Meet the Campaign Co-Chairs

Meet the Campaign Co-Chairs

Rob Carter

Robert Edge Carter ’80

Since graduating from St. Albans in 1980, Rob Carter has kept his classmates informed and involved by serving, for more than twenty years, as class secretary and class agent. Rob also sat on the Alumni Association Board for two terms and, for four years, has acted as chair of Annual Giving. He has served on the School’s Governing Board since 2008.

Since January 2014, Rob has worked as president of Edge Business Development. He previously served as executive vice president of business development and headed the D.C. office for CampaignGrid, an online advertising platform. Prior to joining Grid, Rob spent five years helping nonprofits as managing director at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), in Washington, D.C. He also spent considerable time in federal and state politics and government, serving as Maryland’s assistant secretary for tourism, film, and the arts; finance chair of the Maryland Republican Party; finance director of the Florida Republican Party; and congressional affairs assistant to Commerce Secretary Robert A. Mosbacher during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

A 1984 graduate of the University of Vermont, Rob received his M.B.A. in marketing and organizational management from George Washington University, where he was selected a Bryce Harlow Scholar. He and his wife, Ronnie, live in Chevy Chase, Md., with their son, Mac ’22 and their daughter, Addie (NCS ’25).

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Gina Coburn, STA Parent ’21, ’23

Gina Coburn is senior advisor to Global Philanthropy Group, a Los Angeles-based firm that offers a range of philanthropic advisory services to individuals, foundations, and corporations. Prior to this, she was managing director of the Endeavor Group, where she led the firm’s strategic planning activities and managed philanthropic projects for individual and corporate clients, and helped devise strategies for fundraising, governance, staffing, and partnerships in the areas of education and development. Gina also served as vice president of equity capital markets for Deutsche Banks. She began her career in the media industry in the Walt Disney Company’s Strategic Planning Group and then served as director of corporate development at an Internet start-up focused on the self-improvement market. Gina received a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She served on the Beavouir board for six years and currently sits on Washington National Cathedral’s Finance Committee. She also serves on the boards of Capital Partners for Education and LIFT and is co-chair of Teach for America DC Region’s 25th Anniversary Gala. She and her husband, Brooke, have three children: Bowen ’21, Witt ’23, and Tess (Beauvoir ’21).

Ben Guill

Ben A. Guill ’69

After graduating from St. Albans, Ben Guill ’69 went on to receive his B.A. in English from Princeton University in 1973 and his M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. Ben served on the St. Albans Governing Board from 2007 to 2013.

From 1980 to 1998, Ben worked for Simmons & Company International, an investment bank in Houston focused on the energy industry.  From 1998 to 2007, Ben was president of First Reserve Corporation, a private equity firm which acquired companies in the domestic and international energy industry. In 2008, Ben co-founded White Deer Energy, a middle-market private equity firm formed to acquire companies in the oil service and the exploration and production industries. Ben currently serves on the boards of National Oilwell Varco, the MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston board of Teach For America. Ben has four grown children. He and his wife, Cynthia, live in Houston.

Anne Large, STA Parent ’16, ’18

An NCS alumna, Anne Large first came to know St. Albans through her brother, Mark Handwerger ’81. She and her husband are the parents of Henry ’18 and Jamie ’16, a former Cathedral Chorister. An active volunteer, Anne currently serves as Form II Chair—sending weekly updates to fellow parents—and as Annual Giving chair for the Lower School.

A healthcare consultant, Anne previously served as vice president for strategic planning and business at Washington Hospital Center and as a managing director at the Advisory Board Company, a for-profit health care think tank that publishes studies on best practices in hospital management.

Anne received her bachelor’s degree in history from Yale and her M.B.A. and certificate of public management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She currently serves on the boards of Miriam’s Kitchen and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.

junmakihara-webJun Makihara ’75, STA Parent ’13

A retired investment banker living in New York City, Jun Makihara ’75 joined the Corporate Finance Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1981. He worked in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, where he was co-branch manager, and served as general partner from 1992 to 1998, retiring from the firm in 2000. Today, Makihara is an outside director of Monex Group, Inc., a leading Japanese online brokerage company, Shinsei Bank, a Japanese commercial bank, and Philip Morris International. He also serves on the board of the Japan Society in New York. Mr. Makihara graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics is 1979 and Harvard Business School with an M.B.A. in 1981. He and his wife Mimi Oka have two sons, Kazuma ’13 and Takuma (Grace Church School ’11).