David S. Birdsell, Ph.D., Marxe Dean & Professor, Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY
David Birdsell has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David is Immediate Past President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of Governance Matters and of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.
Reg Foster, Former President and CEO of United Way of New York State
Reg Foster is the former President and CEO of United Way of New York State, retiring in August 2017. Before that, he was the Global Coordinator for Corporate Responsibility for the IBM Corporation, leading IBM’s internal working group on corporate responsibility and relations with outside organizations. Reg also worked at United Way of New York City and held human service policy roles in New York State and City government. Reg has also worked as an analyst in several nonprofits, including the Vera Institute of Justice. His fields of work included low-income housing, mental health and adult education. Reg holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, and a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto.
Daniel M. Flax, Senior Technology Leader at MassMutual
Daniel Flax is a senior technology leader at MassMutual, leading the transformation of all Advisor and Client facing systems. Previously, Mr. Flax was the Chief Technology Officer for Omega One responsible for Omega’s platform development. Prior to joining Omega One, Mr. Flax was the VP, Professional Services for Broadway Technology where he led a global team of technology professionals to implement Broadway’s platform solutions. Prior to Broadway, Daniel held CTO roles at CAN Capital, TheStreet, Inc. and Cowen & Company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Flax was a Managing Director for the New York Stock Exchange, where he was responsible for Trading Technology and the NYSE’s transition to a Hybrid Market.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Daniel enjoys volunteering with several organizations. Daniel is a member of the board of trustees of Governance Matters. For several years, he was active with NYC2012 in their efforts to bring the Summer Olympic Games to New York City. Daniel has presented to technology fans of NYSIA, the Princeton Macintosh Users Group (PMUG) and at many technology focused Meet Up groups. Daniel has volunteered as an Industry Consultant for Junior Achievement and regularly donates platelets and whole blood through the New York Blood Center.
Mr. Flax holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and was an Undergraduate Research Fellow in High Energy Astrophysics at CalTech in a joint program with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.
Joe Del Toro, CFO & Director of Portfolio Operations, Argand Partners
Prior to his current work as CFO & Director of Portfolio Operations for Argand Partners LP, Joe Del Toro was the Chief Financial Officer of Novitex, where he oversaw Novitex’s accounting and finance functions. Joe has over 20 years of finance, general management, operations, private equity, and M&A experience and joined Novitex from Undertone, a digital advertising and technology company. Prior to Undertone, Joe served as the CFO of the The Topps Company, a manufacturer of consumer products that includes baseball cards and confectionery. Prior to Topps, Joe served as General Manager of the Fortune|Money Group, a multi-media network comprising the business and finance titles of Time, Inc. Joe was previously Director of Finance and Acquisitions at the Time Warner corporate entity. Earlier in his career, he worked in private equity at Lazard Freres and HIG Capital Management as well as in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions department. Joe received his MBA from the Harvard Business School and received a BA in Mathematics from Columbia University.