Third Way Board of Trustees
John L. Vogelstein
Bernard L. Schwartz
- Georgette Bennett
- William D. Budinger
- David A. Coulter
- Jonathan Cowan
- Lewis Cullman
- William M. Daley
- John Dyson
- Robert Dyson
- Andrew Feldstein
- Brian Frank
- Michael B. Goldberg
- Peter A. Joseph
- Derek Kaufman
- Derek Kirkland
- Thurgood Marshall, Jr.
- Susan McCue
- Herbert Miller
- Michael Novogratz
- Rachel Pritzker
- Kirk Radke
- William Reeves
John L. Vogelstein Back to Top ▲
Mr. Vogelstein is the Chairman of New Providence Asset Management, LLC and Senior Advisor to Warburg Pincus, LLC.
Born in 1934, he attended The Taft School and Harvard College.
Mr. Vogelstein began his career at Lazard Freres & Co., where he became a partner in 1964. He joined E. M. Warburg & Co., Inc. (later Warburg Pincus, LLC) in 1967. Over the course of the next forty years, he and Lionel Pincus built the firm to be one of the largest and most successful full line private equity firms in the world. In 2002, he stepped down as President of Warburg Pincus as part of a plan to pass control of the firm to the next generation.
Currently, Mr. Vogelstein is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prep for Prep; Vice Chairman of the Board of Overseers of The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University; Trustee of New York University; Chairman of Third Way; Chairman of Christie’s Advisory Board; Trustee of Temple Emanu-El; Trustee of The Jewish Museum, and Director of Flamel Technologies.
David Heller Back to Top ▲
Mr. Heller lives in New York City and was formerly the Global Head of Equity Trading for Goldman Sachs. He sat on the firm’s Securities Division Operating Committee, Firmwide Risk Committee, Business Practices Committee, Finance Committee and Compensation Committee. Mr. Heller 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. Mr. Heller transferred to London in 1999 to become the Global Head of Equity Derivatives Trading and returned to New York in 2002. Mr. Heller loved his overseas experiences, both professional and personal, and continues to travel to Europe and Japan regularly.
In 1989, Mr. Heller received a Bachelor’s degree 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. Mr. Heller 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.
Bernard L. Schwartz Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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 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 Bachelor’s degree in Finance and holds an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the college.
Georgette Bennett Back to Top ▲
Dr. 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 Dr. 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. Dr. Bennett’s 2003 publication, Religion in the Workplace: Navigating the Complex Landscape, 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’s 10 O’Clock News. In addition, she created stories for 20/20, 60 Minutes, and 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 of the New York City Police Department, and on several university faculties where she taught sociology, education, research methods, law enforcement and criminology.
William D. Budinger Back to Top ▲
William D. “Bill” Budinger is the founder of Rodel, Inc., where he served for 33 years as its chairman and CEO. Rodel was instrumental in developing portions of the semiconductor manufacturing process and is currently the global leader in high-precision planarization technology for semiconductors, silicon wafers, and storage media substrates. Rodel grew from its origin in a garage to a major manufacturing company with plants in Delaware, Arizona, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, France and Malaysia serving both U.S. and foreign markets. It was a privately-held company until it joined Rohm and Haas’ Shipley Electronics Group in 1997 – 2001, and is now part of Dow. Mr. Budinger is also an inventor and the holder of more than three dozen patents.
Mr. Budinger has been honored as the SBA Small Business Person of the Year, the Eastern Technology Council’s Legendary CEO, and received the Henry Crown Leadership award. He was co-founder of the project to protect and restore Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratories and workshops. He also helped found the National Small Business Technology Council to assist entrepreneurial technology companies working with the federal government. He was an elected delegate and chair of the White House Conference on Small Business, and a panelist for Mikhail Gorbachev’s State of the World Forum.
Mr. Budinger has been a guest lecturer at several universities including MIT and Harvard. His writings have appeared in various law journals, as well as trade and public policy magazines. He drafted major portions of the 1998 patent reform legislation and has testified on patent, trade, and labor law reform before various committees of the U.S. House and Senate.
Most of Mr. Budinger’s time now is spent on public policy issues and helping the Rodel Foundations in their mission to improve P-12 public education. The Rodel Foundation’s work in Delaware helped that state win the Federal Education Department’s Race to the Top competition. Mr. Budinger also founded and chairs the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership, which provides two year fellowships for state and federal elected officials to grapple with government reform and leadership. He continues to serve on various non-profit boards, including the several Rodel Foundations, the Grand Canyon Trust, the Aspen Institute Executive Committee (where he chairs the Seminar and Socrates Programs), and Brookings’ Governance Studies.
David A. Coulter Back to Top ▲
Mr. Coulter serves as Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Warburg Pincus, focusing on the firm’s financial services practice.
Mr. Coulter retired in September 2005 as vice chairman of J.P. Morgan & Chase Co. He previously served as Executive Chairman of its investment bank, asset and wealth management, and private equity business. Mr. Coulter was a member of the firm’s three person Office of the Chairman and also its Executive Committee.
Mr. Coulter came to J.P. Morgan Chase via its July 2000 acquisition of The Beacon Group, a small merchant banking operation. Before joining The Beacon Group, Mr. Coulter was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the BankAmerica Corporation and Bank of America NT & SA. His career at Bank of America was from 1976 to 1998 and covered a wide range of banking activities.
He is a Director of Aeolus Re, MBIA, Webster Bank, Sterling Financial and the Strayer Corporation. He also serves on the boards of Lincoln Center, National Mentoring Partnership, The Fritz Institute, and the Foreign Policy Association. At various times in his career, he has been a member of: the Bankers Roundtable, the California Business Roundtable, the Business Council, the Singapore-U.S. Business Council, the Bretton Woods Committee, the Federal Reserve International Capital Markets Advisory Committee, and the International Monetary Conference. He has also been a member of the board of the Public Policy Institute of California and the Asia Society.
He received both his B.S. and his M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and currently serves as a Trustee for Carnegie Mellon.
Jonathan Cowan Back to Top ▲
Mr. Cowan, like the other co-founders of Third Way, has over 15 years experience at senior levels of progressive politics and government. Prior to co-founding Third Way, Mr. Cowan founded and ran Americans for Gun Safety, which The Washington Post dubbed the “dominant” group on the gun safety side of that debate. In the spring of 2000, Mr. Cowan was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, teaching a course on youth and political advocacy. During the second Clinton administration, Mr. Cowan served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development, helping to manage a federal agency of 9,000 employees with a $27 billion annual budget. Previously, he was Senior Advisor to the HUD Secretary and was Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. In 1992, he co-founded Lead…or Leave, which became the nation’s leading Generation X advocacy group. He co-authored Revolution X and has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, TIME, Nightline, and 60 Minutes.
Lewis Cullman Back to Top ▲
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 a Master’s degree 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 Company, 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.
William M. Daley Back to Top ▲
William Daley served as President Obama’s Chief of Staff from January 2011 until January 2012. He was involved in all aspects and issues faced by the president and the administration, both domestic and foreign.
Prior to his Chief of Staff role, he was Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Midwest for JPMorgan Chase, from 2004 until 2011. He became head of JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Corporate Responsibility in June 2007, overseeing and coordinating the firm’s global strategy and efforts in government affairs, public policy, charitable giving, and environmental and community affairs. He also represented the firm at the most senior level to clients and was the senior executive for the Midwest across businesses. He was on the firm’s Operating Committee and on its International Council.
He joined JPMorgan after serving as President of SBC Communications from 2001 until 2004. In 2000, he coordinated the effort for permanent Normal Trade Relations with China and chaired Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.
From 1997 to 2000 Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. As Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, Daley coordinated the successful campaign to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Prior to his career in public service, he was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George.
Daley served on the corporate Boards of Directors of Abbott Laboratories, The Boeing Company, Boston Properties, Inc., EDS and Merck & Co and was also a member of many nonprofit and charitable boards in the Chicago area and nationally. He was co-chair of the US Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness. He earned an LL.B. from John Marshall Law School and a B.A. from Loyola University in Chicago.
John Dyson Back to Top ▲
Mr. Dyson is Chairman of Millbrook Capital Management, Inc.(MCM), 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 Mayor’s 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 Dyson Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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 Mr. Dyson. 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. Mr. Dyson has led the Dyson Foundation as President since 2000, distributing approximately $13,500,000 in grants annually.
Yet another interest—and passion—of Mr. Dyson’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. Mr. Dyson continues to drive for the race team.
Mr. Dyson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marietta College and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Andrew Feldstein Back to Top ▲
is the CEO and Co-CIO of BlueMountain Capital Management, a leading alternative asset manager with $20 billion in assets under management and more than 250 professionals worldwide. Mr. Feldstein is the Chair of the Firm’s Management Committee and a member of the Investment and Risk Committees. Prior to co-founding BlueMountain in 2003, Mr. Feldstein spent over a decade at J.P. Morgan where he was a Managing Director and served as Head of Structured Credit; Head of High Yield Sales, Trading and Research; and Head of Global Credit Portfolio. Mr. Feldstein is a member of the board of directors of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. He is also a Trustee of Third Way, a prominent, centrist think tank and a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council.
Mr. Feldstein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Brian Frank Back to Top ▲
Mr. Frank is a Director and Portfolio Manager at MSD Capital, L.P., the private investment firm founded by Michael Dell. Brian manages a fund, MSD Energy Investments, LLC, that is focused on investments in public and private companies in the energy sector. Prior to joining MSD, he was a portfolio manager at Cumberland Associates from 2005 to 2008. Before joining Cumberland, Brian served as a Director of Harman International, a Principal at W.R. Hambrecht + Co, and an Analyst in the merger & acquisitions group at Lazard Freres.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Harvard University.
Michael B. Goldberg Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (Finance) with high honors from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review.
Peter A. Joseph Back to Top ▲
Peter A. Joseph is the Chairman of Trenton Fuel Works LLC, an enterprise that is commercializing a technology originally funded by NYSERDA to convert compostable food waste generated in urban settings into various chemical and energy products.
Mr. Joseph has been in the private equity investment business for over twenty years having been the founder of Joseph Littlejohn & Levy in 1985 and Palladium Equity Partners in 1998. His investing experience spans a wide variety of industries including healthcare, energy, chemicals, basic manufacturing, media and financial services.
Mr. Joseph currently serves as the President of the Israel Policy Forum, which program supports an active U.S. role in resolving the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Mr. Joseph serves on the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is a trustee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He is a co-founder and former President of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and a Trustee of the New York Citizens Budget Commission. Mr. Joseph is a Trustee of Securing American’s Future Energy (SAFE).
Mr. Joseph holds an A.B. degree in European History from Cornell University and a J.D. degree from Columbia University.
Derek Kaufman Back to Top ▲
Derek Kaufman is Head of Global Fixed Income at Citadel LLC and a member of Citadel’s Portfolio Committee.
Prior to joining Citadel in 2008, Mr. Kaufman was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, where he most recently served as Global Head of Fixed Income in the Proprietary Positioning Business. He started at J.P. Morgan in 1996.
Mr. Kaufman is a member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He is also a member of the Economic Club of New York.
Mr. Kaufman received a bachelor’s degree in Applied Math/Economics from Harvard College.
Derek Kirkland Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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. Mr. Kirkland has been, at various times in the past, the head or co-head of the insurance practice, the bank practice, the European practice and the mergers and acquisitions practice.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1986, Mr. Kirkland was Director of Card Marketing at American Express (1984-1986) and a Consultant at Booz-Allen and Hamilton (1982- 1984). Mr. Kirkland 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.
Mr. Kirkland holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a JFK scholar in 1982, and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1979. Currently a board member of The Hughes Foundation, Mr. Kirkland has been active on numerous charitable boards over the last decade. Mr. Kirkland is married to Lisa Hammersly, has three children and lives in New York City.
Thurgood Marshall, Jr. Back to Top ▲
Mr. Marshall 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 the White House’s 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, and 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 law before moving to Capitol Hill.
Susan McCue Back to Top ▲
Ms. McCue is President of Message-Global, LLC, 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.
Ms. 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 Ms. 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, Ms. McCue departed Capitol Hill to become the first President and CEO of ONE, a high-energy grassroots and advocacy campaign to make global poverty history. Ms. 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, Ms. 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 Ms. McCue one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington and in 2006 Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. 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, Ms. McCue was a Communications Director for Reid and was the Press Secretary for Senator 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, Ms. 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, Ms. McCue is a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, with degrees in economics and journalism.
Herbert Miller Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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 Novogratz Back to Top ▲
Mr. 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 a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, and served as a helicopter pilot in the US Army.
Rachel Pritzker Back to Top ▲
Rachel Pritzker is President and Founder of the Pritzker Innovation Fund, whose mission is to support the development and advancement of paradigm-shifting ideas to address the world’s most wicked problems. The Fund is currently focused on building an eco-modernist approach to climate, energy access, and conservation issues. Rachel is also the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Breakthrough Institute, an innovative think tank committed to modernizing environmentalism for the 21st century.
Rachel serves on the board of the Palm Center, a research institute that produces scholarship designed to enhance the quality of public dialogue about critical and controversial policy issues, such as gender and sexuality in the military. She is also a member of The Philanthropy Workshop West. Rachel previously served as a founding board member of Media Matters for America and a founding board member of the Democracy Alliance, a partnership of business and philanthropic leaders committed to a stronger democracy through supporting progressive organizations. She is also founder and principal of the Festus Group LLC, a venture capital fund that invests in health and technology companies.
Rachel attended Brown University, where she majored in Latin American studies. She is a clinical nutritionist by training and co-founded the nation’s first accredited master’s degree program in botanical medicine.
Kirk Radke Back to Top ▲
Kirk A. Radke is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York. Mr. Radke has more than 25 years experience handling nearly every type of private equity and corporate transaction. A business adviser to private equity sponsors and executives, he has counseled domestic and international clients in acquisitions, divestitures, fund formations and other complex transactions.
Mr. Radke has been repeatedly cited as one of the country’s leading private equity practitioners by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, as well as by other independent research teams.
Mr. Radke is affiliated with numerous prominent philanthropic organizations, including: the Center for American Progress; Third Way; Atlantic Council; Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School; Hope Mohr Dance Company; Trisha Brown Dance Company; Second Stage Theatre Company; Liz Gerring Dance Company; Tate Modern American Acquisitions Committee; DIA Art Foundation; Performance Committee at the Whitney Art Museum; President’s Arts Initiative at Stanford University; Finance Committee, Cy Vance New York District Attorney; and Stanford University Hospital Arts Committee.
Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Radke was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
William Reeves Back to Top ▲
William Reeves was co-founder of BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd. Based in London with offices in New York, Chicago, Boston and Geneva. BlueCrest manages approx. $35b for institutional investors worldwide. Bill was also involved in forming BlueMountain Capital Management, based in New York City, which currently manages approx. $14b. In 2010 Mr. Reeves sold his holdings in BlueCrest but he remains a partner in BlueMountain. Prior to founding BlueCrest, Mr. Reeeves was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan in New York and London as well as a fund manager for Fisher, Francis, Trees and Watts in London.
Mr. Reeves is a co-founder and director of Unbound Philanthropy, based in New York, which focuses on immigrants’ rights in the US and the UK as well as the Learning Coalition, which focuses on reform within Hawaii’s public school system. In addition to a number of corporate directorships he is on the advisory board for the Third Way Capital Markets Initiative, the investment advisory committee for Kamehameha Schools and a trustee of St. Andrew’s Priory School.
He holds an MA in Philosophy from New York University and a BA in English from Yale University.
Howard Rossman Back to Top ▲
Dr. 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.
Marc Spilker Back to Top ▲
Marc Spilker is a Senior Advisor to Apollo Global Management. He was President and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee from December 2010 to March 2014. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Spilker had retired from Goldman Sachs in May 2010 following a 20-year career with the firm where he served as the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division (IMD) and was also a member of the firm-wide Management Committee and Risk Committee. He was named partner in 1996.
Mr. Spilker is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board, is on the Board of Directors of The New 42nd Street, Inc., is on the Board of Trustees of Third Way as well as the Founder of Third Way’s Capital Markets Initiative and chairs the RFK Leadership Council at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights. Mr. Spilker is also a Board Member of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine Advisory Board at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and an Advisory Board Member for Mount Sinai’s Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology.
Mr. Spilker previously served on the Investment Advisory Committee at Google and was a member of the American Stock Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors for Governor Andrew Cuomo. He also served on the Boards of the New York State Financial Control Board, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, the Stone and Bridge Street Funds, BrokerTec and Bondbook, LLC.
Mr. Spilker graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Marc resides in New York City with his wife, Diane, and their two children.
Ted Trimpa Back to Top ▲
Ted Trimpa is the Principal and President of Trimpa Group, LLC, a progressive consulting, philanthropic and political investment advising, and government relations firm specializing in public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and federal levels. Trimpa brings more than a decade of government relations and political consulting experience with a proven record of results. Trimpa is one of the country’s most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political and nonprofit landscape. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, The Advocate, and The Weekly Standard for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies.
Prior to forming Trimpa Group, Ted was a shareholder at Hogan Lovells where he was responsible for matters before the Colorado General Assembly and had a multi-state public policy practice. Ted has orchestrated the successful passage of several public initiatives, including major social policy changes and landmark reforms to state fiscal policy. He previously served as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and Assistant General Counsel for a prominent lobbying firm in Colorado. Before attending law school, Ted served as a legislative aide for United States Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum.
Christine Varney Back to Top ▲
Christine A. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and serves as the Chair of the Firm’s Antitrust practice. Ms. Varney has been widely recognized as one of the leading antitrust lawyers in the United States in both private practice and in government service, and she is the only person to have served as both the U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. Ms. Varney formulates global antitrust strategy for clients in connection with joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions, including advising on business conduct or potential investments to ensure compliance with antitrust laws, securing antitrust regulatory approvals, and handling internal or governmental investigations into anti-competitive behavior. Her clients span diverse industries, including transportation, telecommunications, cable, technology, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and financial services.
From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Varney served as Assistant Attorney General and headed the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. In that role she oversaw all aspects of the Division’s operations, including merger review, criminal and civil litigation and investigations and coordination with competition regulators outside the United States.
From 1994 through 1997, Ms. Varney served as a Commissioner of the FTC. While at the FTC, she played a leading role on a broad range of competition law issues, and she is widely credited with pioneering the application of innovation market theory analysis to information technology and biotechnology transactions.
Prior to becoming FTC Commissioner, Ms. Varney served as Assistant to the President and Secretary to the Cabinet in the Clinton Administration.
From 1997 when she left the FTC until her appointment as Assistant Attorney General in 2009, Ms. Varney was in private practice, representing major corporations before the DOJ and the FTC and advising her clients on a wide variety of legal and business issues.
In 2014, Ms. Varney was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Global Competition Review. She has also been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. Ms. Varney has been recognized as a leader in antitrust law by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Lawdragon’s list of 500 Leading Lawyers in America. She is often asked to speak publicly on the topics of Antitrust, International Competition, Mergers and Government Investigations.
Ms. Varney currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and the Boards of Directors of the American Constitution Society, the Brennan Center for Justice, The Legal Aid Society and ID3, a digital research and educational nonprofit. She is also a member of the International Bar Association.
Ms. Varney was born in Washington, D.C. She received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in 1977, an M.P.A. from Syracuse University in 1982 and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.
Barbara Manfrey Vogelstein Back to Top ▲
Mrs. Vogelstein is a 1976 graduate of Vassar College, with an Bachelor’s degree 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, 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.
Mrs. 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, which collects, aggregates and sells odd lots of shares and gives the proceeds to a variety of charities.
Joseph Zimlich Back to Top ▲
Mr. Zimlich is the Chief Executive Officer of Bohemian Companies, a group of family-owned real estate and private equity holdings. Previously, Mr. Zimlich served as a manager in mergers and acquisitions, and as a specialist in the not-for-profit and banking industries, at an international accounting firm. He has also worked at the director level for Fortune 500 companies, in the technology and food products industries. Additionally, he has served at the executive level for privately held companies in the technology industry, as well as for a number of start-up businesses.
In recent years, Mr. Zimlich has exercised his interests in social justice and progressive policy through serving on the Board of Directors of ProgressNow, and through his membership in the Democracy Alliance and Colorado Democracy Alliance.
Mr. Zimlich graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Professional in Human Resources. He is active in his community of Fort Collins, Colorado, notably with his involvement as a member of the Colorado State University Board of Governors and a number of non-profit organizations.