Board of Directors Member Profiles
David Blood is Senior Partner of Generation Investment Management, a fund management business dedicated to long term investment and integrated sustainability research. Previously, David served as co-CEO and CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. His responsibilities included all aspects of the global business including portfolio management, sales and client service, risk management and infrastructure. David received a B.A. from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is on the Board of Hamilton College, Social Finance, (The Nature Conservancy), Harvest Power, SHINE and New Forests; the Advisory Board of Bridges Ventures and the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee.
Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as a board member/advisor to a portfolio of private technology start-ups including Xperiel, Betterworks, ClearStoryData, Candor Inc, and Paperless Post. In addition, she serves on the board of PepsiCo and Atlassian Inc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Bridgespan Group, The Nature Conservancy, The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Code for America, and The Exploratorium. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor's degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an M.A. in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a Ph.D. and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.
Gretchen is the Director, Center for Conservation Biology, Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Department of Biology, and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. An ecologist by training, Daily’s work spans scientific research, teaching, public education, and working with leaders to advance practical approaches to environmental challenges. Daily’s scientific research is on countryside biogeography and the future dynamics of biodiversity change; on the scope for harmonizing biodiversity conservation and agriculture; on quantifying the production and value of ecosystem services across landscapes; and on new policy and finance mechanisms for integrating conservation and human development in major decisions.
Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project, an international partnership – together with The Nature Conservancy – that aims to mainstream the values of nature into decision-making worldwide.
Daily received her BS, MS, and PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Her most recent books are Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (co-edited with Peter Kareiva and other colleagues) and The Power of Trees (co-produced with photographer Chuck Katz)
Daily received her BS, MS, and PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Her most recent books are Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (co-edited with Peter Kareiva and other colleagues) and The Power of Trees (co-produced with photographer Chuck Katz).
Steve is the Chairman of General Atlantic. He joined the firm in 1980 and has built the organization into one of the leading global equity investment firms focused exclusively on investing in growth companies. He is a director of TASC, Inc., Gavilon Holdings, LLC, and The Thomson Reuters Corporation. Steve joined General Atlantic after working with McKinsey & Company as a consultant. He received an MBA from Stanford Business School in 1978. Prior to business school, Mr. Denning served six years in the U.S Navy, where he also obtained an MS degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1970. Steve is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Trustee of the Brookings Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History.
He is Emeritus Chairman of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Board and the National Parks Conservation Association. He was formerly a member of The Bridgespan Group, the McKinsey Investment Office Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Science Center, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and Georgia Tech Foundation and the Cancer Research Institute.
Laurence D. Fink, New York
Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock, Inc. He also leads the firm’s Global Executive Committee. Mr. Fink and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services for institutional and retail clients. Today, the firm is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm in the world. Mr. Fink was named one of the “World’s Most Respected Leaders” by Fortune in 2016, "CEO of the Decade" by Financial News in 2011, and one of the "World's Best CEO's" by Barron's for 10 consecutive years.
Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation. During his tenure at First Boston, Mr. Fink was co-head of the Taxable Fixed Income Division, which was responsible for trading and distribution of all government, mortgage and corporate securities.
Mr. Fink serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. Mr. Fink also serves on the Boards of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Council on Foreign Relations, the poverty-fighting charitable organization Robin Hood, and leading charitable conservation organization The Nature Conservancy. He is also an Executive Committee member of The Partnership for New York City, the economic development organization.
Mr. Fink earned an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a B.A. degree in political science from UCLA in 1974.
William H. Frist, M.D. is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U. S. Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Executive Council of the private equity firm Cressey & Company. Dr. Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where his focus was health. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history.
Currently, Frist serves as an adjunct professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and clinical professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He is the founder and Chairman of Hope Through Healing Hands (global health), SCORE (statewide collaborative on K12 education reform) and NashvilleHealth (community health). He is also the co-founder of Aspire Health, the nation’s largest provider of non-hospice community-based palliative care.
His current nonprofit Board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, and The Nature Conservancy. His public company Board service includes Select Medical, Teladoc, and AECOM.
The immediate past Chairman of The Nature Conservancy's New York Chapter Board of Trustees, Mr. Gleberman is the Managing Director of The Pritzker Organization, a family merchant bank. Prior to joining The Pritzker Organization in 2015, Mr. Gleberman was Partner/Managing Director in Goldman Sachs & Co., which he joined in 1982. At Goldman he served as Chief Risk Officer for the Merchant Banking Division where he also led investments, primarily in technology and health care. He also served as Head of Asia-Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions in Tokyo and Co-Head of that same division in New York. Mr. Gleberman holds a BA and an MA from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In addition to The Nature Conservancy, Mr. Gleberman serves on the Boards of the American Museum of Natural History, and the Manhattan Theater Club.
Dr. Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also directs the Center's Agricultural Innovation Policy in Africa Project and Health Innovation Policy in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves as Faculty Chair of the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program as well as Faculty Chair of the “Innovation for Economic Development” and “Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Africa” executive programs. Juma is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi. He co-chaired the African Union's High-Level Panel on Science, Technology and Innovation. He is on the jury of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, and the Africa Food Prize.
Juma has been elected to several scientific academies including the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the World Academy of Sciences, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development. He holds a doctorate in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment. Juma serves on the boards of several international bodies including the Pan-African University. He is editor of the International Journal of Technology and Globalization and the International Journal of Biotechnology. His new book, Innovation and Its Enemies: Why People Resist New Technologies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2016. His current book projects cover regional integration in Africa and innovation for economic development.
Dr. Lubchenco is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, government, and conservation. She is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists in key issues of our time.
She was the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 2009-2013. Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team,” she is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the environment and human well-being. She is now a University Distinguished Professor and Advisor in Marine Studies at Oregon State University and the first U.S. Science Envoy for the Ocean at the U. S. Department of State. She received her BA in biology from Colorado College, her MS in zoology from the University of Washington, and a PhD in ecology from Harvard University. Her academic career as a professor began at Harvard University (1975-1977) and continued at Oregon State University (1977-2009) until her appointment as NOAA Administrator.
Jack Ma is the lead founder of Alibaba Group and has been the chairman and chief executive officer of Alibaba Group since its inception in 1999. Jack is responsible for the overall strategy and focus of Alibaba Group. Jack is a pioneer in the Chinese Internet industry and in 1995 founded China Pages, widely believed to be China's first Internet-based company. From 1998 to 1999, Jack headed an information technology company established by the China International Electronic Commerce Center, a department of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation.
Jack currently serves on the board of SOFTBANK CORP., a leading digital information company that is publicly traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. He is also a director of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, which is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. As a respected business leader, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum as a "Young Global Leader" in 2001, and selected by China Central Television and its viewers as one of the "Top 10 Business Leaders of the Year" in 2004. He was named one of the "25 Most Powerful Businesspeople in Asia" by Fortune magazine in 2005, a "Businessperson of the Year" by BusinessWeek magazine in 2007, and one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron's in 2008. In 2009, he was recognized as one of the “TIME 100: The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine, one of "China's Most Powerful People" by BusinessWeek and one of the "Top 10 Most Respected Entrepreneurs in China" by Forbes Chinese edition. He also received the "2009 CCTV Economic Person of the Year: Business Leaders of the Decade Award." In 2010, he was named one of “Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy” by Forbes Asia for his contribution to poverty and disaster relief in China, and one of the “Chinese Businesspeople of the Year” by Forbes Chinese edition. In 2009, Jack became a trustee of The Nature Conservancy’s China program and joined the global board of directors of the organization in 2010. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hangzhou Teacher's Institute.
Claudia grew up in a family of educators and has been interested in learning and exploring the world since her childhood. Her need to explore and discover led her to art and its potential as a path of transformation. "For me, art is a discipline that activates and refines consciousness to shape internal and external realities with ethical and aesthetic forms. Active conscience is the capacity to observe, direct and transform thoughts, emotions and human behaviors in order to manifest new possibilities.” She manifests this approach through the co-creation of transformative experiences.
In 1992, Claudia founded La Vaca Independiente, a social enterprise focused on the principle of integrating art into daily life and schooling. She created the Development of Intelligence through Art program which has trained more than 25,000 teachers and benefited more than 500,000 students in Mexico. Today, La Vaca focuses on innovative education and the promotion of human development through art. In 2012, she founded Transformation through Art and Education, a not-for-profit organization, to expand the boundaries of art using this philosophy.
She is also committed to and engaged in conservation and sustainability issues and sits on the boards of The Nature Conservancy, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and the National Geographical Society’s International Council of Advisors. Claudia has a degree in Communications and Mass Media from the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a Master in Museums Studies from Essex University in the U.K. She is the author of nine books as well as essays and articles.
Craig McCaw is Chairman & CEO of Eagle River Inc., focused on strategic investments in the communications industry. Mr. McCaw is a telecommunications entrepreneur, who has started and built many companies over the past 30 years in the cable, cellular telephone and wireless broadband industries. Mr. McCaw acted as Chairman and CEO of McCaw Cellular Communications, which he built into the nation's leading provider of cellular services. The company was sold to AT&T Corp. in 1996. Following the sale of McCaw Cellular, Mr. McCaw restructured Nextel Communications and later founded Nextel International. He also co-founded Nextel Partners. In 2003, Mr. McCaw co-founded and served as Chairman of Clearwire Corporation, a wireless broadband company.
Mr. McCaw is President of the Craig & Susan McCaw Foundation which supports a variety of educational, environmental, and international economic development projects. Mr. McCaw served as Chairman and principal funder of the Free Willy Keiko Foundation and founded the Grameen Technology Center.
Mr. McCaw has served on a number of philanthropic boards including Conservation International, National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the Academy of Achievement, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Grameen Technology and the Friends of Nelson Mandela Foundation. Mr. McCaw is a graduate of Stanford University.
Tom Meredith is a co-founder and general partner of Meritage Capital, L.P., an investment management firm specializing in multi-manager hedge funds. Tom is also chief executive officer of MFI Capital, a private investment firm. He served as Acting Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Motorola from April 1, 2007 until March 1, 2008. He is also a member of Motorola's Board of Directors. Previously, he served in a variety of capacities for Dell Inc., including chief financial officer, managing director of Dell Ventures and senior vice president of business development and strategy. Mr. Meredith is an adjunct professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and serves on the advisory boards of both the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the LBJ School at the University of Texas. In addition to his position as a director of The Nature Conservancy, Mr. Meredith serves as director of the EastWest Institute. Mr. Meredith received a B.S. degree in Political Science from St. Francis University, a J.D. degree from Duquesne University and an LL.M. degree in Taxation from Georgetown University.
Tom is a Fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He is a retired Senior Managing Director of the Blackstone Group specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the communications industry. Prior to joining Blackstone he was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Head of the Telecom Group at Merrill Lynch. Tom also worked in mergers and acquisitions at Salomon Brothers and Kidder, Peabody. Tom is a Trustee and Former Chairman of the New York State Board of The Nature Conservancy. He's a member of the boards of Northwestern University’s School of Communications, and the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California.
Ana is an expert in fisheries modeling, assessment and management. Her research interests center on the study of fisheries from different angles, ranging from technical aspects of fish stock assessments, modeling and the design of effective harvest control rules, to institutional aspects of decision-making and fisheries governance. She was trained in fisheries modeling at the University of Washington, and worked for 10 years as an assessment scientist at the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Seattle, Washington, becoming involved with the assessment of several other data-rich, industrial fisheries in addition to Pacific halibut.
After returning to Argentina in 2000 to become a research scientist with CONICET, the Argentine Council for Science and Technology, the scope of her work broadened to include coastal reef and shellfish fisheries. Over recent years she has been involved with spatially explicit management approaches, and with the evaluation of formal and informal rules to regulate fishing access privileges in small-scale fisheries. She currently leads a project aimed at providing technical support for the development of a management plan for a multiple-use coastal marine protected area in Patagonia. The project integrates data from several sources to map the distribution of effort exerted by different fisheries and to overlay that information upon maps of benthic seascapes and critical habitat for vulnerable fish species. Groups of stakeholders involved with fisheries in the region will be identified, and their dependency on the resources extracted will be evaluated.
Parma has always worked at the interfaced between research and management, promoting the implementation of transparent, science-based decision-making processes in fisheries management. She has participated as an independent scientist in many scientific and policy advisory groups, panels and review committees in different countries and international organizations. As a member of the Advisory Panel to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna, she was the technical coordinator of the modeling work conducted to design a stock rebuilding strategy, the first of its kind to be adopted by a Regional Fisheries Management Organization.
At the University of Minnesota, Polasky holds the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Ecological/Environmental Economics. His research interests include biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, and game theory. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-1999, and served as associate editor and co-editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management from 1996 to 2002. He's a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee and the Committee on Valuing the Protection of Ecological Systems and Services for the Science Advisory Board of U.S. EPA.
Rogers most recently served as chairman of the board for Duke Energy, having been elected in January 2007. He also served as Duke Energy’s president and CEO from April 2006 until his retirement on July 1, 2013. Rogers became president and CEO of Duke Energy following the merger between Duke Energy and Cinergy in 2006. Before the merger, he served as Cinergy’s chairman and CEO. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company’s chairman, president and CEO.
Rogers is currently a director of Cigna Corp. and Applied Materials Inc. In 2010 and 2011, he was named by the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship magazine to its annual Directorship 100, recognizing the most influential people in corporate governance. Rogers has advocated investing in energy efficiency, modernizing the electric infrastructure, and pursuing advanced technologies to grow the economy and transition to a low-carbon future. He serves as vice chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He was chairman of the Edison Electric Institute when it changed its position to support federal climate change legislation in 2007. He was also the founding chairman of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, a board member of the Alliance to Save Energy and past co-chair of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency. He serves on the boards of directors of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and the World Association of Nuclear Operators. Rogers also serves on the board of Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in September 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon named him to a blue ribbon commission of business and NGO leaders known as the High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All. Rogers attended Emory University and earned Bachelor of Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky.
Vin Ryan is Chairman of Schooner Capital, LLC, a venture capital firm founded in 1971. Mr. Ryan founded and built several companies in the last 40 years in the Information Management, Communications, and Alternative Energy industries, including Iron Mountain, which he built into a global provider of information management services. He served as director until 2014.
Mr. Ryan is President of the Schooner Foundation, which supports domestic and international organizations in the fields of human rights, social justice, higher education, and conservation.
Mr. Ryan has served on a number of philanthropic boards. He currently chairs the advisory board of the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also serves on the Dean's Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of Issue One and the Brigham & Women’s President’s Advisory Council. He is Trustee Emeritus at the Marine Biological Lab and at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum. Mr. Ryan has previously served on the boards of the Furniture Society, the Landmine Survivor Network, and Physicians for Human Rights and is a graduate of Boston University.
Dr. Rajiv Shah is the incoming president of Rockefeller Foundation, a Distinguished Fellow at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and founder of Latitude Capital, a private equity firm that works on power and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia.
Dr. Shah served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, from January 2010 to February 2015. Under Dr. Shah’s leadership, USAID applied innovative technologies and engaged the private sector to solve the world’s most intractable development challenges. This new model of development brings together an increasingly diverse community—from large companies to local civil society groups to communities of faith—to deliver meaningful results.
Prior to his appointment at USAID, Dr. Shah served as Undersecretary and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from May 2009 to December 2009, during which time he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Before joining the Obama Administration, he spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led efforts in global health, agriculture, and financial services, including the creation of the International Finance Facility for Immunization. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and the Wharton School of Business.
Brenda Shapiro was born and raised in Oklahoma. After graduating from Smith College with a BA in history, she began her journalism career at Mademoiselle Magazine in New York. After moving to Chicago, where she took time out to raise three children and start a small cooking school, she joined Chicago Magazine as Consumer Editor. She covered architecture and fashion, wrote profiles and essays, articles on food and gardening and book reviews.
Ms. Shapiro has been a trustee of the Nature Conservancy’s Illinois Chapter for 20 years and is a past chair of the chapter. She was an early supporter of fresh-water conservation and was chair of the Five-State Advisory Board for the Upper Mississippi River, which evolved into the present Great Rivers Partnership, on whose board she also served. Outside of her TNC work, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and on its Executive Committee. She is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and serves on the Committees for Photography and European Painting and Sculpture. She is also the chair of the Committee for Deaccession. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council to the Department of Architecture at Yale. At the University of Chicago, she serves on the Visiting Committees for the Humanities and for the Division of Social Sciences.
Chairman and Co-founder, The Bridgespan Group, Inc. Tom Tierney is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999, he co-founded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact. During 2000, he stepped down as Bain & Company's chief executive to concentrate on Bridgespan-related activities. Tom frequently speaks and writes on a variety of topics related to nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. He co-authored a popular book about organization and strategy, Aligning the Stars (2002, Harvard Business School Press).He co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results (2011, Public Affairs), and in 2012 led the production of Conversations with Remarkable Givers, a groundbreaking, free video series of candid conversations with a range of extraordinary philanthropists.
In 2014 Tom was appointed to the West Point Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership. Tom received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from University of California at Davis.
Board member: Chair of Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative; Chairman at Hoover Institution, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors; Corporation Member: Chairman-elect: eBay, Incorporated; Past Board Member: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, United Way of the Bay Area, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, The Committee for Economic Development, Catholic Charities, The California Nature Conservancy, WGBH, and The National Academies.
Moses is Executive Chairman, AP Capital Holdings Inc. He has over 33 years of Asian capital markets experience. Prior to his current position, Moses served as Chairman & Managing Partner of Ajia Partners, and General Partner of Goldman Sachs Group, a global investment bank, where he led the establishment of the fixed income group in Tokyo and headed the debt syndicate group in London. He served as the Chairman of Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC between 1989 and 1994. Moses is Co-Chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Asia-Pacific Council and a member of its Board of Directors. He was a councilor of the Copenhagen Climate Council and serves as a Trustee of the Hong Kong Centre for Economic Research, the University of Hong Kong; a member of the Brown University Advisory Council in Asia, Brown University; a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Fubon Bank in Hong Kong and SOCAM Development Limited. Moses is the past Chairman of the Parents Council (Hong Kong), Brown University; a past member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and current member of the World Presidents Organization. Moses holds a BA from Bemidji State University of Minnesota, a MSW from the University of Iowa, and was a Graduate College Fellow of the University of Iowa and SSA Fellow of the University of Chicago.
Fran Ulmer is the Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), appointed by President Obama in 2011. In 2014, Secretary Kerry asked Ms. Ulmer to serve as Special Advisor on Arctic Science and Policy. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer served as Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska’s largest public university.Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and chairs the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Ms. Ulmer served as an elected official for 18 years as the mayor of Juneau, a state representative and as Lieutenant Governor of Alaska. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Governor Jay Hammond and Director of Policy Development for the state. In addition, she was the first Chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. She has served on numerous local, state and federal advisory committees and boards. Ulmer earned a J.D. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government.
Dr. Vagelos served as chief executive officer of Merck & Co., Inc. from July 1985 to June 1994, and as its chairman from April 1986 to November 1994. He was previously executive vice president of the worldwide health products company and, before that, president of its Research Division. Earlier, he served as chairman of the Department of Biological Chemistry of the School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and as Founding Director of the University's Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. The author of more than 100 scientific papers, Dr. Vagelos is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also chairman of the Board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is chairman of the Board of Advisors of Columbia University Medical Center. He also serves on the boards of the National Math and Science Initiative and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center as well as the Scientific Advisory Board of the Chemistry Department of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Whitman has served as HP’s President and Chief Executive Officer since September 2011. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of HP since January 2011. From March 2011 to September 2011, Ms. Whitman served as a part-time strategic advisor to Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, a private equity firm. Ms. Whitman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of eBay Inc., an ecommerce and payments company, from 1998 to March 2008. Prior to joining eBay, Ms. Whitman held executive level positions at Hasbro Inc., a toy company, FTD, Inc., a floral products company, The Stride Rite Corporation, a footwear company, The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, and Bain & Company, a consulting company. She also served as a director of The Procter & Gamble Company from 2003 to 2008 and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. from 2005 to 2008, having resigned from both boards of directors in preparation for her 2010 California gubernatorial bid. She currently serves as a director of Procter & Gamble Company, Zipcar and Teach For America. Ms. Whitman received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
Ying Wu has served as the chairman of China Capital Group since October 2008. Previously, he co-founded UTStarcom Inc., and served as chairman and CEO of UTStarcom China for 12 years. Mr. Wu has more than 20 years of experience as a technology innovator and telecommunications entrepreneur.Mr. Wu is currently a member of the think tank Consultant Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council and senior consultant on the Internet industry for the Shenzhen city government. He is also chairman of E-China Alliances. Mr. Wu was recognized in 1998 by Business Week as one of the 50 Stars of Asia, credited for averting a financial crisis in Asia. In 2003, China Central TV (CCTV) named Mr. Wu one of the Top 10 Most Influential Persons in the country’s economy.