Leadership & Governance

A Breakdown of NYU Board Members’ Industry Ties

May 29, 2014

New York University has been the subject of controversy following the revelation that laborers who built the university’s new campus in Abu Dhabi were faced with harsh working conditions, in violation of a "statement of labor values" it released in 2009.

On the university’s 65-member Board of Trustees is the man who runs the contractor that helped oversee the campus’s construction: Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak.

Here is a breakdown of the university’s trustees by industry. Members are predominantly wealthy, and their backgrounds skew heavily to finance and law.

Industry Trustee Gender Other notes
Academe John E. Sexton Male President of New York Univesity
Accounting/law Michael Denkensohn Male Executive director of Seward & Kissel
Business Mitchell L. Jacobson Male Nonexecutive chairman of MSC Industrial Direct Co.
Business Howard M. Meyers Male Chairman and CEO of Quexco Inc.
Business Jay Stein Male Chairman and CEO of Stein Mart Inc.
Business/finance Kenneth G. Langone Male A founder of Home Depot; chairman and founder of Invemed Associates LLC, an investment bank
Business/finance Mark Leslie Male Founder and former CEO Veritas Software; managing director of Leslie Ventures, an investment company
Business/finance Joseph S. Steinberg Male Chairman of Leucadia National Corporation, a holding company
Business/marketing Charles J. Hinkaty Male Former president and CEO of Del Laboratories Inc.
Business/philanthropy Catherine B. Reynolds Female Chairman and CEO of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation
Construction Wenliang Wang Male Head of the China Rilin Construction Group
Construction/real estate Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak Male CEO of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development Company and a policy adviser to the emirate's crown prince
Finance Ralph Alexander Male Managing director of Riverstone Holdings LLC; a former managing director of the Carlyle Group
Finance Phyllis Putter Barasch Female President of PPB Associates, a consulting firm, and a former vice president in the international division of the Bank of New York
Finance Marc H. Bell Male Internet entrepreneur; managing director of Marc Bell Capital Partners, LLC
Finance William T. Comfort III Male Has had several positions in top-tier private equity
Finance Laurence D. Fink Male CEO of the money-management firm BlackRock Inc.
Finance Charles D. Klein Male A founder and managing director of American Securities, a private equity firm
Finance John Paulson Male President of Paulson & Co. Inc., an investment management company
Finance Brett B. Rochkind Male Managing director of General Atlantic LLC, an investment firm
Finance Daniel R. Tisch Male General partner and president of Towerview, LLC
Finance John L. Vogelstein Male A managing director and senior adviser at Warburg Pincus, LLC
Finance Fred Wilson Male A founder and managing general partner at Union Square Ventures, a New York investment firm
Finance Tamara Winn Female Wealth strategist
Finance Charles Zegar Male A founder of Bloomberg LP
Finance/arts Chandrika Tandon      Female Founder of Tandon Capital Associates Inc.; also a Grammy-nominated singer
Finance/business Boris Jordan Male President and CEO of the Sputnik Group, a holdings company
Finance/business Andre J.L. Koo Male Chairman of Chailease Holding Company Limited
Finance/philanthropy Michael H. Steinhardt Male One of the pioneers of American hedge funds, now chairman of Wisdom Tree Investments
Healthcare Anthony Welters Male An executive vice president of UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Insurance William R. Berkley Male Chairman and CEO of W.R. Berkley Corporation
Journalism (financial) Maria Bartiromo Female Formerly with CNBC, now an anchor at Fox Business Network; in 2008, she did a sit-down interview with Mr. Al Mubarak after GE announced a parternship with Mubadala
Law Ronald D. Abramson Male Shareholder at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC, specializing in finance and business matters
Law William A. Brewer III Male Managing partner of the firm Bickel & Brewer
Law Heather Cannady Female
Law Evan R. Chesler  Male Chairman of the firm Cravath, Swain & Moore
Law Steven M. Cohen Male Partner at Zuckerman Spaeder
Law Joel S. Ehrenkranz Male Partner at Ehrenkranz & Ehrenkranz
Law Jonathan M. Herman Male Partner at Dorsey & Whitney, specializing in corporate litigation
Law Natalie Holder-Winfield Female Founder and CEO of QUEST Diversity Initiatives
Law Martin Lipton Male Founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in business matters; chairman of NYU's board
Law Mimi M.D. Marziani Female Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell
Law David C. Oxman Male Senior counsel for Davis, Polk & Wardwell
Law (finance ties) Florence A. Davis  Female A former senior executive with Morgan Stanley and AIG, now president of the Starr Foundation
Law (finance ties) Mark Fung Male General counsel at Dandong Port Company, a Hong Kong-based holding company
Law (finance ties) Steven S. Miller Male Vice president and assistant general counsel at JPMorgan Chase & Company.
Media Sharon Chang Female Entrepreneur, expert in brand management, and founder of Yoxi, a "social innovation talent investment company"
Media Barry Diller Male Head of the media and internet company IAC, responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting
Media Casey Wasserman Male Chairman and CEO of Wasserman Media Group
Medicine Brian A. Levine, M.D. Male Clinical fellow at The Ronald O. Perelman & Claudia Cohen Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Nonprofit organization Casey Box Male Executive director of Land Is Life, which is concerned with indigenous peoples' rights
Philanthropy Judy Steinhardt Female  
Philanthropy Shelby White Female  
Real estate Gale Drukier Female Formerly an academic, later a property manager with the family business, BD Hotels
Real estate Jay M. Furman Male President of RD Management LLC
Real estate H. Dale Hemmerdinger Male President of the Hemmerdinger Corporation
Real estate Jeffrey H. Lynford Male Cofounded the Wellsford group of real estate companies; president and CEO of the nonprofit Educational Housing Services Inc.
Real estate William C. Rudin Male Vice chairman and CEO of Rudin Management Company, Inc., a New York-based real estate company
Real estate Lisa H. Silverstein Female Senior vice president of Silverstein Properties Inc., a New York real estate company
Real estate Nina Weissberg Female CEO of the Weissberg Corporation, a real-estate firm
Real estate Leonard A. Wilf  Male Vice chairman and co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings; president of Garden Homes Development
Real estate/law Constance J. Milstein Female Cofounded Ogden CAP Properties LLC, a real estate firm
Real estate/law Suresh Sani Male President of First Pioneer Properties Inc.
Real estate/marketing Kelly Kennedy Mack Female President of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group
Social work/philanthropy Constance Silver Female