Princeton University names Janeria Easley and Carla Vernón to its Board of Trustees.
Janeria Easley earned a Ph.D. in sociology, with a concentration in demography, from Princeton in 2016. Easley is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. Easley’s research and teaching specializations are racial and ethnic relations, demography, social stratification, and urban studies.
Easley is the first person elected to the board in the new position created last year for a recent graduate of the Graduate School, defined as an individual who has received a Princeton graduate degree within the five years prior to the year of election.
Easley received her B.A. in sociology and English from Duke University and completed a Vice Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carla Vernón, of the Twin Cities, Minnesota, was an executive at General Mills for 22 years, where she served as corporate officer and president of the Natural and Organic Operating Unit. Her leadership saw growth on a variety of brands recognized for environmental sustainability leadership in the food industry.
Vernón is currently working on her first book and through her newly founded Inspired Tiger LLC provides advisory counsel to early stage natural-products startups. She also leads the Tiger Sisters Network of Princeton, which she co-founded in 2017 and brings together 1,250 Princeton alumnae and students from the African, African American and Caribbean diaspora. Vernón is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, which focuses on opportunities for Black executives, and a member of the Alumni Society, an organization of Latinx leaders.
Vernón graduated from Princeton in 1992 with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. She has an MBA from the University of Texas-Austin.