Welcoming Trustees: 2019

This year, three dedicated and loyal alumni have finished their terms as board members: Alexa Bator Chae FR’90, Carolyn Millstein FR’79 and Jenny Wanger CN’04. Through their tenure, each has contributed collaboratively and thoughtfully in moving SYA forward. We are grateful for their commitment to our students and those of tomorrow.

SYA is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its governing body. Each brings a passion for and a high level of commitment to the SYA mission along with their fellow board members.

Julian Fu portrait

Julian Fu CN’06

In 2005, Julian, then a junior at Milton Academy (MA), left for Beijing to study Chinese with SYA. As a Chinese American, he expected to gain only language skills as he thought himself well-acquainted with Chinese culture. But he realized he had much to learn when he requested fortune cookies after the welcome dinner in Beijing. SYA accelerated Julian's personal growth as he learned to engage with not only who and what was around him, but who he was as well. After a few years as a consultant following his graduation from Georgetown, Julian obtained his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is currently with Utah-based Qualtrics (now a part of SAP), and he enjoys staying in close contact with his SYA classmates. Julian has been a stalwart volunteer for SYA in recent years, notably co-chairing the SYA Fund and presently serving on the Campaign Cabinet.


Jackie Little FR’81 IT’16P

Jackie grew up in New York City and went to The Hotchkiss School, attending SYA France during the 1980–81 school year as a senior. After graduating from Bennington College in 1986, she received an MFA in textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and later owned and operated Myung Jin Inc., a fabric company that manufactured and distributed upholstery fabrics to interior designers throughout the United States. Since 1990, Jackie has served on the Board of Trustees of the Bernice Barbour Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to the health and wellbeing of wild and domestic animals in the United States. She recently joined the Drew School (San Francisco) Board of Trustees. Jackie and her husband, Henry Turmon, live in San Francisco with their two children, Will, who is a junior at Chapman University, and Megan, a sophomore at Colgate University, and who is also an alumna of SYA Italy 2016. Jackie has been a longtime and generous supporter of SYA, volunteering for many years as a member of the Philanthropy Council.

David McKean

Amb. David McKean FR’74 FR’11P

David is a senior fellow at the United States German Marshall Fund, and recently served as U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg. Previously, he held the position of director of policy planning at the Department of State (2013–16), and is a recipient of the Distinguished Honor and Superior Honor awards.

Before joining the Department of State, David was a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston, staff director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and chief of staff to Senator John F. Kerry. David also served as minority staff director on the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, was deputy chief counsel on the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Investigation and served as special counsel on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Along the way, he served as chief of staff to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John F. Kerry and taught at the Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland.

David has authored four books on American political history: Suspected of Independence: The Life of Thomas McKeanFriends in High Places with Douglas Frantz, a New York Times notable book; Tommy the Cork, a Washington Post book world cover and best book; and The Great Decision with Cliff Sloan, a History Book of the Month Club selection. 

He is now working on his fifth book, a group biography of President Franklin Roosevelt and his ambassadors in Western Europe, pre-WWII, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2021. David served for many years as a board member on the Foundation for the National Archives. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Duke University School of Law. His daughter Kaye is an alumna from the Class of SYA France 2011.



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Welcoming Trustees: 2019

SYA is pleased to announce the addition of three new trustees to its governing body: Julian Fu CN’06, Jackie Little FR’81 IT’16P and Amb. David McKean FR’74 FR’11P.