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Governance

The Century Foundation is governed by a board of trustees and directed by the president, who serves as a trustee ex officio. Trustees assume emeritus status at the age of 75.

Bradley Abelow

Bradley Abelow

Chairman

Bradley Abelow is a consultant, currently working primarily on advising clients around the politics of climate change. He has worked in government and business. Brad served as Chief of Staff to Governor Jon Corzine of New Jersey. Prior to entering Governor Corzine’s Cabinet as State Treasurer, he was a top executive for Goldman Sachs. He has also been the Chief Operating Officer of MF Global. Read More

Alan Brinkley

Alan Brinkley

Vice Chairman

Alan Brinkley is the Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1991. He served as University Provost from 2003 to 2009 and as chair of the Department of History from 2000 to 2003. In 1998–99, he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History at Oxford University. Read More

Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter

Trustee

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, a columnist for The Daily Beast and an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. Read More

Alexander Morgan Capron

Alexander Morgan Capron

Trustee

Alexander Morgan Capron holds the rank of University Professor at the University of Southern California where he occupies the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics at the Gould School of Law, is a Professor of Medicine and Law at the Keck School of Medicine. Read More

Jacob Hacker

Jacob Hacker

Trustee

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science and Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Read More

Melissa Harris Perry

Melissa Harris Perry

Trustee

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. Read More

Matina Horner

Matina Horner

Trustee

Matina S. Horner is the former Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). Read More

Lewis Kaden

Lewis Kaden

Trustee

Lewis Kaden is currently Senior Advisor at TGG Group, the John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization at Harvard Law School, a Senior Fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance, and the Center on the Legal Profession at HLS and a Senior Fellow at Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Read More

Bob Kerrey

Bob Kerrey

Trustee

Bob Kerrey is a former U.S. Senator and Governor of Nebraska, and recently completed his tenure as the seventh President of The New School. Read More

Alicia Munnell

Alicia Munnell

Trustee

Alicia Munnell is the Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. Read More

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah

Trustee

Sonal Shah is Professor and the founding Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University. Shah, an economist and entrepreneur, has spent her career focused on actionable innovation in the public and private sectors. Read More

Damon A. Silvers

Damon A. Silvers

Trustee

Damon A. Silvers is the Director of Policy and Special Counsel for the AFL-CIO. He joined the AFL-CIO as Associate General Counsel in 1997. Read More

H. Brandt Ayers

H. Brandt Ayers

Emeritus Trustee

His journalism career extends far beyond his position as chairman and publisher of the Star, “one of the best small newspapers in the United States,” according to Time magazine. Among his first journalism assignments was that of a capitol and legislative reporter for the Raleigh Times in North Carolina. Read More

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

Emeritus Trustee

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., is founder and chairman of the board of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Read More

Hodding Carter III

Hodding Carter III

Emeritus Trustee

Hodding Carter III is a distinguished journalist, statesman, and educator. He is professor of leadership and public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read More

Edward E. David, Jr.

Edward E. David, Jr.

Emeritus Trustee

Edward E. David, Jr., is an American electrical engineer who served as science adviser to President Richard M. Nixon and as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology from 1970 to 1973. Read More

Charles V. Hamilton

Charles V. Hamilton

Emeritus Trustee
P. Michael Pitfield

P. Michael Pitfield

Emeritus Trustee

P. Michael Pitfield has had a long and distinguished career in Canadian public service, including over a quarter-century as senator for Ottawa-Vanier, Ontario. Read More

Richard Ravitch

Richard Ravitch

Emeritus Trustee

Richard Ravitch is a politician and businessman who served as the seventy-fifth lieutenant governor of New York from 2009 to 2010. He was appointed to the position in July 2009 by New York governor David Paterson. Read More

Alan Sagner

Alan Sagner

Emeritus Trustee

Alan Sagner is a successful real estate developer who has spent decades in public service. Read More

Harvey I. Sloane, M.D.

Harvey I. Sloane, M.D.

Emeritus Trustee

Harvey I. Sloane, M.D., is a public health physician with extensive grassroots and organizational experience. Currently, he is director of public health at the Eurasian Medical Education Program (an NGO) and is integral in setting up tuberculosis and HIV control programs and working on disease prevention initiatives with Russian counterparts. Read More

Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams

Emeritus Trustee

Shirley Williams is co-founder of the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom and is a member of the House of Lords, where she was leader of the party from 2001 to 2004. She is professor emeritus of elective politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is a member of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. Read More

William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson

Emeritus Trustee

William Julius Wilson is Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University. He is one of only 20 University Professors, the highest professional distinction for a Harvard faculty member. After receiving a Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1966, Wilson taught sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1972. Read More

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