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Stuart M. Lederman ’78 is a Partner at the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti, LLP, based in Morristown, New Jersey, with additional offices in Trenton and midtown Manhattan. Mr. Lederman focuses his practice on litigation and governmental affairs, representing clients in eminent domain matters, construction litigation, real estate litigation, and civil litigation. He has conducted numerous jury and non-jury trials and arbitrations and has argued in state and federal appellate courts and before the New Jersey Supreme Court. In addition to his legal practice, he is co-chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and chair of the firm’s Ethics Committee. Mr. Lederman is also the statewide chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character, and former chair of the New Jersey Supreme Court District X Ethics Committee. He is also a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, a former Trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and a former member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on the Uniform Bar Examination. Mr. Lederman is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, the United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey and the Southern District of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He earned a B.A. with Distinction in Political Science at the University of Delaware and a J.D. at the Emory University School of Law.

Katharine Wyman Procter P ’22, ’26 is a Managing Director at White Elm Capital, a global long-short hedge fund. Prior to White Elm, she worked as a generalist at HHR Asset Management, a Principal at Abacus Investment, and an Assistant Vice President and Global Pharmaceutical Analyst at T. Rowe Price Associates. She began her career as an Associate in Latin American Mergers & Acquisitions for JP Morgan & Company. She received a B.A. in Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.

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Arlyn Davich ’99 is a serial entrepreneur and President of Allswell, a new digital home brand powered by Walmart. She was formerly CEO of PayPerks, the leading rewards program for low- and middle-income consumers. The company, which Ms. Davich founded in 2009 after winning the Columbia Business School Lang Fund Entrepreneurship Award, has been honored for its innovation and impact by The White House, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Department of the Treasury, where Ms. Davich is a frequent speaker and thought partner. She also founded the Bowdoin Startup Series, a bi-annual class at Bowdoin College that provides students with an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship from alumni who have been successful at founding or funding companies. Ms. Davich received a B.A. from Bowdoin and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Jeffrey N. Edwards ’78, P ’12, ’14, ’18, Chair of Pingry’s Board of Trustees, is Partner and Chief Operating Officer of New Vernon Capital. Prior to New Vernon Capital, he spent 22 years at Merrill Lynch—including serving as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer—and three years at Chase Manhattan Bank. He also serves as a Director of Raymond James Financial and American Water Works, and previously as Director of NASDAQ Stockmarket Inc. Mr. Edwards received a B.S. in Physics from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Denise M. Grant P ’23 is a Partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP in the Project Development & Finance Group. She was the firm’s first African-American partner and co-founded their Diversity Committee. Her practice consists of representing multinational corporations and financial institutions in their secured and unsecured private financing activities. Ms. Grant was named a Leading Lawyer in Latin America-wide Banking & Finance by “Chambers Latin America” (2011) and a Leading Lawyer in Latin America Investment by “Chambers USA” (2011). She was also named one of the top International Business/Corporate attorneys by New York “Super Lawyers,” a distinction given to only five percent of the lawyers in the state. Ms. Grant is a trustee of Edwin Gould Services for Children & Families, a New York State-sponsored adoption agency. She earned a B.A. in International Relations at Georgetown University and a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.

Dev C. Ittycheria P ’19, ’22, is currently the President and CEO of MongoDB, a public software company headquartered in NYC, and has led the company since 2014. Prior to MongoDB, Mr. Ittycheria was an investing partner at two venture capital firms, Greylock Partners and OpenView Venture Partners, from 2012-14. Before that, he was the founder and CEO of BladeLogic, which he founded in 2001, took public in 2007, and which was acquired by BMC Software in 2008. He then served as President of BMC Software from 2008-10. Mr. Ittycheria has served on the boards of a number of technology companies, and is currently on the board of Athenahealth and DataDog. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, and was recognized by the School of Engineering as its 2010 Alumnus of the Year.

Steven M. Lipper ’79, P ’09, ’12, ’14 works at Royce & Associates, LLP, an investment adviser to The Royce Funds, as a Managing Director, Senior Investment Strategist, and President of Royce Fund Services. Prior to joining Royce & Associates, Mr. Lipper worked for Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, serving most recently as a member of the Asset Allocation Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Lipper was Executive Vice President of Private Client Services at Reuters and worked in various roles at Lipper Analytical Services. Mr. Lipper received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).