Joe Esposito is the Chair of Sapientia Intiative. He is a portfolio manager at Jennison Associates, and also serves on the Board of Restore NYC. Joe founded InnerNerds, co-founded Dynamax Venture Properties, and co-founded & served as Senior Advisor to the equity crowdfunding platform GrowthFountain.
Joe was blessed to have been introduced to the Alexander Technique in 2015, after years of suffering from various spinal injuries. In the time since, his study and practice of the Technique has had a profound impact on his health. And, his life.
Joe has an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a BA in Philosophy from The College of New Jersey (’02). He is an aspiring Francophile, a loving uncle, and (on occasion) a fine cook. He lives in New York City.
Kelleen Kiely is the Treasurer of Sapientia Initiative. She is a portfolio manager at Douglas C. Lane & Associates and is a CFA charterholder. Kelleen also serves as Treasurer on the board of United Community Centers in East New York. For over 10 year years she has been an enthusiastic student and beneficiary of the Alexander Technique. Kelleen graduated with honors from Brown University in 2003 earning a BA in Anthropology-Linguistics. She lives in New York City.
Nanette Walsh is the secretary of Sapientia Initiative, and she is Sapientia’s Executive Director and founder. Nan is also the founding director of RIAT’s Teacher Certification Program and Community Outreach Program (RIAT CORP). Nan is the author of Unsmudged: An Encounter with Peggy Williams, a First Generation Teacher of the Alexander Technique, published in 2018. She received her Masters from Union Theological Seminary (2021), and she also holds an MFA in Transmedia Studies from Syracuse University (1982). Nan served as chair of the American Society of the Alexander Technique’s (AmSAT’s) Board of Directors from 2009 until 2011; in 2008 she served on AmSAT’s Professional Conduct Committee, and served from 2012-2014 on AmSAT’s Leadership Advisory Council.
Al holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from The Wharton School.
Al’s first experience with the Alexander Technique was when he moved to NYC in his early 30’s to start his investment banking career. He was profoundly affected by his first lessons that he has continued to take lessons throughout his life, presently in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his partner, Mike Curtin. He says that the gap there is really too far from his grandkids in the UK.
Professionally, Al, focuses his energy as a consultant and board member in the fields of medical ethics and board governance and strategy. He is certified as a professional board member by the American College of Corporate Directors & the National Association of Corporate Directors.