Berklee Today

New Faces on the Board of Trustees

  Sara Lawrenece-Lightfoot
  Sara Lawrenece-Lightfoot
  Charles Hirschorn
  Charles Hirschorn
  Michael Eisenson
  Michael Eisenson
  All photos by Farnsworth Blalock photos

Berklee recently added three distinguished members to the board of trustees. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, a sociologist, is a professor of education at Harvard University. She studied at Swarthmore College and Bank Street College of Education and earned her doctorate at Harvard.

Lawrence-Lightfoot has penned numerous articles and papers and eight books. She has been awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, and Harvard's George Ledlie Prize, and she was named a Spencer Senior Scholar in 1995. Additionally, Lawrence-Lightfoot has been the recipient of 25 honorary degrees from colleges and universities and has academic chairs named in her honor at Swarthmore and Harvard.

Charles Hirschhorn, a veteran Hollywood television and motion picture executive, is the president and CEO of G4techTV, the only television network exclusively devoted to games, gadgets, and gear. The channel reaches more than 50 million homes.

Hirschhorn previously spent 10 years at the Walt Disney Company, ultimately becoming president of Walt Disney Television and Television Animation. Before joining Disney, Hirschhorn was the vice president of Development for Fox Broadcasting, where he managed the network's prime-time programming.

Michael Eisenson founded Charlesbank Capital Partners in 1998 after serving as president of Harvard Private Capital Group. He began his tenure at Harvard Management Company in 1986 as managing director. Previously Eisenson worked with the Boston Consulting Group, a corporate-strategy consulting firm.

Eisenson earned his bachelor's degree in economics at Williams College and his juris doctorate and master of business administration degrees at Yale University. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a founding member of Horizons for Homeless Children.