Alumni board nominations for 2006-07
In accordance with the constitution of the Reed College alumni association, and following a call for
nominations to all alumni in the May 2005 Reed magazine, the nominating committee of the alumni association
hereby gives notice of the following nominations to the alumni board. All terms begin July 1, 2006.
President (one-year term):
H. Fisher ’80, economics
Fisher is the managing director,
Municipal Securities Group, at UBS Financial Services. He earned an M.P.P. at the Kennedy School of
Government, Harvard University, in 1982. He has served on the alumni board since 2004 and has been
a member of Reed’s National Advisory Council since 1995. Fisher and his wife, Beth, live in Lake
Oswego. They have two children, Antonia and Ian.
Vice President (one-year term):
Alt ’81, political science
Alt is the managing director
of the Promontory Financial Group. In 1987, he earned an M.P.P. and J.D. at Harvard University. He
has served on the alumni board since 2003 and has been a member of Reed’s National Advisory Council
since 2000. Alt is married to Maureen Kennedy and they have three children, Jasper, Corey, and Wyatt.
They live in Piedmont, California.
Secretary (one-year term):
Luft ’95, French
Luft received her J.D. from Lewis & Clark
Law School. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the office of college relations at Reed. As the
campaign assistant in the development office, she helped to establish Reed’s Lemming Society.
Luft has served on the alumni board for one year and has done volunteer work for development and career
services. She is married to Ulrich Luft ’94, and they live in Portland with their young son,
At-large board members (three-year term):
Alderete ’93, biology
Alderete is the chief scientific
officer of Xenotope Diagnostics, Inc., and also serves as a managing partner of Targeted Technology
Partners, LLC. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in microbiology/virology from the University of Washington
and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas in
2005. He has volunteered for the admission office for two years. Alderete and his wife, Karen, live
in Palo Alto, California, and they have a son, Ethan.
James “Jim” Kahan ’64, psychology
Kahan is a senior behavioral
scientist with the RAND Corporation, where he has worked for 25 years. Using both quantitative
and qualitative methods, his research has addressed group decision making to determine the appropriateness
of medical procedures; the design of command-and-control structures for high-level military planning;
balancing safety and environment in protecting Dutch rivers from flooding; keeping the blood supply
safe from contamination; and how cities can address the harms of drugs. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematical
social psycho-logy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968. He was the 2005 commencement
speaker at Reed and has volunteered for the admission office for 33 years. After residing in The Hague,
the Netherlands, for nearly a dozen years, Kahan now lives in Portland with Kathia Naumann Emery ’67. He
has two daughters, Rebecca and Runa.
Willie Koo ’83, biology
Koo is the co-founder and CEO of AssetExchange. He earned an M.B.A.
from Cornell University in 1990.
He was a member of the Reed Entrepreneur Network for two years. Koo is married with two young
children and lives in Portland.
Pearlette Toussant ’96, philosophy
Toussant joined the law firm of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine
in 2002. At Reed, she was president of the Black Student Union and was awarded the McCree Memorial
Scholarship and the U.S. West Scholarship. Toussant earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
Law School in 2000. She lives in Philadelphia.
Timothy “Tim” Wei ’91, history
Wei is an attorney for the Division of Enforcement
of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He earned a J.D. from New York University School of
Law in 1998 and has worked in the public and private sectors. In addition to specializing in securities
law, Wei represented law schools in First Amendment litigation, protecting the schools’ right
of academic freedom. He also represented medical organizations in the recent Supreme Court case in
which the Court decided that the U.S. Constitution prohibits the execution of adolescents. He
has volunteered for the Reed admission office for two years. Wei and his partner, Darren Gibson, live
in New York City with their dog, Clementine.
Nominating committee (one-year term):
Gossett ’91, psychology
Gossett is a partner with
the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP. He earned an M.A. in psychology from the University
of Pennsylvania in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997. Gossett has served on the
alumni board for three years, including two years spent as chair of the outreach committee. He has
also been in the alumni admission network for the last decade and was the class reunion-giving chair
for his tenth and fifteenth reunions. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Sara Nichols ’83, psychology
Nichols is a partner and founder of What’s the Big Idea,
an intellectual-property development group. She earned a J.D. from SUNY-Buffalo in 1988 and completed
coursework for an LL.M. from George Washington University. She has served on the alumni board for four
years, including a year spent as chair of the Reunions 2003 planning committee. She is married to Bill
Magavern; they have two children, Nicholas and Emily, and live in Sacramento, California.
Richard “Rich” Parker ’75, political science
Parker is an attorney with Parker,
Bush and Lane, specializing in bankruptcy and immigration law. Parker earned a J.D. from Golden Gate
University, and has served on the alumni board for three years. He and his wife, Jan, live in Portland.
Alumni trustee (four-year term):
Hochheiser ’73, chemistry and history
Hochheiser was the corporate historian for AT&T Corporation. He earned his Ph.D. in history of
science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1982. Hochheiser has served on the alumni board
for 10 years, including serving as president and New York chapter chair. He also is a long-time alumni
admission volunteer. Hochheiser is very involved with Reed’s oral history project. He is married
to Laura Leviton ’73 psychology; they live in Highland Park, New Jersey.
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