The SASB Foundation is responsible for the financing, oversight, administration and appointment of the SASB Standards Board. The Directors appoint the members of the SASB (via the Governance & Nominating Committee) and oversee the standard-setting process (via the Standards Oversight Committee). In addition to the current Board members, SASB’s tradition of a deep and active Board go back to SASB’s founding in 2011— please scroll down to see a list of former SASB Board members.
The SASB Foundation Board of Directors
ROBERT K. STEEL
Partner & CEO, Perella Weinberg Partners
The SASB Foundation, Chair of the Board
Robert K. Steel is a Partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Perella Weinberg Partners. From June 2010 until December 2013, Mr. Steel served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for The City of New York in the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where he was responsible for the administration’s economic development strategy, job-creation efforts and major redevelopment projects, as well as its efforts to expand job training, strengthen small business assistance, promote new industries, diversify the economy, and advance the New Housing Marketplace Plan. Prior to his 2010 appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to entering government service, he spent nearly 30 years at Goldman Sachs, ultimately rising to become co-head of the U.S. Equities Division and Vice Chairman of the firm.
Mr. Steel is a graduate of Duke University and The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and has distinguished himself as Chairman of Duke’s Board of Trustees, Chairman of The Aspen lnstitute’s Board of Trustees, a Senior Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow. Mr. Steel serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Special Surgery, The Morgan Library & Museum and The Rockefeller University, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
MARY SCHAPIRO, JD
Former Chairman, SEC
The SASB Foundation, Vice Chair of the Board
Mary L. Schapiro is the Vice Chair for Global Public Policy of Bloomberg, the global financial technology company that was founded in 1981. She has been at Bloomberg since October 2018, and also serves as a Special Advisor to the Founder and Chairman. Ms. Schapiro, who has had a distinguished career as a financial services regulator under four U.S. presidents from both political parties, oversees Bloomberg’s public policy and regulatory priorities globally. Her service as the 29th Securities and Exchange Commission Chair culminated decades of regulatory leadership. She was the first woman to serve as SEC Chair, and the only person to have served as chair of both the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. During her four years as SEC Chair, Ms. Schapiro presided over one of the busiest rulemaking agendas in the SEC’s history, during which the agency also executed a comprehensive restructuring program to improve protections for investors and pursued aggressive enforcement of the federal securities laws.
Ms. Schapiro also serves as an advisor to Bloomberg in multiple capacities, including as the Vice Chair for two groups chaired by Michael R. Bloomberg. The first group – the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures – has developed and garnered wide spread support for a voluntary framework for corporate disclosure of climate-related risk information to help investors, lenders, underwriters and others make informed financial decisions. The second group – the Working Group on U.S. RMB Trading and Clearing – supports the internationalization of China’s currency in order to improve the competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. businesses by lowering trading costs and improving access to China’s markets.
Before becoming SEC Chair and working for Bloomberg, Ms. Schapiro served as chief executive officer of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest nongovernmental regulator of securities firms. Earlier, she was Chair of the CFTC from 1994 to 1996, a commissioner of the SEC from 1988 to 1994, and general counsel of the Futures Industry Association. Ms. Schapiro has most recently been serving on the Promontory Advisory board. She serves on the boards of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). She is also a member of the governing board of the Center for Audit Quality and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
ALAN L. BELLER
Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Alan L. Beller is a preeminent legal advisor and recognized thought leader regarding securities law, capital markets and corporate governance. He currently serves in leadership oversight roles for organizations dedicated to long-term quality and stability of capital markets and the best interests of investors and issuers. Mr. Beller is a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Risk Committees of The Travelers Companies, Inc., a Dow Jones company. He is also a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation, which is responsible for governance and oversight of the International Accounting Standards Board and International Financial Reporting Standards, the global system of accounting standards used in more than 130 countries.
Mr. Beller was the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a Senior Counselor to the Commission from January 2002 until February 2006. During his four-year tenure, he led the Division in producing the most far-reaching corporate governance, financial disclosure and securities offering reforms in SEC history. Among his accomplishments were the implementation of the corporate provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the adoption of the first general corporate governance standards for listed companies and the successful completion of comprehensive securities offering reforms.
During his more than 30 years of experience in private practice with Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Beller has represented market-leading US and non-US companies, independent directors and audit committees in complex transactions, including privatizations, demutualizations and other initial public offerings, and corporate governance, securities, corporate, and accounting and auditing matters. He has lectured and written extensively on these and other topics.
Chief Accounting Officer, Bank of America
Rudi Bless is the chief accounting officer at Bank of America and leads the Global Financial Control organization. GFC is responsible for a variety of functions, including managing and executing legal entity reporting; interpreting and applying accounting policy and standards; overseeing financial controls and operational risk assessments; managing and maintaining financial data and systems; managing general ledger and sub-ledger accounting; and tax activities.
Bless joined Bank of America in November 2014. Previously he was with Credit Suisse AG (CS), where he held various roles over 12 years, most recently as deputy chief financial officer and chief accounting officer. While at CS he led a number of major initiatives, including managing the implementation of Basel 3 for capital and liquidity and a finance transformation with a focus on data, systems and off-shoring. In addition, he has broad experience in financial and regulatory accounting both from a policy and reporting standpoint. Prior to joining CS, Bless spent 20 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, Frankfurt and Zurich. He was a partner for eight years and focused on clients in the financial services area. Bless holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
Executive Director and Chair of Prudential Supervision, De Nederlandsche Bank
Else Bos has 40 years of experience in asset management, financial regulation and banking. Ms. Bos currently serves as the executive director and chair of Prudential Supervision at De Nederlandsche Bank, the central bank of the Netherlands, a part of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).
Ms. Bos joined De Nederlandsche Bank in July 2018 after serving, since 2013, as CEO of PGGM, the pension provider for PFZW, the second largest pension fund in the Netherlands. She also held various board positions at PGGM, such as Chief Institutional Business (2010-2013), Chief Executive Officer Investments (2005-2009) and COO Investments (2002-2005). Prior to this, she worked for NIB Capital Asset Management and ABN AMRO.
Ms. Bos also serves on several boards, including those of the International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) and the Supervisory Board of NOB (National Opera and Ballet). Since 2017, she has been a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation. Ms. Bos is also a strategy advisor to the board of FCLT Global, a non-profit organization working to encourage sustainable practices in business and investment decision-making, where she was a board member until the end of 2018. In addition, she has served on other boards, including those of the United Nations PRI, and the board of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI). She was also a member of the Dutch Monitoring Committee for Corporate Governance.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and CEO, Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley
Audrey Choi is Morgan Stanley’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Chief Marketing Officer and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. As Chief Sustainability Officer, she oversees the firm’s efforts to promote global sustainability through the capital markets. As Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Choi is responsible for stewarding the brand to reflect the firm’s core values of leading with integrity and exceptional ideas across its businesses and geographies.
In a career spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Choi has become a thought leader on how finance can be harnessed to address community concerns and global challenges. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she held senior policy positions in the Clinton Administration, including serving as Chief of Staff of the Council of Economic Advisers, and Domestic Policy Advisor to the Vice President.
Previously, Ms. Choi was a foreign correspondent and bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal. She serves on the boards of several national nonprofits focused on sustainability, community development and social justice. Ms. Choi is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.
DEBORAH L. DeHAAS
Vice Chairman and National Managing Partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte
Deb is Vice Chairman and National Managing Partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte. Deb DeHaas is responsible for Deloitte’s boardroom programs that support corporate boards and directors in fulfilling their governance-related responsibilities. She recently completed a six-year term as the chief inclusion officer for Deloitte US, where she drove Deloitte’s strategy to recruit, develop, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive environment where leaders thrive.
Deb serves as a Lead Client Service Partner or Advisory Partner on a number of Deloitte’s most significant clients. She previously served on the Deloitte LLP Board of Directors, represented the US Firms on the Deloitte Canada Board of Directors, was a member of the Deloitte US Executive Committee, and was Deloitte’s managing partner for the central region.
She was named to Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014, the CPA Practice Advisor 2014 Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting list, and to the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 NACD Directorship 100, which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance. Deb is an NACD Fellow and frequently speaks and writes on key topics impacting corporate governance and boards.
Chairman, World Benchmarking Alliance
A passionate global leader in capital market reform – from corporate governance to reporting & measurement; to sustainability.
Mr. Druckman is well known and respected in business, regulation and in the accounting profession worldwide. Following an entrepreneurial career in the accountancy software industry, Mr. Druckman has operated as a non‐executive chairman and director for companies in a variety of sectors.
He is Chairman of the World Benchmarking Alliance which is building a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a sustainable future that works for everyone through free and transparent benchmarks and rankings
In the accounting profession Mr. Druckman’s highlights include being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales; being on the City Takeover Panel; and as a Board member of the UK regulator, the Financial Reporting Council. The FRC non-executive role was over 2 separate terms, including the post Enron era and then again until 2019. He also chaired the FRC’s Corporate Reporting Council which sets UK accounting standards and currently is chairing a major FRC project on the Future of Corporate Reporting.
In the field of sustainability, a highlight was chairing HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) Executive Board for many years, whilst his last full-time role was at the International Integrated Reporting Council where he helped create and then led the team as CEO for five years from inception.
He has a variety of other roles currently – from chairing Clear Insurance; to being a Board member of the Shift Project, which brings respect for human rights to business via the UN Guiding Principles.
Mr. Druckman is an Ambassador for A4S and an Honorary Professor at Durham Business School.
CEO, The SASB Foundation
Janine Guillot is the Chief Executive Officer at SASB. As CEO, Ms. Guillot is a member of the SASB Foundation Board and is responsible for setting the overall enterprise strategy and the oversight of all staff, programs, and activities of SASB to achieve its mission and objectives. She is responsible for leading the pursuit of global business development opportunities, facilitating global adoption of the SASB standards, and maintaining collaborative relationships across the sustainability disclosure field. As the primary external voice for SASB, Ms. Guillot is responsible for maintaining a strong global presence, representing the interests of SASB and the sustainability disclosure field to companies, investors, legislatures, regulators, civil society, and other key stakeholder groups.
Ms. Guillot previously held the role of Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach at SASB, where she initially led outreach to investors and created SASB’s Investor Advisory Group of leading asset owners and asset managers calling for market standards for ESG disclosure. Her role expanded to encompass policy and outreach for all stakeholder groups as well as leading efforts to drive adoption of the SASB standards.
Prior to joining SASB, Ms. Guillot had more than 25 years of experience in operating, strategy, risk management and finance roles in financial services. She served as Chief Operating Investment Officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), where she was responsible for CalPERS investment office business and operational management, CalPERS affiliate funds and CalPERS defined contribution plans. Ms. Guillot also oversaw the CalPERS corporate governance program, including integration of sustainability and governance factors into investment decision-making. She has held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors, Bank of America and Incapture LP. At Barclays Global Investors, she served as Chief Operating Officer for BGI’s European and Global Fixed Income businesses. She began her career in public accounting.
Ms. Guillot holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust and Equilibrium Capital. She serves on the Senior Advisory Board at the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, on the Advisory Board of Blockchain Coinvestors, and on the FDIC’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.
Mr. Goldman is the current President of Hillspire, a Family Office, responsible for financial and administrative functions, along with real estate, aviation and maritime activities.
Mr. Goldman is the former chief financial officer of Yahoo!. Mr. Goldman joined Yahoo! in 2012 and throughout his five year tenure was responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations. Prior to joining Yahoo! Mr. Goldman served as senior vice president, finance and administration, and chief financial officer at Fortinet, Inc, a provider of unified threat management solutions, from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Goldman also served as senior vice president, finance and administration, and chief financial officer of Siebel Systems, Inc. During a professional career spanning over forty years, Mr. Goldman has served as CFO of multiple public and private companies and as CFO has helped take three companies public.
Mr. Goldman was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University from 2005 to 2013 and was subsequently designated as Emeritus Trustee; and is currently on the Harvard Business School California Research Center Advisory Board. Mr. Goldman was appointed in January 2015 to a three-year term to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (PCAOB’s) Standing Advisory Group (SAG), an organization that provides advice on the need to formulate new accounting standards or change existing standards. He was a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession over the years 2007-2008, a public committee that made recommendations to encourage a more sustainable auditing profession.
Mr. Goldman holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, windsurfing and kiteboarding and golf and resides in Atherton, Ca with his wife and has three children who reside locally.
STEVEN O. GUNDERS, CPA, MBA
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP – Retired
SASB, Treasurer of the Board
Steven Gunders is a retired partner of the Management Consulting Practice of Deloitte. He joined Touche Ross & Co in New York in 1969 and proceeded to work in both the Accounting and Management Consulting functions of the firm. He became a partner in 1977 and managed several geographic consulting practices as well as the Strategy & Operations Practice for Deloitte across both the US and Europe. He has focused his career in the Financial, M&A & Strategy areas working on major global corporate clients, private equity investment firms and large private companies. His career has provided him with a broad based understanding of a number of industries including Manufacturing, Aviation & Leisure, Chemicals, as well as a number of Service Businesses. He has worked all over the world and has lived and worked out of London, UK for seven years. This experience has provided him with a broad based understanding of business enterprises in the US, Europe and Asia.
After his retirement, Mr. Gunders has served on several corporate boards as well as a number of non-profit organizations in New York, San Francisco and London.
Mr. Gunders received his MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth Graduate School of Business and his BA from the City College of New York.
ROBERT. H. HERZ
Former Chairman, FASB
Robert H. Herz is a member of the boards of directors and various board committees of Morgan Stanley, Fannie Mae, Workiva Inc., and Paxos. He chairs the audit committees of Fannie Mae and Morgan Stanley. He also serves on the advisory boards of several other companies and regulatory bodies and was formerly a trustee and vice chair of the Kessler Foundation. He is also an executive in residence at the Columbia Business School. Previously, Mr. Herz was Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from 2002-2010, a member of the International Accounting Standards Board, and was for many years a partner at PwC, including serving on its global board.
Assurance Partner and Leader of Governance Insights Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Paula Loop is an assurance partner and the leader of PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.
With more than 25 years of experience at PwC, Paula brings extensive knowledge of governance, technical accounting, and SEC and financial reporting matters to organizations.
Paula is a well known speaker on a variety of governance topics. She has also been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes and CNBC. Paula has been named to Directorship Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in US corporate governance for three years in a row.
She also serves on PwC’s US Board of Partners.
Previously, she was the New York Metro Regional Assurance Leader leading one of the Firm’s largest assurance practices responsible for over 3,000 staff and 300 partners. And from 2010 to 2012 she was PwC’s Global Talent Leader.
Paula is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New York) and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration. She lives in New Canaan, Connecticut with her husband and has three children.
Former Washington State Treasurer
James McIntire has 40 years of experience in government policy and finance. He was elected as Washington’s 22nd State Treasurer in 2008 in the midst of the financial crisis, and re-elected in 2012. As the state’s Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for managing $400 billion of transactions per year, financing a $21 billion debt portfolio (AA+/Aa1), investment of $18 billion of assets, public deposits of $6 billion, and served three terms as Chair of the $112 billion Washington State Investment Board. He is a recent past President of the National Association of State Treasurers and is currently a Senior Advisor for Star Mountain Capital in New York.
Mr. McIntire began his career working in the U.S. Senate for Hubert Humphrey, and served as a policy advisor to congressional committee chairmen and Washington governors. He is the former Director of the Fiscal Policy Center at the University of Washington, and served on the faculty of the University’s School of Public Policy and Governance for 25 years. He represented north Seattle in the Washington State House of Representatives for 10 of those years, where he provided leadership on several fiscal committees. During his time in the Legislature, he maintained an extensive national consulting practice with Navigant Consulting, Inc., estimating product, mass tort, class action and other legal liabilities for corporations, investors and creditors.
Mr. McIntire holds a BA in Urban and Regional Affairs from Macalester College, a MA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington.
President Emerita, The F.B. Heron Foundation
Clara Miller is President Emerita of the Heron Foundation, which helps people and communities help themselves out of poverty. She was President of Heron from 2011 through 2017. Prior to assuming Heron’s presidency, Ms. Miller founded and served as President and CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund from 1984 through 2010.
Ms. Miller serves on the boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Family Independence Initiative, and StoneCastle Financial Corp. She is a board member of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and is a 2018 Bridgespan Fellow. She was named to Nonprofit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50,” from 2006-20010, and 2016-2017 and to Inside Philanthropy’s “50 Most Powerful Women in U.S. Philanthropy” in 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she was named Social Innovator of the Year by the University of New Hampshire.
In 1996, Ms. Miller was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Treasury’s first Community Development Advisory Board for the then-newly-created Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. She later became its Chair. She chaired the Opportunity Finance Network board for six years (serving for nine) and was a member of the Community Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for eight years. She was a member of the inaugural Nonprofit Accounting Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from 2010-2014.
Ms. Miller speaks and writes extensively and has been published in The Financial Times, Medium, The Atlantic Blog, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Nonprofit Quarterly and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has spoken recently at Aspen Ideas Festival, Sciences Po, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business, Fuqua Business School at Duke, Oxford Said Business School, Bloomberg L.P., Mission Investors Exchange and SOCAP.
Director, Institute for Business and Social Impact – Berkeley Haas School of Business
Laura D. Tyson is a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School and Faculty Director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She chairs the Blum Center for Developing Economies Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley. From July 2018 to December 2018, she served as Interim Dean of Berkeley Haas. Previously, she was the Dean of London Business School (2002-2006) and the Dean of the Berkeley Haas (1998-2001). Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as Director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., Lexmark International Inc., and Apex Swiss Holdings SARL. She is the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nation’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
ELISSE WALTER, JD
Former Chairman, SEC
Elisse B. Walter was appointed Commissioner of the SEC by President George W. Bush in 2008. She was later designated the 30th Chairman of the SEC by President Barack Obama, and she served as the agency’s leader from December 2012 to April 2013. Prior to her appointment as an SEC Commissioner, Ms. Walter served as Senior Executive Vice President, Regulatory Policy & Programs, for FINRA. Ms. Walter is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of the City of New York and the inaugural class of the ABA’s DirectWomen Institute. She also has received, among other honors, the Presidential Rank Award (Distinguished), the ASECA William O. Douglas Award, the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence, the SEC’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Federal Bar Association’s Philip Loomis and Manuel F. Cohen Younger Lawyer Awards.
She serves on the Boards of Occidental Petroleum, FINRA, FINRA Investor Education Foundation and the National Women’s Law Center. She also serves on the SEC’s Investor Advisory and Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.
President, The SASB Foundation
Matthew Welch has dedicated his career to leading mission-based organizations through the challenges of achieving growth, scale, and self-sufficiency. His work experience spans government, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors, and he has led teams in entering new markets, launching products and programs, and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
As President, Mr. Welch works with the Board of Directors to develop the organization’s strategic objectives and then lead the staff in implementing them. He oversees the financing of the organization through fundraising and commercial activities, and is responsible for the operations that support these areas and the work of the SASB standards-setting board and its technical staff.
Mr. Welch has broad experience in strategy, operations, and product development, developed through senior roles at Kaplan Test Prep, Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Junyo, Teachscape, and The Rotary Foundation. Years of experience with education programs, software and data products, and research studies give him a good background for equipping the market with offerings that support education and use of the SASB standards.
Mr. Welch holds a BA from Grinnell College and a MPA in management and public policy from Columbia University. He is a member of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, where he has served on the Finance, Development, and Academic Affairs Committees. He currently chairs the Audit Committee.
JAY WILLOUGHBY, CFA
Chief Investment Officer, The Investment Fund For Foundations
Jay Willoughby joined TIFF in 2015 and serves as Chief Investment Officer, presiding over the full range of TIFF’s investment activities and programs. Prior to joining TIFF, Mr. Willoughby spent four years as CIO of the State of Alaska’s roughly $50 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. Previously, he was Co-Managing Partner at Ironbound Capital Management and spent nine years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers LP as CIO, Private Investors Group; Head of Research for Equity Funds; and Senior Portfolio Manager, Merrill Lynch Real Estate Fund. He received a BA in biology from Pomona College and an MBA from Columbia University, and is a CFA charterholder. Mr. Willoughby serves on the board of American Homes 4 Rent.
Philanthropist, Co-Founder of Bloomberg LP
Charles Zegar is one of the original four founding partners of Bloomberg Financial Markets. He was the technical computer expert for this partnership. He designed, programmed and managed development of the Bloomberg terminal system. Prior to Bloomberg, Mr. Zegar was a Vice President at Salomon Brothers (planning and choosing data processing equipment).
Mr. Zegar has a BS in chemistry from Long Island University (1971). He also has two master degrees from New York University in Computer Science (1977) and Biology (2005). Presently, he is involved in functional genomics research at New York University and serves as Trustee and Chief Financial Officer of his family foundation, the Zegar Family Foundation. The Zegar Family Foundation donates to numerous, diverse causes, including: science and medicine, environment, justice and human rights, human services and economic opportunity, nutrition and health, education, and arts, culture and heritage. Mr. Zegar also serves as a trustee of NYU and of Long Island University.
Charles Zegar, who prefers to be called “Chuck”, splits his time along with his wife Merryl living in both New York City and Santa Barbara.
Key Board Roles
Role of the Chair of the Board
The Board Chair is responsible for leading the Board and ensuring that the Board fulfills its governance responsibilities.
Role of the Vice Chair of the Board
The role of the Vice Chair is to work closely with the Chair and President to plan annual Board priorities and appropriate Board engagement, and to work with the President to guide the strategic plan for the organization.
Role of the Secretary
The role of the Secretary is to keep a full and complete record of the proceedings of the Board and its committees, to supervise the giving of any appropriate notices, and to keep the minute books of the corporation.
Role of the Treasurer
The role of the Treasurer is to keep and maintain adequate and correct books and accounts of the corporation’s properties and transactions, supervise the charge and custody of all funds of the corporation, and supervise the deposit of such funds in the manner prescribed by the Board.
Role of the CEO
The role of the CEO is to lead the board in developing organizational strategy and overseeing its implementation. The Chief Executive Officer’s principal mandate is to promote and facilitate global adoption of the standards by businesses, investors and markets. The Chief Executive Officer serves as the primary external voice for SASB and is responsible for maintaining a strong global presence and representing the interests of SASB and the sustainable accounting standards field to potential corporate users, investors, legislatures, regulators, markets, organizations, and other key stakeholder groups.
Role of the President
The role of the President is to generally supervise, direct, and control the corporation’s administrative activities and affairs, including responsibility for fundraising and commercial activities.
The purpose of this committee is to carry out the responsibilities delegated by the Board relating to the Organization’s annual audit. (Chair: Rudi Bless)
The purpose of this Committee is to develop the Organization’s fundraising strategy; identify, engage, and build relationships with potential donors; and to engage the Foundation Board in fundraising activities. (Chair: Clara Miller)
The purpose of this Committee is to act on behalf of the board, as needed, during interim times between board meetings. (Chair: Mary Schapiro)
Finance and Compensation Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to regularly review the Organization’s finances and assist management in developing appropriate financial strategies. The Committee has also been delegated to determine the compensation of officers and key employees. (Chair: Steve Gunders)
Market Strategy Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to oversee a strategic planning process that is completed by the Organization every 3 to 5 years, to provide advice and feedback to staff and Board on strategic issues that arise outside of the strategic planning process, and to provide market perspectives to the staff and Board. (Chair: James McIntire)
Governance & Nominating Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to oversee the nomination process for the SASB Foundation Board of Directors and the SASB Standards Board; as well as to formulate, implement, and modify, as necessary, the Organization’s corporate governance policies, practices, and governing documents. (Chair: Alan Beller)
The Standards Oversight Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to safeguard the independence and integrity of the standards-setting process through the direct monitoring and evaluation of the SASB’s due process and via the resolution of due process-related inquiries. (Chair: Elisse Walter)
MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG
Philanthropist, Founder of Bloomberg LP, and the 108th Mayor of New York City
Michael R. Bloomberg served as Chair of the SASB Foundation Board from 2014-2018 and remains supportive and engaged with our future efforts.
Past Board Members
Jean Rogers, PhD, PE
Founder, CEO, and Ex-Officio Board Member