Current Board Members
The NYU Board consists of voting Trustees, listed below, and non-voting Trustees.
Jeffrey S. Gould
President, Portable, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Gould is the founder and president of Portable, Inc., a company that upcycles shipping containers into housing, medical, and storage units. He serves on several philanthropic boards, and with his wife, Lenore, established the 3E Fund to support education, expression, and the environment. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Gould is co-chair of the NYU School of Global Public Health Dean's Council and a member of the NYU Alumni Association Board of Directors, the NYU College of Arts and Science Dean’s Advisory Council, and the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business Advisory Board.
Lisa Yoo Hahn
Partner, Asia Alpha Private Equity
Lisa Yoo Hahn is a partner of Asia Alpha, the Hahn family office investing in venture capital and technology in diverse sectors including software and life sciences in Silicon Valley, New York, and Israel. Hahn and her husband James are philanthropists and actively support scholarships and medical research. They have funded scholarships at NYU College of Arts and Science and NYU Stern School of Business, and have supported the tuition-free medical school initiative at NYU Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine. The Hahn family has also established the Hahn Cancer Fund at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. In addition to serving on the NYU Board of Trustees, Hahn is a member of the NYU President's Global Council.
President, New York University
Andrew Hamilton is the 16th president of NYU. He is an award-winning and widely published research chemist with a proven record of success as a leader in higher education, having served as provost of Yale University and vice chancellor of Oxford University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society, and the winner of the International Izatt-Christiansen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education.
Founder and Executive Chairman, Curaleaf Holdings
Founder and CEO, Measure 8 Venture Partners
Founder and Chairman, Renaissance Insurance
Boris Jordan is an American businessman and the co-founder and executive chairman of Curaleaf, the world’s largest cannabis company. He is also the co-founder of Renaissance Capital Group, an international investment and advisory firm and The Sputnik Group, a private equity and advisory group with investments across the United States and Europe. In the early 1990’s, Jordan was considered a key player in the development of the Russian stock market and was a leader in the privatization of Russian state assets. Since founding The Sputnik Group in 1999, he has led the company’s investments in companies in emerging industries including Renaissance Insurance, a leading insurance and asset management business. As executive chairman of Curaleaf and an enthusiastic supporter of this emerging sector, Jordan is pioneering the cannabis industry by driving best in class service, product selection and accessibility across the medical and adult-use markets in the United States and in Europe. Jordan is also the founder and a managing member of Measure 8 Venture Partners, which invests in early-stage companies, with a focus on the cannabis industry. Jordan is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
David A. Katz
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
David A. Katz is a corporate partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School and at the Owen Graduate School of Management. He is a member of the NYU School of Law Foundation Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board at the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is co-chair of the Tulane University Corporate Law Institute.
Chairman, Pamplona Capital Management
Alexander Knaster is chairman and founder of Pamplona Capital Management, an investment management firm with circa $15 billion in private equity, hedge fund and fund of funds operations. His philanthropic interests are heavily focused on cancer research and education. He is Founder of The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research, which funds translational cancer research focused on transforming the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Knaster serves as an executive fellow at the London Business School and as a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. He is a co-founder of Genesis Philanthropy Group. Knaster is also the owner of Pisa Football Club.
Co-CEO and Board Member, Calm
David Ko is the co-CEO and serves on the Board of Directors of Calm, the leading app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation. Prior to joining Calm, Ko was the co-founder and CEO of the health tech company Ripple Health Group. The company was acquired by Calm in 2022 to help build out its mental health capabilities. Before founding his own company, Ko was a board member, president and COO of Rally Health, a digital health company. Rally’s solutions are available to nearly 55 million people through health plans, care providers, and more than 200,000 employers. Rally was acquired by UnitedHealth Group in 2017. Ko was also the COO at Zynga, which he helped take public in December 2011. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Ko is a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Executive Board and the NYU Stern Tech MBA Advisory Board. In 2016 he established the NYU Stern Venture Fellows program for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Andre J.L. Koo
SPS '93, Stern '94
Chairman, Chailease Group
Andre Koo is chairman of Chailease Group, which is comprised of Chailease Holding and Yellowstone Holding. Founded in 1977, Chailease Holding is the market leader in leasing and installment sales in Taiwan, a top solar energy developer in the country, and the largest foreign-owned independent leasing company in China. Chailease Holding has operations in Taiwan, United States, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Through its subsidiaries, Yellowstone Holding is engaged in direct investment, trading, real estate development, interior design, hospitality, F&B, property management, and security. Koo is also chair of the NYU Stern Executive Board, a member of the NYU President’s Global Council, and president of the NYU Pan-Asia Alumni Association and the NYU Alumni Club in Taiwan.
Kenneth G. Langone
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Invemed Associates, LLC
Kenneth G. Langone is the founder and CEO of Invemed Associates LLC, a New York Stock Exchange member firm, and is a co-founder of Home Depot. He is chair of the NYU Langone Health Board of Trustees and a member of the NYU Stern School of Business Executive Board. He serves on the boards of Center for Strategic and International Studies, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Ronald McDonald House of NY, Horatio Alger Society Foundation, and the Harlem Children’s Zone and its charter school, the Promise Academy. He was previously a member of the Bucknell University Board of Trustees.
President, Chesapeake Partners
Traci Lerner serves as president and portfolio manager of Chesapeake Partners, a Baltimore-based hedge fund that she founded in 1991 investing in a wide range of extraordinary corporate events. In 2016, the fund converted into a family office managing a diverse portfolio of public and private securities. Lerner’s philanthropic commitments reflect her passion to achieve transformational change, principally focused on improving education, healthcare, food insecurity, and other poverty-related issues. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Lerner serves on the board of Johns Hopkins Hospital and chairs both its endowment and pension committees. She long served on boards of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Lerner also sits on numerous investment committees including those of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Lerner is a founder of KIPP: Baltimore and Baltimore’s Promise.
Managing Director, Leslie Ventures
Mark Leslie is currently the managing director of Leslie Ventures, a private investment company. He is also a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, ethics, and sales organization. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Leslie is a member of the NYU Faculty of Arts and Science Board of Overseers, the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Board, and the Executive Board of the NYU Innovation Fund. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford Health Systems (Stanford Hospital and Medical School), along with a number of privately held high-technology corporations.
Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Martin Lipton, a founding partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializes in advising major corporations on mergers and acquisitions and matters affecting corporate policy and strategy. In addition to serving as chair emeritus of the NYU Board of Trustees, he is a former chair and a current trustee of the NYU School of Law Foundation and a trustee of NYU Langone Health. He is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Law. He is also an emeritus member of the Council of the American Law Institute, a member of the Board of Advisors of the Institute of Judicial Administration, and an honorary chair of the American College of Governance Counsel. Lipton is a former co-chair and a member of the executive committee of the Partnership for New York City, a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. Lipton is an emeritus chairman of Prep for Prep, a leadership development program for students of color.