Board & Staff
Tory BurchBoard of Directors
Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history then moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for some of the most influential American designers, including Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez at Loewe. She launched Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood and since then the brand has grown into a global business with more than 100 freestanding stores, toryburch.com and a presence in over 1,000 department and specialty stores.
Tory Burch has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, Glamour’s Women of the Year and Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World. A dedicated philanthropist, Tory launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009. In addition, Tory serves on the boards of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Startup America Partnership and the Barnes Foundation.
Robert IsenBoard of Directors
Robert is the Chief Legal Officer and President of Corporate Development at Tory Burch LLC. Robert began his career as a corporate attorney in Washington and went on to work for a Philadelphia-based firm. After practicing law, Robert pursued various entrepreneurial ventures and held key operating, investor and advisory roles in various companies.
Robert holds a B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and graduated with a J.D. from Boston University Law School. Robert is a member of YPO/WPO and enjoys playing squash, running and collecting American folk art and photographs in his spare time. He resides in Philadelphia and New York with his wife, Patty, and has two sons, Thomas and Charlie.
Tracey KozmetskyBoard of Directors
Tracey began her career in advertising and fashion at Women’s Wear Daily and Cosmair/L'Oréal Professionnel, and in 1999 she started her own public relations firm, Engelking Kozmetsky Communications LLC. Tracey has served as a volunteer and leader of many community-based organizations in Dallas, including as a Trustee of the Children's Medical Center Foundation, Chair of the RGK Foundation’s Adjunct Board and the Board of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. She holds a B.A. from Texas Christian University and lives in Dallas with her husband and three children.
James RobinsonBoard of Directors
Jamie is the Managing Director of Alliance Marketing Partners, a sports marketing firm. Launching his career as a certified NFL agent, Jamie has negotiated sports and entertainment merchandising, licensing and sponsorship agreements totaling in excess of $150 million and created marketing campaigns on behalf of a number of the nation’s leading marketers and brands including Hallmark Cards, GAP, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Rawlings Sporting Goods and Dunkin' Donuts.
Jamie is a board member of the Police Athletic League, the Marks Colorectal Surgical Foundation and Ashley’s Angels and sits on the steering committee of the National Sports Marketing Network. In addition, he is a founding board member of TBF and the StreetSafe Driving Academy. Jamie is a graduate of Georgetown University.
Jamie TischBoard of Directors
Jamie is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2008, she co-founded Fashionology LA, a children’s clothing retail store in Los Angeles. In 2003, she co-founded the Entertainment Industry’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund was created to support innovative research, education and outreach directed toward the early diagnosis, treatment and prevention of all women’s cancers.
Jay HassBoard of Directors
Jay Hass is a Partner at RRE Ventures, responsible for a number of operating and business strategy functions including investor relations, communications and product management. Prior to joining RRE in 2010, Jay spent 22 years at Brown Brothers Harriman. As a Managing Director at BBH, Jay established their Alternative Investments Group, where he led the formation of and oversaw eight private equity, hedge-fund and Asian equity funds-of-funds with peak assets of over $1.3 billion and approximately 1,300 investors. In addition, as President of consulting firm GateHouse Investors, he has advised high net-worth families and financial services institutions on both investment and business strategy. Jay has also been an angel investor in a number of privately held companies. Jay is a Director of the Cheetah Korea Value Fund and is a former Trustee of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and Natural Lands Trust.
Terri McCulloughExecutive Director
Terri is the Executive Director of the Tory Burch Foundation and guides its strategy. Terri was previously Chief of Staff and Advisor to Representative Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. She served in a variety of roles for more than 15 years in Rep. Pelosi’s Capitol Hill and San Francisco offices, with a focus on issues affecting women and families. Her experience also includes positions at NARAL Pro-Choice America, PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) and actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University. Terri serves on the Board of the Girls Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Ruthie AckermanSenior Program Manager
Ruthie is Senior Program Manager of the Tory Burch Foundation. She was previously a Senior Consultant at the JPMorgan Chase Foundation where she helped run Chase Community Giving and The American Giving Awards. Prior to that Ruthie spent six years as a journalist, most recently at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, writing about wealth management and philanthropy with a focus on women. She also lived in Malawi where she worked with women small business owners. Ruthie is an advisor to She’s the First and The Adventure Project and is a member of the investment committee at SparkNYC. She is a graduate of New York University.
Stephanie AlmanExecutive Assistant
Stephanie is Executive Assistant to Terri and the Tory Burch Foundation. Most recently, she was assistant to Maryam Montague of Peacock Pavilions, a boutique hotel in Marrakech. She has also served as the Sustainability Strategist of Beacon Hill Academy in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, a nonprofit school educating young adults in professional and personal development, and the English language. Stephanie graduated from the University of Florida.
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