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The Pomona College Board of Trustees Elects Three New Members

The Pomona College Board of Trustees has elected three new members: Joel A. Feuer, Bryan K. White and Reza Zafari. Their terms began on July 1 of this year. Pomona College, founded in 1887, is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and the founding member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges.

Pomona College Trustee Joel A. Feuer

Joel A. Feuer, Pomona Class of 1976, is an attorney at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher where he is co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Department for the Los Angeles and Century City offices and a member of the Securities Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1989. He previously served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, Central District of California.

A Los Angeles resident, Feuer is vice chairman of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and is active in the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California and at Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times. He is married to Regina Stagg, who recently retired from the practice of law as a partner with Arnold & Porter.

While a student at Pomona, Feuer was an English major and a member of the student senate as Commissioner of Communications. He also served as editor of the student paper, The Student Life, and as a member of the editorial board of the Spectator, a student literary magazine. He graduated from Pomona, magna cum laude, and later earned a B.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from University College, Oxford University, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Pomona College Trustee Bryan White

Bryan White, Pomona Class of 1984, is the managing director of BlackRock and co-head of BlackRock Alternative Advisors. He had previously served as a senior consultant at Price Waterhouse and a senior vice president at Collins Associates, before becoming a principal and co-founder of the financial services firm Quellos. In 2007, the investment management division of Quellos, which he headed, was sold to BlackRock, whereupon he assumed his current position.

A resident of Seattle, he is a member of the investment committees of the University of Washington and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. He has been active in his support of local philanthropies, including the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the University District Food Bank.

At Pomona College, White was an economics major and active in both club and intramural sports, Sigma Tau fraternity and the college radio station, KSPC. Since his Pomona graduation, he has been a volunteer with the College’s Admissions and Career Development Offices, established merit prizes for finance and economic reasoning, served as a director of the College’s Pacific Basin Institute, and served as a Pomonathon caller. He earned his MBA in finance, with honors from the University of Chicago.

Pomona College Trustee Reza Zafari

Reza Zafari, Pomona Class of 1982, is a managing director - Investments in the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1999, he worked at JP Morgan in Los Angeles, where he managed all private banking services for the West Coast – South Region. He also worked for 12 years in private client services at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse First Boston.

A resident of Encino, Zafari is a treasurer of the Robertson Education Empowerment Foundation (R.E.E.F.) and is a member of the advisory board for the Jordan Center at the University of California, Irvine.  He previously served as a trustee and alumni president at the Thacher School and is currently a member of the advisory board.

While a student at Pomona, Zafari was an economics major and served on the student senate as the Internal Affairs Commissioner.  He was also a member of the Dorm Council, Economics Club, International Club and Ski Club.  He served on his 20-Year Reunion Gift Committee and continues to volunteer with the College’s Career Development Office. He earned his MBA with a focus in finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.