In 1963, Samuel J. Heyman (1939–2009) was fresh out of Harvard Law School. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s call to serve, Heyman joined the U.S. Department of Justice and served as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Upon his father’s death in 1968, Heyman left government to assume responsibility for his family’s business, but his experiences in government fueled his belief that public service was not only honorable, but vitally important to the nation and deserving of America’s best talent. “The future of our nation quite simply depends on the quality of our government,” Heyman said.

As the new millennium dawned, Heyman realized that our government would lose an entire generation to retirement: those, like him, who had answered President Kennedy’s appeal. He believed that the challenges facing the country were the most profound in decades and that replacing a generation of public servants with the very best talent must be a national imperative. He was enthusiastic about the possibilities, noting “my optimism about what can be accomplished is underpinned by the fact that young Americans today are so extraordinarily idealistic. They are the most active citizens in recent history. They’re volunteering for community service at record levels and they are the most likely of all age groups to believe that one person can make a difference by helping others.”

So in 2001, Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service to revitalize the federal civil service. Since that time the Partnership has worked to restore pride in government service and to attract the country’s most talented, intelligent and committed workers to serve the American people.

Partnership Founders

Samuel J. Heyman

Founding Chairman, Partnership for Public Service, 2001-2009
(March 1, 1939-November 7, 2009)

In September 2001, Mr. Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service, with a gift of $45 million, to address the need for reform in government service and served as the Partnership’s Chairman from 2001-2009. Mr. Heyman passed away in November 2009.

Heyman was the owner and Chairman of one of the nation’s major privately-held companies, which does business as GAF Corporation and consists of an international specialty chemicals company and North America’s largest manufacturer of residential roofing products. GAF has more than 7,500 employees worldwide, approximately $4 billion in sales and is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey. Mr. Heyman waged a successful proxy contest for control of GAF in 1983, which Barron’s characterized as “one of the most striking achievements in the annals of corporate finance.”

A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Heyman began his career as a lawyer for the United States Justice Department and later served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He left government service in 1968 to take over his family’s Connecticut-based real estate development business and subsequently built Heyman Properties into a leading commercial real estate development firm with operations throughout the United States.

Mr. Heyman’s community activities included service on the Boards of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law/Yeshiva University, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1988; Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy/Duke University, the Dean’s Advisory Board/Harvard Law School, as well as a trustee of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, an associate at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and a former Board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The focus of Mr. Heyman’s most recent activity surrounded his interest in advancing government service. In November 1999, he announced a gift of $5 million to the Harvard Law School for the establishment of an innovative program designed to encourage Harvard Law School graduates to enter Federal Government service upon graduation from law school. He subsequently created similar fellowship programs at Yale Law School and Seton Hall School of Law.

Mr. Heyman and his wife, Ronnie Feuerstein Heyman, have numerous philanthropic interests, which have included the establishment of The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University; The Partnership for Public Service in Washington, D.C.; The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions, Sanford Institute, Duke University; Heyman Commons, the kosher dining hall at Yale; the Yale Tennis Facility; and The Heyman Chair in Legal Ethics at Yale Law School. Past involvements include the Bicultural Day School (the Heyman Gymnasium), the Ramaz School (the Heyman Auditorium and Pre-School) and Congregation Agudath Shalom (Heyman Chapel).

Ronnie F. Heyman

Chairman, GAF Industries
and Honorary Board Member, Partnership for Public Service

Ronnie F. Heyman is Chairman of GAF Industries, the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products in North America, and an attorney and managing partner of Heyman Properties, an owner and manager of commercial real estate.

Mrs. Heyman also served as Chairman of International Specialty Products (ISP), from 2009 until its sale in 2011. ISP is a world leader in specialty chemicals used across a wide array of industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, hair and skin care, plastics, agriculture, coatings and adhesives, synthetic elastomers, and specialty biocides.

Along with her late husband, Samuel J. Heyman, Mrs. Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service to address the need for reform in government service, endowed innovative fellowship programs at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Seton Hall School of Law to encourage law students to enter Federal Government service upon graduation, and established The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Yeshiva University, and The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions at Duke University.

Mrs. Heyman is actively involved in community affairs, and serves as co-chair of the Israel Museum's Endowment Campaign and honorary President of the American Friends of Israel Museum, an advisory board member of Harvard Law School and the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Foundation, and honorary President of the women's division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Mrs. Heyman was appointed by President Clinton to serve a five-year term on the National Council on the Arts, and served on the acquisitions committee of the International Director's Council of the Guggenheim Museum as well as the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art. She is a member of the Chairman's Council of the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Collectors Committee of Sotheby's.

Mrs. Heyman earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1969, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a J.D. in 1972 from Yale Law School.

Board of Directors

Our elected Board of Directors serves as volunteers and brings a diverse set of experiences to the Partnership. The Board guides our strategic priorities and helps to ensure our financial health by providing fiscal oversight and support of fundraising efforts.

Tom A. Bernstein

President, Chelsea Piers Management, Inc.
Chairman, Partnership for Public Service

Tom A. Bernstein is President and Co-Founder of Chelsea Piers, L.P., formed in 1992, to develop and operate the Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, a 30-acre waterfront sports village located between 17th and 23rd Streets along Manhattan’s Hudson River.  

Mr. Bernstein was one of the two principals of Silver Screen Management, Inc., and the affiliated Silver Screen companies, which from 1983 to 1998 financed 75 films with the Walt Disney Company, including such box office successes as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pretty Women” and “The Little Mermaid.”

In September of 2010, Mr. Bernstein was appointed Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C by President Obama, where he has served as a Council Member, member of the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Committee on Conscience since his appointment by President Bush in 2002. In January 2010, Mr. Bernstein was appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Cities of Service, formed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Mr. Bernstein also serves as Chair of the Partnership for Public Service, Vice-Chair of Human Rights First and is a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Bernstein is also a member of the Board of Directors of several other non-profit organizations, including WNYC Radio (New York's public radio stations), The Fresh Air Fund and City Year New York.

Mr. Bernstein is a graduate of Yale College ('74 summa cum laude) and Yale Law School ('77), where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and now serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He also serves as a member of the Yale University Council.

Doug Conant

Founder and CEO, ConantLeadership
Former CEO and President, Campbell Soup Company

Douglas R. Conant was appointed President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company in 2001. He retired in 2011 and was recently recognized by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) as the recipient of the 2011 Champion of Workplace Learning and Performance Award.

He was the 11th leader in this iconic company’s 141-year history–faced with reversing a precipitous decline in market value. Conant succeeded by dramatically transforming the global leadership team, reconfiguring the portfolio, cutting costs and making strategic investments in Campbell’s products, marketing programs, innovation pipeline and infrastructure.

Conant joined Campbell with 25 years of experience from three of the world’s leading food companies: General Mills, Kraft and Nabisco. He began his career in 1976 in marketing at General Mills. After 10 years, he moved to Kraft where he held top management positions in marketing and strategy. Immediately prior to coming to Campbell, he was President of the $3.5 billion Nabisco Foods Company where he led his team to improved marketplace performance and five consecutive years of double-digit earnings growth.

Doug is the co-author with Mette Norgaard of the New York Times bestseller Touchpoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments and is in the early stages of writing a second book, intended to be the definitive resource for engaging employees in the 21st century. He is a featured leadership blogger at Harvard Business Review online and also writes extensively about leadership that works on ConantLeadership and LinkedIn. He is passionate about helping leaders of all walks deliver superior performance with high-impact leadership practices. To this end, he brings his unique expertise and deep perspective to his public speaking, delivering wide-ranging keynotes on effective and enduring leadership practices for the new millennium.

The Honorable Tom Davis

Former U.S. Representative (Virginia)
Director of Federal Government Affairs, Deloitte

The Honorable Tom Davis is the Director of Federal Government Affairs at Deloitte. Prior to his time at Deloitte, Mr. Davis served seven terms in Congress representing Virginia’s 11th congressional district, and also served as Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.

Prior to serving as a Member of Congress, Mr. Davis was the chief elected official in Fairfax County. He is currently the President and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership, an adjunct professor at George Mason University and a board member of Agilex Technologies, Inc. and InfoZen. In August 2014 Mr. Davis was named rector of George Mason University. He had been on the university’s Board of Visitors since 2013.

Mr. Davis graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 1971 and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1975.

Joel L. Fleishman

Professor of Law and Director, Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy, and the Professions, Duke University

In 1971, Mr. Fleishman joined the faculty of Duke University as founding Director of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs (now called the Sanford School of Public Policy), a position he held until 1983. He has been Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies since 1974, and has served Duke in numerous administrative posts including that of First Senior Vice President of the University.

In September of 1993, Mr. Fleishman relinquished his administrative duties at Duke University to become President of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company, the U.S. Program Staff of Atlantic Philanthropies. Throughout his ten years with Atlantic, Mr. Fleishman continued to teach and work part-time at Duke as Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies and Director of the Sam and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions within the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, returning to full-time status in those positions effective July 1, 2003.

Mr. Fleishman is the author of The Foundation: A Great American Secret—How Private Wealth is Changing the World (New York: PublicAffairs Books, 2007). A new book, which he co-authored with Tom Tierney, chairman of The Bridgespan Group, entitled Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results was released in March 2011 Mr. Fleishman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (A.B., 1955, J.D., 1959) and Yale University (LL.M., 1960).

Nora Gardner

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Nora is the leader of the intersection between McKinsey’s Organization and Public Sector Practices. For the past ten years, Nora has served clients across the public, private, and social sectors, both in the United States and abroad, on issues related to talent management and organizational change.

Nora led the development of McKinsey’s Talent System Assessment Tool, which performs a quick, qualitative diagnostic of an organization’s talent-management practices and outcomes to report on the organization’s current state and where it should focus its improvement efforts.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Nora held postdoctoral fellowships from the American Cancer Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2015, Nora was named, “Working Mother of the Year” by Working Mother magazine.

W. Scott Gould

CEO, Mountain Lake Associates, LLC

W. Scott Gould is CEO of Mountain Lake Associates, LLC, a technology enabled medical services firm that helps government providers and payers obtain the commercial services that are increasingly integral to their network healthcare systems by providing standardized and specialized networks of care. MLA improves quality and lowers the cost of medical care by designing standardized, integrated programs in an outpatient setting that are easier for patients with complicated or delicate conditions to use and that leverage technology and integrative health methods in addition to standard care to achieve better outcomes at lower cost.

Previously, Gould was EVP, Medical Affairs at CareFirst, Inc., BlueCross BlueShield, responsible for all aspects of provider contracting, network management, quality of care and care management initiatives including Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Field Operations and the company’s Total Care and Cost Initiative (TCCI).

Gould was Deputy Secretary/Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he was responsible for strategy, resources and management infrastructure that improved the operation of the largest direct health care system in U.S., a $60B benefit claims processing system and the largest cemetery system in the country.

Gould was a Vice President at IBM Global Business Services where he led the company’s Global Leadership Initiative for the U.S. public sector.

Gould also is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a board member of the Partnership for Public Service and an advisory board member of both Leidos and Amida Technologies. He is a former member of the Council on Government Transparency and Accountability and a former member of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Overseers.

CAPT Gould is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves.

He holds an AB degree from Cornell University, and MBA and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Rochester.

Larry Heyman

CEO, The Heyman Enterprise

Larry is Chief Executive Officer of The Heyman Enterprise, his family’s investment office. Larry received an AB from Duke University in 1994 and a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in 1997.

Mr. Heyman serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington D.C. based nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the public sector workforce, and the American Hebrew Academy, a pluralistic Jewish boarding school in Greensboro, North Carolina. Larry is the proud husband of Kim Heyman and father of three children, Si, Sheldon and Solomon Heyman and the son of the late Samuel J. Heyman, founder of the Partnership for Public Service.

Lloyd W. Howell , Jr.

Chief Financial Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Lloyd Howell is an Executive Vice President currently serving as the Financial Services’ Client Service Officer (CSO) in the Civil Market. In that capacity, he leads the business in delivering the Firm’s capabilities and service offerings to both the federal and private sectors. Federal clients include the U.S. Department of Treasury and its bureaus, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Reserve, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Fannie Mae, and the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC).

Lloyd joined the Firm in 1988, as a Consultant, and provided systems engineering support to multiple Department of Defense satellite programs. In 1991, he left the Firm to get an M.B.A. and, subsequently, worked for Goldman Sachs as an Associate in their Investment Banking Division. In 1995, Lloyd returned to Booz Allen where he became a member of the S&O capability focused on Defense Market clients, specifically, Navy/Marine Corps, Army, and OSD. In 2000, he was elected to the Partnership and served as S&O’s Capability Leader (CL) from 2005 to 2009. Currently, Lloyd serves on the Firm’s Leadership Team and chairs the Ethics and Compliance Committee. He has led many of the Firm’s internal change efforts, most recently, the evaluation of the operating model.

Lloyd holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He was the 2010 Black Engineer of the Year Award recipient for professional achievement. Outside of the Firm, he serves on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) board. Additionally, Lloyd served on the board of Children’s National Medical Center and was the former chairman of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) board.

David J. Kappos

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. Mr. Kappos supports the Firm’s clients with a wide range of their most complex intellectual property issues.

From August 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on intellectual property policy matters. As Director of the USPTO, he led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems as well as its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the Leahy Smith America Invents Act, signed into law by the President in September 2011.

Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos held several executive posts in the legal department of IBM, the world’s largest patent holder. From 2003 to 2009, he served as the company’s Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property. In that capacity, he managed global intellectual property activities for IBM, including all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection. Mr. Kappos joined IBM as a development engineer. During his more than 25 years at IBM, he served in a variety of roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel, where he led all aspects of intellectual property protection for the Asia/Pacific region.

Mr. Kappos has received numerous recognitions, including induction into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine, being named one of the 50 most influential people in intellectual property by Managing IP, and being named intellectual property professional of the year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association in 2011.

Mr. Kappos was born in Palos Verdes, California. He received a B.S. summa cum laude in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 1983, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990.

Robert A. McDonald

Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Retired Chairman, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

Robert A. McDonald served as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from July 2014 to January 2017.

Over the course of his tenure, the VA expanded veteran access by focusing on staffing, space, productivity and VA Community Care. It improved its internal operations and delivery of services to veterans, and reduced by half the number of homeless veterans since 2010.

Prior to joining the VA, McDonald was Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). Under his leadership, P&G significantly recalibrated its product portfolio; expanded its marketing footprint, adding nearly one billion people to its global customer base; and grew the firm’s organic sales by an average of three percent per year and the stock price by +60%.

An Army veteran, McDonald served as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. Upon leaving military service, Captain McDonald was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

He a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the top 2% of his class. He was Brigade Adjutant for the Corps of Cadets. He is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Utah, where he earned his MBA.

He is the recipient of numerous leadership awards and honorary degrees and is personally committed to values-based leadership and to improving the lives of others. He and his wife, Diane, are also the founders of The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at West Point.

Tom Nides

Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley

Tom has been Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley since February 26, 2013. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Executive Officer and President at Credit Suisse.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration as Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. Nides served as the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley since January 1, 2010. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley since July 2005 and served as its Executive Vice President and Secretary since September 20, 2005. He served as Principal with Morgan Stanley. He served as World Wide President and Chief Executive Officer of Burson-Marsteller, LLC from November 2004 to December 2005. Mr. Nides served as Chief Administrative Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston, from 2001 to July 7, 2004.

He joined CSFB in August 2001 from Fannie Mae and served as its Senior Vice President from June 1998 to April 2001. Tom served as Chairman of the Board at Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association since October 2009. He has been a Director of International Rescue Committee since May 2015 and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association since October 2009.

He serves as Member of Advisory Board at Duke Kunshan University. He served as a Director of Jostens, Inc. since July 2003. He served as a Director of Visant Holding Corp. since July 2003.

Mr. Nides is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Sean O’Keefe

University Professor and Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership,
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Sean O’Keefe is currently a faculty member of the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as University Professor and the Howard and Louise Phanstiel chair in Strategic Management and Leadership. He also serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, in Washington, a partnership with the Maxwell School.

Mr. O’Keefe served as Chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, Inc., the US subsidiary of the global aerospace, defense and space corporation, from 2009 until March 1, 2014. His duties included directing Airbus’ activities in the United States, developing strategic partnerships with U.S. companies, and enhancing the participation of Airbus in the U.S. marketplace – including the development, growth, and management of large-scale defense acquisition programs.

On four separate occasions Mr. O’Keefe served as a presidential appointee. He served as the 10th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mr. O’Keefe joined President George W. Bush’s Administration on inauguration day as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Appointed Secretary of the Navy in July 1992 by President George Bush, Mr. O’Keefe previously served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense since 1989. Before joining then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney’s Pentagon management team in these capacities, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations staff for eight years and was Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His public service began in 1978 upon his selection as a Presidential Management intern.

Mr. O’Keefe earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1977 and his Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1978.

Hon. Steven C. Preston

Former Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Former Administrator, Small Business Administration

Steven C. Preston has served in numerous operational and financial leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.  He has served as the CEO of two private equity owned companies, headed two major federal agencies during times of national crisis, and served as the CFO of two Fortune 500 companies during times of significant change and restructuring.  

From 2013 to 2016 he served as the CEO of Livingston International, North America’s number one company focused on customs brokerage. Livingston offers customs brokerage, trade consulting, global trade management, and international freight forwarding to clients ranging from the largest enterprises in the world to small local operators.  Though the company’s primary markets are the U.S. and Canada, it has an important and growing presence in Mexico, Asia, Europe and South America.

From 2009-2012, Preston served as CEO of Oakleaf Global Holdings.  Oakleaf provides waste, recycling and sustainability solutions through a network of over 2,000 providers. During his time as CEO, earnings increased fourfold, customer retention improved dramatically, and the company launched the industry leading business intelligence and technology platform.  Following the acquisition by Waste Management (“WM”), Preston became WM’s Executive Vice President, overseeing operations with revenues of approximately $2.5 billion and serving as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. 

From 2008-2009 Preston served as the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) after unanimous confirmation by the Senate.  As the housing crisis ballooned, Preston expanded FHA capacity to meet mushrooming demand, broke ground on major public housing developments in New Orleans which had been stalled, expanded HUD’s ability to assist victims of natural disasters, and advanced sensible regulations requiring clearer disclosure of mortgage terms to borrowers.  He also served on the board of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

From 2006-2008, Mr. Preston served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA provides disaster loans to homeowners in addition to its multiple small business services.  Following Hurricane Katrina, Preston spearheaded a reform agenda to expedite support to disaster victims, and make the agency more responsive to customers, accountable for results, and efficient in the delivery of services. 

Prior to serving at SBA, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The ServiceMaster Company, Senior Vice President and Treasurer of First Data Corporation, and an investment banker at Lehman Brothers.  In those roles, he amassed substantial experience in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, financial strategy and operational reengineering. 

Mr. Preston graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University, and received an MBA from the University of Chicago.   He serves on the board of Wheaton College Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University.

Preston and his wife, Molly, have five children, ages 12-20, and currently reside in Illinois

Cokie Roberts

Political Commentator, ABC News
Senior News Analyst, NPR News

Cokie Roberts serves as a senior news analyst for NPR, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than ten years. In addition to her work for NPR, Ms. Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, serving as an on-air analyst for the network.

Ms. Roberts was the co-anchor of the ABC News' Sunday morning broadcast, This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts from 1996-2002, while also serving as the chief congressional analyst for ABC News. She covered politics, Congress and public policy, reporting for World News Tonight and other ABC News broadcasts.

Ms. Roberts has won numerous awards at NPR, including the highest honor in public radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She was also the first broadcast journalist to win the highly prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress. Roberts is the recipient of numerous other broadcasting awards, including a 1991 Emmy for her contribution to the ABC News special, "Who is Ross Perot?"

She is the author of the national bestseller We Are Our Mother's Daughters as well as Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation. The book, published in 2004, explores the lives of the women behind the men that wrote the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

Along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, a professor at The George Washington University and contributing editor atU.S. News & World Report, Ms. Roberts writes a weekly column syndicated by United Media in major newspapers around the country. Her op-ed columns have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she has also written for The New York Times Magazine, USA Weekend Magazine and The Atlantic. In February 2000, she published From This Day Forward, an account of her more-than-30-year marriage, as well as other marriages in American history. It immediately hit the top 10 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Before joining ABC News in 1988, Ms. Roberts was a contributor to PBS-TV's MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. Her coverage of the Iran/Contra affair for that program won her the Weintal Award in 1987.

Prior to joining NPR, Ms. Roberts was a reporter for CBS News in Athens, Greece. She also produced and hosted a public affairs program on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

From 1981 to 1984, in addition to her work at NPR, she co-hosted The Lawmakers, a weekly public television program on Congress. Ms. Roberts is former president of the Radio and Television Correspondent's Association.

A 1964 graduate in political science from Wellesley College, Ms. Roberts received a 1985 Distinguished Alumnae Achievement Award in recognition of "excellence and distinction in professional pursuits." She is the recipient of over 15 honorary degrees and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Cokie Roberts also serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.

Max Stier

President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service

Max is the founding president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service. Under his leadership, the Partnership has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues. 

Max has worked previously in all three branches of the federal government. In 1982, he served on the personal staff of Congressman Jim Leach. Max clerked for Chief Judge James Oakes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1992 and clerked for Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court in 1994. Between these two positions, Max served as Special Litigation Counsel to Assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman at the Department of Justice.

In 1995, Max joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly where he practiced primarily in the area of white collar defense.

Max comes most recently from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, having served as the Deputy General Counsel for Litigation.

A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School, Max is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, the Administrative Conference of the United States and the National Advisory Board for Public Service at Harvard College.

Dan Tangherlini

Chief Financial Officer, The Emerson Collective

Mr. Tangherlini serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic firm dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so that people can live to their fullest potential.  He also serves as an advisor to a number of technology firms, as well as providing consulting and facilitation support to businesses and nonprofits.  His interest is in bringing increased efficiency to business, philanthropy and government through the thoughtful application of technology and process reform.  Until September 2017 he was the President and Founder of SeamlessDocs Federal, an emerging technology company with a focus on making government forms and data collection processes simpler.

Before SeamlessDocs, Dan served as the Chief Operating Officer of Artemis Real Estate Partners, a real estate private equity firm with commercial real estate investments across the United States.  He joined the firm in 2015.

Prior to joining Artemis, Mr. Tangherlini served as Administrator of the General Services Administration, having been nominated to serve in the position by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Tangherlini served as the Chief Financial Officer at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2009 to 2013 where he was the principal policy advisor on the development and execution of the Treasury’s budget and performance plans.  During that time, he concurrently served as the assistant secretary for management. 

Prior to his role at Treasury, he managed budget development and performance management of District agencies when he served as the District of Columbia City Administrator and Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2009. While city administrator, he also served in the capacity of the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.  In 2006, he served as the Interim General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  From 2000 to 2006, he served as Director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation and from 1998 to 2000 as Chief Financial Officer of the Metropolitan Police Department.  From 1997 to 1998 he served in the Office of Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation and from 1991 to 1997 he served in various capacities at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Mr. Tangherlini received a B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  He serves on a number of nonprofit boards and lives with his wife and two daughters on Capitol Hill.  He fixes broken things for fun.

George W. Wellde , Jr.

Former Vice Chairman, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs & Company

George W. Wellde, Jr., joined the Partnership for Public Service’s Board of Directors in 2010.

Mr. Wellde served as vice chairman of the Securities Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 2005 until his retirement in 2008. Prior to that, he was head of North America Sales for the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities division. Mr. Wellde joined Goldman Sachs in 1979, became a partner in 1992 and a managing director in 1996. In addition, he was branch manager of the Goldman Sachs Tokyo office and head of its Fixed Income Division from 1994 to 1999. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, he worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington from 1976 to 1979.

Mr. Wellde serves on the Board of Trustees of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the executive committee of the GAVI Alliance and serves as the chairman of the Investment Committee. Mr. Wellde is also on the board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. In addition, he has been a member of Fortress Investment Group’s board of directors since August 2009.  He is a trustee emeritus of the University of Richmond.

Mr. Wellde holds a B.S. from the University of Richmond and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University.

Neal S. Wolin

CEO, Brunswick Group

Neal Wolin is currently Chief Executive Officer at The Brunswick Group, and an equity partner at Data Collective Venture Capital and a board partner at The Social+Capital Partnership, both venture capital firms based in northern California. He is also an advisor to Nyca Partners, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on financial technology. He is a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

He served as the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from May 2009 until September 2013. He was the longest serving Deputy Treasury Secretary in U.S. history. Wolin also served as Acting Secretary of the Treasury from January 25 to February 28, 2013.

As Deputy Secretary, Wolin served as the Treasury Department’s Chief Operating Officer. He supervised all Treasury bureaus; its domestic and international policy offices; and its management, legal, public affairs, and legislative affairs functions. Wolin played a key role in formulating and executing the U.S. government’s response to the financial crisis of 2008–2009, including its economic recovery and financial reform plans.

From 2007 to 2009, Wolin served as President and COO of the property and casualty insurance companies of The Hartford Financial Services Group. Before that, he was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of The Hartford, with responsibility for the company’s legal, government affairs, tax, marketing and communications functions.

Before joining The Hartford, Wolin served as General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury; as a member of the National Security Council staff; and as a Special Assistant to three Directors of Central Intelligence.

Wolin received a B.A. degree in history, summa cum laude, from Yale College; a Master of Science degree in Development Economics from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Board Members Emeriti

Since our inception, the Partnership has enjoyed the support and guidance of many exceptional and dynamic leaders. Their counsel and stewardship have been invaluable to our growth, evolution and impact. We are grateful for their dedication and contributions to our mission and proud of what they continue to do for our country.

Thad Allen
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)
Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

John Bridgeland
President and CEO, Civic Enterprises
Co-Chair, The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute

Beth Brooke-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, Ernst & Young LLP
Co-Chair, International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Sheila Burke
Senior Public Policy Advisor, Baker Donelson
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Richard Danzig
Vice chair, Board of Trustees, RAND Corporation
Member, The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
Member, Homeland Security Advisory Council

Jonathan Fanton
President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

David Gergen
Professor of Public Service and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
Senior Political Analyst, CNN

Robert Ingram
General Partner, Hatteras Venture Partners
Chairman, Board of Directors, Viamet Pharmaceuticals

Nancy Killefer
Partner, McKinsey & Company
Member, Board of Directors, Computer Sciences Corporation

James Loy
Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group
Member, Board of Trustees, Lockheed Martin

Peter Orszag
Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institute

Nancy Reardon
Former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer, Campbell Soup Company

Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Advisor
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

Scott Rutherford
Senior Partner
McKinsey and Company

David Walker
Senior Strategic Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Chairman, Government Transformation Initiative

Advisory Board of Governors

Norman Augustine
Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Diana Aviv
CEO, Feeding America

James A. Baker , III
Former U.S. Secretary of State

Jacquelyn M. Belcher
President and CEO, Options Unlimited, LLC

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Erskine Bowles
Former Chairman, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Bill Bradley
Former U.S. Senator

Paul Brest
Former President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Professor of Law, Emeritus and Former Dean, Stanford Law School

Molly Broad
President, American Council on Education

Walter Broadmax
Distinguished Professor, The Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Richard H. Brodhead
President, Duke University

Dan Burton
Former U.S. Congressman

Jonathan Bush , Sr.
President and CEO, J. Bush & Company

Kathryn Bushkin Calvin

CEO, United Nations Foundation

Albert Carnesale
Chancellor Emeritus and Professor, University of California at Los Angeles

U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper

Hodding Carter , III
Professor of Leadership and Public Policy, UNC

U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins

William M. Daley
Former White House Chief of Staff

Steven A. Denning
Chairman, General Atlantic LLC

Elizabeth Hanford Dole
Former U.S. Senator

Kenneth M. Duberstein
Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group

U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin

Michael D. Eisner
Founder, The Tornante Co.

Stuart E. Eizenstat
Partner, Covington & Burling

Roger Enrico
Chairman of the Board of Directors, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.

Harold Ford , Jr.
Managing Director and Senior Client Relationship Manager, Morgan Stanley
Former Chair, Democratic Leadership Council

Norman Francis
President, Xavier University

Mark D. Gearan
President, Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Daniel R. Glickman
Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center

Stephen Goldsmith
Director, Innovations in American Government Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania

Stephen B. Heintz
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

John L. Hennessy
President, Stanford University

Charles O. Holliday , Jr.
Former Chairman and CEO, DuPont

U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer
Maryland's 5th Congressional District

General P.X. Kelley
28th Commandant, US Marine Corps (Ret.)
Director, Saul Centers, Inc.

Alan Khazei
Founder and CEO, Be the Change, Inc.

Sharon King
Director of Ageing Programme, The Atlantic Philthropies

Joel I. Klein
CEO and Executive Vice President, Education Division, News Corporation

Wendy Kopp
Founder and Board Chair, Teach for America

Richard C. Levin
President, Yale University

Joseph Lieberman
Former U.S. Senator

Bernard Marcus
Co-founder, The Home Depot, Inc.

U.S. Senator John McCain

George Mitchell
Co-founder, Bipartisan Policy Center
Former Majority Leader, U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Representative James Moran
Virginia’s 8th Congressional District

Mario Morino
Co-Founder and Chairman, Venture Philanthrophy Partners

Robert J. O'Neill , Jr.
Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

Philip A. Odeen
Chairman, AES

Norman J. Ornstein
Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Eugene C. Patterson
Editor Emeritus, St. Petersburg Times

Bill Paxon
Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

John E. Pepper
Former Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company

Hugh Price
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

Admiral Joseph Prueher
Former U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China
Consulting Professor, Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

Don Michael Randel
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Victoria Riskin
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Antioch University Santa Barbara
Founder, Human Rights Watch in Southern California

Charles O. Rossotti
Former Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Robert E. Rubin
Co-Chairman Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Schlosberg
Former President and CEO, Trustee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

John Sexton
President, New York University

Mark Shields
Political Analyst, PBS NewsHour and Syndicated Columnist

Billy Shore
Founder and Executive Director, Share Our Strength

Lawrence H. Summers
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Jeffrey Swartz
Former President and CEO, Timberland Company