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Economics Leadership Council (ELC)

The Economics Leadership Council is the primary alumni service organization for the Department of Economics. Its roots are embedded in the 1837 legislation that established the University of Michigan along with a provision for a Board of Visitors "to make an examination into the state of the University and report results to the superintendent, suggesting such improvements as they deemed important." Today's ELC members serve by invitation of the Department Chair to provide advice, financial support, and outreach opportunities that advance the long-term goals of the Department. The ELC meets annually on the Ann Arbor campus. Members are appointed for three-year renewable terms.

Current ELC Members

Michael Beauregard, AB '86 Econ
Senior Partner
Huron Capital Partners LLC
Detroit, MI

James L. Bellinson, AB '82 Econ
Managing Member and Founder
Riverstone Communities
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Jay Bernstein, AB '96 Econ
KPS Capital Partners
New York, NY

David W. Berson, MPP '79; PhD '82 Econ
Senior Vice President & Chief Economist 
Nationwide Insurance
Columbus, OH

Charles L. Betsey, AB '68 Econ and Spanish Lit; PhD '76 Econ
Professor Emeritus and Former Interim Dean, Graduate School
Howard University
Washington, DC

Wayne D. Bloch, AB '84 Econ
Co-founder and Managing Partner
Rock Hill Partners, LLC
Philadelphia, PA

Jack Blumenthal, AB '65 Econ
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Colorado Fiscal Institute
Denver, CO

Vamsi Bonthala, AB '00 Econ and Poli Sci, JD '03
Chief Executive Officer
Arbor Lodging Partners
Chicago, IL

Dan Braga, AB '97 Poli Sci
Cambridge, MA

April Bridgeman, AB '92 Econ, M.A. Applied Econ '94, M.H.S.A. '94
Senior Vice President
BCD Travel
Chicago, IL

Robert D. Coven, BBA '78
Managing Director
Public Finance Investment
Raymond James
New York, NY

Christopher T. Cramer, AB '93 Econ
Former Chief Operating Officer
Bath & Body Works
Reynoldsburg, OH

Victor Elizalde, MAE '90 Econ
Managing Partner
Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC
Los Angeles, CA

Marcy Engel, AB '80 Econ
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel 
Eton Park Capital Management, L.P.
New York, NY

Jonathan P. Ferrando, AB '88 Econ
CEO and President
RV Retailer, LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Margaret “Meg” Gibson, AB '84 Econ
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Chicago, IL

Mark Greene, MA '78 Econ; PhD'82 Econ
Retired Financial Technology Executive

Peter Hooper, MA '71 Econ; PhD '75 Econ
Managing Director, Global Head of Economic Research
Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.
New York, NY

Timothy Hurd, AB '92 Econ
President and Chief Investment Officer
BlueSpruce Investments, LP
Chicago, IL

Darnell Jackson, BGS '80 Econ
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Birmingham, MI


Andrew J. Jonas, AB '86 Econ
Managing Director and Partner
Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jeff JungeAB '93 Econ
Investor, Board Member, and Entertainment Industry Advisor

Jeffrey R. Leeds, AB '67 Econ

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
White Plains, NY

Rocque Lipford, AB '91 Econ
Senior Managing Director
Guggenheim Securities, LLC
Chicago, IL

Andrew W. Marcus, CFA, AB '83 Econ
Senior Advisor
Guggenheim Securities
Greenwich, CT

James A. Miller,  AB '71 Econ
Bartlett & Co.
Cincinnati, OH

Josh Neren, AB '89 Econ
Co‑Head of Alpine Credit
MSD Partners, L.P.
New York, NY

David Nyren, AB '86 Econ
AMD Capital
Lincolnshire, IL

Fred Orlan, AB '86 Econ
Global Head of Fixed Income
Jefferies LLC
New York, NY

Brian Ratzan, AB '92 Econ
Centerview Capital
Greenwich, CT

Scott Rosenberg, AB '87 Econ
Managing Director
UBS Private Wealth Management

Rebecca Sheinberg, BGS 2000
Deputy Chief Compliance Officer
Newport Beach, CA

Steve ShynAB '89 Econ, MAE '92
Founder and Managing Partner
Right Pedal Partners
Founder and Managing Partner
StartupCT Fintech Fund
New York, NY

Allen Sinai, AB '61 Econ
Chief Global Economist and President
Decision Economics, Inc.
New York, NY

Joel Sobel, BS '74 Math
Professor of Economics
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA

Nancy Laethem Stern, AB Econ ’91; JD ‘94
Allston Holdings LLC
Chicago, IL

Susan Stillings, CFA, AB ‘82 Econ, ’87 MBA
Communications Consultant
Oakland, CA

Donald Sweeney, AB '95 Econ
Co-Founder and CEO
Ashling Partners
Chicago, IL

Diane C. Swonk, AB '84 Econ, AM '85 Applied Econ
Chief Economist
Grant Thornton
Chicago, IL

Gail R. Wilensky, AB '64 Psych; AB '65 Econ; PhD '68 Econ
Senior Fellow
Project HOPE
Bethesda, MD

Danny Stauder, an Econ Undergrad, undergoing a mock interview with Margaret Gibson Revord during the 2015 Economics Leadership Council meeting