Our Senior Leadership

The Aspen Institute is led by a president and CEO and four executive vice presidents. They are:

  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO
  • Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, International Partnerships
  • Amy Margerum Berg, Executive Vice President, Development and Operations, Corporate Secretary
  • Peter Reiling, Executive Vice President, Leadership and Seminar Programs
  • Susan Sherwin, Executive Vice President of External Relations

The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of high-level individuals from the public and private sectors who have been elected by a majority of the membership of the board. The board is responsible for providing counsel to the President, as well as governance over the business, affairs, and property of the Aspen Institute. The board meets three times per year and its twelve standing committees meet regularly to discuss, in depth, the key issues facing the organization.  The committees are as follows: Executive, Trustee Affairs, Audit, Finance, Development, Marketing and Communications, Program Strategy, Seminars, Public Programs, Leadership Initiatives, Facilities, International, Scholars and Scholarships Campaign, Investment, and the Committee on the Arts.

Robert K. Steel
Chairman
From June 2010 until December 2013 Mr. Steel served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for The City of New York in the Administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg where he was responsible for...
Walter Isaacson
President and CEO
Walter Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor...
Madeleine K. Albright
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group and Chair, Albright Capital Management LLC
Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr....
Paul F. Anderson
Senior Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
Paul F. Anderson is a retired senior partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. and currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Booz & Company. During his 40+ year career at Booz Allen, Mr. Anderson had a...
Mercedes Bass
Mercedes T. Bass, a philanthropist, is active in many nonprofit organizations. Mrs. Bass' affiliations include Aspen Music School, Advisory Board; Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association, Board of...
Richard Braddock
Chairman and CEO, Freshdirect
Mr. Braddock began his business career in 1965 spending a number of years in product management at General Foods. He joined Citicorp in 1973, was elected to the board of directors in 1985, and was...
Beth A. Brooke
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY
Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm's Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm's operations in 150 countries. In...
Melva Bucksbaum
Since 1995, Melva has been actively managing the Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, and is currently a Director of the Robert I. Goldman Foundation. In 1996, Melva and her family endowed a chair in...
William D. Budinger
Founder, Former Chairman and CEO, Rodel, Inc.
Bill Budinger, inventor, holder of over three dozen patents, founded and served for 33 years as CEO and Chairman of Rodel, Inc. Rodel built plants in Delaware, Arizona, North Carolina, Germany, Japan...
Stephen L. Carter
Professor of Law, Yale University Law School
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of law at Yale University, and a long-time Aspen moderator. At Yale, he teaches courses ranging from Intellectual Property to The Law and...
Cesar R. Conde
Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal
Cesar Conde is Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal and former President of Univision Networks at Univision Communications Inc. He has also served as both the Executive Vice President and the...
James Schine Crown
James Schine Crown is President of Henry Crown and Company, a privately-owned company which invests in public and private securities, real estate and operating companies.  He serves as lead...
Andrea Cunningham
President, Bite North America
An entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing,” Andy Cunningham has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories...
John Doerr
Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Doerr joined Intel in 1974 just as they invented the famous “8080” 8 bit microprocessor. At Intel he held various engineering, marketing and management assignments, and was one of their top-...
Thelma Duggin
President, AnBryce Foundation
After nearly twenty years as a corporate executive, Thelma Duggin shifted her focus to the youth of our country whose potential for success she believes can be molded and supported through...
Sylvia A. Earle
Chairman, Deep Ocean Exploration & Research
Sylvia Earle, the world-renowned marine biologist, has been an explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. Named Time magazines first hero for the planet in 1998, Earle has...
Michael D. Eisner
Former Chairman & CEO, The Walt Disney Company
Michael Eisner has been a leader in the American entertainment industry for four decades. He began his career at ABC, where he helped take the network to number one in primetime, daytime and children...
L. Brooks Entwistle
Advisory Director, Goldman Sachs South East Asia
Brooks is an advisory director, Goldman Sachs, South East Asia. Previously, he was chairman of South East Asia, responsible for driving the firm'’s strategy and build-out of its businesses across key...
Alan Fletcher
President and Chief Executive Officer, Aspen Music Festival and School
Alan Fletcher is President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School and a respected composer. He comes to Aspen from the positions of Head of the School of Music and Professor of Music at...
Corinne Flick
Dr. Corinne Michaela Flick is attorney at law and Founder and CEO of the Convoco Foundation, an Anglo-German Think Tank which enables an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas regarding questions of...
Henrietta Holsman Fore
Chairman and CEO, Holsman International
Henrietta H. Fore is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing, consulting, and investment company. The Holsman companies include the 64-year-old...
Ann B. Friedman
Ann B. Friedman was an elementary school teacher in Montgomery County (Maryland) and taught beginning reading for 9 years. She is an active volunteer, chairing the board of the SEED Foundation, the...
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities and the chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, and serves as the director of...
Mircea Geoana
President, Aspen Institute Romania
Mircea Dan Geoana is the President of the Aspen Institute Romania since 2006, and member of the board of Aspen Institute US, Aspen Italia and Aspen Germany. He is a Romanian Senator and the former...
David Gergen
Professor of Public Service, John F. Kennedy School of Government
David is a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for the past decade. In addition, he serves as a senior...
Gerald Greenwald
Managing Partner, Greenbriar Equity Group
Gerald Greenwald founded Greenbriar Equity Group with Joel Beckman and Reginald Jones. Greenbriar has formed a strategic alliance with Berkshire Partners to make private equity investments in the...
Patrick W. Gross
Chairman, The Lovell Group
Patrick Gross is Chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm. Through The Lovell Group, he is advising half a dozen private technology and internet commerce...
Arjun Gupta
Founder and Managing Partner, TeleSoft Partners
Arjun Gupta is the Founder and Chief Believer at TeleSoft Partners, a special situations venture capital firm. Over the last two decades, he has overseen investing in and helping build 60+ private...
Jane Harman
Director, President, and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center
Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28th to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as Director, President and CEO.  Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress...
Hayne Hipp
Private Investor
Hayne Hipp is founder of the Liberty Fellowship, a program of seminars, service projects and Forums conducted in partnership with the Aspen Institute, Wofford College and Hayne. Drawing primarily...
Gerald D. Hosier
Law Offices of Gerald D. Hosier, Ltd.
Gerald Hosier is an attorney specializing in intellectual property litigation. Forbes magazine and other prominent publications have recognized him as one of the top plaintiff’s trial lawyers.  He...
Ann Frasher Hudson
Javelina Partners
Ann Hudson has been active in numerous civic organizations in Texas and on a national level, with a special interest in the fine arts. She formerly served on the national committees of the National...
Robert Hurst
Managing Director, Crestview Advisors, LLC
Robert Hurst is a Managing Director at Crestview Partners. He retired as Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs in June 2004. At Goldman, Mr. Hurst spent 30 years in a variety of leadership positions,...
Michael Klein
Board of Trustees, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Michael Klein joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company Board of Trustees in 2007. He and his wife, Joan Fabry, have been loyal subscribers and patrons of the Company since the late 1990s. In 2004, they...
Yotaro Kobayashi
Chief Corporate Advisor, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
Yotaro Kobayashi, chairman, the Aspen Institute Japan, is chief corporate advisor, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. He serves on the corporate boards of Callaway Golf Company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone...
David Koch
Executive Vice President, Chemical Technology
David Koch, a chemical engineer, is executive vice president of Koch Industries and is responsible for its Chemical Technology Group of companies. He is a member of numerous boards, including the...
Timothy K. Krauskopf
Principal, Round Lake Designs, LLC
Timothy Krauskopf is a self-described serial entrepreneur who is currently operating Round Lake Freight, a small truck transportation company serving the restaurant supply industry in the Chicago...
Leonard A. Lauder
Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute
Leonard A. Lauder is Chairman Emeritus of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., an international leader in the cosmetic and fashion industries. Lauder has been honored many times for his work in New York...
Frederic V. Malek
Thayer Capital Partners, Chairman
Fred Malek is Founder and Chairman of Thayer Lodging Group, a private equity firm that has acquired over $3 billion of hotel assets and has consistently earned top returns for investors. Thayer...
James M. Manyika
Partner, McKinsey & Company
James Manyika is a Director (Senior Partner) at McKinsey & Company. He is one of the leaders of McKinsey’s High Tech, Media and Telecom Practice where he serves many of the leading companies....
William E. Mayer
Chairman Emeritus, The Aspen Institute
In 1999 William E. Mayer formed Park Avenue Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a...
Bonnie Palmer McCloskey
Cornerstone Holdings LLC
Bonnie McCloskey is a Partner of Cornerstone Holdings, LLC, a family-owned real estate development venture capital and portfolio management firm. She has extensive experience with civic groups,...
David McCormick
Co-CEO, Bridgewater Associates, LP
David McCormick is Co-President and a member of the Management Committee for Bridgewater Associates, a global macro investment firm with over $150 billion in assets under management, and the world’s...
Anne Welsh McNulty
Managing Partner, JBK Partners
Anne Welsh McNulty is co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, with businesses including investment management and a private philanthropic foundation.Before starting JBK Partners, Ms. McNulty...
Diane L. Morris
Chairman, Morris Capital Management
Diane L. Morris is the chairman of Morris Capital Management, an investment management company, and an active philanthropist. Ms. Morris has honed her broad leadership skills as a passionate...
Karlheinz Muhr
CEO of QFS Asset and Risk Management
Karlheinz Muhr is Chairman and CEO of QFS Asset Management. Mr. Muhr was a Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of Cenario Capital, an alternative asset management firm, which was acquired by QFS in...
Clare Munana
President, Ancora Associates, Inc.
Clare Muñana is President of Ancora Associates, Inc., her own management consulting firm. She has completed numerous domestic and international engagements for not-for-profit, public and private...
Jerry Murdock
Managing Director and Co-Founder, Insight Venture Partners
Jerry Murdock is a technology investor and has spent his career investing in, and building, technology companies that change and positively impact businesses and social practices.  In 1995 Jerry...
Marc Nathanson
Chairman, Mapleton Investments
Mr. Marc B. Nathanson is one of America's leading communications executives. Mr. Nathanson is Chairman of Mapleton Investments, a diversified investment holding company; and Falcon Waterfree...
William A. Nitze
Chairman, Oceana Energy Company
William A. Nitze is Chairman of Oceana Energy Company, a company that is developing and seeking to commercialize a new hydrokinetic technology to convert tidal energy into electricity, and of Clear...
Her Majesty Queen Noor
Humanitarian Activist; UN Expert Advisor
Queen Noor is a global public servant and outspoken advocate for cross cultural understanding, Arab, Muslim and Western relations, and conflict prevention and recovery issues such as refugees,...
Jacqueline Novogratz
Founder and CEO, Acumen Fund
Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder and CEO of Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty. Under Jacqueline’s leadership, Acumen...
Olara A. Otunnu
President, LBL Foundation for Children
Olara Otunnu is a distinguished international statesman who is widely acclaimed for his diplomatic acumen and negotiating skills. Currently President, LBL Foundation for Children and former UN Under-...
Elaine Pagels
Professor of Religion
Elaine Pagels, a historian of religion, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor at Princeton University. She received the MacArthur Prize Fellowship for creative work, and is best known for her books...
Charles Powell
Chairman, Sagitta Asset Management Limited
Lord Charles Powell was for many years Private Secretary and advisor on foreign affairs and defense to Lady Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, and held the same position in the early part of John...
Michael Powell
Chairman, The MK Powell Group
Michael K. Powell is the President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.  NCTA is the policy trade association for the cable operator and cable programmer...
Margot L. Pritzker
Chairperson, Zohar Education Project Incorporative
Margot Pritzker launched the WomenOnCall.org organization in February 2006 to provide women and non-profits with an on-line meeting place to forge productive and efficient connections that make a...
Peter Reiling
Executive Vice President, Leadership and Seminar Programs
Peter A. Reiling is Executive Vice President for Leadership and Seminar Programs, and Executive Director of the Henry Crown Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute. In these roles, he oversees the...
Lynda Resnick
Vice Chairman, Roll Global
At the age of 19, Lynda Resnick founded a full-service advertising agency. Running a successful business so early in life gave her invaluable hands-on marketing experience. Her sound entrepreneurial...
Condoleezza Rice
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution
Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the...
Jim Rogers
Chairman, President, and CEO, Duke Energy
Jim Rogers serves as chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. Mr. Rogers has served as a CEO in the utility industry for more than 23 years. Mr. Rogers became president and CEO of Duke Energy...
Isaac Shongwe
Chairman, Letsema Consulting Company
Isaac Shonwge founded and manages Letsema Consulting Company, a strategic management consulting firm. He is also founder and Chairman of Letsema Investments, a black-empowerment investment company...
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Institute on Arts and Civic Dialogue
Anna Deavere Smith, actress/playwright, is said to have created a new form of theater. Prizes include a MacArthur fellowship, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, two Tony nominations, two Obies and...
Michelle Smith
President, Robert H. Smith Family Foundation
Michelle Smith is currently the President of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, having succeeded her father Robert H. Smith in January 2010. She also presently serves on the Aspen Institute Board...
Javier Solana
Chairman, Aspen Institute España
Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is also chairman of the Aspen Institute España, distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at...
Shashi Tharoor
On Leave of Absence
Shashi Tharoor is an elected member of the Indian Parliament and former minister of state for external affairs. In 2007, he concluded a nearly 29-year career at the United Nations, including his role...
Laurie M. Tisch
President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
Laurie M. Tisch is president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, a charitable enterprise that builds on a longstanding commitment to enable more New Yorkers to take advantage of the rich...
Giulio Tremonti
Giulio Tremonti was born in Sondrio, Italy on August 18, 1947. A professor since 1974, he currently teaches at the University of Pavia Law School. His published books: “La paura e la speranza –...
Roderick von Lipsey
Managing Director, UBS
Rod is the Complex Director of UBS Private Wealth Management in Chicago, IL. In addition to his management role, Rod continues to serve as a Private Wealth Advisor for a select group of individuals...
Vin Weber
Managing Partner, Clark & Weinstock
Vin Weber is a partner with Clark & Weinstock, a strategic consulting and public policy firm in Washington, DC. He is a former US Congressman, serving Minnesota's Second Congressional District...
Michael Žantovský
President, Aspen Institute Prague
Ambassador Žantovský studied psychology at the Charles University in Prague and at Mc Gill University in Montreal, Canada. He graduated summa cum laude in 1973. He went on to work as a research...