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Sanford founded CitySquash in 2002. A strong believer in the enrichment program model pioneered by CitySquash’s sister programs in Roxbury and Harlem, Sanford works closely with the CitySquash staff and Board to improve the breadth and scope of organization. Sanford received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1973, a Ph.D. in Sociology from Catholic University in 1983, and an M.S.W. degree from Fordham University in 2005. A resident of Scarsdale, New York, Sanford is the President of Research Horizons, a marketing research firm, and previously held executive positions at other marketing research firms, including Market Facts, Elrick and Lavidge, Quick Test and Westat. Sanford has his own clinical practice and is a Board member of FJC – a foundation of donor advised funds. An avid squash player since the mid-1980′s, Sanford claims that he is still learning how to play the game.
Kim joined the CitySquash Board in 2010. Kim is an attorney in private practice, specializing in residential real estate. Previously, she was a litigator for Herrick, Feinstein in New York City. Earlier in her career, Kim held positions as a sports marketing consultant and account supervisor in support of major sporting events. Kim holds a B.A. and J.D. from St. John’s University. Kim has served on the Board of Trustees at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT since 2006. Kim serves in an advisory capacity for the Ossining Childrens Center and Villages in Partnership, a program working on development projects in Malawi, Africa. Kim and her husband, Paul, have three squash playing daughters, Alexandra, Christina and Victoria. The family resides in Scarborough, New York.
Nick joined the CitySquash Board in 2016. Nick is the founder of Cape Poge Capital and previously worked for 17 years at Goldman Sachs in New York, Tokyo, and London. Nick received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University, where he also spent several years rowing on the crew team. Nick also serves on the Board of Trustees of Groton School and lives in Bronxville with his wife, Courtney, and three children. He is an active (albeit frequently injured) squash player, and his children are active in the sport as well.
Buzz joined the Brooklyn Board in 2014. He currently serves as a Managing Partner at North Sea Partners. Prior to joining North Sea, he was Executive Vice President/Fund Partner at Ridgewood Energy Corporation where he led successful efforts to raise the first institutional fund at a private equity firm focused on oil and gas exploration. Buzz is a graduate of both Amherst College and the Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a proud squash parent—daughter Maura (Dartmouth ‘11) and Hugh (Colby ’17) have both worked at CitySquash in the Bronx.
“Doug” joined the CitySquash Board in 2006. In 1994, Doug founded K2 Advisors, a fund of hedge funds based in Stamford, Connecticut. Prior to founding K2, Doug worked in the investment business in institutional sales, first at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette Securities, and later at Tiedemann International Research, Ltd. Doug earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1984. Doug is involved with numerous nonprofit organizations and has served on the Board of Trustees of Outward Bound USA. Doug lives in Brooklyn, sails competitively, and has two children, one of whom is a top ranked junior squash player.
Teri joined the CitySquash Board in 2009. Born in Montana, raised in California, Teri, a Communications Studies major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, comes from the squash sidelines where she and her family have been long time supporters of CitySquash. Her three sons have developed lifelong friendships with CitySquash team members. She and her husband, Nick, make their home – and make room for lots of squash gear – in Greenwich, CT with sons: Christopher, Robert and Thomas, who play squash on the teams at Denison University, St. Luke’s School, and Rye Country Day School, respectively. An active volunteer, Teri enjoys helping others through community involvement and serves on many school, church and community committees.
David joined the CitySquash Board in 2011. David co-founded Level Global Investments in 2003. Prior to starting Level Global, David was an equity trader at SAC Capital. David graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, where he played on the varsity squash team. David serves on the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Museum and lives in Manhattan with his wife and three children.
Michael is a founding member of the CitySquash Board. A partner of Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP, Michael specializes in bankruptcy law, representing banks, finance companies, equipment lessors and other creditors. He is involved in numerous charitable organizations, among them Jewish Home Lifecare, UJA-Federation of New York, and his college and law school alumni organizations. He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1973 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. Michael lives in Scarsdale, New York, and is an avid squash player whose energy, he says, far exceeds his ability.
Gerry joined the CitySquash Board in 2013. A Managing Director at J. P. Morgan, Gerry is head of the firm’s N.A. Leveraged Finance Group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1994, Gerry worked at CitiGroup and PaineWebber Inc. Gerry received a B.A. In Economics from Georgetown University. Gerry and his wife, Caroline, have three children, Megan, Dylan and Ryan, who are all active squash players. Gerry and his family live in Bronxville, New York.
Jerry joined the CitySquash Board in 2010. A Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, Jerry runs a trading desk in the Fixed Income department. He joined the firm in 1998 after graduating from Colgate University with a BA in English and Economics. Jerry and his wife Meagan have three young daughters and live in New York City. He is an avid squash player and loves golf and skiing.
Palmer joined the CitySquash Board in 2006. He earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1972 and after graduation worked at IBM for 30 years. At IBM, Palmer was responsible for all pricing of IBM systems and software in Asia and Australia (during which time he played for the Japanese national squash team), and later helped start the Commercial Finance division of IBM Credit. Subsequently, Palmer became the CEO of US Squash and during his tenure implemented internet player support, restructured operations, and oversaw the Centennial Ball, the largest fundraiser in the history of the organization. Palmer holds three national and one intercollegiate squash titles. He serves on the board of Surf City Squash and is a member of the Church and Ministry Committee of the UCC in SE Connecticut. Palmer has six children and lives in Pound Ridge, New York.
Peer joined the CitySquash Board in 2003. A managing partner of Blue Orchid Capital, a fund of hedge funds which he co-founded in 2003, Peer has spent his career in finance, working at firms such as the Pearl Street Group, Credit Suisse First Boston, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, NatWest Markets, and PW Group, Inc. Peer earned a B.A from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Wharton in 1983. A co-founder of the Steamboat Foundation, Peer is also on the board of trustees of The Brunswick School, and he is a former board member of The Hotchkiss School and St. Vincent’s Hospital. Introduced to squash in college, Peer has been a devoted player ever since and in 2003 he won the 45+ U.S. Doubles Nationals Championships with former CitySquash Board member Peter Briggs. Peer lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Julia joined the CitySquash board in 2015. She helps manage the Areté Foundation which supports endeavors in the fields of education, health, and the arts. Julia has extensive history in the nonprofit sector and community service, having co-founded Freedom Summer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to young voter registration and participation before being appointed by President Clinton to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She currently also sits on the board of directors of the Outward Bound Center for Peacekeeping, the Islesboro Islands Trust, and The Brearley School where her three daughters Ella, Phoebe, and Hannah are currently enrolled. Julia and her husband Jonathan live in Manhattan where they enjoy watching their daughters play increasingly good squash.
Gillian joined the CitySquash Board in 2003. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Colorado, in Boulder, in 1972, Gillian worked as an assignment editor at CBS’s WBBM-TV in Chicago. Upon receiving a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1981, Gillian worked at Crain’s Chicago Business. Now a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, Gillian has been a Greenwich Academy trustee, and is currently on the boards of the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich. Gillian learned to play squash in Chicago, and enjoyed watching her daughter, Charlotte, a CitySquash mentor, play in high school and in college.
Laura joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She is an anchor of the BBC’s US newscast BBC World News America which broadcasts on the global 24 hour news channel BBC World News. As a correspondent, Laura has reported for the BBC from around the world, covering humanitarian crises and diplomatic visits, interviewing leading newsmakers and public figures. Laura was educated at Parliament Hill Girls School in North London before going on to gain a first class degree in politics from Bristol University in 1990 and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the University of Wales College, Cardiff in 1991. Laura, her husband, James, and their three squash playing sons frequently host CitySquash team members at their Brooklyn home.
Brian joined the CitySquash Board in 2014. He is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Saguenay Strathmore Capital which he co-founded in 2002. Brian has over 30 years of investment banking, international capital markets and investment management experience. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors of Great-West Lifeco, Inc., the Great West Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Putnam Investments Inc. and serves on the International Advisory Board of HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and on the Global Business Council of Queen’s University School of Business. Brian has four children, is an avid squash player, and currently lives in Rye, NY.
Jeff is a founding member of the CitySquash Board. Currently a research analyst at Robotti & Company, an investment firm, Jeff previously practiced law in New York City. Jeff earned his B.A. from Harvard College in 1976, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Michigan in 1978, and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1982. While at Harvard, Jeff captained the team to the 1976 national intercollegiate team title. He is now busy raising six children in New Rochelle, New York, and enjoys playing squash recreationally. Jeff previously served on the board of Amistad Mission, an orphanage and mountain medical clinic in Bolivia, and as a trustee of Holy Family Church in New Rochelle.
Tim was the executive director of CitySquash from 2002 to 2013. Before joining CitySquash, Tim was a varsity squash player at Harvard College, where he received a B.A. and where he also played varsity soccer. After graduation, Tim competed on the professional squash tour for two years and played for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Tim serves on the board of U.S. Squash and is the former chair of the U.S. Squash Doubles Committee. In 2005, Tim co-founded the National Urban Squash and Education Association, and in 2012 he became its Executive Director. Tim grew up in Cincinnati and lives in Brooklyn.