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Paul Brest
Chair; Dean and Professor Emeritus and Director, Law and Policy Lab, Stanford Law School

Paul Brest (CASBS Class of 1983-84) is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.

He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008), Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010), and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change, Measuring and Improving Social Impact, and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He also is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.

Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi.

Jeffrey L. Bleich
Partner, Dentons LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador

Jeffrey L. Bleich is currently the CEO of Dentons international consulting and a Partner in Dentons US LLP. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the U.S. 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 (2008-2009), president of the California State Bar (2007-2008), president of the Bar Association of San Francisco (2002-2003), Director of the White House Commission on youth violence (1999-2000), and president of the Barristers Club of San Francisco (1995). Bleich currently serves as Vice Chair of the Fulbright Board and on California’s International Trade and Investment Council, and he advises the 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 School of Law.  He clerked for Judge Abner Mikva on the Washington, DC, circuit and Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist on the U.S. 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

Shona Brown joined Google’s executive team in 2003. She served in the capacity of SVP of Business Operations until 2011 when she transitioned to a role leading Google’s technology for social impact efforts, and in January of 2013 she moved into an advisory role with the company. Currently, Dr. Brown is serving as a board member/advisor to a portfolio of private technology start-ups including Xperiel, Betterworks, ClearStoryData, Candor Inc, and Paperless Post. In addition, she serves on the board of PepsiCo and Atlassian Inc. She is also a board member of several non-profit organizations including The Bridgespan Group, The Nature Conservancy, The Center For Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford, Code for America, and The Exploratorium. Prior to joining Google, Dr. Brown was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where her focus was working with technology companies on growth strategy and portfolio transformation. She is the author of Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos, which introduced a new strategic model for competing in volatile markets. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering from Carleton University in Canada, an M.A. in economics and philosophy from Oxford University (which she attended as a Rhodes scholar), and a Ph.D. and postdoctoral degree from Stanford University’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar
Justice, Supreme Court of California

Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the California Supreme Court in January 2015, after being nominated by Governor Jerry Brown and confirmed unanimously by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments.  Before his service on the Court, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science at Stanford University. A member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001, Cuéllar has written books, chapters, and articles on administrative law, executive and legislative power, criminal justice, public health law, international law, and immigration. 

Between 2004 and 2015, Cuéllar also held leadership positions at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.  As Institute director, he supervised 12 centers and programs addressing international affairs, governance and development, food security and the environment, and health policy.  During his tenure leading the Institute and, earlier, its Center for International Security and Cooperation, Cuéllar grew the Institute's faculty, expanded Stanford's role in nuclear security research, launched university-wide initiatives on global poverty and cyber security, increased support for projects on global health and governance, and broadened opportunities for student and faculty research abroad.

While on leave from Stanford, Cuéllar worked at the White House as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy (2009-2010).  In this role, he led the Domestic Policy Council staff responsible for civil and criminal justice, public health policy, and immigration.  Earlier, he served on the Obama presidential transition team (2008) and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (1997-1999).  He was also a presidentially-appointed member of the governing council for the U.S. Administrative Conference (2010-2015), and co-chaired the U.S. Department of Education’s National Equity and Excellence Commission (2011-2013).  Currently, Cuéllar chairs the Implementation Task Force on Language Access for the California judiciary and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.

After graduating from Calexico High School in California’s Imperial Valley, he received a B.A. from Harvard with high honors, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford. A life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Cuéllar clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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 one of 24 faculty with the title of University Professor, Harvard’s most distinguished faculty position. King develops and applies empirical methods in many areas of social science research, focusing on innovations that span the range from statistical theory to practical application. His more than 150 journal articles, 20 open source software packages, and 8 books span many aspects of data science, fields of political science, and other scholarly disciplines. King has been elected to 8 honorary societies and has won more than 40 “best of” awards for his work. His scholarship is widely read across scholarly fields and beyond academia. He is 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 on ISI’s list of the 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), Perusall, Thresher, and Crimson Hexagon, among others. King received a BA from SUNY New Paltz and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His homepage can be found at GaryKing.org.

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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 and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publications

Sara Miller McCune is the founder of SAGE Publishing and 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 longstanding interest in philanthropy, especially in promoting social, educational, economic, and environmental justice, McCune is founder and president of the McCune Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Ventura County, California, where SAGE’s home office is located. 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 and in 2016, McCune received an honorary degree from CSU Channel Islands.

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, currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and is on the Visiting Committee at the Social Science Research Council based in New York.

Heather Munroe-Blum
Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) Emerita, McGill University (2003-13); Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum (CASBS Class of 2013-14) is Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). She serves as Director, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Chair of RBC’s Corporate Governance Committee; as Director of CGI Group, the CD Howe Institute and the Gairdner Foundation, where she serves as Vice-Chair of the Board.   She is a Member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Board of Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), and, the Trilateral Commission. Munroe-Blum is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Quebec and a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has extensive experience in governance, risk management, finance, human resources and talent development, international business, and innovation and technology development.

Munroe-Blum is a distinguished academic leader and administrator. She is an outstanding scholar in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy. She served for over a decade as Principal and Vice-Chancellor (President) of McGill University, and before that, as Vice-President (Research and International Relations), the University of Toronto.  She is a graduate of McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (with distinction).  She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her leadership in mental health, research, science and innovation, higher education and governance.

Munroe-Blum is married to screenwriter, Len Blum. They have one daughter, Sydney.

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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