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Officers and Trustees

Sarah Rosen WartellSarah Rosen Wartell

Sarah Rosen Wartell became the third president of the Urban Institute in February 2012. A public policy executive and housing markets expert, Ms. 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. In 2012, she was named a “Woman of Influence” by HousingWire.
Ms. Wartell cofounded the Center for American Progress, serving as its first chief operating officer and general counsel. Later, as executive vice president, Ms. Wartell oversaw its policy teams and fellows. Her work focused on the economy and housing markets, and she directed the Mortgage Finance Working Group and "Doing What Works" government performance program.  Ms. Wartell practiced law with the Washington, DC, firm of Arnold & Porter and was a consultant to the bipartisan Millennial Housing Commission.
Ms. Wartell has an AB degree with honors in urban affairs from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds a JD degree from Yale Law School.

John R. Rogers
Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer

Margery Austin Turner
Senior Vice President for Program Planning and Management

Robert M. Buchanan
Controller and Assistant Treasurer

Sharon Carney
Chief of Staff

Mark Dewire
General Counsel and Secretary

Deb Hoover
Vice President of Administration, and Human Resource Officer

Carrie Kolasky
Vice President for Development

Bridget Lowell
Vice President for Strategic Communications and Outreach

Khuloud Odeh
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Board of Trustees

Jamie S. Gorelick

Jamie S. Gorelick (Chairman)
Partner, WilmerHale

Ms. Gorelick is a lawyer with high-level government experience. A former member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, she has also been deputy attorney general of the United States and general counsel of the Department of Defense.

Freeman Hrabowski, III

Freeman Hrabowski, III (Vice Chairman)
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Hrabowski is an expert on science and math performance, specializing in minority participation and performance in these fields. He currently advises the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and schools and universities nationwide. In 2012, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."

Jeremy Travis

Jeremy Travis (Vice Chairman)
President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York

Mr. Travis is a national expert on criminal justice, a lawyer, an educator, and a public servant. He has launched a national research program on prisoner reentry at the Urban Institute, directed the National Institute of Justice, held high-level positions in the New York City Police Department and the Mayor's office, clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Court of Appeals, and worked for the Vera Institute of Justice. He served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences consensus panel that produced the report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Center on Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University.

J. Adam Abram

J. Adam Abram
President and CEO of James River Group, Inc., Chairman of Franklin Holdings Ltd., and Chairman of Piedmont Community Banking Holdings, Inc.

Mr. 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.

David Autor

David Autor
Professor of Economics and associate chair of the Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Autor is professor of economics and associate chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Economics. 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 and, since 2009, the editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

Donald A. Baer

Donald A. Baer
Worldwide Chairman and CEO of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller and Chairman of the research firm Penn, Schoen & Berland

Mr. Baer has been a leader and executive in media and communications for a wide range of business, government, and nonprofit organizations. In 2014, he was elected chair of the PBS Board of Directors and to the board of directors at Meredith, a major media company. From 1998 to 2007, he was Discovery Communications senior vice president for strategy and development. He was a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, including stints as his director of strategic planning and communications and as chief speechwriter/director of speechwriting and research. A former media lawyer, reporter, and magazine editor, Baer has won two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the annual Kennedy Center Honors TV production. He also led the creation of Silverdocs, the American Film Institute and Discovery Communications' annual documentary festival.

Afsaneh M. Beschloss

Afsaneh M. Beschloss
President and CEO of The Rock Creek Group

Ms. Beschloss advises international pension funds and central banks and has written numerous journal articles and books. She previously served in several capacities at the World Bank, including as treasurer and chief investment officer. She also worked for J.P. Morgan and for Shell International Group Planning, and taught international trade at Oxford University. Ms. Beschloss is also a trustee of the Ford Foundation and of the World Resources Institute. She has received the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Ripple of Hope Award and The 100 Women in Hedge Funds Industry Leadership Award.

Erskine B. Bowles

Erskine B. Bowles
President Emeritus of the University of North Carolina

Mr. Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2010, co-chaired 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.

Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros
Founder and Executive Chairman of CityView

Mr. Cisneros is founder and executive 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 Clinton. Before his cabinet position, Mr. Cisneros was the four-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989.

Joel L. Fleishman

Joel L. Fleishman
Professor of Law & Public Policy, and Director of the Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and Professions, Duke University

Video Interview: Joel Fleishman on the Role of Foundations

Mr. Fleishman is a professor, lawyer, and leading expert on American philanthropy. He has served as president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company (the U.S. program staff for Atlantic Philanthropies) and was the founding director of what is now the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He also served as chairman of the Urban Institute board of trustees for 11 years until May 2014.

Fernando Guerra

Fernando Guerra
Retired Director of Health, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

Dr. Guerra is a pediatrician, civic leader, and professor of Pediatrics. A public official, he also teaches at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, and the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas.

Marne Levine

Marne L. Levine
Chief Operating Officer, Instagram

Marne Levine is chief operating officer of Instagram. She joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as vice president of global public policy from 2010 to 2014. Before Facebook, Levine served in the Obama administration 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.

Eugene A. Ludwig

Eugene A. Ludwig
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Promontory Financial Group LLC

As CEO of a premier strategy, risk management, regulatory, and compliance consulting firm, Gene Ludwig is a trusted adviser to the world's leading financial companies. He is recognized as a farsighted thinker on the most pressing issues confronting financial services. Before founding Promontory, Mr. Ludwig served under President Clinton as Comptroller of the Currency, head of the agency responsible for supervising the preponderance of US banking assets. He later became vice chairman and senior control officer of Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank.

N. Gregory Mankiw

N. Gregory Mankiw
Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Mr. 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: Macroeconomics and Principles of Economics, which has sold over two million copies and been translated into over 20 languages. 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.

Ken Mehlman

Ken Mehlman
Member & Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR

Mr. Mehlman is KKR’s global head of public affairs and leads the environmental social governance programs for the firm and its portfolio companies. In addition to spending a dozen years in national politics and government service, Mr. Mehlman led a bipartisan public policy and regulatory practice at the global law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld before joining KKR. He is chairman of the Private Equity and Growth Capital Council; a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital of New York, Franklin & Marshall College, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Sponsors of Educational Opportunity, and the Ideal School of Manhattan; co-chairman of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council; and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mary J. Miller

Mary J. Miller
Former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, US Department of the Treasury

Ms. Miller was the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance  (2012–14 ) and the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets (2010–12) at the Treasury.  She played a key role in overseeing US debt issuance and the financial regulatory overhaul. Before joining Treasury, Ms. Miller spent 26 years at Baltimore-based asset manager T. Rowe Price Group, Inc., including as director of the fixed income division and as a member of the firm’s management committee. She was a research associate at the Urban Institute from 1980 to 1983.

Annette Nazareth

Annette L. Nazareth
Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Ms. 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 SEC's Division of Trading and Markets. She has also held senior legal positions in the investment banking industry.

Joshua B. Rales

Joshua B. Rales
Founder and Managing Partner, RFI Associates

Mr. Rales is a lawyer, investor, and philanthropist. Through his RFI Foundation, Mr. Rales supports organizations committed to educational equity, cancer research, health care for the uninsured, and other social services for the underprivileged.

Anthony A. Williams

Anthony A. Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Federal City Council

Mr. Williams' career spans public service, real estate development, and teaching. He has been mayor of the District of Columbia; CFO for the District; CEO of Ramsey Group, Inc.; and an executive in many federal, state, and municipal agencies. He also teaches at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff
Coanchor and Senior Correspondent, The PBS NewsHour

Ms. Woodruff is a nationally known broadcast journalist. She has been CNN's prime anchor and senior correspondent, chief Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, anchor of Frontline, and NBC's White House correspondent.

Life Trustees

Joan T. Bok
Chairman Emeritus
New England Electric System
David O. Maxwell
Retired Chairman
Federal National Mortgage Association
Warren E. Buffett
Chairman of the Board
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
Charles L. Mee, Jr.
Author, Playwright, and Historian
Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Chairman and President
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
at Columbia University
Arjay Miller
Dean Emeritus
Graduate School of Business Stanford University
Marcia L. Carsey
The Carsey-Werner Company
Robert C. Miller
OnStor, Inc.
Carol Thompson Cole
Venture Philanthropy Partners
Lois D. Rice
Guest Scholar
The Brookings Institution
William T. Coleman, Jr.
O'Melveny & Myers
Robert D. Reischauer
Former President
The Urban Institute
John M. Deutch
Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former Deputy Secretary of Defense,
and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
William D. Ruckelshaus
Strategic Director, Madrona Investment Group, LLC
Anthony Downs
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Herbert E. Scarf
Sterling Professor of Economics
Yale University
William Gorham
President Emeritus
The Urban Institute
Charles L. Schultze
Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Richard C. Green, Jr.
Director of The Calvin Group LLC and Chairman of the Midwest Research Institute
Louis A. Simpson
President and CEO,
Capital Operations, GEICO
Aileen C. Hernandez
Aileen C. Hernandez Associates
Robert M. Solow
Institute Professor Emeritus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Carla A. Hills
Hills & Company
Dick  Thornburgh
K&L Gates LLP
Former Attorney General of the U.S. and former Governor of Pennsylvania
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Chairman, Boston Properties
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief,
U.S. News & World Report
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
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