Board of Trustees Biographies
Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J.
Fr. Matthew Carnes, S.J., is an assistant professor in the Department of Government. His research examines the dynamics of labor and social welfare policy, with particular interest in the ways societies protect their weakest and most vulnerable members: the old, the young, the ill or injured, and the unemployed.
His principal regional focus is Latin America, and in recent years he has conducted extensive field research in Argentina, Peru, Chile, and Bolivia. His teaching has been highly decorated. In 2011, he was awarded the Dorothy Brown Award for Outstanding Teaching Achievement, Georgetown University’s highest teaching award, presented by the student body to the faculty member who has had the strongest impact on the students' university experience. In addition, in 2011, at the Tropaia Ceremony for Georgetown College, he was awarded the Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence, given by the graduating seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, he was featured as one of the country's best professors in the Princeton Review's publication, 300 Best Professors. And in 2013, students chose him as the Faculty Member of the Year in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In recent years, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame (Spring 2009) and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (Academic Year 2011-2012).
Fr. Carnes has been a Board member of the SIPS Fund since its inception.
Joan B. Riley holds appointments on the faculty at School of Nursing and Health Studies, in the Departments of Human Science and Nursing, as a Senior Scholar in the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and as a Nurse Practitioner at Medstar/Georgetown University Hospital in the Student Health Center. Her scholarship centers on health promotion and harm reduction effects of transformative educational experiences for college students as they transition to adulthood. This work focuses on the intersection of engaged learning and student health and development. For the past seven years, her work has been part of the national Bringing Theory to Practice project supported by the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York City in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Professor Riley has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring as a U.S. Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 2009. In 2007 the undergraduate students of Georgetown honored her with the Dorothy Brown Award. In 2009 she received the John Carroll Award from Georgetown University for her achievements and service that exemplify the ideals and traditions of the university and its founder. She was recognized in 2011 as one of nursing’s most accomplished leaders with her induction as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Continuing her commitment to health promotion in vulnerable groups, she works with government agencies, community partners and advocacy groups to improve the health and well being of persons with developmental disabilities.
Joan Riley has been a Board member of the SIPS Fund since its inception.
Lisa Krim serves as Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations at Georgetown University. In this role, she leads efforts to develop University-wide faculty policy and supports and collaborates with campus and school faculty and administrators on a full range of faculty affairs issues, to advance the University’s mission, goals and strategic priorities. Prior to this role, she served in Georgetown’s Office of General Counsel for 15 years, handling a wide array of complex legal matters on behalf of the University. During that time, she served in roles with increasing responsibility, including service as Interim Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Lisa practiced labor and employment law at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable J. Spencer Letts of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a degree in public policy, and earned her law degree from UCLA School of Law, where she was elected to UCLA Law Review and Order of the Coif.
Kurt Kaull is a Managing Director of A&M Capital. Since 1991, Mr. Kaull has led or co-led 19 private equity investments focused on undermanaged / underperforming middle market companies. Mr. Kaull was responsible for the development, oversight and implementation of operational improvement plans that created significant value for these investments. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Kaull was a Partner at Gryphon Investors, an operationally oriented investment firm with $1.1 billion of assets under management over 3 funds with a focus on acquiring undermanaged / underperforming middle market companies. From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Kaull was a Partner at American Industrial Partners, a private investment fund with $1 billion of assets under management focused on utilizing industry operating expertise to acquire domestic middle market industrial manufacturing and industrial services companies. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Kaull was a Principal with Pexco Holdings, the private investment vehicle for a Forbes 400 entrepreneur. Prior to joining Pexco, Mr. Kaull was an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Goldman, Sachs & Co where he acted as an advisor in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate restructurings. Kurt holds a JD / MBA (’89) and BA (CAS, Economics, ’83) from Georgetown University. During his undergraduate days at Georgetown, Kurt was a member of the Hoyas basketball and baseball teams. Following graduation, he spent 3 years playing professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. During graduate school at Georgetown, he was the assistant coach of the Hoyas baseball team from 1986-1989. He is a member of the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted in 2000 for baseball. Kurt currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland, as his wife Pamela Hamamoto serves as the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. Kurt is the Chair of the Board for the SIPS Fund and has been with SIPS since its inception.
Michael G. Ryan has worked in the fields of finance and accounting since graduating from Georgetown and receiving his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
He is currently the chief financial officer of Equity Group Holdings, the investment vehicle of Steven and Mitchell Rales, which includes portfolio companies such as Danaher Corporation (a NYSE company with $12 billion in annual revenues) and Colfax Corporation. He has worked with the Rales since 1985. He previously worked as a CPA in the Washington, D.C., office of Arthur Andersen & Co. His clients included Children’s Hospital, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Radio Free Europe. Mike Ryan has been an officer and director of a number of manufacturing, investment, and non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Seed Foundation, a non-profit entity that partners with urban communities to provide educational opportunities for underserved children. Hallmarks of the Seed schools in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., include a residential boarding program and a rigorous curriculum that prepares all Seed graduates for success in college and beyond. In 2000, Mike Ryan began teaching a finance course (for non-MSB students) at Georgetown. Since then, he has taught nearly 1,000 students and finds teaching to be “fun, enriching, and, at times, humbling.” Professor Ryan is a new Board member, joining in July 2014.
Victor Reinoso most recently served as Senior Advisor to the President of Georgetown University, where he works on a dynamic portfolio of strategic initiatives including sustainability, innovation, campus development, and global education. As Deputy Mayor of the District of Columbia, Victor led the mayoral takeover of the public school system under Mayor Adrian Fenty, hired Michelle Rhee, and oversaw the city’s $1+billion education budget. During this time, the DC Public Schools showed unprecedented improvements in math and reading test scores as well as graduation rates, and became a national model of aggressive education reform. Prior to public service, Victory was COO of the Federal City Council, a membership organization comprised of the capital’s top business, professional, educational and civic leaders. He was CEO of RadioFutura, a venture-backed streaming media service, and a management & turnaround consultant. A private and pubic sector entrepreneur, Victory has been a board member, founder, staff, and advisor to innovate organizations in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Victory is an investor/advisor to a handful of leading education technology organizations, including the New Schools Venture Fund Seed Fund, TenMarks, LearnZillion, Elevation Education and csMentor. Victor is an Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Victory has an MBA from MIT and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown SFS. Victor has been a Board Member since the SIPS Funds’ inception.
Katherine Key is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Culture and Politics. Within Culture and Politics, she is focusing on the intersection of Technology, Culture, and Globalization. Previously Katherine has served as a SAC commissioner and College Democrats treasurer. Currently, she is the chief of staff for the Georgetown University Student Association and a student advocate in GUSA’s Student Advocacy Office, which advises students through the code of conduct process and informs them of their rights as students. Katherine is also the operations coordinator for the GU Women in Leadership Summit, which is in its inaugural year but is boasting great speakers like Maria Shriver and Norah O' Donnell. In the future Katherine hopes to study urban planning and take a socially innovative approach to local governments' community building efforts. Katherine is a new Board member, joining in July 2014.
Sonia Vora is a senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) with a focus on innovative systems. As part of her effort to help build the innovation system at Georgetown, she served as a founding board member of the Georgetown University Roosevelt Institute, a student-led policy think tank. She is also a member of the School of Foreign Service Academic Council, where she works on updating our curriculum to match student needs and represented the student body on the SFS Faculty Curriculum Committee. Last summer, she was hired as Chief of Staff for the Millennial Trains Project, where she managed all staff members, logistics, client communications and design work for a start-up leading a transcontinental train journey to encourage Millennials to pursue social innovation projects. In addition to her practical experience, she cultivated her academic interest in innovative systems as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation. Sonia is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Venture Capitol, an online publication highlighting entrepreneurship on campus, in the community, and the city. She is currently pursuing a STIA Honors Thesis on the role of non-profit women’s business incubators in developing female entrepreneurship in India. Sonia is a new Board member, joining in July 2014.
Naman Trivedi is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Economics with a focus on development economics. His first experience with the SIPS Fund was as a grantee, traveling to Port-au-Prince Haiti in June 2013 to install a revenue-generating solar charging system. On campus, Naman is a team leader on Georgetown Energy, a campus group dedicated to sustainable energy solutions on campus, in DC, and around the world. As the director of International Initiatives team, he is leading a team of six to execute sustainable development, energy efficiency, and solar projects in Haiti, Paraguay, and India. Naman has had experience working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on technologies for global development, federal prize programs, and energy issues, as well as at the US Trade Representative, working on research on Dispute Settlement cases at the WTO. He currently serves as a research assistant to Professor Scott Taylor in the African Studies department.
Naman has served as the Executive Director of the SIPS Fund since February 2014.