Frank Weil has long believed that the public, private, and non-profit sectors need to find better and more effective ways to collaborate. He has dedicated the latter part of his career to addressing this pressing concern by taking a people-first approach.
Frank is Chair and CEO of Abacus & Associates, a private New York investment firm. After graduating from Harvard College and Law School he practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb and then moved into investment banking at Loeb Rhoades & Co. He subsequently became CFO and Chair of the Finance Committee of PaineWebber. In the late 1970’s Frank became the head of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Thereafter he practiced law in the early 1980’s as a partner of Ginsburg Feldman Weil and Bress.
Frank has served on many boards – for and not-for-profit – notably Geico Corporation, Victory Mutual Funds, The Asia Society, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the Smithsonian National Board, as Chair. Frank also helped found the Council for Excellence in Government in the mid 1980’s and served as Chair for five years. In 1980 he proposed and founded the Center for Business and Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and in 2002 founded the Weil Program for Collaborative Governance.
Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In 26 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech, and industrial. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.
An active participant in international fora including Davos, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council, and the China Development Forum, he has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history, and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision, and a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Brian de Vallance is a principal at Cambridge Global Advisors, a strategic advisory services firm with experience at the global, national, state, and local level. His current clients include the Center for Internet Security, Inc., a non-profit organization promoting cybersecurity readiness and response for public- and private-sector enterprises. Brian helps coordinate CIS’s contributions to American cybersecurity policy at all levels of government, including the U.S. Congress and key state and local government associations.
In addition to practicing law, Brian has served for a U.S. attorney general, two governors, a mayor, a state supreme court justice, and two secretaries of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, Brian served in a variety of senior leadership roles responsible for strategic planning and execution of policies, programs, and operations. Appointed by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs, Brian advised the Secretary and all DHS sub-cabinet officers on legislative and congressional relations policy and was the principal coordinator of Department contacts, relations, and activities with Congress, the White House, and other federal departments and agencies. In this capacity, he oversaw testimony given by DHS officials at more than 100 congressional hearings. Upon his departure, Brian was awarded the DHS Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award for service granted by the Department, which honors “exceptionally distinguished and transformational service to strengthen Homeland Security.”
Peter G. Gould’s diverse career has spanned journalism, government service, leadership positions in the corporate sector, and active engagement with non-profit institutions. He retired after a decade as President of Superior Group, Inc. in December 2012. Previously, he was a principal in investment banking and leveraged buyout businesses in New York and Philadelphia, and was an executive in the computer industry. Early in his career, following several years as an economic journalist, he held the senior staff position at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and later was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Development in the U.S. Department of Commerce. Late in his career, Peter earned a Ph.D. in Archaeology from University College London. He now researches and teaches in the field of heritage economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where is also is an Overseer of the Penn Museum, and at the American University of Rome. He has been a director of numerous non-profit organizations, including service as chairman of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.
Winthrop was a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School, after which he worked as a partner and co-head of research at White Weld & Co from 1955 to 1965. He worked as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury for International Affairs until 1968, when he became the Chairman, President, and CEO of Harper and Row Publisher (now HarperCollins).
At the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he was the Henry Luce Professor of Ethics, Business, and Public Policy as well as the first Director of The Center for Business and Government. He is the founder and co-head of Knowlton Brothers, Inc., a hedge fund specializing in small, publicly traded technology stocks. Throughout his career, he has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards.
Jane Holl Lute is the Special Coordinator on improving the United Nations’ response to sexual exploitation and abuse. She serves concurrently as the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the relocation of Camp Hurriya residents outside of Iraq.
Prior to re-joining the U.N., Jane served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Internet Security, an independent non-profit with the mission to lead the global community to a secure cyber future, and home to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, an organization established to assist the public and private sectors in measurably strengthening their cybersecurity posture. Previously, Jane served as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security where, as chief operating officer, she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the department’s efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation’s borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation’s cybersecurity. From 2003-2007, Jane was Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping at the U.N., where she was responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support to all U.N. peace operations worldwide. Jane has also served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund, where she worked on the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, a global initiative that pioneered efforts to prevent violent conflict.
Jane served on the National Security Council staff under both President George H.W. Bush and President William Jefferson Clinton and had a distinguished career in the United States Army, including service in the Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a J.D. from Georgetown University.
John is the principal of JDM Investment Group and was the President of the Export-Import Bank of United States from 1989 to 1992. He was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company until 1973 and Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation until 1986. He is also currently a director of Banco di Caribe N.V., Ennia Caribe Holding N.V. and Stewart & Stevenson LLC.
John was previously former director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, The Brown Group, Inc., Celegene Corporate, Chase Manhattan Bank, Collexis, Inc., Florida Power & Light, IRI International, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., Mettler-Toledo International, Mirror World Technologies, Norlin Industries, Rand McNally, RJR Nabisco, Pilkington Ltd., Textron Inc., and Xerox Corporation. He has served as Vice Chairman of The Atlantic Council of the United States, Trustee Emeritus of Carnegie Institution of Washington and Trustee Emeritus of The Folger Library. He was the Director for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York Philharmonic, New York Zoological Society, the Americas Society, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, and the Smithsonian National Board. He is also a former Trustee of the Rockefeller University and Adelphi University, Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Yale School of Management.
Stanley is one of the country’s foremost experts in international trade. As counsel to the International Finance Subcommittee of the Senate Banking Committee, he played a central role in the development of legislation relating to export controls, anti-boycott law, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the Export-Import Bank. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, he headed U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty programs and administered U.S. export controls and anti-boycott laws, as well as a variety of other international trade regulatory regimes. While in government, Stanley was also a member of the U.S. delegation to China that negotiated the current U.S.-China trade agreement and an end to the U.S. freeze on Chinese assets.
A member of The American Law Institute, The American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the District of Columbia, New York and Connecticut Bars, Stanley is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of International Trade. He is former chairman of the Subcommittee on U.S. Regulation of Technology Exports of the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and was Chairman of the Steering Committee of the International Division of the District of Columbia Bar. He is also a former adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. Before joining the Firm, Stanley was a partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy from 1980 to 1993; he was the Senior Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International Trade from 1977 to 1980; and prior to that, he served as Counsel to the Senate International Finance Subcommittee from 1973 to 1977. Stanley is a former member of the Trinity College (Conn.) Board of Trustees and is the author of numerous published articles on international trade, export finance, international law, and foreign boycotts. He is the editor and a joint author of Effective Washington Representation published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1983.
Dr. Isabel V. Sawhill is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. She serves as Co-Director of the Budgeting for National Priorities project and Co-Director of the Center on Children and Families. She holds the Cabot Family Chair.
In 2009, Isabel began the Social Genome Project, an initiative of the Center on Children and Families that seeks to determine how to increase economic opportunity for disadvantaged children. She served as Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program from 2003 to 2006. Prior to joining Brookings, Isabel was a senior fellow at The Urban Institute. She also served as an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1995, where her responsibilities included all of the human resource programs of the federal government, accounting for one third of the federal budget.
Norman is currently Executive Chairman of two innovative healthcare information businesses: Real Endpoints LLC and Physicians Interactive. In addition, he serves as a Senior Advisor to Perseus LLC, a private equity firm based in Washington D.C. Previously, he was President and CEO of TransForm Pharmaceuticals, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson, and Executive Vice President of Citigroup.
Norman spent the bulk of his career at McKinsey & Company where he was Director in the firm’s New York office and head of the Global Pharmaceuticals and Medical Products Practice. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central Park Conservancy, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention, all based in New York City. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Business School’s Healthcare Initiative and of the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington D.C.
Robin is a senior adviser with CSIS Energy and National Security Program. As the former Chairman and founder of PFC Energy (from 1984 to 2013), he advised the chief executives of leading energy companies on corporate strategy, portfolio management, acquisitions, divestitures, and investor relations. Between 1977 and 1980, he was a First Vice President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., Inc., an investment banking firm. Robin served in the Reagan Administration as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Budget, and Administration, with responsibility for U.S. offshore oil policy, and in the Ford Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic Affairs. In 1976, he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service.
Robin has also served as a trustee of several non-profit organizations. Currently, he is Co-Chairman of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and is a member of the Board of the Center for the National Interest. He is also a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the President of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.
As Executive Director of The Intersector Project, Neil leads organizational strategy, manages the organization’s research program, and leads efforts to form partnerships with leading organizations interested in cross-sector collaboration. Before co-founding The Intersector Project, Neil worked as a Project Coordinator and Senior Research Assistant to the York University Community Finance Project where he coordinated a research team to assess the accessibility of local financial services, developed publicly available self-assessment resources, and outlined a framework for social performance assessment to support impact evaluation. Neil also worked as a Principal Researcher for the Social Investment Organization of Canada where he collected, organized, and analyzed environmental, social, and governance data from asset management firms to evaluate the state of responsible investment in Canada. Neil is a member of The World Economic Forum community as a Global Shaper and on the Concordia Public-Private Partnership Index Task Force. He is also a member of the American Society for Public Administration, the International City/County Management Association, and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. He studied finance and philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada and graduated with an Honors Bachelor in Administrative Studies and a Certificate in Practical Ethics.