Washington, DC, May 5, 2010 —The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the election of six new members to its Board of Trustees. They are: Richard Braddock, Beth Brooke, Brooks Entwistle, David McCormick, Condoleezza Rice, and Michelle Smith. Each member will serve a three-year term that begins immediately.
The Institute’s board elected Sandra Day O’Connor and Richard N. Gardner as Lifetime Trustees and designated Trustees Eleanor Merrill and Elinor Bunin Munroe to Lifetime Trustee status. Beatrice Welters resigned from the board after her confirmation as US Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in March.
“We are so fortunate to be adding such an illustrious group of leaders to the Aspen Institute board,” said Institute chairman Robert K. Steel. “I look forward to seeking their counsel as they become integrally involved in the Institute’s leadership and in its activities. We thank Ellie Merrill and Eli Munroe for their contributions and hope and expect they will continue to stay active in Institute affairs as Lifetime Trustees.”
For a complete listing of the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, please visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/about/leadership-board.
Newly Elected Aspen Institute Trustees
Richard S. Braddock is the Chairman and CEO of Fresh Direct. He was named CEO on March 4, 2008 and has been the Chairman since 2005. 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 elected President and COO of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank, N.A. in January, 1990. Mr. Braddock resigned from Citicorp in November 1992, and subsequently served as CEO of Medco Containment Services, Inc. until its acquisition by Merck & Co., Inc., and then spent a year as a principal at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. He served as Chairman (non-executive) of True North Communications Inc. from December 1997 to January 1999. He served as Chairman and CEO of priceline.com from August 1998 to April 2004. Mr. Braddock served as chairman of MidOcean Partners from April 2003 until December 2007.
Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Ernst & Young and is a member of the firm's Global Management Group and a member of its Americas Executive Board. Beth has been named, for the third year in a row, as one of the world's "100 Most Powerful Women," by Forbes Magazine. Beth served as a public delegate to the 2009 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Beth chairs the Board of The White House Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to training and advancing women in public leadership. During the Clinton Administration, she worked for two years in the US Department of the Treasury. Prior to her current role at Ernst & Young, Beth was national director of Tax Advisory Services in Washington, DC, and previous to that, she worked in both audit and tax in the Indianapolis office where she became the first woman partner there in 1990. Beth has an undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from Purdue University, where she majored in Industrial Management/Computer Science. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow in the Life Management Institute, a professional designation in the insurance industry. She is a member of the 1997 Inaugural Class of the Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute.
Brooks Entwistle is the Managing Director and CEO of Goldman Sachs (India) Securities Private Limited, based in Mumbai. Over the course of his 15 years at Goldman Sachs, Brooks has also been based in New York three times and Hong Kong twice. Brooks has served as a district electoral supervisor with the United Nations Transitional Authority for Cambodia. Brooks served as an election monitor with The Carter Center in Liberia in 1997 and Mozambique in 1999. Brooks is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of Aspen Institute India and Young Life. Brooks is a 2007 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Bombay Chapter of YPO. Brooks earned an A.B. in History from Dartmouth College in 1989 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1995. He and his wife and three daughters live in Mumbai, India.
David McCormick is a senior leader and member of the Management Committee at Bridgewater Associates, a global leader in institutional portfolio management with over $70 billion in assets under management. Most recently, Dave was the Distinguished Service Professor of Information Technology, Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2007 to 2009, he was Under Secretary for International Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. Before joining Treasury, Dave was deputy national security advisor for international economic policy and President Bush’s personal representative to the G-8 industrialized countries. He also served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. During his business career, Dave was President and CEO of FreeMarkets and president of Ariba. He has also worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company. Dave received a mechanical engineering degree from the US Military Academy at West Point and a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former Army officer and a veteran of the first Gulf War. He and his family live in Virginia. Dave is a member of the 2003 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
Condoleezza Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. From January 2005 to 2009, she served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she served as assistant to the president for national security affairs (national security adviser) from January 2001 to 2005. Rice joined the Stanford University faculty as a professor of Political Science in 1981 and served as Stanford University’s provost from 1993 to 1999. She was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution from 1991 to 1993 and returned to the Hoover Institution after serving as provost until 2001. As a professor, Rice won two of the highest teaching honors: the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995), with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986), with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). She currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rice earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master’s from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her PhD from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981.
Michelle Smith is director of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. In 2002, Robert H. Smith established an endowment fund for the University of Maryland library in honor of Michelle. Michelle is a member of the University of Maryland's new Leadership Council. In addition to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, given in her mother's name, she has also been honored at the University of Maryland with the Michelle Smith Professorship of Logistics at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Michelle is also involved with the Levine School of Music and actively supports various non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. The mother of two children, Michelle is a member of the Aspen Institute’s DC Ad Hoc Committee and a supporter of the Institute’s ongoing Washington Leadership Series. In December 2009, she and the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation agreed to underwrite the Institute’s monthly Washington Ideas Roundtable Series.
New Elected Aspen Institute Lifetime Trustees
Richard N. Gardner is senior counsel in the Business and Finance Practice in the New York offices of Morgan Lewis and Professor of Law and International Organization at Columbia University. He served as US Ambassador to Italy (1977-81), as US Ambassador to Spain (1993-97), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (1961-65). He is a former member of the President's Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) and a current member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Mr. Gardner holds a JD from Yale Law School; a PhD in economics from Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard. His Oxford thesis, published by the Oxford University Press as Sterling-Dollar Diplomacy, has been described as the "classic" study of Anglo-American economic collaboration in the creation of the Bretton Woods institutions and GATT. He is the author of several other books on international affairs, including In Pursuit of World Order: US Foreign Policy and International Organization. His latest book, Mission Italy: On the Front Lines of the Cold War, was published in Italian in September 2004 by Mondadori and in English in September 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield.
Sandra Day O'Connor is an American jurist who was the first female member of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as an Associate Justice from 1981 until her retirement from the Court in 2006. O’Connor was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. She was born in El Paso, Texas, March 26, 1930. She married John Jay O’Connor III in 1952 and has three sons - Scott, Brian, and Jay. She received her BA and LLB from Stanford University. She served as Deputy County Attorney of San Mateo County, California (1952–53) and as a civilian attorney for Quartermaster Market Center, Frankfurt, Germany (1954–57). From 1958–1960, she practiced law in Maryvale, Arizona, and served as Assistant Attorney General of Arizona (1965–69). She was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 1969 and was subsequently reelected to two two-year terms. In 1975 she was elected Judge of the Maricopa County Superior Court and served until 1979, when she was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals. She currently serves as chancellor of the College of William and Mary, and is the author of Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest (Modern Library, 2005).
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