Jamie S. Gorelick (Chair)
Gorelick is a long-time Washington lawyer, focused on issues at the intersection of law and policy. She has served at the highest levels of government, including as deputy attorney general, as Defense Department general counsel, and on the 9/11 Commission.
N. Gregory Mankiw (Vice Chair)
Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Mankiw, a Harvard University professor of economics since 1987, has extensively researched price adjustment, consumer behavior, financial markets, monetary and fiscal policy, and economic growth. A prolific writer, he has also written two popular textbooks: Principles of Economics, which has sold over two million copies and been translated into over 20 languages, and Macroeconomics. He has been a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adviser to the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and New York and the Congressional Budget Office. From 2003 to 2005, he served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Annette L. Nazareth (Vice Chair)
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Nazareth is a lawyer and a former policymaker. She served as a commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and as the director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s division of trading and markets. She has also held senior legal positions in the investment banking industry.
Anthony A. Williams (Vice Chair)
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Federal City Council
Williams is the chief executive officer of the Federal City Council, an organization focusing the creative and administrative talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities facing the District. While serving as mayor of Washington, DC, from 1999 to 2007, he restored the city’s finances, improved the performance of government agencies, lowered taxes, and invested in infrastructure and human services. Before his election as mayor, Williams was the independent chief financial officer of the District from 1995 to 1998. He previously worked in various positions in federal, state, and local government, including as the first chief financial officer for the US Department of Agriculture, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In addition to his duties with the Federal City Council, Williams is a senior advisor to King and Spaulding, LLP. He serves on several company boards as well as the board of the National Geographic Society.
J. Adam Abram
Chairman, James River Group Holdings, Ltd.
Abram has founded and directed four companies in financial services and real estate: Adaron Group Inc.; Front Royal Inc.; James River Group Inc.; and, most recently, Piedmont Community Bank Holdings Inc., a federally chartered bank holding company with plans to create a community bank to serve southern Virginia, North Carolina, and parts of South Carolina.
Ford Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Autor is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His fields of specialization include human capital, skill supply and demand, and earnings inequality; labor market impacts of technological change and globalization; disability insurance and labor force participation; and contingent and intermediated work arrangements. Autor is the codirector of the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative.
Cofounder and Managing Partner, RailField Partners
Bacon is cofounder and managing partner at RailField Partners. Before forming RailField, Bacon spent 19 years at Fannie Mae, most recently as the executive vice president and head of the multifamily business. He was previously director of the Office of Securitization for the Resolution Trust Corporation and held officer positions at Morgan Stanley and Kidder Peabody. Bacon currently serves on the board of directors of Comcast Corporation, Ally Financial, Welltower, and Dominium. He is active in several nonprofit and trade groups, including as a board member of the Real Estate Executive Council, National Multifamily Housing Council, and Martha’s Table.
Donald A. Baer
Global Chairman, Burson Cohn & Wolfe
Baer is global chairman of the strategic communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. From 2012 to 2018, he was worldwide chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller and a member of the firm’s senior leadership since 2008. From 1998 to 2007, Baer was senior executive vice president for strategy and development at Discovery Communications, home of the Discovery Channel and media properties in 170 countries. From 1994 to 1998, he was an assistant to the president and senior adviser for President Clinton, serving as White House communications director, chief speechwriter, and director of speechwriting and research. Before working in the White House, Baer was a journalist at US News and World Report and the American Lawyer, as well as a media lawyer in New York City. He is chair of the board of directors of PBS and a member of the Meredith Corporation board of directors.
Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America
Bessant, chief operations and technology officer at Bank of America, leads a team of 95,000 people in more than 35 countries. Since 1982, she has led several lines of business, including consumer, small business, commercial, and corporate banking. From 1989 to 1999 Bessant led community development banking, providing debt and equity in affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization. Bessant led the creation of the Harvard Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence and serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. She has driven Bank of America to be the leading financial institution among all US patent holders. American Banker has named Bessant the “Most Powerful Woman in Banking” for the past three years. Bessant serves on the boards of Zurich Insurance Company and USA Field Hockey. She is also on the advisory board of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2010, cochaired President Barack Obama’s bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. A former member of the National Economic Council and National Security Council, he served as President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and director of the Small Business Administration. The founder and former chairman and CEO of the Charlotte investment banking firm that became Bowles Hollowell Connor & Co., Bowles was previously a general partner of Forstmann Little, a New York private equity firm.
Chief Executive Officer, TaskRabbit
Brown-Philpot has more than 15 years of consumer technology experience, leading the growth and scale of large and small enterprises in the digital economy. She is the CEO of TaskRabbit, which was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in 2017. Since joining the company in 2012, Brown-Philpot has launched local operations in more than 70 major markets in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, and Spain. Before joining TaskRabbit, Brown-Philpot was entrepreneur-in-residence at Google Ventures. Previously, she spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google’s flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and serving as head of online sales and operations for Google India. Brown-Philpot founded the Black Googler Network, a seminal component of diversity initiatives at Google and the larger technology industry. She is on the board of directors for HP Inc., Nordstrom, and Black Girls Code.
Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Amazon
Carney leads public policy, communications, and community investments for Amazon, reporting directly to CEO Jeff Bezos. Before joining Amazon in 2015, Carney served in the Obama White House for five and a half years, first as communications director to Vice President Biden and then as White House press secretary to President Obama. Before working in government, Carney was a reporter for 20 years at Time magazine. He covered the collapse of the Soviet Union as a Moscow-based correspondent and later covered both the Clinton and George W. Bush White Houses.
Cofounder and Chairman, Cityview
Cisneros is cofounder and chairman of Cityview, one of the nation’s premier institutional investment firms focused on urban real estate, in-city housing, and metropolitan infrastructure. He served as president and COO for the Spanish-language network Univision from 1997 to 2000 and as secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton. Before his cabinet position, Cisneros was the four-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989.
Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
President, Purdue University
Daniels served as governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013; his election in 2004 was his first bid for any elected office. During his two terms, Daniels prioritized infrastructure building, oversaw education and health care reforms, and improved Indiana’s business climate and credit rating. He has been president of Purdue University since 2013, where he has prioritized student affordability and reinvestment in the university’s strengths. Earlier, Daniels served in top positions with Senator Richard Lugar, President Ronald Reagan, and as director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush. He held a number of top executive posts at Eli Lilly and Company, including president of Eli Lilly’s North American pharmaceutical operations. Daniels is the author of three books and a contributing columnist to the Washington Post.
Shaun Donovan (on leave of absence)
Former Director, Office of Management and Budget
Shaun Donovan, a senior strategist and advisor to the president of Harvard University, served as OMB director from 2014 to 2017, secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2014, and chair of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. While commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2009, he created the largest city-sponsored affordable housing plan ever in the US.
President and CEO, JPMorgan Chase Institute
Farrell is a former McKinsey & Company director and global head of the McKinsey Center for Government and the McKinsey Global Institute. She served as deputy director of the White House’s National Economic Council and as President Barack Obama’s deputy assistant on economic policy from 2009 to 2011.
Margaret A. Hamburg
Foreign Secretary, National Academy of Medicine
Hamburg headed the Food and Drug Administration from 2009 to 2015. She was the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s vice president for biological programs from 2001 to 2005 and its senior scientist from 2005 to 2009. Hamburg was assistant secretary for policy evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services from 1997 to 2001 and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1991 to 1997.
Former Governor of Tennessee
Haslam served as governor of Tennessee from 2011 to 2019, focusing on education, economic development, efficient and effective government, and fiscal strength. He previously served two terms as mayor of Knoxville. Since leaving office, Haslam has returned to the private sector and continues to be engaged on many local and national issues. He is currently the chair of the Young Life board of trustees and serves on the national board of directors for Teach for America.
President and CEO, California Community Foundation
Hernández is president and CEO of California Community Foundation, one of Southern California’s largest and most active philanthropic organizations, which holds assets of more than $1.7 billion. During her tenure, California Community Foundation has granted nearly $2 billion, with a focus on health, housing, education, immigration programs. Previously, Hernández was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit litigation and advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of the nation’s Latinos through the legal system, community education, and research and policy initiatives. Hernández serves on the boards of the Automobile Club of Southern California, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Association, and Grameen America. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute.
W. Matthew Kelly
CEO, JBG SMITH
Kelly is the CEO of JBG SMITH and a member of the board of trustees. Before the formation of JBG SMITH, he was a managing partner of the JBG Companies and a member of the firm’s executive committee and investment committee. He previously coheaded JBG’s investments group and was primarily responsible for investment strategy and the investment and acquisition activity of the JBG Investment Funds. Before joining the JBG Companies in 2004, he cofounded ODAC Inc., a media software company, and worked in private equity and investment banking in Boston and New York. Kelly is chairman of the board of the Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center and is on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Partnership and the Halcyon arts and social entrepreneurship incubator. He is a trustee and member of the executive committee of both the Federal City Council and the D.C. Policy Center.
COO, Bridgewater Associates
Kreiter is the chief operating officer of Bridgewater Associates, a globally recognized investment manager for clients including governments, central banks, corporate and public pension funds, endowments, and foundations. Kreiter is responsible for delivering the company’s strategic plan, as well as overseeing critical finance, talent, and business intelligence functions. In addition, he coleads Bridgewater’s sustainable investing effort and is the lead director of Elemental Cognition, an artificial intelligence firm he helped launch as a partnership between Bridgewater and Dr. David Ferrucci. Previously, Kreiter was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and cofounded LIFT, a nonprofit organization that empowers families to break the cycle of poverty across the US. He is an advisor to Renovo Financial and serves on the boards of the Finance Leaders Fellowship at the Aspen Institute and the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Marne L. Levine
Vice President of Global Partnerships and Business Development, Facebook
Levine is vice president of global partnerships and business development at Facebook. She previously served at Instagram as chief operating officer from 2014 to 2018 and at Facebook as vice president of global public policy from 2010 to 2014. Before Facebook, Levine served as chief of staff of the National Economic Council at the White House and special assistant to the president for economic policy. Previously, Levine was director of product management for Revolution Money and chief of staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers. She began her career in 1993 at the US Department of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton, where she held a number of leadership positions.
Mary J. Miller
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, John Hopkins University
Miller is currently serving as the Interim Senior Vice President for Finance at John Hopkins University. She was the under secretary for domestic finance from 2012 to 2014 and the assistant secretary for financial markets from 2010 to 2012) at the Treasury. She played a key role in overseeing US debt issuance and the financial regulatory overhaul. Before joining Treasury, Miller spent 26 years at Baltimore-based asset manager T. Rowe Price Group Inc., including as director of the fixed income division and a member of the firm’s management committee. She was a research associate at the Urban Institute from 1980 to 1983.
Michael A. Nutter
David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Nutter is a former two-term mayor of Philadelphia who previously spent almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council. Since leaving public office in 2016, he has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life. He is the inaugural David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and holds fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Harvard Kennedy School. He is a senior fellow and national spokesperson for the What Works Cities program at Bloomberg Philanthropies and a member of the external advisory council for JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities initiative. Nutter is past president of the United States Conference of Mayors and founder of Cities United. He is on the board for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Council on Criminal Justice, Heartland, and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.
Eduardo J. Padrón
President Emeritus, Miami Dade College
Padrón has served since 1995 as president of Miami Dade College, which has more than 165,000 students and awards more degrees to Hispanics and African Americans than any other institution in the nation. In 2016, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US, for championing access and inclusion in higher education. Padrón previously chaired the American Council on Education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities, among other distinguished national boards.
Charles H. Ramsey
Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner
Ramsey is the former police commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth-largest in the nation. An internationally recognized practitioner and educator with 46 years of law enforcement experience, he is the former chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (DC) and past president of both the Police Executive Research Forum and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He also served as cochair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
John Wallis Rowe
Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Rowe was chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., from 2000 to 2006. He was president and CEO of Mount Sinai–New York University Medical Center and Health System from 1998 to 2000. Earlier in his career, Rowe was the founding director of Harvard Medical School’s Division on Aging and was chief of gerontology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.
Arthur I. Segel
Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Segel is a professor at the Harvard Business School specializing in real estate and urbanization issues. In 1982, Segel was a cofounder/owner of TA Associates Realty, before which he was vice president at Boston Properties and deputy for finance at Massport under Governor Dukakis. In 2005, he also cofounded the Xander Funds, primarily focused on private equity real estate in India. He is also cofounder of two nonprofits, the 21st Century Fund and the Tobin Project, which won the MacArthur Genius Award for its work on inequality. Segel is a trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and of Yad Hanadiv, a Rothschild family foundation, and serves on the advisory committees of High Vista and the SRB Corporation.
President and CEO, Central Valley Community Foundation
Swearengin is president and CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation, a charitable foundation serving the six counties of central California and providing more than $110 million in funding to over 650 community benefit organizations over the past decade. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as mayor of Fresno from 2009 through 2016. Before becoming mayor, Swearengin led community and economic development initiatives in the Central Valley, including the Governor’s Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno State’s Office of Community and Economic Development, and the Central Valley Business Incubator.
J. Ron Terwilliger
Chairman Emeritus, Trammell Crow Residential
Terwilliger is chairman emeritus of Trammell Crow Residential, the largest developer of multifamily housing in the US during his tenure as CEO. Since his retirement he has focused on philanthropy, largely on housing. He serves as chairman emeritus of the board of Habitat for Humanity International. He also established and chairs the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, which focuses on workforce, and affordable housing.
David A. Thomas
President, Morehouse College
Thomas is the president of Morehouse College. He has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and is a national expert in organizational change and workplace diversity issues. Previously, he was the dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and served for two decades as a professor and administrator at Harvard University, where he returned in 2017 as the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Thomas is also a former assistant professor of management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of several boards, including the board of directors of DTE Energy, the American Red Cross, and Commonfund.
Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Tienda is the Maurice P. During ’22 Professor of Demographic Studies and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. She specializes in the demography of higher education, racial and ethnic inequality, and international migration. She is past president of the Population Association of America, an external fellow of the American Institutes for Research, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the National Academy of Education.
Sarah Rosen Wartell
President, Urban Institute
Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute in February 2012. A public policy executive and housing markets expert, Wartell was President Bill Clinton’s deputy assistant for economic policy and the deputy director of his National Economic Council. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1998, she advised the federal housing commissioner on housing finance, mortgage markets, and consumer protection. Read more about Wartell on her biography page.