With Board committees and Alumni Relations staff, they establish priorities, allocate resources, and oversee implementation of initiatives. Alumni elect the officers to their positions biannually.
Brown Alumni Association Officers
The Brown Alumni Association's four elected officers are the leaders of the 20-25–member Board of Governors.
President: Sara Leppo Savage ’90, P’22
New York, NY
A.B. ’90, Political Science | J.D. ’94, Columbia
* Elected in 2017 as President-Elect
Sara is co-founder of Sane Designs, an interior design firm she launched with a fellow Brown alumna in 2005. Design is Sara's second career. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1994, she clerked for a federal judge and practiced law for eight years at Stillman & Friedman where she specialized in white collar criminal defense work. Sara serves on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee of ASAP!, a non-profit children’s arts program. She lives in New York with her husband Robert Savage ’90 and their two daughters.
Sara began her alumni engagement as an Alumni Interviewing volunteer. She served five terms on her class reunion gift committee, co-chairing her 20th and 25th class gifts, receiving the 2010 Brown Annual Fund Co-chair award. Sara is currently serving as an ex-officio member of the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors representing the Brown Annual Fund, a member of the College Advisory Council, a fourth term on the Brown Annual Fund Leadership Council, and a member of the BrownTogether Campaign Committee for the New York metro area.
Why I Volunteer:
Living in NYC and serving on the Brown Alumni Association for the past several years, I am fortunate to visit campus often and engage with dedicated alumni. Each time I return energized and excited about Brown’s future. I would be honored to lead this committed group of alumni to support the President’s Building on Distinction Plan and the BrownTogether campaign, both of which are critical University initiatives. Ever True!
About the President
Sara serves as the chief executive officer of the Alumni Association and presides at all meetings of the Board of Governors. She appoints the committee chairs and members of the Board of Governors and serves as an ex officio member of all committees.
President-Elect: Carlos A. Lejnieks ’00
AB ’00, International Relations | MS ’04, London School of Economics
Carlos Lejnieks is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters based in Newark, NJ. Carlos took over the struggling agency in 2008 and, within four years, increased the number of youth served from 116 to more than 1,100. Under his leadership, BBBS has received local, state, and national awards.
Previously, Carlos was an administrator at North Star Academy in Newark and vice president of CN Communications International. He is chair emeritus of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association and a trustee of the Jersey City Medical Center. He served on President Barack Obama’s regional finance committee, News Corporation’s Diversity Council, and the transition teams of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. He began his career at Goldman Sachs.
At Brown, Carlos was an officer of the Undergraduate Council of Students and a varsity wrestler. He currently serves on the BAA Board of Governors, chairing the BAA’s First Generation and Mentoring Committee. He has served as class co-president and on his Class Reunion Activities and 10th Reunion Gift committees. Carlos has also interviewed prospective Brown students and spoken on Brown career panels.
Why I Volunteer:
Brown is an engine for positive change in the world and an institution that has given generously to us all. I particularly appreciate Brown’s desire for constant improvement, and I genuinely believe alumni engagement helps breathe life and vitality into the university. I’m interested in strengthening our “ever true” bonds while helping incorporate new voices into the Brown narrative.
About the President-Elect
The president-elect serves two years in the role of President-Elect, followed by two years as President of the Alumni Association. He or she assists the President in guiding the Board and, in the event of a permanent vacancy in the Presidency, would serve out the vacant term. At the time that the President's term begins, he or she also begins a six-year term as an Alumni Trustee.
Secretary: Sara R. Garrity-Gentile ’09
AB ’09, Public Policy and American Institutions | MBA ’16, Harvard Business School
Sara Garrity-Gentile is a consultant at Bain & Company. She previously worked at Public Partnerships, LLC, where she led teams supporting Medicaid and other publicly funded self-directed long-term care programs. Sara then studied full-time in the MBA program at Harvard Business School. Following graduation, she accepted a one-year HBS Leadership Fellow appointment at Boston Children’s Hospital as a strategy and digital health advisor.
While at Brown, Sara was active in the Bruin Club, Undergraduate Finance Board, the Brown Lecture Board, and was elected to the Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS). She also volunteered as a Meiklejohn advisor.
Sara has served on the Brown Alumni Association (BAA) Board of Governors and on the 120 Years of Women at Brown Steering Committee. She is a past co-president of the Brown Club of Boston, where she led a 21-member board of directors and oversaw social, educational, and other events for alums of the greater Boston area. Sara has also volunteered for Brown as a Women’s Launch Pad mentor and has been an Alumni Interviewing Program volunteer since graduation.
Why I Volunteer:
I am a passionate Brunonian and love giving back in ways that help build our community. When I served on the Brown Club of Boston’s board of directors as co-president of the club, I was responsible for overseeing and working with our club secretary. As a member of the BAA in the past, I have gained familiarity with how the BAA works. It would be an honor to serve as your BAA secretary.
About the Secretary
Keeps records of all proceedings of the BAA Board of Governors. He or she serves a two-year term and participates in major Alumni Association decisions.
Treasurer: Jill U. Javier ’07
ScB ’07, Bioengineering | MBA ’14, Duke University
Jill Javier has worked for Medtronic, the medical technology company, for the past five years, progressing from a summer associate to her current position as Europe, Middle East, and Africa product manager for surgical heart valves and related products. Prior to joining Medtronic, Jill worked as a health economic consultant at United BioSource, where she led budget-impact and financial models for pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Jill has maintained a strong commitment to Brown. She is a longtime class leader, serving on her 10th Reunion Participation Committee, her BAF Class Committee, and the GOLD 6th and 7th Year Participation committees. Other significant volunteer roles include former president, vice president, and communications chair of the Brown Club of Washington, D. C., as well as president, president-elect, and board member for Brown’s Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance (A4). Jill is also active as a BearShare ambassador and an alumni interviewer.
While at Brown, she held leadership roles in Fusion, in the Filipino Alliance, and in the Meiklejohn advising program.
Why I Volunteer:
I am passionate about Brown. I want to grow our strong collaborative environment by connecting alumni, the University, and current students. I want to focus on Brown’s dedication to diversity and inclusion, as well as continuing to cultivate our community at an international level. If elected treasurer, I will leverage my experience in business to continue BAA’s financial stability and help shape BAA’s strategy to best serve all members of the Brown community. It would be my honor to serve as your BAA treasurer.
About the Treasurer:
Manages the funds of the Association as directed by the Board; prepares financial reports; and helps to shape the BAA's overall financial strategy. He or she serves a two-year term and participates in major Alumni Association decisions.
Mateus Baptista ’14
David Chy ’16
Niki Kasumi Clements PhD’14
Benjamin Dalley ’03 AM’04
John Goncalves ’13 MAT’15
Marisa Hernandez-Stern ’05
Nicole Isaac ’00
Matthew Lyddon AM’11 PhD’16
Jeremy McKenzie MPP’16
Molly K. O'Rourke ’90
Deborah Ross ’85
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess ’00
Mandy J. N. Tachiki ’95
Richard Thigpen ’81
Daryl D. M. Twitchell ’93
Felix M. Lo ’01, Brown Annual Fund
Melisa W. Lai-Becker ’94 MD’99, Brown Medical Alumni Association
Victoria Westhead ’83, P’17, P’19, Pembroke Associates Council
Ella S. Joshi ’21, Class Coordinating Board
Nicholas H. Correia ’21, Class Coordinating Board