Founders

Founders

Beatrice Welters

Founder / Co-Chair

Beatrice Welters serves as the Founder and Co-Chair of the AnBryce Foundation, a foundation she established with her husband Anthony Welters (LAW ’77), Esq. in 1995 as a way to provide opportunities to underprivileged children. She established Camp Dogwood Summer Academy in 1996. In 1998, the mission of the foundation was further advanced through the creation of the AnBryce Scholars Program at NYU Law School. In 2004, the Welters founded a second organization to serve underserved youth, the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation. Mrs. Welters is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She serves on the board of the Brookings Institution and is a member of the Board of Visitors of Colin Powell’s School for Civic and Global Leadership and City College. She and her husband are recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy. Mrs. Welters serves on the Perlmutter Cancer Center Board at NYU Langone Medical Center. In 2015, the Vincent Wilkinson Foundation made a generous gift to NYU Langone to build a model program to improve outcomes for medically underserved women by reducing barriers to quality care and advancing pioneering treatments for breast cancer. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College and her Master of Arts from John Jay college of Criminal Justice at the City of New York. She resides in Virginia with her husband. They have two adult sons.

 

Anthony Welters

Co-Chair

Anthony Welters is currently Executive Chairman of the BlackIvy Group, LLC.  BlackIvy Group builds and grows commercial enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, including logistics and infrastructure solutions and businesses that serve the growing consumer class.  Mr. Welter’s global entrepreneurship in the region creates employment for individuals and new market opportunities for investors. 

Mr. Welters retired as Senior Adviser to the Office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group, which serves more than 100 million people worldwide through its health and well-being companies.  During his two decades at UnitedHealth Group, Mr. Welters also served as Executive Vice President and a Member of the Office of the CEO of UnitedHealth Group and led UHG’s Public and Senior Markets Group.  Mr. Welters joined UHG upon its acquisition of AmeriChoice, a $1 billion health care company he founded in 1989.  Mr. Welters continues to innovate in the health care industry as the co-Founder and Chair of the Board for Somatus, Inc., an integrated and holistic kidney disease care management company.

Mr. Welters is a member of the boards of Loews Corporation, C.R. Bard, Inc and the Carlyle Group.  He is Trustee Emeritus of the Morehouse School of Medicine Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of New York University School of Law, as well as Vice Chairman of the Board of New York University and a Trustee of NYU Langone Medical Center.  In 2012, President Obama appointed Mr. Welters to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee.  Mr. Welters is a founding member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  He is a recipient of a Horatio Alger Award, awarded to those who have overcome humble beginnings and adversity to achieve success and contribute to society, and he serves on the board of that charitable organization as well.  Mr. Welters is also a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the oldest learned societies in the country.  He was formerly on the board of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.  He and his wife Beatrice are also recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, in recognition of their long-standing commitment to philanthropy. 

Mr. Welters was born and raised in the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant.  He earned a BA in economics from Manhattanville College and a JD from New York University School of Law.  Mr. Welters is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia.