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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Sputnik Group
Boris Jordan is the founder, president, and CEO of the Sputnik Group, a private equity and advisory group with investments across the United States and Europe. He is also the president of Renaissance Insurance, a leading regional insurance, pensions, and asset management business. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Jordan is a member of the NYU President’s Global Council. He is also 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-Founder and CEO, Ripple Health Group
David Ko is the co-founder and CEO of Ripple Health Group (RHG). RHG is an early stage healthtech startup focused on helping people experience healthier lives by connecting them to the care, support, and community they need. Prior to RHG, 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.
Joseph P. Landy
Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC
Joseph P. Landy, special limited partner and former co-chief executive officer of Warburg Pincus, has been engaged in all aspects of private equity investing since 1985. During his tenure, Landy was jointly responsible for the management of the firm for over 20 years, including the formulation of strategy, oversight of investment policy and decisions, leadership of the firm's executive management group, and the coordination of limited partner communications. Landy's principle areas of investment focus have been information technology, Internet applications and infrastructure, communications applications, and structured investments. In addition to the NYU Board of Trustees, Landy is a member of the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Dean’s Council. He is also a board member of Fountain House, the National Park Foundation, and several privately held companies.
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.