Frank Weil

Chairman of the Board


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 University and in 2002 founded the Weil Program for Collaborative Governance.

Neil Britto

Board Member and Executive Director


Neil is part of The Intersector Project’s founding team and has served as Executive Director for six years. He has advised governments, foundations, and global companies on cross-sector collaboration. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Fellow at the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Neil is also a member of The World Economic Forum community as a Global Shaper. He is co-editor of The Intersector: How the Public, Non-Profit and Private Sectors Can Address America’s Challenges (Brookings Institution Press, forthcoming 2021). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from York University where he studied finance and philosophy.

Daniel Gitterman

Board Member and Senior Advisor


Daniel Gitterman is Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Policy at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He serves as Director of the Honors Program in Public Policy and Global Affairs (Washington, DC), and Executive Director of the Education Policy Initiative (EPIC). He served as a Senior Advisor to the Governor of North Carolina (2009-10), and he was inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of North Carolina’s highest honors. He received a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University. He was an Exchange Scholar at the Harvard University Ph.D. Program in Health Policy and completed a National Institute of Health postdoc at the University of California at Berkeley.


He is the author of Boosting Paychecks: The Politics of Supporting America’s Working Poor, and Calling the Shots: The President, Executive Orders, and Public Policy, published by Brookings Institution Press. He is also co-editor of  A Way Forward: Building a Globally Competitive South, and The Intersector: How the Public, Non-Profit and Private Sectors Can Address America’s Challenges (Brookings Institution Press, forthcoming 2021).

Winthrop Knowlton



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.

John D. Macomber



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 also 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.