trustees of LEDA, as a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as a director of Google, Inc. She is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University.
J. Tomilson Hill, Treasurer

J. Tomilson Hill is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions Group and Vice Chairman of The Blackstone Group where he serves on the Board of Directors. Mr. Hill is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm's marketable alternatives group, including investment management, client relationships, marketing, operations and administration. He also serves as a member of Blackstone’s Management and Executive Committees as well as the Private Equity group’s Investment Committee. Mr. Hill has 33 years of financial industry experience. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. Mr. Hill is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he chairs the Investment Committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center Theater, where he serves as Vice Chairman. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In addition, Mr. Hill is a member of the Investment Committee of the Smithsonian Institution's endowment. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Milton Academy and The Nightingale-Bamford School.

Lauren Frank
Lauren Frank is Director of Marketing and Investor Relations at Value Insight Partners, a fund of funds that invests in value oriented hedge funds. Prior to joining Value Insight Partners, Ms. Frank served as Director of Business Development and Strategy for the WPP Group and WPP Digital. Ms. Frank is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. A young leader in education philanthropy, Ms. Frank serves on the Board of Trustees of Girls Prep Lower East Side and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Girls Prep Bronx. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard College Fund and on the Steering Committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital’s New Leaders Group.
Beth Nash

Beth Nash has a longstanding record of promoting positive social change through scholarly work and philanthropic pursuits.  She is particularly interested in championing leadership roles for traditionally underrepresented groups including women and girls.  Ms. Nash was a founding board member of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. In 2015, A Better Balance presented her with a  "Distinguished Leadership Award" in recognition of her founding the NYU School of Law’s Carr Center for Reproductive Justice. Ms. Nash co-founded and served as principal of her own investment firm. She had previously worked at Goldman Sachs and, subsequently, at CREF. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of Columbia Business School, she is currently completing a thesis at NYU on the subject of blind spots in pregnancy law.

Former Board Members

Elena Kagan

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan served as Vice President of the Advantage Testing Foundation's original Board of Trustees, a position she resigned upon her nomination for Solicitor General by President Barack Obama in 2009. Prior to her nomination, she was the Dean of Harvard Law School and the Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of Law at Harvard University. From 1995 to 1999, Dean Kagan served as Associate Counsel to President Bill Clinton. In addition to her service as a Trustee of the Foundation, Dean Kagan was a Founding Partner of the Trials law school preparation program. Her invaluable contributions in shaping that program will continue to benefit outstanding scholars of underrepresented backgrounds for many years to come.

 
Arun Alagappan, President
Martha Minow, Vice President
John E. Sexton, Vice President
J. Tomilson Hill, Treasurer
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