Heather Cruz ’89
BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Partner, Investment Management
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Heather Cruz is a partner in the New York office of the international law firm Skadden, Arts, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, which has 22 offices on four continents. In this position, she advises clients on the establishment, operation and sale of investment adviser and broker-dealer businesses.
With respect to private investment funds, Cruz advises clients on a broad spectrum of legal issues and considerations relating to the establishment and operation of private investment funds marketed and operated on a global basis. She also represents institutional investors seeking to invest in private investment funds and in investment advisers.
In addition, Cruz has extensive experience providing regulatory advice to broker-dealers and investment advisers, including regarding compliance with various aspects of the Dodd-Frank Act, with a particular focus on the Volcker Rule. She also advises on a range of issues relating to U.S. Investment Advisers Act, the U.S. Investment Company Act, and the rules and regulations of FINRA.
Cruz has repeatedly been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also was named in Expert Guides – The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen By Their Peers and as a worldwide leading lawyer in Euromoney Institutional Investor’s 2015 Banking Finance and Transactional Expert Guide.
After earning her undergraduate degree from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Cruz received her MBA and JD from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business and School of Law, respectively. She is a member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the Association of the City of New York.
Quentin Schaffer ’76
Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications
Home Box Office
Quentin Schaffer is executive vice president, corporate communications, for Home Box Office (HBO), responsible for overseeing all of the company’s communications strategies with the media, including corporate image campaigns, crises management, program publicity and domestic and international PR efforts. Named to this position in January 2008, Schaffer runs the Media Relations, Corporate Affairs, Talent Relations, Special Events and Corporate Social Responsibility areas and serves as key liaison with Time Warner corporate on messaging to its top constituencies.
One of the main architects of HBO’s press operations, Schaffer directs all consumer outreach—print, electronic and digital—and has oversight for the company’s successful Emmy and Golden Globes campaigns, its Hollywood and trade advertising, special screening events and policy positioning in regards to programming issues.
Throughout his tenure at HBO, Schaffer He has helped oversee PR campaigns for shows ranging from Game of Thrones and Westworld to Big Little Lies and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Prior to joining HBO more than three decades ago, Schaffer worked at WABC-TV and the entertainment PR firm Solters & Roskin.
A member of the Public Relations Society of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Schaffer serves as a board member of The Roosevelt Institute, the USC Annenberg Alumni Advisory Board, The Burke Foundation and the Time Warner Foundation. In 2017, he was named an Innovation Laureate by The Cable Center and was inducted into the PR Hall of Fame.
Donald Webber Jr. ’08
BFA, Theatre (Acting)
Actor, Hamilton, The Wiz Live!, Buckeye
Donald Eugene Webber Jr. is an accomplished actor-singer whose Broadway credits include Hamilton: An American Musical, Motown: The Musical and Holler If Ya Hear Me. He also appeared in NBC’s critically acclaimed production of The Wiz Live! and starred in the acclaimed short film Buckeye (2015).
A native of Inglewood, California, Webber earned several honors while studying at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, including the John Ritter Award for Outstanding Comedic Performance, the Jack Nicholson Award for Outstanding Actor, and one of the four James and Nony Doolittle Awards for Graduating Seniors.
After graduating from USC, Webber taught high school theatre in Los Angeles for three years before joining the cast of the first national touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical Jersey Boys. He then moved to New York, where he appeared in the original casts of Motown: The Musical and Holler if Ya Hear Me, a jukebox musical featuring the hits of rapper Tupac Shakur. In 2015, Webber made his Off-Broadway debut in the play Whorl Inside a Loop.
In 2017, Webber joined the ensemble cast of Hamilton: An American Musical and became the understudy for the title role. He is currently portraying the gospel star Bebe Winans in the Boston production of the new musical Born for This.