Board of Trustees
Dwight Anderson is a principal and portfolio manager of Ospraie Management, LLC, a $8 billion investment firm focused on four investment strategies in the basic industry and commodity sectors – hedge fund, private equity, incubation/seeding and long-only. Ospraie actively invests in basic industry and commodity markets on a global basis from a fundamentally driven, long-term perspective.
Mr. Anderson founded the Ospraie Funds in February 2000 in partnership with Tudor Investment Corporation, where he served from July 1999 until December 2003. In 2004, he left Tudor to form Ospraie Management, LLC. Prior to joining Tudor, Mr. Anderson was an Associate Director and later a Managing Director in charge of the Basic Industries and Commodities Group at Tiger Investment Management from October 1994 to July 1999. Before joining Tiger, Mr. Anderson was an Associate at JP Morgan & Co.
Mr. Anderson holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina and an A.B. in History from Princeton University.
Dr. Georgette Bennett – an award-winning sociologist, criminologist, and journalist – is Founder and President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. The Center is firmly committed to the idea that religious pluralism is one of the linchpins of a democratic society. To that end, the Center takes action against the destructive effects of religious hatred through a range of innovative domestic and international programs. These programs, which bridge theology and practicality, focus on: schools and afterschool programs, the workplace, deadly sectarian conflicts, special consultations and educational forums.
The field of religious diversity in the workplace was pioneered by Bennett at the Tanenbaum Center. As a result, the Tanenbaum Center is now the leading resource in this field and was cited in a global study by the International Labour Organization as one of the few entities in the world doing systematic work in this arena. Bennett’s 2003 publication, a on Religion in the Workplace, also broke new ground and is the first comprehensive, interactive managers toolkit to deal with religious diversity issues.
Dr. Bennett has previously been affiliated with the Center for Policy Research in New York and the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco. As a television and radio commentator, she was a Network Correspondent for NBC News and host of Walter Cronkite’s PBS current affairs series, “Why in the World?” She created three of her own syndicated radio programs and was a regular commentator for Fox-TV “10 O’Clock News.” In addition, she created stories for ABC “20/20,” CBS “60 Minutes,” PBS “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.”
She has also served as Deputy Assistant Director for Administration of Justice, New York City Office of Management and Budget; Coordinator for Training and Evaluation and Personal Consultant to the Police Commissioner, New York City Police Department; and on several university faculties, where she taught sociology, education, research methods, law enforcement and criminology.
Lewis B. Cullman
Mr. Cullman was the founder and president of Cullman Ventures, Inc., a diversified corporation that included the At-A-Glance group, which manufactures and markets diaries, calendars, and appointment books. He graduated from Yale University in 1941, earned an M.S. from New York University in 1942, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy until the end of the war. Mr. Cullman was also awarded an honorary doctorate from Purdue University.
Mr. Cullman serves on the boards of General American Investors Co., Inc; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, Neuroscience Research Foundation, Inc.; and The New York Botanical Garden. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts.
Mr. Delman is with DGZ Capital. Previously, he has served as a Belfer Center Research Fellow and the former President of Cap Z Investment Partners in New York where he oversaw investments in private equity funds and hedge funds. Mr. Delman managed a 2.25 billion USD investment vehicle which sponsored the creation of new alternative asset investment groups and sat on the management boards and Investment Committees of funds based in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Prior to co-founding Capital Z in 1998, Mr. Delman was an Executive Director of Foreign & Colonial Emerging Markets (FCEM) in London, a global emerging markets investment firm. He directed the firm’s investment activities in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his tenure at FCEM, Mr. Delman served as Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Finance for Bank of America’s Europe/Middle East/Africa Division and directed the Bank’s corporate finance activities in the region. Mr. Delman has also worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Bankers Trust, and Prudential Securities.
Mr. Delman graduated with honors in history from Yale College and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Besides his affiliation with the Belfer Center, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Security Studies at Yale University. Mr. Delman is also a Board member at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a member of the International Advisory Board at Alfa Capital Partners in Moscow, Russia.
Mr. Dyson is Chairman of Millbrook Capital Management, Inc., a private investment firm. MCM’s business activities include managing a manufacturing company, a vineyard and wine group and a hedge fund. In addition, MCM manages direct investments and indirect investments for the Dyson Family and MCM’s executives.
From 1994-2001 Mr. Dyson worked in the administration of New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Finance (1994-1996) and as the Chairman of the Mayors Council of Economic Advisors (1997-2001).
Mr. Dyson was the Chairman of the New York Power Authority (1979-1985), the Commissioner of Commerce for New York State (1975-1979), and Commissioner of Agriculture of New York State (1974)
In 1970-1974 he worked at Dyson-Kissner-Moran, a family-owned investment company. He served as a director & co-chairman of the board in later years.
Mr. Dyson served as First Lieutenant, US Army, Military Intelligence for two years, including one year in Vietnam. He later served six months in the Pentagon on the staff of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence (1968-1970).
Mr. Dyson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (1967), and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University (1965), where he majored in Agricultural Economics. He is the author of Our Historic Hudson, a book on the history of the Hudson River Valley.
Robert R. Dyson
Robert “Rob” R. Dyson has a wide range of business interests and responsibilities. He is Chairman and CEO of the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp., a privately owned, diversified investment holding company that was founded by his father Charles H. Dyson in 1954.
The role of a community leader is one that comes naturally to Rob. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Marist College, a life member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and a board member of Health Quest Systems, Inc., the parent board of Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Northern Dutchess Hospital. Rob has lead the Dyson Foundation as President since 2000, distributes approximately $13,500,000 in grants annually.
Yet another interest—and passion—of Rob’s is Dyson Racing, one of the top-rated sports car racing teams in the country. Dyson racing has won almost all of the major professional International Motor Sports Association sanctioned races in the country, and has twice garnered overall wins in the prestigious Daytona 24 Hour competition. Rob continues to drive for the race team.
Rob’s degrees are from Marietta College (B.A. in Economics) and the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University (M.B.A.).
Joseph H. Flom
Joseph H. Flom is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LL. Mr. Flom started his legal career as Skadden, Arps’s first associate in 1948 and has led the firm as it has grown into one of the largest full-service law firms in the world. With approximately 1,750 lawyers, the firm and its affiliates have offices in 11 U.S. cities as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Munich Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Vienna.
Mr. Flom is widely recognized as one of the leading attorneys practicing in the merger and acquisition arena. He is credited with pioneering many of the strategies used today by bidders, targets and investment bankers.
His practice also includes all forms of corporate transactions. He has represented clients in connection with corporate organization and reorganization, banking and securities offering activity, their joint ventures and investments, and all other matters relating to success in business.
Mr. Flom is co-editor, with other members of the firm, of Disclosure Requirements of Public Corporations and Insiders and Texas Gulf Sulphur — Insider Disclosure Problems, both Practising Law Institute publications.
Among the many honors and awards Mr. Flom has received are: the Legal Aid Society’s Servant of Justice Award in 1986; the Federal Bar Council’s Whitney North Seymour, Jr. Award in 1989; and the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1992. Mr. Flom has also been awarded honorary doctorates by Queens College and Fordham University. In 2004, he received lifetime achievement awards from Chambers and Partners and The American Lawyer magazine and was presented with the CCNY Presidential Medal for Distinguished Achievement and Public Service. He is also the Founding Trustee of the Skadden Fellowship Foundation.
Michael B. Goldberg
Michael B. Goldberg joined Kelso & Company in 1991 as a Partner and Managing Director. Prior to joining the firm, he spent two years as a Managing Director and co-head of the mergers and acquisitions department at The First Boston Corporation. From 1977 to 1988, Mr. Goldberg practiced corporate law in the mergers and acquisitions group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, becoming a Partner in 1980. He was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1972 to 1977. Mr. Goldberg is a director of Buckeye GP LLC, Hilite International, Inc. and RHI Entertainment, LLC.
Mr. Goldberg received a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) with high honors from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review.
David Heller lives in New York City and is the Co-Head of the Goldman Sachs Global Securities Division. He currently sits on the firm’s Securities Division Operating Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Business Practices Committee, Finance Committee and Compensation Committee. David joined Goldman in 1989 in New York as an equity derivatives trader. He worked for Goldman in Japan from 1993-1998, initially as an equity derivatives trader and eventually as the co-head of Goldman’s Japanese equity business. David transferred to London in 1999 to become the global head of equity derivatives trading and returned to New York in 2002. David loved his overseas experiences, both professional and personal, and continues to travel to Europe and Japan regularly.
In 1989, David received a B.A. from Harvard with a concentration in American History. He continues to be actively involved with Harvard chairing his 10th and 15th college reunions and currently serving on a committee to study undergraduate academic resources. David is involved with numerous charities and serves on the board of Morry’s Camp, a year-round youth development organization whose programs are anchored by a residential summer camp.
Mr. Joseph joined Palladium in 1998 and serves as a Managing Director. Prior to joining Palladium, he was a founding general partner of JLL. Since 1986, Mr. Joseph has directed investments in industries ranging from automotive components and specialty chemicals to healthcare and media. Prior to founding JLL, he was an investment banker at Quadrex Securities Group and an attorney specializing in corporate and securities law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Mr. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of The Hilsinger Company, Haden International, Wise Foods, Syntiro Healthcare Services, Prince Minerals, and Phibro Animal Health. Mr. Joseph earned his A.B. from Cornell University in European History and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (USA ret.)
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (USA ret.) is the first woman to achieve the rank of three-star general in the United States Army, taking her from the Women’s Army Corps in the late 1960s to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Intelligence from 1997 to 2000.
Following in her father’s footsteps, General Kennedy joined the Army in 1968. In 1969, she was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. During her career, she commanded a company, an intelligence battalion, a recruiting battalion and an intelligence brigade. As a general officer, she served as the senior intelligence officer for the U.S. Forces Command, Deputy Commanding General for the Army Intelligence Center and School.
She has received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal and four Legions of Merits, which are awarded for “exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.”
Claudia Kennedy has been named to a list of “Best Women Role Models”, and Vanity Fair’s “Most Influential”. She also was named to the Ladies Home Journal’s “100 Most Important Women” list. General Kennedy has been honored for leadership and lifetime achievement by such organizations as Business and Professional Women (USA), Girl Scout Council of Hawaii, Women Executives and State Government, National Women’s Law Center, DAR, the National Center for Women and Policy, and the Volunteers of America. General Kennedy has a B.A. degree in philosophy from Rhodes College.
She works now to help children by chairing First Star, a nonprofit corporation. Her book, Generally Speaking, was published in September 2001. She has appeared as a military consultant for NBC and CNN and widely elsewhere as a guest.
Daniel S. Loeb
Daniel S. Loeb is the CEO of Third Point LLC, which he founded in 1995. Prior to founding Third Point, Mr. Loeb was Vice President of High Yield sales at Citigroup, a Senior Vice President in the distressed debt department at Jefferies & Co., and began his career as an Associate in private equity at Warburg Pincus. He is a Trustee of Prep for Prep, a non profit organization. Mr. Loeb graduated with an A.B. in Economics from Columbia University.
Derek Kirkland is a Managing Director and Co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group at Morgan Stanley’s Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking. The largest industry group within Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, the FIG group includes 125 professionals around the world and has been a leader in its field for many years. Derek has been at various times in the past the head or co-head of the insurance practise, the bank practise, the European practise and the mergers and acquisitions practise.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1986, Derek was Director of Card Marketing at American Express (1984-’86) and a consultant at Booz-Allen and Hamilton (1982-’84). Derek has advised many notable companies on M&A and capital raising over his years as a banker including, among others, St. Paul Travelers, Jefferson-Pilot, Barclays, Lloyds, John Hancock, CNA, Trust Company of the West, Swiss Re, Munich Re, General Re, Fortis, Prudential, Life, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Allstate, Manulife and Zurich Financial and Metropolitan Life.
Derek holds a Masters in Public Policy (“MPP”) degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a JFK scholar in 1982, and a BA from Princeton University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1979. Currently a board member of The Hughes Foundation, Derek has been active on numerous charitable boards over the last decade. Derek is married to Lisa Hammersly, has three children and lives in New York City.
Reynold Levy has been the President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts since March 1, 2002.
Dr. Levy’s leadership at Lincoln Center continues a distinguished career of public service. He has been President of the International Rescue Committee (1997-2002), the senior officer of AT&T in charge of government relations (1994-1996), President of the AT&T Foundation (1984-1996), Executive Director of the 92nd Street Y 1977-1984), and Staff Director of the Task Force on the New York City Fiscal Crisis.
A graduate of Hobart College, Dr. Levy holds a law degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He has served as a consultant, volunteer, and Board member of numerous nonprofit and profit organizations, including the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Municipal Art Society of New York, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Grove Foundation, The Charles R. Bronfman Foundation and the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education. Levy is currently a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee, a member of the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy, a trustee and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Institute for International Economics, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Century Association.
Dr. Levy has published two books, Give and Take: A Candid Account of Corporate Philanthropy (1999, Harvard Business School Press) and Nearing the Crossroads: Contending Approaches to American Foreign Policy (1975, Free Press of MacMillan). He has written extensively and spoken widely about philanthropy, the performing arts, humanitarian causes and issues, and the leadership and management of nonprofit institutions. Levy was recently a Senior Lecturer at The Harvard Business School, and has also taught law, political science and nonprofit administration at Columbia and New York Universities and at the City University of New York. His alma mater, Hobart College, recently honored him with its Alumni Medal of Excellence, awarded to only twenty graduates in the 125 year history of the school and the International Rescue Committee bestowed on him its coveted Freedom Award.
Dr. Levy is married to Elizabeth Cooke, formerly Executive Director of the Parks Council of New York and President of The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and currently a trustee of New Yorkers for Parks and El Museo del Barrio.
Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
Thurgood Marshall, Jr., is a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP, and a principal of Bingham Consulting Group. Mr. Marshall counsels and devises strategies for advancing clients’ interests before Congress, the executive branch and independent regulatory agencies. He provides guidance regarding ethics compliance and corporate governance. He has developed legislative and regulatory strategies for clients involved in corporate mergers, professional and amateur sports, commercial aviation, utility and banking regulation, and legal process reforms.
Mr. Marshall was previously with Government Affairs Group at Swidler Berlin LLP, which merged with Bingham McCutchen LLP in February of 2006. Prior to joining Swidler Berlin LLP, Mr. Marshall served as a member of the White House senior staff, holding the position of Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 1997 to 2001. In that position, he was the liaison between the President and the agencies of the Executive Branch. He also directed White House response to natural disasters and transportation emergencies, including commercial aircraft crashes. Mr. Marshall served as Vice Chair of the White House Olympic Task Force and, in that capacity, coordinated the involvement of the Federal Government in its preparations for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Prior to his appointment as Cabinet Secretary in July 1997, Mr. Marshall was the Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Counsel for Vice President Al Gore. He managed all of the Vice President’s legislative activities, held a position on the Senate leadership staff, and played a leading role on a wide range of legislative priorities throughout the first term of the Clinton Administration. Mr. Marshall served previously as a counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, as well as the Governmental Affairs Committee. He worked extensively on legislative initiatives ranging from antitrust, criminal procedure, corporate crime, insurance, intellectual property, telecommunications, to consumer protection, transportation safety, and product liability.
Mr. Marshall began his legal career as a law clerk to the United States District Judge Barrington D. Parker (D.D.C.) and practiced corporate la before moving to Capitol Hill.
Susan McCue is President of Message Inc., a strategic communications and public affairs firm she founded in January 2008 to advance progressive campaigns, activism and issue advocacy in the U.S. and globally.
McCue served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) from 1998 – 2006 where she built and managed his leadership, policy and political operations. In 2004, The Almanac of the Unelected said McCue “can be found at the center of nearly every major debate and agreement in the Senate.” She also oversaw Reid’s leadership and Nevada races. When he was elected Democratic Leader in 2004, she created a cutting-edge communications operation that successfully brought together House and Senate caucuses along with interest groups across the country. She was a key strategist in the historic 2006 mid-term elections for Democrats and has helped shape many winning campaigns for progressives.
Following the 2006 Congressional victories, McCue departed Capitol Hill to become the first President & CEO of ONE, a high-energy grassroots and advocacy campaign to make global poverty history. McCue elevated ONE into a national force and laid the groundwork for a powerful, non-partisan movement that uses state-of-the-art technology. ONE brings hundreds of non-profits and millions of Americans of all walks together; it has candidates, electeds, faith leaders celebrities, college campuses and the country working as agents of change to end extreme poverty.
After a year at the helm of ONE, McCue opened Message Inc. with ONE as a main client and she rejoined Majority Leader Reid as a media and political strategist. For ONE, she continues to guide high-visibility projects that are spurring awareness and mobilization like never before.
In August 2007, GQ Magazine named McCue one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington and in 2006 Washingtonian Magazine named McCue as one of the 100 most powerful women in Washington. National Journal said “she has cemented her reputation as a savvy insider.”
Before taking her top Senate post eight years ago, McCue was a Communications Director for Reid and was the Press Secretary for Sen. Tom Harkin’s successful 1996 campaign in Iowa. She worked at an advertising firm and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. She also worked on media for Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential.
Prior to her political career, McCue worked as a news assistant at the Associated Press and for reporters at National Journal and The New York Times. She also is the creator of the reality TV show Staffers, which aired on the Discovery-Times Channel in 2004. The Los Angeles Times called Staffers “hip political fare.”
A New Jersey native, McCue is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism.
Herbert S. Miller
Herbert S. Miller, former CEO and Chairman of The Mills Corporation, one of America’s most innovative and successful mall developers and managers, founded Western Development Corporation (WDC) in 1967 and serves as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Stockholder.
WDC has developed over 20 million square feet of real estate projects over the past thirty-five years. In 1985, Mr. Miller created an entirely new category of retailing in America: The Mills Concept – the value oriented super regional mall. Opened in 1985, Potomac Mills in Woodbridge, Va. was the prototype of this concept. By 1987, WDC focused its expertise in expanding the Mills concept to other major metropolitan areas.
In Washington, Mr. Miller chaired the Mayor’s Interactive Downtown Task Force that identified the development opportunities and economic incentives essential to attract a critical mass of retail, housing, and entertainment to Washington DC’s downtown. The goal being to blend retail, communications, and entertainment into the dynamic heart of an urban entertainment core.
Michael E. Novogratz
Michael E. Novogratz has been President and Director of Fortress Investment Group LLC since February 2007 and was a principal and a member of the Management Committee since March 2002. Mr. Novogratz is responsible for the liquid markets business which includes running the Drawbridge Global Macro Fund. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Novogratz spent 11 years at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner in 1998. Mr. Novogratz held the positions of President of Goldman Sachs Latin America, and the Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Risk in Asia, where he lived from 1992 to 1999. Mr. Novogratz received an AB from Princeton University in Economics, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.
Dr. Howard Rossman is a president and founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc. and a vice chairman of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. He is responsible for all aspects of fund management, including manager due diligence, strategy analysis and asset allocation. Since 1983, he has been responsible for providing institutional consulting and advisory services in the area of nontraditional investments and for developing funds utilizing alternative strategies. As the author of many articles on alternative strategies, Dr. Rossman has spoken at conferences on nontraditional investing and asset allocation. He is a graduate of Princeton University in sociology/economics and received advanced degrees from The California Institute of Integral Studies and the University of Oregon.
Bernard L. Schwartz
Bernard L. Schwartz is chairman and CEO of BLS Investments, LLC. Mr. Schwartz retired in March 2006 after 34 years as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL), and its predecessor, Loral Corporation, headquartered in New York City.
Mr. Schwartz has established several permanent programs at various institutions to study economic and public policy development, including Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the New School University, the Council on Foreign Relations, The Brookings Institution and Tel Aviv University.
Mr. Schwartz serves as a trustee of the New York University Hospitals Center, the New York Historical Society, Thirteen/WNET Educational Broadcasting Corporation and Baruch College and is vice chairman of the New York Film Society.
In addition, Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Democratic Leadership Council and is a director of the New America Foundation, where he sponsors several fellows, and a trustee of Third Way, a progressive advocacy organization.
Mr. Schwartz graduated from City College of New York with a B.S. degree in finance and holds an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the college.
Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein
Ms. Vogelstein is a 1976 graduate of Vassar College, with an A.B. in economics, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.
She has over 24 years of experience in venture capital and specialized equity investing. From 1991 to 2000, she was a partner of Apax Partners & Co. Ventures, a leading worldwide venture capital firm, where she was responsible for the firm’s media investments and chaired the firm’s international media investment group. Prior to joining Apax, she was a partner of Warburg, Pincus & Co., one of the world’s largest private equity firms. She was the firm’s first woman venture capital partner, and in 1988, she was selected to found the firm’s London office, its first overseas operation.
Ms. Vogelstein retired from the venture capital industry at year-end 2000. She now spends her time pursuing various not-for-profit activities, currently serving on the Boards of the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Women’s Foundation and the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women. In 2004, she started a new charity, ShareGift USA (http://www.sharegiftusa.org), which collects, aggregates and sells odd lots of shares and gives the proceeds to a variety of charities.
Mr. John L. Vogelstein is Senior Advisor (and past president) of Warburg Pincus. He has been active in the field of finance for more than 50 years. Mr. Vogelstein is a director of Mattel, Inc. and Journal Register Co. and Flamel Technologies, Inc. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prep for Prep; Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business; a Trustee of New York University, The Jewish Museum and Congregation Emanu-El; a member of the Board of Gillen Brewer School; and a member of the Advisory Board of Christie’s.
Douglas Wilson is co-founder and President of The Leaders Project. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Howard Gilman Foundation, and oversees the coordination and development of the Foundation’s domestic and international public policy initiatives and programs at White Oak Plantation.
Mr. Wilson has spent three decades in the public and private sector as a diplomat, legislative advisor, communications strategist and political and foreign policy specialist. He has advised political leaders and elected officials at the federal, state and local levels and advises Fortune 100 clients in the technology, communications, transportation, defense and security sectors on strategic communications issues.
Mr. Wilson has served as Vice President for Strategic Development for Business Executives for National Security and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Secretary William Cohen. He spent a year as National Political Director of the Democratic Leadership Council, returning to the Pentagon in the summer of 2000 as the senior communications strategist for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Wilson was twice presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Pentagon’s top civilian honor.
From 1993-1996, Mr. Wilson served as Director of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Information Agency, coordinating negotiations to consolidate international broadcasting, with savings of some $400 million. He later became senior advisor to the Director of USIA.
In 1996, Mr. Wilson agreed to serve as campaign coordinator for the re-election of President Clinton and Vice-President Gore in his home state of Arizona; he developed the state strategy that led to the first Democratic presidential win in Arizona since 1948, breaking the longest presidential state winning streak of any political party in the nation’s history.
Mr. Wilson was the chief foreign policy advisor to former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, and served as a deputy campaign manager for Senator Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign. He began his professional career in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving at diplomatic posts in Naples, Rome, and London.
An honors graduate of Stanford University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mr. Wilson has written and done radio and television commentary in the United States and the UK on foreign policy and domestic political issues. In addition to the Leaders Project conferences he runs at White Oak, Mr. Wilson has conceived and organized international successor generation meetings in Rome, London, Seoul, Washington, Hilton Head Island, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix and Veliky Novgorod, Russia.