Board of Directors


David Lynch, Chairman
David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, is an award-winning director, writer and producer. His work includes Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Straight Story, Mulholland Drive and INLAND EMPIRE.


Bob Roth, Chief Executive Officer
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation leaders in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people, and is the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” As CEO of the David Lynch Foundation Bob has helped bring meditation to more than a million students in underserved schools in 35 countries, to military veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Health & Wellness, which is bringing meditation to companies, government organizations, and nonprofit organizations. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show, “Success Without Stress” and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Brain Conference, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.


Mark Axelowitz, Vice Chairman
Mark is Managing Director at UBS Private Wealth Management and has been providing investment advice to ultra - high net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations since 1987. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a designation earned through the Wharton School of Business. He was selected as one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Brokers of the Year” by Registered Rep magazine and as one of Barron’s “Top Advisors of America.” Mark is an officer on the board of the Boys & Girls Harbor, he has co-chaired the Harbor Investment Conference since 2006 and is also a dedicated member of the Robin Hood Foundation. Mark is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, is married with three children and resides in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, NY.


Steve Abrams
Steve Abrams became the owner and CEO of Magnolia Bakery in December 2006, after the Abrams’ family acquired the company.

Since acquiring the brand’s original location on Bleecker Street in New York City, Steve has thoughtfully expanded the business to locations worldwide creating an internationally renowned bakery brand.

Steve’s entrepreneurial spirit started many years ago with the creation of Fountainhead Construction, a leading high-end contractor in New York City. His clients were the who’s who of entertainment, media, sports, fashion, retail and restaurants. Steve has also been involved in the restaurant business as an investor, owner and operator for more than 20 years. He has owned a number of food establishments, including Wildlife, Flowers, It’s a Wrap and The Red Cat, and Soup-to-Nuts, a global restaurant consulting company.

Prior to being in the restaurant and construction business, Steve was a commercial real estate broker and owned and operated real estate throughout New York City.


Jill Black
Jill Black Zalben joined Black Equities Group in 2004. She is involved with the operations and management of her family's real estate portfolio. Jill is also a Director of the Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation. She is on the board of several philanthropic organizations such as Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, The David Lynch Foundation, Temple of the Arts, University Kidney Research Organization, and UCLA Luskin School of Public Policy. Jill is a supporter of Tel Aviv University, Jaffe Foundation and other organizations in Israel. Her involvement with The People Concern, Union Rescue Mission, Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation and ADL has helped break the cycle of chronic homelessness, poverty, and social inequities. Jill believes that the most impactful way to give back is to become a mentor. A young person needs the support and encouragement of a mentor to gain personal growth, development, as well as social and economic opportunities.

Jill participates in Southern California Grantmakers and Council on Foundations. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Communications from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Jill has two children: Zach and Torie Zalben. She shares her life with her significant other, Marvin Caesar.


Steven Chanin
Steven Chanin is a retired finance executive with wide-ranging experience in a variety of industries, including information technology, multi-media, film production, and philanthropic investment. As the President and CEO of Chanin Consulting Services he developed trust operations systems for securities lending, trading, and tracking for such clients as Citi, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase Manhattan, and First Interstate. As Director of Finance for the Ford Foundation, he participated in the management of a $3 billion investment portfolio. Subsequently he trained options traders and developed new and successful options strategies which lead to the creation of a private options based hedge fund. He served on the faculty of Syracuse University's School of Management, where he taught MBA courses in finance and portfolio theory. Steven is currently President of the Chanin Family Foundation, which focuses on supporting scientific research in health and medicine, working with such institutions as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC and Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Israel. He grew up in New York City where his family was responsible for the architecture and construction of a number of landmark buildings and Broadway theaters. An avid skier, tennis player, and golfer, Steven has been a TM teacher for over 25 years.


Nancy Chemtob


David Ford
Mr. Ford is a Founding Partner and Co-Portfolio Manager of Latigo Partners, L.P.. Prior to forming Latigo Partners, L.P. in 2005, Mr Ford was a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Satellite Asset Management. Mr. Ford joined Satellite in 2002 from Och Ziff Capital Management and was in charge of all credit and distressed related investments at the firm. At Och Ziff, Mr. Ford was responsible for the launch of the distressed component of the firm's fixed income business in 2000. From 1994-1999 Mr. Ford was the Portfolio Manager of ING Barings' North American proprietary distressed securities and merger arbitrage portfolios. He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Connecticut and received an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he has been a frequent guest lecturer on distressed investing.


John Gardner
John Gardner has spent his 20+ year career as a serial entrepreneur and business leader in financial services. He looks for opportunities to improve the financial lives of millions through solutions that are at the intersection of world-class digital customer experience, enabling technologies, innovative business models and best-in-class products in regulated industries.

Currently, he is the General Manager for Invest, Advice, and Insurance businesses at SoFi. Previously he was a co-founder of LearnVest, Inc which was a subscription-based financial planning service that provided simple, affordable and dynamic financial plans to the masses. The company was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015. John was a Founding Partner in Cabezon Capital Management, a Global Macro Hedge fund focused on investing in Emerging Markets. He started his career at SEI Investments, a publicly-traded Asset Management firm, where he held a variety of equity research, product management, and strategy roles.

John has been a Board Member of the New York Pops, which is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, for the past 5 years. He is the head of the board nominating committee and member of the Finance committee. He is also an Angel Investor and Advisor to several fintech companies.

John is married to Kathryn O’Connor and has two children Jack (4 ½) and Cole (2 ¾). He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Marketing & Finance and a Minor in Philosophy.

John was taught Transcendental Meditation by Bob Roth 5 years ago and is an avid practitioner.

David Goodman
David Goodman is an executive who has spent 30+ years running divisions of global multi-media organizations, spearheading/overseeing growth, revenue, marketing, content creation, production, product/technology innovation/services, distribution and oversight of some of the worlds most recognizable brands and properties. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President, Marketing and Digital Development at Sotheby’s where he and his team (advertising, technology, content creation, audience development, exhibition design/creative services, sponsorship, membership) were responsible for numerous initiatives which resulted in record growth in audience (physical/digital), revenue, e-commerce sales, on-line audience, content creation (web, mobile, social, video, print, AR/VR) while incorporating best-in-class technology into client-facing products and processes.

Under his leadership, innovations have included: apps for the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Apple TV (named one of Apple’s “Best New Apps” when launched), the creation of a global and mobile first discovery, registration, bidding and buying platform, a global publishing and content creation/audience platform, the award winning “Treasures From Chatsworth,” a 13-part series and live exhibition, new sales categories and the creation and implementation of sophisticated internal/external advertising, insight and analytics programs and services.

Goodman came to Sotheby’s from The Madison Square Garden Company, where he was the President of Productions and Live Entertainment. Prior to his role at MSG, he spent 13 years at CBS in a number of roles, including President of CBS Live Experiences, President of CBS Interactive Music Group and President of Digital Media and Integrated Marketing for CBS Radio, with responsibilities including content creation, production, marketing, advertising, distribution, revenue, technology and P&L oversight. David has also served as an executive at Warner Bros., President of Warnervision a division of The Warner Music Group, and Saban Entertainment. Additionally, he has created and/or executive produced numerous award winning and critically acclaimed shows, series and specials across every facet of entertainment — live, film, video, television, web, mobile and social — reaching, entertaining and educating hundreds of millions of people around the world.

Goodman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University in 1983 and lives in New York City with his wife and family.


Steve Israel
Former Congressman Steve Israel left Capitol Hill – unindicted and undefeated – to pursue a career as a writer. In addition to writing two critically acclaimed satires of Washington, he heads the non-partisan Cornell University Institute of Politics and Global Affairs in New York City.

Israel was a Member of Congress for sixteen years. He left in 2017, having served as House Democrats chief political strategist between 2011-2015 as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. President Bill Clinton called him “one of the most thoughtful Members of Congress.” Which, Israel states, isn’t really saying much at all.

Israel is a regular political commentator on MSNBC. His insights appear regularly in the New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, as well as The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. He was profiled on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and appeared on CBS’ Sixty Minutes.

Israel and his wife live in Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island, not far from the home of Theodore Roosevelt, who also wrote a few decent books.


Bob Jones
Bob is the CIO and Chairman of System Two Advisors, where he focuses on design and implementation of the investment process. Prior to founding System Two, he founded the Global Quantitative Equity Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1989, which he ran until his retirement from GS as a partner in 2010. Prior to joining GSAM, Bob was a quantitative analyst at Brignoli Models, Lehman Brothers, and in the Global Investment Research department at Goldman Sachs.

He graduated with a BA in American Civilization from Brown University in 1978, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan in 1980. Bob has written many articles on investing for major publications, including The Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Investing, and The Journal of Portfolio Management. He has also contributed chapters to many books, including Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach. Mr. Jones is on the Investment Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, and is a member and Past President of the Society of Quantitative Analysts (SQA)

Chris Joseph

Chris Joseph


Shruti Joshi
Shruti Joshi is a Co-Founder and CEO of Compell’d, a consumer business that helps people experience more of the things that matter to them by transforming the way people keep track of, do and share the recommendations, experiences and content they discover from anywhere.

As an entrepreneur and former marketing executive with a track record of driving growth across multiple B2B and B2C businesses across large, startup, mid-sized firms and turnaround brands, Shruti advises and sits on several start-up and mid-sized company boards. She has successfully led go-to-market, P&L businesses and new product innovation and has expert knowledge in brand building, digital marketing, marketing analytics, and growing recurring revenue businesses.

In her former role, as a Partner at Altman Vilandrie & Company (AV&Co.), Shruti created, built and led the Marketing ROI Practice dedicated to improving marketing returns for Fortune 500 brands, through a combination of proprietary analytics SaaS and consulting solutions. Prior to joining AV&Co., Shruti was an executive at Verizon Communications, where she was responsible for driving new acquisition growth for Consumer FiOS and Core network products, by developing product marketing strategies and optimizing $750M+ digital, awareness and direct response media campaigns. Shruti also has a consulting background in product innovation and development, where she helped global brands develop new products.

Shruti holds an M.B.A from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California.


Nigol Koulajian
Nigol Koulajian is the founder and CIO of Quest Partners, a NYC-based quantitative hedge fund with $1.4 billion in assets under management. Quest manages assets for some of the world’s largest pensions. Prior to starting Quest, Nigol was the head trader for Carmel Capital, a risk-arbitrage hedge fund and head of asset allocation at Weston Capital, a fund of hedge funds. He started his career with Andersen Consulting. Mr. Koulajian earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Notre Dame. He has been running a personal foundation dedicated to supporting the practices of yoga and meditation since 2002.  He was on the board of the Omega Institute for four years.

Arthur Bud Liebler

Arthur “Bud” Liebler
Mr. Liebler has spent over 40 years in the Public Relations/ Marketing / Communications business, including over 20 years at Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler Corporation where he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications until 2001. Previous to Chrysler, Bud worked at Ford Motor Company, Ross Roy Advertising and Stratacomm Public Relations. He is a former national chairman of the American Advertising Federation, President of the Michigan Advertising Industry Alliance and Adcraft Club of Detroit, and serves on the boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Public Television, Michigan Opera Theatre and Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Susan Molinari

Susan Molinari
Susan Molinari has a wide-ranging background resulting from her multi-disciplined service in the Leadership of the United States Congress, as Vice President of Google’s Public Affairs for the Americas, as leader of multiple offices for international public affairs and lobbying giant Omnicom, and as a respected media communicator on multiple networks, including among others CBS, Fox, PBS and CNN.

Susan is presently a member of New York City based Protiviti Consulting’s Advisory Board, Washington DC based APCO Worldwide International Advisory Board, and member of the boards of Harvard University Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School, the Trilateral Commission, American Action Network and the David Lynch Foundation.

Having been elected from a New York City-based district five times to Congress, Susan was quickly elevated by House Republicans who twice elected her as one of just eight Members to serve in the Leadership of the first GOP Majority in 40 years.

In Congress, she developed a strong record of bipartisanship and effectiveness on issues ranging from transportation and the budget, to child abuse and human rights.

As Google’s Vice President for the Unites States, Mexico, Latin America and Canada, she managed teams that monitored and interacted with both Democratic and Republican U.S. Administrations, federal departments and agencies, both sides of the political aisle and both sides of the U.S. Capitol, as well as state and foreign capitals.

In addition to her work with Omnicom and in the media, Susan has worked with corporate America as member of the Board of Protective Life, on the Toyota North America Diversity Board, as chair of the corporate social responsibility Century Council, and at the global law firm Bracewell and Giuliani.

Jane Ottenberg

Jane Ottenberg
Jane Ottenberg was one of the pioneers in the fast-growing trend of content marketing. In the early ’80s, she co-founded with her husband The Magazine Group, which later became TMG Custom Media. The firm produced 360 degree content marketing campaigns for large brands and non-profits, including magazines, websites, social media, videos and analytics. The company was sold in 2012.

Jane received the John Caldwell Award from the Custom Content Council for lifetime achievement in content marketing. She was also named one of the 21 Most Intriguing People in Media by min, the trade publishing group for broadcast, print and online media. Jane served on the board of the Custom Content Council as well on the boards of Maret School, a K-12 independent school in Washington, DC, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Metropolitan Washington.

Jane and her husband Richard Creighton, who also served on the DLF board, reside in Chevy Chase, MD and New York and have four children. They have been practicing TM for seven years.


Joanna Plafsky
Joanna Plafsky is an established international film producer and distributor. She was Co-Founder of Nu Image Films (now Millennium Films), which went on to become a highly successful film production and distribution company. Joanna began her career as Founder and President of Radiance Films International, an international sales and film distribution company. She sold hundreds of films throughout the world and had a strong presence at the Cannes, Milan, and other international film festivals. More recently, Joanna co-produced the documentary Saving the Disposable Ones with David Lynch Foundation Television. She was also Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary My Reincarnation. A graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, Joanna earned a Master’s Degree in Film from Boston University. Joanna’s passion is producing films that uplift the human spirit and make the world a better place to live.


Jack Rovner
Jack Rovner is co-president of Vector Management since 2002. Rovner is an entertainment industry pioneer, boasting wide-ranging experience in artist development, touring, branding, marketing, and production. Vector is a full-service, multi-platform artist management company with offices in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Respected throughout the industry as an innovative artist, lifestyle and brand management company, Vector plays a crucial role in the careers of such superstars as, to name a few: Kesha, The Strokes, the cast of the Impractical Jokers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Michael McDonald, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Manchester Orchestra and more. A veteran executive, known for his innovative advances in the development of the human brand, Rovner’s personal leadership in the music industry developed as head of marketing at Columbia Records, EVP at Arista Records, and then onto President of RCA Records. The Grammy award winner has also worked on acclaimed films and TV projects including 2020’s Impractical Jokers: The Movie, 2006’s remarkable documentary, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, and MTV’s highly rated series, Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.


Orin Snyder
Orin Snyder is a Partner and Member of the Executive Committee at Gibson Dunn and is one of the nation's leading trial lawyers and litigators. The prestigious Chambers USA named Mr. Snyder one of the nation's six best trial lawyers in the category of "Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers." Another commentator called him "the deadliest lawyer in tech." A former Federal Prosecutor, Orin is a Member of Gibson Dunn's Executive Committee, a senior litigation partner in the New York office Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Group.

Iliane Ogilvie Thompson


Bruce Wilpon
Bruce N. Wilpon is a Partner of Sterling Equities, actively involved in the management of Sterling.VC and its investments. Prior to joining Sterling, Bruce was community manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures in New York. In addition to serving on the board of the David Lynch Foundation, he is also a board member of Playwrights Horizons, a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work, and the Judy & Fred Wilpon Family Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and successfully completed extensive graduate work at University of Chicago and at Columbia University in the field of classical Japanese literature.

Bruce speaks Japanese, French, and Italian and is proud husband to Yuki Ikeda and father to their daughter Sia, cats Mogadishu and Lima, and dog Reggie.

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