Former Governors Mitchell Daniels and Deval Patrick, Plus Margaret Hamburg, John Wallis Rowe, and Diana Farrell, to Join Urban Institute Board of Trustees

Stu Kantor,, (202) 261-5283

WASHINGTON, DC, September 9, 2015—Five distinguished individuals who have served at the pinnacle of state government, business, national service, and academia are becoming members of the Urban Institute’s board of trustees.

They are as follows:

  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr., President, Purdue University
    Daniels served as Governor of Indiana from 2005 to 2013. He directed the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, served as President of Eli Lilly North America in the 1990s, and was CEO of the Hudson Institute from 1987 to 1990. He is author of Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.
  • Diana Farrell, President and Chief Executive Officer, 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, Institute 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.
  • Deval Patrick, Managing Director, Bain Capital
    Patrick was Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. Before holding public office, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Coca-Cola Company. Patrick served in the same role at Texaco, Inc., from 1999 to 2001. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.
  • 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 Founding Director of Harvard Medical School’s Division on Aging and was Chief of Gerontology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

“These extraordinary individuals, through their lives and professional experiences, bring different perspectives on American society and are especially attuned to how policy forged by evidence can improve our communities and our nation,” said Jamie Gorelick, partner at WilmerHale and Urban Institute board chair.

“Urban is bringing its commitment to rigorous and independent analysis to exciting, new areas of research, including economic mobility, demographic change, and innovative strategies for improving the effectiveness of government,” said Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell. “The wisdom and experience of both new and veteran trustees will be special sources of strength as Urban endeavors to elevate debate, strengthen communities, and improve lives.”  

The new trustees join an outstanding group tasked with governing one of Washington’s most respected research nonprofits. Other additions to the board in recent years include the following:

  • Eugene A. Ludwig, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group, LLC
    Before founding Promontory, Ludwig served under President Bill Clinton as Comptroller of the Currency, a post responsible for supervising the preponderance of US banking assets.
  • Mary J. Miller, former Undersecretary for Domestic Finance, US Department of the Treasury
    Miller was the Undersecretary for Domestic Finance (2012–14) and the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets at the Treasury Department. She played a key role in overseeing US debt issuance and the financial regulatory overhaul. Before joining Treasury, she spent 26 years at Baltimore-based T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.
  • Ken Mehlman, Member & Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR
    Mehlman is KKR’s Global Head of Public Affairs and leads the environmental social governance programs for the firm and its portfolio companies. He served as Director of the White House’s Office of Political Affairs in the administration of President George W. Bush, among other roles in government and national politics. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld before joining KKR.
  • Terrence P. Laughlin, President of Strategic Initiatives, Bank of America
    Before assuming his current position, Laughlin oversaw Bank of America’s governance and strategy for global risk management; he also established and led the bank’s legacy asset servicing division. Before joining Bank of America, Laughlin served as President and CEO of OneWest Bank, and in various senior leadership positions with Merrill Lynch and FleetBoston Financial.

Veteran Urban Institute trustees are listed below. Their bios can be found at

  • Jamie S. Gorelick (chair), Partner, WilmerHale
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski, III (vice chair), President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County 
  • Jeremy Travis (vice chair), President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
  • J. Adam Abram, President and Chief Executive Officer, James River Group, Inc.; Chairman, Franklin Holdings, Ltd.; Chairman, Piedmont Community Banking Holdings, Inc.
  • David Autor, Professor of Economics and Associate Chair, Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Donald A. Baer, Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller; chairman, Penn, Schoen & Berland
  • Afsaneh M. Beschloss, President and CEO, Rock Creek Group
  • Erskine Bowles, President Emeritus, University of North Carolina
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Executive Chairman, CityView 
  • Fernando A. Guerra, Retired Director of Health, San Antonio Metropolitan Health
  • Marne L. Levine, Chief Operating Officer, Instagram
  • N. Gregory Mankiw, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
  • Annette L. Nazareth, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Joshua B. Rales, Founder and Managing Partner, RFI Associates
  • Sarah Rosen Wartell, President, Urban Institute
  • Anthony A. Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Federal City Council
  • Judy Woodruff, Coanchor and Senior Correspondent,  PBS NewsHour



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