Staff


David Goldman
Founder and Chairman

David Goldman is the founder and Chairman of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). FASPE promotes ethical leadership within the professions. Towards such end, FASPE’s provides graduate students in professional schools and early career professionals with fellowships to study professional ethics, responsibility and leadership against the backdrop of the actions and choices of their professional counterparts in Nazi Germany. These Fellowships now focus on Business, the Clergy, Journalism, Law and Medicine.

David, now retired, was a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP.  He served as the head of the firm’s International Corporate Advisory Practice Group until 2016 and as head of the firm’s New York office until 2017.  David was recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in his field and was selected by The American Lawyer as a Dealmaker of the Year in 2011.   

David is now a partner in Rosemark Capital Group, an investment firm focusing on investments and operations in the field of digital marketing.  

David has served on the board of a number of for‐profit and non‐profit organizations. He was chairman of the Auschwitz Jewish Center and serves on the Board of the American Friends of the Polin Museum. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Yale Law School Fund.   

David is a graduate of Washington University (BA) and Yale Law School (JD). He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Thorsten Wagner
Executive Director

twagner@faspe-ethics.org

Thorsten Wagner is a German-Danish historian. Born and raised in Sønderborg, Denmark, Thorsten completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany, and has lived in Berlin since 1993. He conducted graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Technische Universität Berlin, and the Freie Universität Berlin, earning his MA from the TU and FU Berlin in 1998 in modern history, political science and German literature. After serving as an educator at the Jewish Museum of Berlin and a research fellow at the Danish Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, since 2010 Thorsten has held a permanent position as associate professor at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)/University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Ivy Barsky
Non-profit Consultant

ibarsky@faspe-ethics.org


Viveca Befekadu
Director Ethics Leadership Training

vbefekadu@faspe-ethics.org


Mia Garcia
Development Manager

mgarcia@faspe-ethics.org


Rebecca Scott
Program Manager

rscott@faspe-ethics.org