Stanford in New York Faculty & Staff

About the Director

Rosina S. MillerRosina S. Miller is the founding director of Stanford in New York. Working for more than 20 years in experiential education, Rosina previously served on the faculty and then as executive director of The Philadelphia Center, an off-campus study program founded by the Great Lakes Colleges Association and one of the nation's earliest programs dedicated to academic internships and learning in an urban environment. Rosina is also a co-founder of a successful charter school in Philadelphia that features a Spanish language immersion program and a commitment to global citizenship. For 9 years, Rosina served in various leadership positions on the school’s Board of Trustees, including president.

Rosina holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Folklore and Folklife and has researched, presented, and published on urban social change efforts. She is passionate about cities, urban cultural expression, experiential learning, and helping students integrate their personal, professional, and academic development.

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New York Staff

Milton Achelpohl manages student housing and extracurricular events, focusing on bringing Stanford’s Residential Education model to New York. He previously taught third grade in Kansas City, MO through Teach For America. Before entering the classroom, he worked as a Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant and Program manager on Stanford’s campus.

Milton holds a B.A. with Honors in African and African American Studies and Political Science, and a MA in Sociology, both from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he served as a Resident Assistant in Ujamaa, studied abroad in Oxford and Cape Town, and taught a series of Student Initiated Courses. His current research focuses on the intersections of identity and Black Feminist Theory.

Yuliya Mykhaylovska manages the internship component of the program, focusing on student advising and alumni relations. She was previously the project manager to the co-founder of Dia&Co, a plus-size fashion styling startup. Prior to that, she was the platform manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures, the most active seed-stage fund in New York, and worked with several hundred startup founders. 

Yuliya holds a B.A. with Distinction in International Relations and Modern Languages from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she studied in Madrid and Paris. She is an active volunteer with the TEAK Fellowship, a mentor for the 1776 Startup Incubator, and on the board of Stanford Young Alumni in New York.

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Tatiana Rivera manages all finance and operations administration. Tatiana has been working higher education for over 6 years, serving as Program Manager for Columbia Journalism School, Program Administrator for Division of Programs in Business at NYU School of Professional Studies and Program Manager of Adult Education at The New York Botanical Garden. In her many roles, Tatiana has gained expertise in program development, curriculum streamlining, event planning and budgeting.

Tatiana holds a M.F.A in Playwriting from Columbia University, School of the Arts, where her thesis play, Finding Damascus, explored themes of religion, identity, family, and faith. She is an active volunteer with New York Cares, Monday Night Hospitality, and PAWS NY.

Dinali Romani manages outreach for the program, including admissions, recruitment, and marketing. Dinali has worked in higher education at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government as Coordinator for the Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion and for the Office of Admissions. She was most recently the co-founder of an organic foods startup, leading marketing and sales.

Dinali holds a MA from Goddard College in Social Innovation and Sustainability.

Autumn 2018 Faculty in Residence

Jan Krawitz has been independently producing documentary films for many years. Her work has been exhibited at film festivals in the United States and abroad, including Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Edinburgh, SilverDocs, London, Sydney, Full Frame, South by Southwest and the Flaherty Film Seminar. She is currently involved in outreach for Perfect Strangers, a documentary that follows an altruistic kidney donor on an unpredictable, four-year journey of twists and turns. Krawitz’s previous film, Big Enough, was broadcast on the national PBS series P.O.V. and internationally in eighteen countries. Her documentaries, Mirror MirrorIn Harm’s WayLittle People, and Drive-in Blues have been broadcast on national PBS and her short film Styx is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Little People was nominated for a national Emmy Award and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Krawitz has had one-woman retrospectives of her films at the Portland Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Rice Media Center, the Austin Film Society, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. In 2011, she was awarded an artist’s residency at Yaddo. Krawitz taught at The University of Texas at Austin before assuming her current position at Stanford University.

Winter 2018 Faculty in Residence

Jonathan Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cognition at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He was the founding co-director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA, now the Stanford Arts Institute) and founding director of Yale University’s Center for Studies in Music Technology

Spring 2018 Faculty in Residence

Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Jamie Meltzer’s documentary films include: Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story, about the shadowy world of song-poems, Welcome to Nollywood, an investigation into the wildly successful Nigerian movie industry, La Caminata, about a small town in Mexico that puts on a simulated border crossing as a tourist attraction, and Informant, about a revolutionary activist turned FBI informant.


Arthur Cohen is CEO and co-founder of LaPlaca Cohen, the nation’s leading strategic marketing and communications firm serving the unique needs of cultural organizations. He consults to organizations throughout the world, working with management, Board members, collectors, foundations, sponsors and educators on audience development, communications and strategic planning issues. Cohen also oversees LaPlaca Cohen's ongoing research project, CultureTrack, the largest ongoing study tracking the shifting attitudes and behaviors of cultural audiences in the United States.

Cohen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude with Distinction in the Major, 1982), Harvard Business School (MBA 1988; President of the Marketing Society) and attended the London School of Economics (concentration in Philosophy, 1987).

Nina Freedman is an avid conceptualist. Her work spans architectural design, art, teaching, writing, storytelling and furniture design. Compassionate and visionary, she has co-created globally recognized, award-winning architecture for 30 years. In 2015, Nina founded DREAMLAND, a conscious spatial design laboratory that specializes in the impact of emotional space and how it shifts collective thinking.


Bill Grueskin began his journalism career at the Daily American in Rome, Italy. After graduating from Stanford, he served as a VISTA volunteer and founding editor of the weekly Dakota Sun on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota.

He then worked at various metro newspapers, including the Tampa Tribune and Miami Herald. As the Herald's city editor, he oversaw local coverage of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The paper’s coverage of the storm won the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for public service. Grueskin also worked 13 years at the Wall Street Journal, including roles as a deputy Page One editor, managing editor of, and deputy managing editor/news, overseeing 14 domestic news bureaus and the combined print-online editing desks.

Grueskin came to Columbia University in August 2008 as academic dean. At the Journalism School, he oversaw a dramatic transformation of the program's curriculum. In addition, he co-authored "The Story So Far: What We Know About the Business of Digital Journalism." He remains on the Columbia faculty, and also served as an executive editor at Bloomberg, overseeing efforts to train the global news staff to reach broader audiences across digital platforms.

Grueskin has a bachelor’s degree in classics from Stanford and a master’s degree in international economics and U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.

Tony Haile is the founding CEO of Chartbeat, the real-time data science and analytics company that works with over 4,000 media companies, including 80% of the top publishers in the US and in more than 60 countries around the world. Tony has also been an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at Columbia University and was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by FastCompany and 40 under 40 by Crain's NY Business. Prior to entering the startup world, Tony competed in a round the world yacht race and led and managed polar expeditions in the high Arctic. Startups are a lot like polar expeditions, just with less chance of losing a limb.

DaDanielle Jacksonnielle Jackson is deeply committed to bringing discrete people, ideas, and disciplines together. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, an internationally-recognized gallery and educational space that uses photojournalism and documentary film to create conversation on social change.  Formerly, she ran the cultural department at Magnum Photos NY where she coordinated a range of lectures, traveling exhibitions and retrospectives for museums, universities, and photo festivals in more than a dozen countries. Her observations on cultural practice can be found on Twitter @Makerthinker. She holds a BFA in Film and Television and MA in Africana Studies from NYU.

Cofounder of career portal, Mark Oldman has authored nine books, including the best-selling America’s Top Internships (Random House), The Internship Bible (Random House), and Starting Your Own Business (Houghton Mifflin). He is also one of America's leading wine personalities, having written three books on the subject and speaking frequently at major gastronomic festivals across the country.  A licensed attorney and three-time Stanford graduate, he serves or has served on five major boards of the university, including its top governing body, the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

Julie Orringer is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of two award-winning books: The Invisible Bridge, a novel, and How to Breathe Underwater, a collection of stories.  She is a graduate of Cornell University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cullman Center at the New York Public Library, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.  She has taught fiction writing at Iowa, Stanford, Columbia, Michigan, NYU, and Brooklyn College.  

Orringer lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on a novel about Varian Fry, the New York journalist who went to Marseille in 1940 to save writers and artists blacklisted by the Gestapo.

Allen Thorpe is a Managing Director at Hellman & Friedman, LLC, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that has raised over $35 billion in committed capital since its founding in 1984. He leads the Firm’s New York office and focuses on the healthcare and financial services sectors. Allen is a Director of Edelman Financial, Pharmaceutical Product Development, Change Healthcare, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Grosvenor Capital Management. He was formerly a Director of LPL Financial, Artisan Partners, Gartmore, Mondrian, Vertafore, Activant, Mitchell and Sheridan Healthcare. Prior to joining H&F in 1999, Allen was a Vice President with Pacific Equity Partners in Australia and was a Manager, Consultant and Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Australia and San Francisco.

Allen serves on the Board of Trustees for the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Advisory Council of the Stanford Center on Longevity and was formerly a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Allen graduated with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School in 1997.  He previously graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1992 with an B.A. in Public Policy and was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. At Stanford he was a Teaching Assistant for Professor John Cogan’s Politics and Public Policy course.

Cofounder of career portal, Mark Oldman has authored nine books, including the best-selling America’s Top Internships (Random House), The Internship Bible (Random House), and Starting Your Own Business (Houghton Mifflin). He is also one of America's leading wine personalities, having written three books on the subject and speaking frequently at major gastronomic festivals across the country.  A licensed attorney and three-time Stanford graduate, he serves or has served on five major boards of the university, including its top governing body, the Stanford University Board of Trustees.

Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Head of Urban Systems at Sidewalk Labs. Previously, he headed the sustainability practice at Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consulting firm that serves city governments. He is also an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and co-chairs the Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan for the New York metropolitan area.

Rit served as Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group from 2010-2013, guiding the organization’s strategic transformation into a global leader. During that period, he also developed the environment program at Bloomberg Philanthropies, which grew to a total of $145 million in grants under his management.

Rit served as Director of New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability from 2006-2010, and led the creation and implementation of “PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York.” PlaNYC has been hailed as one of the world’s best urban sustainability plans, leading New York City to a 19% reduction in its carbon footprint since 2005. Prior to joining City Hall, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Rit holds a BA, MBA, and PhD from Columbia University, and an MA from Queen’s University in Ontario. He was born in New York City, where he now lives with wife and daughters.

Richard Gowan is an analyst and commentator on international affairs based in New York, specializing in crisis management and the United Nations. He is a senior policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations and teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. In recent years, he has acted a consultant to the United Nations and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a non-resident fellow at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, where he was previously research director. He writes a weekly column for World Politics Review, and has contributed to numerous other publications including Aeon, The American Interest, Daedalus and Politico.

Aneta Kostrzewa is an urban sociologist with expertise on ethnic communities, new urban economy and the  social identity formation in the era of global urban competition.  Her dissertation research examined the intersection of immigration and real estate-led economic development  in a fragmenting ethnic neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, an area  deemed the epicenter of American gentrification. Her other research interests include ethnographic research methods, urban communities, consumption, and race & ethnicity. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in sociology in NYC.