Board of Directors

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 regularly-scheduled 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.



Tom Miele '00 (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.

Cleve Langton'74 (Vice President)

Cleve ( MBA ’74) is Chief Partnership Officer of Brodeur Partners, a multinational communications company. He also is a board director at MavenMagnet, a multinational big data research company. MavenMagnet won a Lange Foundation grant from CBS and the school was a seed investor. The founder is also a CBS MBA. Prior to joining Brodeur in 2008, Cleve was Corporate EVP / Global Business Development for DDB, one of the largest communications agencies in the world. At DDB, he traveled to 66 countries, opening up offices in APAC and LATAM. He was one of the first Western advertising executives to be invited by the People’s Republic of China to conduct seminars on global advertising best practices for both the government and the emerging communications agency industry in China. Prior to DDB, Cleve was SVP / Global Account Director at DMB&B, a global ad agency. After graduation from CBS, Cleve was in product management at General Foods Corp (acquired by Kraft). He has a BA from NYU. Cleve has served on a number of boards and advisory positions including Ronald McDonald House, Helen Keller Worldwide, CUNY / Weisman Center for International Business, American Assn of Advertising Agencies, and the Corporate Communications Institute. He has also lectured at Duke’s Corporate Education division. Cleve authored a number of industry books including New Business Lessons from Madison Avenue which was translated into Japanese and used by a number of agencies around the world. Cleve has come full circle. He was one of the founders of the CBSACNY. He lives in New York City and has a number of CBS alums in his family.

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.

Santosh Sekar '08 (Secretary)

Santosh Sekar is President of a family business that focuses on creating and commercializing intellectual property for manufacturing processes. The company creates manufacturing methods that result in better products made in a more productive manner, and those methods are licensed to some of the largest manufacturers in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, he is an Advisor for Futureworks, an incubator sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where he advises startups on financial, operational, and intellectual property strategy. He also advises companies and investors as an advisor at HumanAlpha, focusing on financial, strategic, and operational issues faced by startups, small businesses, and closely-held companies. He has previously worked in American Express’ M&A unit, where he evaluated transactions and divestitures for various business units, and as an equity research analyst for a hedge fund, providing investment recommendations and financial / operational analysis across a universe of over 20 software and business services companies. He started his career as a network engineer where he was responsible for evaluating, designing, and deploying new infrastructure technologies in the U.S. and abroad. Santosh received his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BS in Engineering Management Systems from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Board Members:

Braxton Bragg

Braxton is a Class of 2013 grad from Upstate New York and attended the University of Richmond, earning dual bachelor degrees in Leadership Studies and Accounting. He started his career in public accounting in Washington, D.C. and also did a stint in global financial reporting and process development at the USO, a nonprofit serving U.S. military veterans and their families. While at CBS, he served as a Cluster Chair and President of the Graduate Business Association and was a member of Follies Cast. Since 2013, he's been a product manager at several tech/gaming startups in California before returning to New York to join McKinsey & Company as the Product Portfolio Lead for Publishing (e.g. McKinsey Quarterly) and McKinsey Insights (mobile app). Braxton lives in Long Island City with his wife and two dogs and in his spare time enjoys gaming, running, skiing, and surfing.

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.

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. 

Viktoria Prigarina GSAS '07

Viktoria is a highly-qualified finance executive who spent over fifteen years working in capital markets at Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, and Morgan Stanley, and has lived and worked in Brazil where she raised money for a $10 billion hedge fund, SPX Capital. She holds a Master's degree in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University '07 and is multi-lingual in Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, French, and English.


Charles Solomon'13

Charles Solomon is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Private Equity Committee of CBSACNY. He currently leads sales and business development for Eventus Advisory Group, a firm that provides fractional finance and accounting resources to small and mid-size companies. He also works independently with companies to help them raise capital and in the past year has been part of three raises totaling $60M+. One of the three companies has already blossomed into a unicorn. Previously, he was the director of ADP’s PE Practice, and prior to that he was the portfolio manager of 21212, a Brazilian start-up accelerator. 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 Business School.