Board of Directors - Biographies

José Alvarez '85

José Alvarez is a member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School.  He teaches and conducts research in food issues and retailing. Mr. Alvarez was President and Chief Executive Officer of, Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover from April 2006 through July 2008. José joined Stop and Shop, a subsidiary of Royal Ahold NV, in 2001. Prior to his tenure as President and CEO, José was Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics for the company. He also served as the Senior Vice President Logistics and Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. Mr. Alvarez has almost 20 years’ experience in the supermarket industry and has held management positions in a variety of functional areas. Before joining Stop & Shop in 2001, Mr. Alvarez worked with Shaw's Supermarkets, where his positions included Vice President of Grocery Merchandising. He also worked at American Stores Company and its subsidiary Jewel Food Stores, where his posts included Director of Market Research, Category Manager - Produce, store management positions and assignments in developing strategic initiatives.

Denitza Andjelic MPA '09

Denitza Andjelic is an international development professional with over eight years of experience in research, evaluation, and project management in areas including sexual and reproductive health, microfinance, rural business, and small and medium enterprise (SME) development. She currently serves as Evaluation Officer at IPPF/WHR, providing technical monitoring and evaluation (M&E) support for sexual and reproductive health programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining IPPF/WHR, Denitza's experience included evaluating sexual and reproductive health programs at Pro Mujer Bolivia (while on a PiLA fellowship); strengthening M&E processes for data use and decision-making at Millennium Challenge Account-Nicaragua; managing a USAID-funded project to increase access to financing for SMEs in Bulgaria; and conducting qualitative research studies to improve management practices in the private sector in the United States. Originally from Bulgaria, Denitza has lived in nine countries and is fluent in English, Spanish and German, and has basic conversation skills in French and Portuguese. Denitza holds a Master in Public Affairs, with a focus on international development, from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics from Smith College.

David Atkinson '63, President

David AtkinsonDavid Atkinson, the President of the Board of Directors of PiLA, worked at the Inter-American Development Bank for many years and was in charge of lending operations for Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Argentina. From 1989 to 2004, served as IDB Representative in Brazil, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Mexico respectively. Main responsibilities were to maintain a dialogue with public authorities, the private sector, civil society and other international institutions, and to manage a staff responsible for the administration of the loan portfolio, in order to assure the efficient and transparent execution of projects and the fulfillment of their objectives: the support of sound and sustainable economic development in both the public and private sectors, the promotion of social equity through education, health and the alleviation of poverty, the protection of the environment, the support of civil society and good governance.  David is a Class of ’63 alumnus of Princeton and holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Christina Frank Caspersen '02

Christina Frank Caspersen is the Director of Global Investor Relations at Anheuser Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), based in New York. Previously, Christina worked as the Manager of Funding on the AB InBev Treasury team. Before joining AB InBev in 2010, Christina worked in the Capital Markets group at Women's World Banking (WWB), a microfinance non-profit network and advisory organization in New York. Prior to WWB, Christina was an investment banker in the Latin American corporate finance group at Deutsche Bank and in the Media & Communications groups at SG Cowen and Jefferies. Christina holds an A.B in History and a certificate Latin American Studies from Princeton University (Class of 2002), and an M.B.A in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Peter T. Johnson

A native of rural southern California, Peter T. Johnson has spent all of his professional academic life involved with Latin American area studies as well as Spain and Portugal. At Princeton University he was for many years the Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, and taught a seminar in the Program in Latin American Studies that focused on research methods, trends and materials. He also served as the Interim Director of the Program in Latin American Studies. In these capacities, as well as through research trips in Latin America, he developed a keen interest in the work of non-governmental organizations, especially those devoted to socioeconomic change and environmental protection.

Timothy Kingston '87

Tim is an Advisory Director at Goldman Sachs and will be opening the firm's Santiago, Chile office later this year. Previously, he was co-head of the Global Power Business within the Investment Banking Division. From 1991 to 2001 he served as a founding member of the Latin America Group at Goldman ultimately serving as Chief Operating Officer. Tim is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is on the Board of the Americas Society and the Advisory Boards of the Program of Latin American Studies at Princeton and the North American Counsel for INSEAD. He also serves as a member of Technoserve, LevantandoChile.org, and the Presidents Council of Accion. Tim is a 1987 graduate of Princeton University and has an MBA from INSEAD.

Mary Connell Lifton '97

Mary Connell Lifton is a Vice President and Counsel in Credit Suisse’s Investment Banking Legal Department.  Ms. Lifton joined Credit Suisse in January 2010, and primarily covers the firm’s Latin American securities transactions.  Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Ms. Lifton was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she represented both issuers and underwriters on Latin American securities transactions.  She graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in 2003, and clerked for the Honorable Arthur Alarcón of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles from 2003-2004.  Ms. Lifton graduated from Princeton University in 1997 with a degree in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies.  She lived in Costa Rica prior to attending law school.  Ms. Lifton is admitted to the bar in New York and California and is fluent in Spanish.

Stephen Scherr '86

Stephen Scheer is global head of the Financing Group and has overall responsibility for the firm's business in Latin America. He serves on the Management Committee, Firmwide Capital Committee, Latin America Operating Committee, Investment Banking Division's Operating Committee and Client and Business Standards Committee, and the Securities Division Executive Committee. Stephen is also a member of the Public Policy Committee, the Diverse Business Engagement Committee and the Pine Street Board of Directors. Stephen joined Goldman Sachs in 1993 as an associate in the Financial Institutions Group. In 1996, he transferred to Emerging Markets/Capital Markets in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. In 1998, he moved to the Communications, Media and Entertainment Group and served as chief operating officer of the Telecom, Media and Technology Group from 2004 to 2005. Stephen served as chief operating officer for the Investment Banking Division from 2005 to 2007 and served as head of the Americas Financing Group before becoming global head of the Financing Group in 2009. He assumed his responsibilities in Latin America in 2011. Stephen was named managing director in 2001 and partner in 2002. Prior to joining the firm, Stephen worked as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He was also a law clerk in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Stephen earned an AB in 1986 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. He earned an MA in International Affairs from Sussex University in 1987 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1990.

Paul E. Sigmund, President Emeritus

Paul E. Sigmund is Professor Emeritus of Politics at Princeton. He was a founding member of the Program in Latin American Studies at Princeton and was its Director for seven years. He served as President of the Board of Directors of Princeton in Latin America for its first six years. He has lectured in nearly every Latin American country and has been a visting professor at the University of Chile and the Catholic University in Santiago. His many books on Latin Amereica include The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile (I1977); Multinationals in Latin Amereica (1980); Liberation Theology at the Crossroads (1990); and The United States and Demcoracy in Chile (1994).

Allen K. Taylor '03, Vice-President

Allen TaylorAllen serves as VP of the Global Network for Endeavor, a non-profit that transforms emerging countries by establishing high-impact entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. Based in San Francisco, Allen leads Endeavor's efforts to connect its portfolio of 450+ high-growth companies with US-based mentors and investors. Having established Endeavor's west coast presence, Allen is now focused on leading the Endeavor Investor Network a new initiative designed to connect US-based venture capitalists with high-impact entrepreneurs and local investment partners across Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Over the past 24 months, Endeavor has helped 60+ Endeavor companies raise over $240m in equity capital through customized mentoring, support and introductions. Previously, Allen spent three years in Endeavor's New York headquarters, running the firm's rigorous search and selection process. Prior to joining Endeavor, Allen co-founded and directed the US-based non-profit organization Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) and spent time in Europe supporting program expansion for the London-based NGO GuideStar International. Following his graduation from Princeton University with a degree in German Culture and European Politics and a certificate in Latin American Studies, Allen spent time as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin, Germany. A native Californian and travel enthusiast, Allen has studied, worked and traveled in over 70 countries. He has been recognized as a Kauffman Fellow and one of the "Top 99 Under 33 Young Foreign Policy Leaders." His passions include languages, innovation, the photographic culture of the 1920s, and all things Argentine.

James W. Trowbridge

James Trowbridge is currently a consultant to the United Nations Development Program (New York) and senior advisor to New Rules for Global Finance (Washington). He has an extensive career in foundations and nonprofit management and development., which has included 25 years as regional director and program officer of the Ford Foundation’s Africa and Latin American program offices (Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and Andean regions) in diverse field of educational and social development.  Mr. Trowbridge was managing director/operations for 10 years of the pioneering consulting firm in corporate philanthropy, Contributions Management Inc., based in Princeton. He has also directed and consulted for international nonprofit organizations (including the Americas Society/Council of the Americas,  Albert Schweitzer Institute, Lutheran World Relief, the Overseas Development Council, and the World Conference of Religions for Peace) in strategic planning, program development and resource mobilization.Mr. Trowbridge has a B.A. (international history) from Yale University and a Master’s (sociology/population and urban studies) from the University of Chicago.