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Paul Brest

Paul Brest (CASBS fellow, 1983–84) is former dean and professor emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He was previously president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

A leading scholar and teacher of constitutional law and coauthor of the casebook Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking(Aspen, 2006), Brest now focuses his teaching and writing on public policy, judgment and decision making, and philanthropy. Recent articles in the Stanford Social Innovation Reviewinclude “When Can Impact Investing Create Real Impact?” (2013), “A Decade of Outcome Oriented Philanthropy” (2012), and “The Power of Theories of Change” (2010). He is coauthor of Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (Oxford, 2010) and Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (Bloomberg Press, 2008).

Brest joined the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969 and served as dean from 1987 to 1999 before becoming president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2000. He returned to Stanford in 2012 to teach in the Stanford Law School, Graduate School of Business, and MPP program. His current courses include "Problem Solving and Policy Design: Rational Choices and Behavioral Insights," "Measuring and Improving the Impact of Social Enterprises," and "Advanced Topics in Philanthropy."

Jeffrey L. Bleich
Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Jeffrey L. Bleich leads the global practice for Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  From 2009 to 2013, he served as the US ambassador to Australia, and prior to that as special counsel to President Obama in the White House.  In addition to his private practice, Bleich has held multiple state and federal leadership positions, including chair of the California State University Board of Trustees (2008–09), president of the California State Bar (2007–08), president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2002–03), director of the White House commission on youth violence (1999–00), and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco (1995).  Bleich currently serves on the Fulbright board and on California’s International Trade and Investment Council, and he advises the Obama Administration on cyber-security and countering violent extremism. 

As ambassador, Bleich led security efforts that included bringing the Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty into force, establishing new alliance agreements for satellites and cybersecurity, and executing a new space cooperation agreement that supported the Mars Curiosity rover landing.  His mission set records for sustainability and clean energy promotion as well as for trade and investment growth between the United States and Australia. 

Bleich holds a BA from Amherst College, an MPP from Harvard University, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley's School of Law.  He clerked for Judge Abner Mikva on the Washington, DC, Circuit and for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the US Supreme Court.  In 2009, the city of San Francisco named a day in his honor.

John Seely Brown
Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge

John Seely Brown (JSB) was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. He is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and serves as the independent co-chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.

JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He serves on numerous private and public boards of directors, including Amazon, and has been a trustee for nonprofits including the MacArthur Foundation and In-Q-Tel.  He coauthored (with Paul Duguid) The Social Life of Information(Harvard Business Review Press, 2000) and (with John Hagel) The Only Sustainable Edge(Harvard Business Review Press, 2005) and The Power of Pull(Basic Books, 2012). His most recent book, The New Culture of Learning(CreateSpace, 2011), was coauthored with Doug Thomas at USC; and his current book project, Design Unbound, is coauthored with Ann Pendleton-Jullian from Georgetown University.

JSB received a BA in mathematics and physics from Brown University in 1962 and a PhD in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan in 1970. His eight honorary degrees include: May 2000, Brown University, ScD; July 2001, London Business School, Honorary ScD in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary DHL; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary ScD; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary ScD; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; July 2013, Singapore Management University, ScD(CSIS); May 2014, ScD, Bates College.

Shona L. Brown
Independent Advisor

As a member of Google’s executive team since 2003, Brown’s responsibilities as senior vice president of business operations were to build both the people operations and business operations groups at Google. In 2011, she transitioned to a role leading all of Google’s technology for social impact efforts and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company as a Googler Emeritus. In addition to her ongoing role with Google, Brown is currently serving in an advisory role with a small portfolio of technology startups. Prior to joining Google she was a partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting company, where her focus was working with consumer technology companies on growth, innovation, and transformation. Brown is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos(Harvard Business Review Press, 1998), which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She is a director of the following non-profit organizations: The Bridgespan Group, The Nature Conservancy, Code for America, Gooru, and The Exploratorium. She also serves on the board of PepsiCo. Brown has a BS in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an MA in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar), and a PhD from Stanford University's department of industrial engineering and engineering management.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015. His previous career was in public service, university administration, and legal academia, with a focus on administrative, criminal, and international law. A full-time Stanford University faculty member from 2001 to 2015, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and professor (by courtesy) of political science before joining the judiciary. Cuéllar also was director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, co-director of the Institute’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and led university-wide initiatives on global poverty and cybersecurity. In the federal executive branch, he served as special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy at the White House (2009–10), co-chair of the Presidential Transition Task Force on Immigration (2008–09), and council member of the US Administrative Conference (2010–15), among other positions. Cuéllar is on the boards of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Foundation, and he leads the California judiciary’s Language Access Implementation Task Force. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cuéllar began his career after law school at the US Treasury Department’s Office of Enforcement, and clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A naturalized US citizen born in northern Mexico, he is a graduate of Calexico High School in California’s Imperial Valley, Harvard University, Stanford University, and Yale Law School.

Jennifer Eberhardt
Associate Professor, Psychology

Jennifer Eberhardt (CASBS fellow, 2005–06) is the co-director of the Mind, Culture, and Society Laboratory at Stanford University. The lab explores the ways in which the sociocultural environment and its products shape psychological experience. More specifically, research in the MCS lab examines how race, ethnicity, culture, gender, and social class affect perception, attitudes, motivation, and behavior. Eberhardt is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 2014 fellowship for her research on race and the criminal justice system.

Roberta R. Katz
Executive Officer and Director of The Charles and Roberta Katz Family Foundation

Roberta Reiff Katz is associate vice president for strategic planning at Stanford University, working since 2004 in the office of the president and assisting with the development and implementation of a variety of new university-wide initiatives as well as the ongoing strategic support of various interdisciplinary endeavors throughout the university. During 2009–10, Katz took a leave from her work at Stanford to serve as a special advisor to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, US Department of Justice. Katz has a successful record of executive leadership: co-founder and CEO of Flywheel Communications, Inc.; president and CEO of the Technology Network (TechNet); senior vice president, secretary, and general counsel of Netscape Communications Corporation; and senior vice president and general counsel of McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. (subsequently AT&T Wireless) and its subsidiary, LIN Broadcasting Corporation. Katz was also a lawyer in private practice, specializing in corporate law, as a partner with the firm of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Before becoming an attorney, Katz was a cultural anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Washington Law School.

Ira Katznelson
President of the Social Science Research Council

Ira Katznelson is Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University; research associate, Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge University; and, since 2012, president of the Social Science Research Council.  He served as president of the American Political Science Association in 2005–06, as chair of the Russell Sage Foundation board of trustees from 1999–02, and as president of the Social Science History Association in 1997–98.  His book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time (Liveright, 2013) has been awarded the Bancroft Prize in History, the J. David Greenstone Prize in Politics and History, and the Sidney Hillman Prize in Book Journalism. Other recent books include Liberal Beginnings: Making a Republic for the Moderns(Cambridge, 2008), written with Andreas Kalyvas; When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History of Racial Inequality in Twentieth-Century America (Norton, 2006), and Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust (Columbia, 2003). He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

Gary King
Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University

Gary King is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University—one of 24 with the title of University Professor, Harvard's most distinguished faculty position. He is based in the department of government (in the faculty of arts and sciences) and serves as director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. King develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science research, focusing on innovations that range from statistical theory to practical application. His more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and eight books span most aspects of political methodology, many fields of political science, and several other scholarly disciplines. King's work is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia. He was listed as the most cited political scientist of his cohort; among the group of "political scientists who have made the most important theoretical contributions" to the discipline "from its beginnings in the late-19th century to the present"; and as one of ISI's most highly cited researchers across the social sciences. The statistical methods and software he developed are used extensively in academia, government, consulting, and private industry. He is a founder, and an inventor of the original technology for, Learning Catalytics (acquired by Pearson) and Crimson Hexagon, among others. King received a BA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Alan J. Lacy
Former CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Alan J. Lacy is the former vice chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings Corporation, which was created through the combination of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co in 2004. At its formation, the company generated approximately $55 billion in annual revenues, had 3,800 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada and had 450,000 employees. He previously served as chief executive officer of Sears, Roebuck and Co., beginning in October 2000. In December 2000, he also was named chairman of the board of directors. He left Sears in 2006. Since leaving, he served as Senior Adviser to Oak Hill Capital Partners, L. P. (2007-14), where he was involved in several investments. Before joining Sears, Lacy served in a variety of leadership positions at Kraft Foods, Inc. and Philip Morris Companies, Inc. (Kraft’s parent company after 1988). 

He is a director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Dave and Buster's Entertainment, Inc. and is a trustee of Fidelity Funds. He also is a trustee of the California Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and a member of the Advisory Board of the Big Sur Land Trust. 

Previously, Lacy served as a member of the Business Roundtable, a director and member of the Executive Committee of the National Retail Federation and a director of The Western Union Company. In addition, he has served as a trustee of The Field Museum of Natural History, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden and a trustee, and former chairman, of the National Parks Conservation Association. 

Lacy graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Management and earned an MBA from Emory University. He and his wife, Caron, have homes in Lake Forest, Illinois and Carmel, California.

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Margaret Levi
Sara Miller McCune Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences

Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, professor of political science at Stanford, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the department of political science at the University of Washington. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science.

Sara Miller McCune
Founder, Publisher and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publications, Inc.

Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE and is currently executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit and an unwavering dedication to academia, the then-24-year-old Sara founded SAGE in 1965 to start a company that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices and break new ground in emerging fields of study. Today, McCune also serves as a director of SAGE Publications Ltd. (London, founded in 1971) and Corwin, a SAGE company and leading publisher for educational administrators and teachers. SAGE set up subsidiaries in India in 1981 and in Singapore in 2006. McCune remains actively involved in the company’s expansion and development.

Reflecting her long-standing interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting world justice, McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is based. The foundation supports productive change through building social capital in two counties on California’s Central Coast. In 2007, McCune founded the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which publishes the award-winning magazine Pacific Standard.

In 2012, McCune received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Queens College, for her visionary work as publisher, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and an honorary doctorate from Bath University.

An active supporter of the behavioral and social sciences, McCune was a long-serving member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and is on the Visitor’s Committee at the Social Science Research Council, based in New York.

Heather Munroe-Blum
Principal (President) Emerita, McGill University (2003-13)

Heather Munroe-Blum (CASBS fellow, 2013–14) is professor, faculty of medicine, and principal (president) emerita, McGill University. She is former vice-president of research and international relations, University of Toronto. She is chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB); director of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC); and chair of the RBC's corporate governance and public policy committee. She is vice-chair of the Gairdner Foundation Board. Munroe-Blum serves as a member of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the board of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, the president's advisory council of the New York Academy of Science, and the Trilateral Commission. 

Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic administrator, and a scholar of high repute in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a PhD in epidemiology (with distinction). Munroe-Blum is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Québec and, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards from Canadian and international universities and other organizations.

William H. Neukom
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the World Justice Project

Bill Neukom is the founder and chief executive officer of the World Justice Project, an organization devoted to promoting the rule of law throughout the world. He is a retired partner in the Seattle office of the international law firm K&L Gates and is an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches a seminar on the rule of law.

Josiah Ober
Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics, Stanford University

Josiah Ober (CASBS fellow, 2004–05) is the Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. He works on historical institutionalism and political theory, focusing on the political thought and practice of the ancient Greek world and its contemporary relevance. He is the author of a number of books mostly published by Princeton University Press, including Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens (1989), Political Dissent in Democratic Athens (2008), Democracy and Knowledge (2008), and The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece (2015). He has also published about 75 articles and chapters, including recent articles in American Political Science Review, Philosophical Studies, Hesperia, Polis, and Transactions of the American Philological Association.

William J. Pade
Partner, Oak Hill Capital Partners

Bill Pade is a partner of Oak Hill Capital Management. At Oak Hill, a private equity firm with offices in New York and Menlo Park, CA, Pade focuses primarily on investments in the technology sector. Prior to joining Oak Hill, Pade was a director of McKinsey & Company, where he was most recently the managing partner of McKinsey’s Silicon Valley office. He is a member of the board of directors of several privately held companies and a board member of several not-for-profit organizations, including the National Parks Conservation Association. Pade received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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