Members of Pingry's Robotics Team postponed their Spring Break by a few days the weekend of March 9—and with impressive showings at two separate events, their sacrifice was well worth it!
Pingry announces four new members of its Board of Trustees: Chip Baird '89, P '21 (top left), Daniel Chen P '25, '26 (top right), Betty Galvan P '25, '29, '31 (bottom left), and N. Gregory Mankiw '76 (bottom right).
Chip Baird '89, P '21 is Chief Financial Officer of Amicus Therapeutics, a global commercial-stage biotechnology company at the forefront of advanced therapies to treat a range of devastating rare and orphan diseases. Previously, Mr. Baird spent 10 years as the CFO of PTC Therapeutics, which also works with rare diseases. In his roles as CFO, he has raised over $1.9 billion of capital through a variety of public capital markets and venture capital financing. Prior to his corporate roles at Amicus and PTC, Mr. Baird worked in strategy consulting for LEK Consulting in their life science group. He began his career in commercial banking at First Union National Bank. Mr. Baird received a B.S. from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and an M.B.A. in Finance from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Xiaofeng ("Daniel") Chen P '25, '26 is President of HNA Group North America LLC ("HNANA"). HNANA is a wholly owned subsidiary of HNA Group, a leading investment conglomerate investing in travel and tourism, financial services and technology, real estate and logistics, and more. HNANA is the Group's North American investment, asset management, and business development subsidiary. In addition, he is Vice General Secretary of the Cihang Charity Foundation, the largest shareholder of HNA Group and the sole designated donor of all of HNA's charitable causes. Mr. Chen also serves as President of Pacific American Investment Limited, a China-based investment and private wealth management firm that he founded a decade ago. The company engages in direct investment in Chinese private sector enterprises and provides private wealth management and advisory services to private entrepreneurs in China. Mr. Chen received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and completed Harvard Business School's China Business Leader Executive Training Program.
Betty Galvan P '25, '29, '31, President of The Pingry School Parents' Association for the 2018-19 school year, is the founder of My Friend Betty Says Digital Marketing Studio. With over 10 years of experience in blogging and social media, Mrs. Galvan serves as a coach and consultant, helping small businesses and network marketers to thrive on social media. She started her career as a middle school teacher in Illinois and freelance writer for educational sites MommyMaestra.com and SpanglishBaby.com. She segued into digital marketing as a member of the #WeAllGrow Latina Influencer Network team before forming her own agency in 2017. Mrs. Galvan is a public speaker and has been featured in popular publications such as Buzzfeed and Hip New Jersey. She was named a Top Latina Blogger by LATISM (Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media). Mrs. Galvan graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Language Arts Teacher Education.
N. Gregory Mankiw '76 is the Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a prolific writer on economics, and a regular participant in academic and policy debates. His research includes work on price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. His published articles have appeared in academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, as well as more widely accessible forums like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Fortune. He has written two popular textbooks—the intermediate-level textbook Macroeconomics (Worth Publishers) and the introductory textbook Principles of Economics (Cengage Learning), which has sold over two million copies and been translated into 20 languages. Professor Mankiw has also been a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an adviser to the Congressional Budget Office and the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and New York, a trustee of the Urban Institute, and a member of the ETS test development committee for the AP exam in Economics. From 2003 to 2005, he served as Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
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