Visiting Committee

The Honorable Donald P. Gregg '51, Willis Chipango '09, Zambia, Wilson Kamali '09 Rwanda
The Honorable Donald P. Gregg ’51, Willis Chipango ’09, Zambia, Wilson Kamali ’09 Rwanda
Emeritus Members:
  • Hussain Aga Khan ’97
  • Fakhruddin Ahmed CDE ’71
  • Alice P. Albright ’83
  • Bradley O. Babson ’72
  • Sarah Marcus Barton ’89
  • Thomas H. Fox ’61
  • Donald P. Gregg ’51 (Founding Chair)
  • Andrew Weiss ’68
  • Allan Fulkerson ’54
  • Roger Kubarych ’66
  • James Mabie ’57
  • Ana Maria Rodriguez CDE ’87
  • Brent E. Shay ’78
  • Richard Stern ’83


Visiting Committee Bios:


  • Afsaneh Beschloss
    Ms. Beschloss is founder and CEO of RockCreek. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group and President of Carlyle Asset Management. She was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank and worked at Shell International and J.P. Morgan. Ms. Beschloss has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on global public policy and financial policy.She led the World Bank’s energy investments and policy advisory work on oil, natural gas, renewable and clean energy and power projects to reduce carbon emissions. She founded its natural gas investment and policy group to replace coal in many emerging markets.Ms. Beschloss is on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the World Resources Institute, the American Red Cross, and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She is on the Visiting Committee at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Investor Governors and the Council of Foreign Relations. Ms. Beschloss is a past Trustee of the Ford Foundation, where she chaired the Investment Committee and was on the Sustainability Advisory Committee.She is a recipient of the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. She was recognized as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.

    Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development. She is the co-author of The Economics of Natural Gas and author of numerous journal articles on energy and finance.

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  • Nancy Birdsall

    Nancy Birdsall is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a policy-oriented research institution that opened its doors in Washington, DC in October 2001. Prior to launching the Center, Birdsall served for three years as senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her work at Carnegie focused on issues of globalization and inequality, as well as on the reform of the international financial institutions.

    From 1993 to 1998, Birdsall was executive vice-president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest of the regional development banks, where she oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank, she spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, including as director of the Policy Research Department.

    Birdsall is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and monographs including Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid ArchitectureThe White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. PresidentFair Growth: Economic Policies for Latin America’s Poor and Middle-Income Majority; and New Ideas in Development after the Financial Crisis. She is author of over 100 published papers, including dozens in peer-reviewed journals. Shorter pieces of her writing have appeared in US and international magazines and newspapers.

    Birdsall serves on the Board of Directors of the International Food Policy Research Council (IFPRI), the African Population and Health Research Center, and Mathematica. She has chaired the board of the International Center for Research on Women and has served on the boards of the Social Science Research Council, Overseas Development Council, and Accion. She has also served on committees and working groups of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Birdsall holds a PhD in economics from Yale University and an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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  • Yvonne Hao ’95

    Yvonne Hao is a Williams trustee emeriti, and served as a trustee from 2005-2017. After graduating from Williams, Yvonne attended Cambridge University, England on a Herschel Smith Fellowship, and completed a Master’s in Philosophy in Development Economics.  She then worked at McKinsey & Company, and led a pro-bono project called Vital Voices, supporting women leaders in developing countries.  Following that, she held several roles at Honeywell, including VP of Global Marketing and GM of a ~$1.7B division.  Yvonne also spent 8.5 years at Bain Capital, and was an Operating Partner and took on interim operating roles across several portfolio companies.  She then became the CFO/ COO of an ecommerce pharmacy startup, PillPack, and helped lead the sale to and integration with Amazon.  Most recently, she’s been a Managing Director and Co-founder at Cove Hill Partners, a new investment firm with ~$2.5B AUM.  She is on a public company Board, Gentherm, where she chairs the Comp Committee and serves on the Audit and M&A committees.  She’s also serves on two other nonprofit Boards: Beth Israel Lahey Health System (where she is Vice-chair and also chairs the Finance Committee), and the Commission on Presidential Debates.

    Her most recent work focuses on global governance and the international financial institutions, women’s empowerment and its relationship to reproductive choices, and the financing of global public goods for development.

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  • Katherine Ireland ’09

    Katherine Ireland has had a career that has spanned a variety of investment styles and stages. Her curiosity has led her to invest over the last decade across a wide range of industries, geographies, and investment types. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director at Onyx Insight, a leading predictive maintenance platform focused on the wind industry and owned by bp. She spent 2020 acting for UK Government Investments, owned by the UK Treasury, to help manage the UK government’s covid-related corporate and small business investment and lending facilities. She has previously worked with Sprints Capital Management, a later stage venture capital and growth equity firm based in London and investing in technology enabled companies globally and with Palamon Capital Partners, a pan European growth equity firm, focusing primarily on investments in fintech and digital consumer platforms. Prior to that, she was part of the founding team of the London office of Centerbridge Partners, a New York based $20bn credit and private equity platform.  She began her career at Goldman Sachs International in M&A. Ms. Ireland has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics and History magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College, Massachusetts.

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  • Paul Isaac, ’72

    Paul Isaac was a Political Economy major and lived at CDE 1971-72. He was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow (1972-73) in Chile, Costa Rica and other Latin American countries. In 1974 he started at Allied International American Eagle Trading Corporation, industrial metal products traders, as an economics research and trading trainee. In 1976 Paul joined the securities industry with Mabon Nugent& Co and worked in a number of capacities with successor firms. In 1999 he became Chief Investment Officer at Cadogan Management, a hedge “fund of funds” and in 2001 he added responsibilities as portfolio manager and proprietor of Fort Hoosac Management, an investment partnership. He serves on several for-profit and non-profit boards.

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  • Daniel Jenya CDE ’12

    Since 2017, Daniel Jenya has been an Economist for the International Monetary Fund in Washington and has worked with The Gambia and Liberia. Before joining the IMF, he worked as an Economist and Team Leader of the Macroeconomic Policy Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in Malawi where he designed and monitored economic and public finance management programs. In 2014, he joined the Minister’s office as an Economic Advisor and contributed to various policy discussions, negotiations and advocacy programs.

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  • Shelley Leibowitz ’82

    Shelley Leibowitz has both governmental and private sector experience. A Williams graduate in 1982, Shelley has spent her career at the intersection of financial services and technology.  After more than two decades of Chief Information Officer roles at top tier financial services companies, she served as Group-wide Chief Information Officer for the World Bank. Shelley is a seasoned corporate director and currently serves on the Board of Morgan Stanley as well as several privately held companies in the fintech and information security arena. She also advises companies in areas of digital transformation, IT portfolio and risk management, information security, digital trust, performance metrics, and effective governance. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the NY Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and on the NY Board of BuildOn, a not-for-profit that runs service and learning programs in urban high schools across the country.

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  • Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. ’60

    Steve Lewis is President Emeritus of Carleton College (president 1987-2002). He taught at Williams and the CDE 1966-87. He was an advisor to the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Karachi (1963-65), Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Kenya (1971-73), and Economic Consultant to the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning in Botswana (1975-96, resident 1977-8, 1980-82). He is Chair of the Trustees of Wallin Education Partners, a college access and success program based in Minnesota, and a former Trustee (1988-2006) and Vice Chair of the board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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  • James Levinsohn ’81

    Jim Levinsohn received his M.P.A. from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton. He was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1987-2009. In 2010 he was appointed founding Director of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and holds the Charles Goodyear Chair in Global Affairs. He has worked extensively in southern Africa and advised several governments and corporations around the world. He is the co-founder of the South Africa Distance Learning Project at the University of Cape Town and is the author of numerous articles in the fields of international trade and economic development.

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  • William R. Loomis, Jr. ’71

    Bill Loomis was part of Williams in India in 1969-70. He lived in the CDE during his senior year and took all the CDE courses. Following a Watson Fellowship in Asia he earned an MBA at Harvard Business School. Bill’s professional career began with two years in Korea with Citibank prior to joining Lehman Brothers and then Lazard for three years in Hong Kong. He became Head of Banking, Chief Operating Officer and then CEO of that firm prior to graduate studies at the University of California in history. Bill is now an independent financial advisor to boards.

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  • Matthew Nimetz ’60

    Matt Nimetz was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and is a graduate of Harvard Law School. After clerking for Justice John Harlan, he worked in the Johnson White House before practicing law in New York. He was Counselor to the Department of State and later Undersecretary for Security Assistance, Science and Technology during the Carter Administration. He was a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison from 1981 to 2000, when he joined General Atlantic, a global private equity firm where he was Managing Director and COO through 2011 and where he remains an Advisory Director. He served through 2019 as United Nations mediator successfully resolving the “name” dispute between Greece and North Macedonia.  He is a trustee emeritus of Williams and serves on several other boards

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  • Peter Nurnberg ’09

    Peter Nurnberg is a Principal at Lindsay Goldberg, a long-term focused private equity firm that specializes in partnering with families, founders and management teams.  Peter is based in New York, where he focuses on private equity investments in financial services and business services companies. Prior to joining Lindsay Goldberg, Peter worked on the private equity team at TPG Capital and at Goldman Sachs in its investment banking division. Peter was the valedictorian of the Williams class of 2009 and took three classes at the CDE during his time at Williams. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford, where he won the Alexander A. Robichek award for student achievement in finance, received a Seibel Scholarship, and was an Arjay Miller Scholar.  Peter serves on the board of the Council for Economic Education.

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  • Laurie Thomsen ’79

    Laurie is a former trustee of Williams and active participant in Williams life in many areas; she is presently a resident of Williamstown and a CDE host family. Professionally, Laurie was a venture investor, initially for many years at Harbourvest Partners in Boston, where she was a general partner. Laurie then co-founded Prism Venture Partners. After leaving the venture industry Laurie has served as a director of major companies, including The Travelers Companies, MFS Mutual Funds, and Dycom. Along with her service as a trustee of Williams, Laurie has been active in leadership and board roles at a number of not for profit organizations including New Profit, Inc., UAspire, Lever, Horizons for Homeless Children, and Kickstart Int’l.

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  • John S. Wadsworth, Jr. ’61 

    Jack Wadsworth is Honorary Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley globally.  He is also Chairman and Co-Founder of Ceyuan Ventures, a China based early stage technology venture fund.  Mr. Wadsworth joined Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director in 1978.  In 1987, he moved to Japan as President of Morgan Stanley Japan. In 1991, Mr. Wadsworth moved to Hong Kong as Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.  In 2001, he retired from Morgan Stanley and moved from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

    Mr. Wadsworth is a Trustee of the California College of the Arts; a member of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Council; a Director of Asia Art Archive; an Advisor to Mission BioCapital, BioInnovation Capital, bioscience affiliates of University of California San Francisco, and Chairman emeritus of the Asia Society of Northern California.  Mr. Wadsworth is also an Emeritus Trustee of Williams College, the Asia Society and the Guggenheim Museum of New York. A former Director of University of California San Francisco Foundation, the Pacific Pension Institute and Pixar.

    Mr. Wadsworth began his investment banking career with The First Boston Corporation in 1963, where when he left in 1978 he was Executive Vice President, a member of the Management Committee and the Board of Directors.  Mr. Wadsworth earned a B.A. from Williams College in 1961, and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in 1963.  Mr. Wadsworth is married, has three children and eight grandchildren.

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  • Kara Weiss ’05

    Kara Weiss is Vice Chair and Head of Programs at CRI Foundation. Kara is involved in all aspects of vetting and managing grantees with a special interest in earliest stage NGO development and strategy. Kara is the CRI lead on system-change initiatives, including national digital health cooperation and implementation, and the Health and Nutrition Risk Pool Fund pilot to prove the efficacy of providing contingency funding for implementers.

    Over the years, CRI has developed many relationships with those participating in social entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa and Kara is especially adept at facilitating synergistic relationships among actors and funders. Kara has served as an “expert” for the Aspen Ideas Incubator, as “global health expert” for the New England International Donors Program Committee, and on the boards of Spark MicroGrants, Seed Global Health, Aspen Management Partnership for Health.

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  • Martha Williamson ’77

    Martha arrived on campus in the fall of 1973, seeing Williams for the first time three days before classes began. Born and raised in Denver, she applied to Williams after a friend described it as “the Ivy League with the nicest people” and came here with the help of a Gates Scholarship and a financial aid package from the college. An art history major, she spent most of her free time directing and performing in the theater, including in several original plays and musicals. She sang with the Ephlats for four years and served as its director.

    With the support of numerous Williams alumni, she moved to Los Angeles after graduation to become a screenwriter. Today she’s president and CEO of MoonWater Productions, a production company specializing in family and inspirational entertainment. Martha is best known as the executive producer and head writer of “Touched By An Angel,” which received nine Emmy nominations over its nine-year run on CBS. Martha became the first woman to be solo executive producer on two shows simultaneously when she created and executive-produced “Promised Land,” also for CBS. A popular speaker and the author of several books, her current projects include “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” a dramatic comedy series for Hallmark; “The Chaplain,” a television series in development with Netflix; and a remake of Paul Gallico’s “Thomasina,” set for theatrical release in 2017.

    Martha’s work has been inducted into the Television and Radio Hall of Fame and received a Producers Guild Nova Award and a Templeton Prize, as well as honors from the U. S. Congress, NAACP, and Anti-Defamation League.

    A member of the Board of Trustees since 2012, Martha founded the Williams Arts and Entertainment Fellowship with Peter Nelson ’76 in 1991, providing internships and support for students and graduates interested in arts careers, and she oversees the J. Lindley and Louise R. Williamson Scholarship Fund, established in 1995. She has been a frequent guest lecturer for the Winter Study leadership class and a director and playwriting advisor to the Williams Summer Theatre Lab since its inception in 2004. Martha returns every Reunion weekend as producer and performer with the “Re-Ephlats” and the Williams Cabaret. She received the Bicentennial Medal in 2003.

    Martha lives in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.

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