Class of 2021

Meet the Foster School’s six new full-time faculty members

The Foster School of Business welcomed six new faculty members this fall. Each brings a wealth of expertise and accomplishments—and even greater promise. Here’s a closer look.

Charles Donovan

Visiting Professor of Finance and Business Economics

Earned his PhD from the IE Business School in Madrid joins Foster from Imperial College London, where he was executive director of the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment and academic director of the MS in Climate Change, Management and Finance academic council co-chair of the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investing co-founder of Cleandrone studies corporate finance, corporate venturing, risk management, sustainability and climate tech teaching Introduction to Sustainable Finance and Climate Change and the Capital Markets at Foster fun fact: once spent a month in a Zen Buddhist monastery.

Jennifer DeWhitt Graves

Assistant Teaching Professor of Operations Management

Earned her MBA from Harvard previously a part-time lecturer of finance and operations at Foster co-founder of Montlake Consulting Group former principal at Keystone Strategy, senior program manager at Starbucks, case team leader at Bain & Company teaching Personal Finance, Operations Management, Statistics for Business, and Project Management at Foster fun fact: is the author and illustrator of a children’s book entitled Jervis the Best.

Lee Hochberg

Assistant Teaching Professor of Marketing and International Business

Earned his MA in communication at Stanford University has been a part-time lecturer of business communications at Foster since 2008 25-year veteran reporter and producer for the PBS NewsHour has won an Emmy Award, George Foster Peabody Award, American Religious Broadcasters Award and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award teaching Business Communications and Public Speaking at Foster fun fact: still drives the same 1983 Volvo 240 he bought when he moved to Seattle in 1983 (it now has 440,000 miles and still looks great!).

Jordan Nickerson

Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics

Earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin previously a visiting professor of finance at MIT and an assistant professor of finance at Boston College studies corporate finance, executive compensation, structured finance, credit ratings and household finance winner of the Rising Scholar Award from the Review of Financial Studies Teaching Star at Boston College Carrol School of Management teaching Introduction to Finance at Foster fun fact: almost certainly is from a smaller city than you.

Esther Uduehi

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Earned her PhD from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania studied nature, society and environmental policy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University served on Emerging Leaders Council of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation recipient of the Eli Jones Promising Scholar Award, the Best Working Paper Award from the Association for Consumer Research and the Valuing Diversity Award from the American Marketing Association studies diversity, stigma, branding, identity, consumer behavior and emotions teaching Marketing Concepts at Foster fun fact: dreams of being a television writer.

Matthew Van Winkle

Associate Teaching Professor of Accounting
Director of the Master of Public Accounting Program (MPAcc)

Earned his PhD from the University of Michigan most recently a portfolio manager at Empyrean Capital Partners founder, principal and director of research at Voyant Capital studies valuation, financial statement analysis, ESG (environment, social and governance), portfolio risk management teaching Fundamentals of Management Accounting, Advanced Financial Statement Analysis and Accounting, Audit and Assurance Regulation at Foster fun fact: spent most of his career looking for frauds as a short seller.

Ed Kromer Managing Editor Foster School

Ed Kromer is the managing editor of Foster Business magazine. Over the past two decades, he has served as the school’s senior storyteller, writing about a wide array people, programs, insights and innovations that power the Foster School community.