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Alumni Profiles

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Debo Adegbile
Current Company Name: Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP / The United States Civil Rights Commission
Partner / Commissioner
Class of
1980
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Debo Adegbile

Partner / Commissioner
Class of
1980


Debo is a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Commissioner for the United States Civil Rights Commission. He is the former director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and former senior counsel on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Debo traces the roots of his values and worldview back to entering Manhattan Country School as a six-year-old. “MCS does a better job than any other elementary school of teaching a deep understanding of the individual in relation to larger communities,” he says. Debo also served on the MCS Board of Trustees for nearly two decades.


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Daniel Altschuler
Current Company Name: Make the Road Action Fund / Make the Road New York (MRNY)
Managing Director / Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator
Class of
1996
Education / School 1: Amherst College
Education / School 2: University of Oxford
Education / School 3: University of Oxford
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Daniel Altschuler

Managing Director / Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator
Class of
1996


Daniel Altschuler '96 is a political scientist, organizer, and writer. He holds a doctorate in Politics and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently the Managing Director of the Make the Road Action Fund and the Civic Engagement and Research Coordinator at Make the Road New York (MRNY). He was previously MRNY's Long Island Coordinator and the Coordinator of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table.


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Adrian Bartos
DJ, Producer, Radio Host
Class of
1983
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Adrian Bartos

DJ, Producer, Radio Host
Class of
1983


For more than two decades, Adrian Bartos (“DJ Stretch Armstrong”) has been an internationally renowned deejay, producer and music impresario. His radio program, “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” (named the “Best Hip-Hop Show of All Time” by The Source magazine) is credited with helping launch the careers of some of the biggest hip-hop artists of the ’90s, including The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes.


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Elizabeth Beer
Artist, Boutique Owner
Class of
1979
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Elizabeth Beer

Artist, Boutique Owner
Class of
1979


Elizabeth Beer created Various Projects with creative partner Brian Janusiak as an outlet for their art and a place to showcase works by other designers and artists. Their retail store, Project No. 8, has three locations in Manhattan. In addition, Elizabeth is a partner in the Berlin-based contemporary art gallery Arratia, Beer.


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John Burnham Schwartz
Author, Screenwriter
Class of
1979
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John Burnham Schwartz

Author, Screenwriter
Class of
1979


John Burnham Schwartz is a critically acclaimed, bestselling author of many novels, including Claire Marvel, The Commoner, Bicycle Days and Reservation Road. In 2007, Reservation Road was made into a film based on John’s screenplay. Random House published his fifth novel, Northwest Corner, which continues the stories of some of the characters from Reservation Road 12 years later. He is also writing the script for “The Wizard of Lies,” an HBO film about disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, starring Robert De Niro.


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Jose Castillo
Portfolio Manager
Class of
1992
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Claire Chafee
Playwright, Professor
Class of
1972
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Claire Chafee

Playwright, Professor
Class of
1972


Claire Chafee’s written works include “Whisper from the Book of Etiquette,” “Darwin’s Finches,” “Why We Have a Body,” “Even Among These Rocks” and “Five Women on a Hill in Spain.” Her work has been produced at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the Judith Anderson Theatre and in numerous theaters around the country. She is an adjunct professor of writing at California College of the Arts.


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Katy Chevigny
Documentary Filmmaker, Founder of Arts Engine
Class of
1982
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Katy Chevigny

Documentary Filmmaker, Founder of Arts Engine
Class of
1982


Katy Chevigny founded Arts Engine, an organization that develops strategies to amplify the social impact of documentary film. Her films include E-Team (2014), Election Day (2007) and Deadline (2004). Katy has more than 16 years of experience and has premiered in the Sundance Film Festival. According to Katy, her time at Manhattan Country School  influenced her to address social justice, self-expression and tolerance in her work.


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Jacob Collins
Painter, Teacher
Class of
1978
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Jacob Collins

Painter, Teacher
Class of
1978


Jacob Collins is a respected artist, teacher and role model in the contemporary revival of classical painting. His work has been widely exhibited in North America and Europe. He is the founder of the Water Street Atelier, The Grand Central Academy of Art and the Hudson River Fellowship.


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