mes Brister Chair

Gilbert Casellas, L'77
has a broad and diverse range of successful experiences at the highest levels of business, law, and government. He is Chairman of OMNITRU, a Washington, DC-based management consulting and investment firm that focuses on technologies that support the homeland security, defense and intelligence communities. Prior to OMNITRU, he served as Vice President, Corporate Responsibility for   Dell Inc. where he led the creation of an integrated and global corporate responsibility function that encompassed the company's diversity, sustainability and corporate giving activities. He has previously served as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board. For a number of years he practiced law in Philadelphia and Washington, DC with major law firms and for two years served as President of The Swarthmore Group, a registered investment advisory firm. He has been a member of the board of Prudential Financial, Inc. since 1998 where he serves as a member of the audit committee and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2009, he was appointed by President Obama to serve as a civilian member of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission. He also currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota Motor North America Inc. and chairs the Hispanic Advisory Council of Comcast. He previously chaired the Committee on Workplace Diversity for Yale University and the board of the Hispanic Federation. From 2001 to 2006, he was a member of The Coca-Cola Company's Diversity Task Force. He is a former President of the Hispanic National Bar Association and recipient of the "Spirit of Excellence" award from the American Bar Association and the U.S. Department of the Air Force’s Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service. At Penn, Mr. Casellas serves on the Board of Overseers of the School of Nursing and is Co-Chair of the James Brister Society. He is a founding member of the Association of Latino Alumni, former Chair of the Board of Overseers of the School of Social Policy & Practice, and former President of the Law Alumni Society. His frequent lectures at Penn include the Shils ADR and Sparer Public Interest Lectures at the Law School and the Gruss Public Policy Lecture at Wharton. Mr. Casellas is a loyal benefactor of the Law School and the School of Social Policy & Practice, and has contributed significantly to the School of Nursing. He has also provided major support for undergraduate student financial aid.