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).