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2018-19 Alumni Board Members

June 25, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

The Govenor’s School Foundation’s Board of Directors is welcoming two new alumni members beginning in the 2018-19 fiscal year.  Neil Amin (’96) is the president and CEO of Shamin Hotels, one of the top 20 largest hotel chains in the US.  Neil started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he advised public and private technology companies on merger and acquisition transactions as well as capital markets activities. He currently has overall responsibility for 54 hotels owned and operated by Shamin Hotels under Hilton, Marriott, Intercontinental Hotels, and Hyatt brands. Additionally, Neil oversees the operations of Shamin’s Assisted Living and Dementia facilities in Virginia.

During his tenure at Shamin Hotels, the company has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Developer of the Year from Intercontinental Hotels Group and the Multi-Brand Developer of the Year, New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Hilton Hotels. Neil was recognized as one of the Fifty Most Influential Virginians by Virginia Business in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Neil graduated summa cum laude from The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, completing both his BS and MBA in Finance. He is passionate about assisting the communities where the associates of Shamin Hotels live and work and currently serves as Chairman of the board of Richmond Region Tourism and serves on the boards of the Virginia Community Development Corporation, the Better Housing Coalition, the Virginia Council on Economic Education, and the Virginia Small Business Finance Authority. Additionally, Neil serves on the Treasury Board of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the pleasure of the Governor of Virginia.

C. Alexander Guzmán is a Class of 2007 graduate of Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. He grew up in Prince George County, and made the 45-minute commute to school every day. During his time at the Governor’s School, Alex was active in Model United Nations, served as Co-President of the Young Democrats, played JV and Varsity soccer, and competed at the National Finals of the We the People competition. He credits former teachers Phil Sorrentino, Bear O’Bryan, and Mary Jane McKay for his formation and dedication to public service.

Currently, Alex works as the Director of Fair Housing at Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME), a Richmond-based nonprofit working to ensure equal access to housing for all people. He oversees the organization’s investigations of housing discrimination across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and advocates at the local and state level for more inclusive housing policies. He also sits on the Board of Directors for RVA Rapid Transit, a nonprofit advocating for a regional public transit system. Prior to his time at HOME, Alex worked as a claims investigator in the insurance industry and was a human rights advocate in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Hispanic Studies from the College of William & Mary.

We’re also pleased to have four other alumni who will continue their Board service.  They are Faith Alejandro (’01), who also chairs the Governance & Nominations Committee, Leo Rohr (’99), Karen Setzer (’99), and Amy Weiss (’03), incoming chair of the Alumni Steering Committee.