Powerhouses in the Hub

In late January, Boston magazine published its list of the 50 most powerful women in the Hub, which includes three Brandeis alumnae. Susan Windham-Bannister, who earned a Ph.D. in 1977 from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and is president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, was selected for “orchestrating a $1 billion investment in our medical, biotech and academic research institutions, bolstering everything from pharmaceuticals to medical devices,” according to the magazine.

A fellow Heller School graduate, Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D.’80, is president and CEO of the 200-year-old Home for Little Wanderers, a nationally recognized private, nonprofit child and family service agency. The magazine credited Wallace-Benjamin and the agency with “saving the lives of thousands,” noting that the home in 2010 alone provided more than 60,000 hours of help to children and families in need.

Myra Kraft ’64, philanthropist and president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and member of the Brandeis Board of Trustees, was chosen for “injecting more than $100 million into dozens of causes — from tiny grassroots campaigns to major universities — through organizations like the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and the Robert K. and Myra H. Kraft Foundation, both of which she coestablished.”