Alumni Profile

Six members-at-large join Alumni Board

On July 1, the Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes six new members-at-large. In addition, sitting members-at-large Ronald C. Glover ’73 and Laura M. Neiman ’97 were each re-elected to a second two-year term. To read more about all the new volunteer leaders, visit

robert brownRobert S. Brown ’88, MA’89 

Brown, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in economics and earned a master’s in international economics, is a senior portfolio manager at AllianceBernstein Equity Strategies. A former member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee, he serves on the boards for the READ Foundation and the Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Brown was a member of his 10th Reunion committee and serves as co-chair of the Wall Street/Finance Network of the Alumni Club of New York City. He lives in New York City with his wife, Tricia, and their daughter.

Tara Cook-Littman ’97tara

Cook-Littman founded GMO Free CT, which successfully advocated in Connecticut for passage of the first-in-the-nation genetically modified organism food-labeling law. A former New York City prosecutor, she is running for state representative in Connecticut. Cook-Littman received a bachelor’s in American studies, and minored in journalism and in women’s and gender studies. She served as co-chair of her 15th Reunion committee and was recently a panelist at the SoJust Leadership Forum. She lives in Fairfield, Conn., with her husband, Owen Littman, and their three children.

gorinWilliam S. Gorin ’80

Gorin is the CEO of MFA Financial. During his 17-year tenure with the firm, he has served as president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Gorin has also worked at Paine Webber/Kidder Peabody & Co. and at Shearson Lehman Hutton/E.F. Hutton. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in economics, he earned an MBA from Stanford. He has served on his Reunion committees and recently hosted an event at his home with President Frederick Lawrence. Gorin lives in New York City with his wife, Jody, and their two children.

kekstJoseph J. Kekst ’05

Kekst is a private investor who, prior to becoming a member-at-large, served as a presidential appointee on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and as co-chair of the Emerging Leaders Network in New York City. Kekst graduated with a bachelor’s in politics and a minor in philosophy. He and his wife, Dana Sara (Winik) Kekst ’05, live in New York City.

levineSteven H. Levine ’90

Levine is a principal at the Brattle Group, which provides consulting services in environmental matters, finance and other areas. He earned a bachelor’s in economics, and went on to receive an MBA from Columbia in 1995. He is a member of the board of directors of Congregation Beth Elohim as well as its financial secretary. As a Brandeis student, Levine worked in the Office of Student Life and helped coordinate Parents Weekend ’88, Orientation ’89 and Senior Week ’90. Since graduation, he has helped organize his class Reunions. He lives in Acton, Mass., with his wife, Sara Pollak Levine ’92, and their two children.

zirkinAdam R. Zirkin ’01

Zirkin is a partner at Knighthead Capital Management, and previously served as vice president and director of investments at Harbinger Capital Partners. He was a student representative to the Brandeis Board of Trustees and a debate-team standout before graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s in biochemistry. As an alumnus, Zirkin has provided career advice to many Brandeis students and supported the Golf and Tennis Outing. He co-chaired his 10th Reunion committee with his wife, Samantha Zirkin ’01. They live in New York City with their three children.

Date: June 27, 2014