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Our talented Board of Directors are selected by club members and elected to a term of two years. They play a key role in providing leadership at our monthly management meetings and quarterly board meetings. They also oversee and review the financial performance of the club. As volunteers, they receive no compensation. They are actively involved in club events and often act as leaders of specific committees, lending their creative ideas and industry experience.


Marjorie Churgin '86 (President)

In addition to being elected President of CBSACNY, Marjorie Churgin is an accomplished senior consultative business development executive with expertise in financial services and successful experience in selling to C-suite clients. Recently, as Director of Sales, Eastern Region of Rivos, Inc. she has acquired experience in FinTech with a SaaS company selling a financial forecasting solution. She began her career at Goldman Sachs after receiving her MBA in Finance at Columbia Business School on a full merit scholarship, and has in the last decade played key roles at BI/data analytics startup AnalytixInsight, and at the Economist Group.

Tom Miele '00 (Vice President)        

Thomas F. Miele is a Financial Advisor with Bernstein Private Wealth Management. He provides guidance and counsel to high-net-worth individuals and families, small business owners, trusts, foundations and retirement plans. Prior to joining the firm he was a Managing Director in the capital markets department of GE Capital. Prior to that, he was with JP Morgan Securities, Inc., as an executive director where he structured and arranged both leveraged loans and high-yield bonds to finance private equity-backed leveraged buyouts and recapitalizations. Thomas earned an MBA in business from Columbia University and a BA in finance from SUNY at Albany.     


Rahul Rao '06 (Treasurer)

Rahul is Treasurer of the CBSACNY Board of Directors and chair of the club's Media & Technology committee. Rahul is an avid technologist and a successful entrepreneur who founded his consulting company ten years ago. His expertise is in advising and executing on strategic and operational aspects of technology solutions for his clients. He is also actively engaged in the AI and machine learning solutions space and in possible ventures. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and in his spare time he is an avid audiophile and a devoted golfer.

Board Members:

Wendy Diller

Wendy is a member of the CBSACNY Board of Directors and chair of the club’s Healthcare Committee, and an example of the multi-school talent working within CBSACNY. When not volunteering for the club, Wendy is a member of the founding team of Innovation in MedTech, a young and disruptive life sciences publisher and conference creator. She is a prolific writer, editor and communicator, with strong expertise in the life sciences and healthcare industries. She has an MBA from the Stern School of Business - New York University as well as Master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University and BA from Middlebury College. She also has a deep interest in educating young people on scientific communications and is Vice Chair of the Young Women in Biotech Metro NY chapter, on the steering committee of WIB Metro NY, and a periodic contributor to the Forbes Healthcare Blog.

Jeffrey Ferguson  '07

Jeffrey is a Board Member of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York. He is currently the Director and head of Capital One’s Enterprise Valuation Group. Prior to joining Capital One, he was a Manager in the Alternative Investments Valuation Group at KPMG. Previously, he worked for Empire Valuation Consultants as an Associate and Senior Associate, where he used his advanced financial modeling skills and analytical abilities to build financial models.  In addition to receiving his MBA from Columbia Business School, Jeffrey is an attorney (Brooklyn Law School) who used his legal talents for Deutsche Bank prior to working in finance, specializing in financial regulation, compliance, and regulation. Jeffrey has co-chaired the Finance and Investing Committee since 2014. 

Andrew Halperin, CPA, CFA  '01

Andrew is a member of the CBSACNY Board of Directors and a member of the Club's Finance & Investing committee. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School (2001) where he was elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Andrew is a Partner in the Financial Services Group and Professional Practice Group of EisnerAmper LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. He works with the Asset Management and Capital Markets teams providing audit and advisory services to hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, broker-dealers, and banks. Prior to joining EisnerAmper LLP, he worked at Ernst & Young and spent several years as an investment analyst at First Manhattan Co. and Gabelli Asset Management.

Sarah Higgins '08

Sarah is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the club’s Sports Committee. Sarah currently works in the Investment Strategy Group (ISG) at Goldman Sachs, focusing on strategic and tactical asset allocation as well as portfolio construction for Private Wealth Management clients. She was a summer associate with Standard & Poor's Corporate Ratings Consumer Products Group. Prior to attending graduate school, Sarah worked as a research analyst at Nielsen Media Research and before joining Nielsen, she worked as an associate marketing manager at TV Guide Magazine. Sarah received her Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. 

Aziza Jamgerchinova  '13 


Aziza served as President of the alumni club for two consecutive terms from 2016 to 2018, and continues to serve as a Director.  She is also a member of the club's Media & Technology committee. Aziza is a business development director at Comcast where she focuses on an initiative to develop a new blockchain product aimed at improving the efficiency of premium video advertising.  Previously, she worked for companies at the center of digital transformation of media, including The New York Times, CNN, Press+, GlobalPost and GershonMedia. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

Deborah Schwartz '00

Debbie works in private wealth management at Morgan Stanley. Prior to her career in wealth management, Debbie was an investment banker focused on the consumer and retail industry sectors. In addition, she has extensive experience working with smaller, private businesses and their founders, helping them raise capital from outside investors and navigate strategic options for their businesses. Before attending CBS, Debbie practiced law as an attorney in New York. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University and a J.D. from NYU Law School. She received her MBA in Finance with Honors from Columbia Business School (class of 2000), where she was an Economics Teaching Assistant and elected to the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Charles Solomon '13

Charles Solomon is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Private Equity Committee of CBSACNY.  He is a Director of ADP’s PE Practice and the leader of ADP’s VC Initiative. In his role, he leads value creation projects around the HR/Back-office of portfolio companies and helps ensure global compliance. Previously, he was the portfolio manager for 21212, an accelerator in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. He began his career on the finance and strategy team of Gerson Lehrman Group. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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