President's Council

The purpose of the President’s Council is to be a group of influential, major URI supporters who have relevant organizational wisdom, and who are partners with the Global Council and the Executive Director in providing guidance and leadership to URI.

THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL (HONORARY MEMBERS AND MEMBERS)

William K. Bowes, Jr.

(Honorary Member) (In Memoriam)

William K. Bowes, Jr. had three careers – each somehow leading to the next. After twenty-five years of investment banking in San Francisco, he founded U.S. Venture Partners in 1981, providing him with the opportunity to help create initiatives at their earliest stage. “Venture Philanthropy” followed naturally and included “start-ups”; financing initiatives inside established institutions; and larger “transformative” investments in institutions, including the United Religions Initiative. The following board and advisory council assignments are indicative of areas of interest: the University of California, San Francisco Foundation, Exploratorium, Grace Cathedral, Environmental Defense Fund, Stanford’s Bio-X, Asian Art Museum, QB3, Institute for Systems Biology, San Francisco Jazz, Xoma Corporation, Creative Capital, Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Bowes passed in 2015, and is survived by his wife, Ute Conchita Bowes.

Rupert H. Johnson, Jr.

(Honorary Member)

Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. is Vice Chairman, Member - Office of the Chairman and Director of Franklin Resources, Inc. He serves as an officer, director, and trustee of some of the subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. and of 47 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton Investments. He is also Chairman and Director of Franklin Templeton funds. Mr. Johnson joined Franklin in 1965 after serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He is a member on the board of the BASIC Fund and has served as a member of the executive committee as well as the Board of Governors of The Investment Company Institute. He also served on the board of the San Francisco Zoological Society and has been active with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is a former trustee of both Santa Clara University and Washington and Lee University.

Archibald McClure

(Honorary Member)

Arch McClure retired from a highly successful business career as a Senior Executive and member of the Board of The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to serving as a Director of Quaker Oats, he served on the Boards of Holiday Inns, First Illinois Bancorp, Sciaky Brothers, and Family Value. After retirement from Quaker, Mr. McClure pursued his life-long interest in education by serving for seven years as Vice President of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He contributed as a Board member of many charitable, educational organizations boards including National Boy Scouts, Coe College, IIT, and various Church and School Boards. He has been a part of the long-standing leadership of the growth and success of URI. In all he has endeavored, he was always assisted by his late wife Anne Cunningham McClure, to whom he was devoted. The son and the grandson of ministers, Arch taught Sunday School for many years. Working together with Anne, becoming a founding Global Council trustee for URI was the culmination of all his life’s experience. As young children, Arch and Anne attended Arch’s father’s church services where speakers from other religions and faith traditions were invited to preach. That early exposure proved inspirational in Arch and Anne’s work for URI. URI embodies their belief that religious tolerance and the values shared by all religions can work for peace.

Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz

(Honorary Member)

Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz has served nine San Francisco Mayors as Chief of Protocol and Director of Special Events for the City and County of San Francisco. During her tenure, she was responsible for receiving and entertaining many world leaders, including the Pope, Queen Elizabeth II, General Secretary Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, President Medvedev of Russia, Prime Minister Varadkar of Ireland, Prime Minister Modi of India, and President Mitterrand and President Hollande of France, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines, and Presidents Fox, Calderón, and Nieto of Mexico. Dame Shultz is a member of many civic boards such as the War Memorial Performing Arts Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Commonwealth Club of California.

The Hon. George P. Shultz

Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Former Secretary of State for the United States; Honorary Member of the URI President's Council

The Honorable George P. Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and business. He taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. During the Reagan administration, he served as Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-1982) and Secretary of State (1982-89). In 1989, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Chandler (Chan) Tagliabue

(Honorary Member)

Chandler Tagliabue grew up in Milledgeville, GA, with two younger brothers. She was an outstanding student and received her BA in English and French from the Women’s College of Georgia (now Georgia College and State University) in 1964. In 1965, Chan married Paul Tagliabue, then fresh out of law school. She later earned a Master of Arts degree in English and American Literature at George Washington University, and has been for decades an avid participant in book clubs in Washington, New York City and Boothbay Harbor, ME. Chan’s current primary involvement is as a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University. She serves as Vice Chair of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics committee and is also a member of the Georgetown Learning Initiatives committee.

In the past, Chan devoted time and energy as a volunteer leader and board member of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization engaged in rehabilitating housing for elderly, disabled and other disadvantaged citizens. Chan has also been heavily involved in other organizations, including as a board member for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington; honorary chair of a capital campaign for the Girl Scout Council of the National Capital; and as senior warden of the vestry and chair of a St Columba’s capital campaign.

Paul Tagliabue

(Honorary Member)

Paul Tagliabue is currently Vice Chair of Georgetown University’s Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2006 and served as Chair from 2009 to 2015. Tagliabue engages in a range of endeavors, including in business, law, and higher education. He previously served as the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from 1989 until 2006. As NFL Commissioner, Tagliabue presided over an extended period of labor peace, league expansion and growth of fan interest and revenue in professional football. Tagliabue now serves as a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and has previously advised the United States Olympic Committee on its governance structure.

Tagliabue is senior counsel in the law firm Covington & Burling in its Washington, D.C., office and advises clients on governance and public policy matters. Tagliabue's contributions in business and public service have been recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the NCAA, the Sports Business Journal, Autism Speaks, the United Way of America, the National Urban League and other organizations. Before becoming the NFL’s CEO, Tagliabue represented the NFL and other clients for two decades at Covington & Burling. He earlier served in the Office of U.S. Secretary of Defense as a policy analyst and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on business boards, including Panasonic’s Global Advisory Group, as well as boards of nonprofit organizations.

Kat Taylor

(Honorary Member)

Kat Taylor is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently focuses on beneficial banking services and food systems through two primary organizations. She and her husband, Tom Steyer, are the Founding Directors of OneCalifornia Bank and a foundation, which lends to low-income communities to support local economies and job creation. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation dedicated to returning to sustainable food production. Kat is a Partner in INKA, a startup renewable food company pioneering closed loop food systems. Since 1986, Kat served on the board of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and the Insight Prison Project. Kat has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of KQED, Inc., the Bay Area and Northern California’s public radio and television station. Kat and Tom reside in San Francisco with their four children and many animals.

The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing

President and Founding Trustee of URI; Former Episcopal Bishop of California

William E. Swing, 7th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California (1980-2006), was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from Kenyon College and Virginia Theological Seminary, and holds six honorary degrees. Bishop Swing served as a priest in Wheeling, Weirton, and Chester, West Virginia. He also started a church at Waterford Park Race Track in Chester, pioneered homeless work in San Francisco, and played a critical role in saving St. Luke’s Hospital. He served on the Board of the American Foundation for AIDS research for 20 years and has spoken throughout the world. He was instrumental in starting a capital development bank in Oakland. He is known as an outspoken leader about the standing of gays and lesbians in the church. He led the radical expansion of the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, California. Bishop Swing is the Founder and President of the United Religions Initiative. He is married to Mary Taylor Swing and has two children and three grandchildren.

Bishop Swing is an inspirational speaker and an author, most recently of A Bishop's Quest: Founding a United Religions and The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop's Playful and Eventful Life. Both books are available on Amazon.com; the proceeds of book sales will benefit URI.

The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr.

Executive Director

The Rev. Victor Kazanjian leads URl's global grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network of over 1,000 groups working in more than 100 countries and at the United Nations to build bridges of cooperation between people of all beliefs and cultures. Prior to joining URI, Victor served as Dean of lntercultural Education & Religious and Spiritual Life and Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Wellesley College, and as visiting faculty at the Malaviya Center for Peace Research at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India, where he served as Fulbright Professor of Peace and Justice Studies. Co-Founder of Education as Transformation Inc., an international organization that works on religious diversity and spirituality in higher education, Victor is also an author, educator, recognized thought-leader and trainer in areas of intergroup dialogue, multicultural and interreligious understanding, conflict transformation, diversity and democracy, social justice, community organizing, and peacebuilding. He is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church and was trained as a community organizer working to address the systemic causes of poverty and injustice through the support of community-based groups. He holds degrees from the Episcopal Divinity School and Harvard University.

John Weiser

(Member) Chairperson, President's Council

John Weiser previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Graduate Theological Union, a partnership of nine seminaries of differing denominations. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Weiser served as General Counsel of Bechtel Group, Inc., an international engineering construction firm. Earlier, he was a partner and member of the management committee of Shearman & Sterling, a major Wall Street law firm. He and his wife, Maria, had nine children, one of whom died as a toddler; they have eleven grandchildren.

Gwinne Berexa

(Member)

Gwinneth Berexa was Senior Vice President and Head of Liquid Risk Management at MUFG Union Bank from 2012 to 2014 and as a Liquidity Risk Management and Stress Testing Consultant with the Promontory Financial Group from 2006-2012. Prior to that she was a Principal at Bank of America in Global Capital Markets and Head of Corporate Development and Securitization for Providian Financial. Gwinne was President of the Junior League of San Francisco from 2008-2010 and is active with Cross Cultural Solutions in South America and Planned Parenthood Northern California (Investment Committee). Gwinne was born in Colombia, South America, and is married to Steven Berexa, Global CIO for Equities at Allianz Global Investors. They live in Marin County.

Peter Carpenter

(Member)

Peter Carpenter is a strategist, synthesizer, businessman and non-profit leader. He is the Founder of the Mission and Values Institute and has served in the federal government (Office of the Secretary of Defense, White House, Office of Management and Budget, and the US Price Commission), local government (Palo Alto Planning Commissioner and Director, Menlo Park Fire Protection District), academia (Executive Director Stanford University Medical Center and McGill University) and the private sector (Executive Vice President ALZA Corporation). He has also served on numerous non-profit boards including Annual Reviews, the San Francisco Opera, InSTEDD, the Village Enterprise Fund, US International University – Kenya, and the Alan Guttmacher Institute.

J. Robert Coleman

(Member)

After stints at Goldman, Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch over 41 years and being unable to retain a paid situation, he retired in 2015. Over this time he morphed from being a stockbroker into a discretionary investment manager of a team with about $3B in assets. For several years he was ranked (# 8) on Barron's list of the 100 Top Investment Brokers. Now he focuses his time on investment work with three foundations, including URI. He is also a trustee of the BSA National Foundation and president of the American Fondouk Animal Hospital Foundation in Fez, Morocco. He also lovingly and patiently devotes himself to the seemingly endless process of renovating a home in Woodside.

 

Mary Cranston

(Member)

Mary Cranston is a seasoned corporate director and investor. She is the retired CEO and Chair Emeritus of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. As CEO from 1999 to 2006, she expanded PWSP internationally, doubling its size and profitability. She currently serves as a director of Visa, the Chemours Company, MyoKardia, CSAA Insurance, McAfee, Boardspan, and Fiduciary Trust. She served as a Trustee of Stanford University from 2000 to 2010, and as the Chair of the Board of the Stanford Children’s Hospital until December 2016. She has also chaired the Stanford Alumni Association, the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors, and the Stanford Children’s Research Initiative. She currently sits on the boards of the Commonwealth Club of California (which she chaired from 2008 to 2010) and of Catalyst. She has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States, and by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 50 most influential and effective public company directors in America. Mary has served as an advisor and investor to numerous startups in technology, financial technology and pharmaceuticals.  

Julia L. Davidson

(Member)

Julia Davidson previously practiced corporate securities law as a partner at Cooley LLP. She is president of the board of trustees of Crystal Springs Uplands School and serves on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. She previously served as board president of the Hillsborough Schools Foundation and of Episcopal Charities. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Harvard Law School.

Donald Derheim

(Member)

Donald Derheim, Chief Executive Officer of SFJAZZ, leads the organization in all phases of its business as it builds on its growth as a jazz presenter, digital leader, and classroom innovator. Don was a media executive at KQED Inc. with a wide-ranging portfolio. He oversaw the strategic and operational excellence of KQED’s NPR and PBS affiliated Radio and Television stations as its Chief Operating Officer.  Don served as Board Secretary of Greater Public, Inc., producer of the largest national conference for public media professionals and served on numerous other industry Boards, committees, and working groups. Before joining KQED Inc. he was the advertising and marketing publicity manager at MTV Networks in New York and on the staff of the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Don is a community Trustee at Grace Cathedral and serves on the President’s Council of URI.org.

Sarah Freitag

(Member)

Sarah Freitag is a native Californian, born in San Francisco and raised in Hillsborough where she currently resides. At the University of Colorado, Boulder, she graduated with a degree in literature and also took several classes in theology, as she was fascinated by world religions and religiously-motivated violence.

After a career in software sales and marketing in Silicon Valley, mainly with Oracle, Sarah founded a landscape business – her first love. Her focus is on outdoor staging and she designs landscapes for both residential and commercial properties. She has an eye for beauty as well as endless patience for her customers.

Sarah has always been involved with philanthropy and volunteerism ever since high school. She has three children. Her husband, Brad, works for Apple Computer.

William P. Fuller

(Member)

William P. Fuller serves on the boards of a bank and a technology company in the Bay Area as well as a number of non-profits involved with Asia. From 2004 to 2008 Bill was the Vice Chair of ChinaVest, a merchant bank with offices in Shanghai and San Francisco. He served as CEO of The Asia Foundation in San Francisco from 1989 to 2004, and from 1981 to 1989 as Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, D.C. and as Director of the USAID mission in Indonesia. From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Fuller served with the Ford Foundation in Thailand, and later as head of the Foundation's office in Bangladesh. He began his career with UNICEF in the Middle East and with the World Bank in Paris. Mr. Fuller holds an MBA from Harvard and a Ph.D from Stanford.

Margaret G.  Gill 

(Member)

Margaret Gill has been Chair and President of the Stephen and Margaret Gill Family Foundation since 1999. She was the Senior Vice President of Legal, External Affairs & Secretary from 1994 to 1999 with Air Touch Communications. Prior to this she was Associate of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro from 1966 to 1972, and Partner from 1973 to 1993. She was the Practice Group Manager and Senior Partner, Corporate and Securities Group (46 attorneys in 6 offices) from 1983 to 1993. She is on the Board of Directors/Trustee for Con-Way, Inc., Episcopal Church in the Diocese of California (President through 2008), the San Francisco Ballet (Vice Chair, Chair of the Governance Committee, Chair of the 75th Anniversary Celebrations), and Episcopal Charities (President 2001-2006). She is a member of the International Women's Forum and Women's Forum West, and the Wellesley College Capital Campaign Class Committee in California.

Jill H. Kramer

(Member)

Jill H. Kramer is a founding member of the URI President’s Council; a founding member of the Vital Voices Bay Area Council; an emerita Trustee of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, a past president of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation (ARCSNCC); founder of CLAW (Critter Lovers at Work); and she co-founded the Coro Foundation program for “Women Over 40”. She is a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academy of Sciences. She recently joined How Women Lead.

The Hon. Richard Livermore

(Member)

Richard Livermore is an expert in dispute resolution. He is a retired Judge of the Superior Court of California, having served as a California Judicial officer from August, 1988, through December, 2016. His judicial service included pioneering work in the development of alternatives to incarceration for defendants in the grips of drug and alcohol dependency. Judge Livermore’s assignments included Criminal, Civil, Probate, Juvenile, Family and Collaborative Court calendars. He has taught at both the California Judges College and the National Judges College. Prior to his judicial service, he was a pioneer in the development of Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) practices throughout the United States at the Federal, State, and Local levels.

Robert Lurie

(Member)

Robert (Bob) Lurie has a lifelong dedication to business, civic and community affairs in San Francisco. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1953 before returning home to enter the San Francisco business community. Upon his father’s passing in 1972, Bob Lurie assumed the presidency of the Lurie Company, a San Francisco and Chicago-based real estate company specializing in commercial properties. In 1976, a Lurie Company subsidiary purchased the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club.

 

George Marcus

(Member)

George M. Marcus is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Marcus & Millichap Company (MMC). Founded in 1971, MMC is the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment and development firms. His professional memberships include Real Estate Roundtable, Urban Land Institute, the U.C. Berkeley Fisher Center for Real Estate and numerous other professional and community organizations. Mr. Marcus graduated with a B.S. in Economics from San Francisco State University in 1965, he was honored as Alumnus of the Millennium in 1999 and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the California State University in 2011.

David Newson

(Member)

David leads the creation and execution of all experiential and growth programs at B|O|S (Bingham, Osborn & Scarborough), a financial advisory firm with offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. He is an experienced entrepreneur passionate about helping smart people make excellent financial decisions. David is a champion of philanthropy and impact investing.  David believes in the power of story to spread new ideas as curator and organizer for TEDxSoMa. He is also Board Chair, Modern Campfires and a member of Forbes Business Development Council.

Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce

(Member)

Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, DD, PhD, served Congregation Emanu-El as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Senior Rabbi from 1993 to 2013. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his doctorate in counselor psychology at St. John’s University. He is an advisory board member of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Previously, he served on the boards of the Graduate Theological Union and Palo Alto University, and is a past president of the Northern California Board of Rabbis. In January 2018, he was named the Taube Scholar at Congregation Emanuel-El.

Suzanne Eloise Siskel

Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Asia Foundation; URI President’s Council Member

Ms. Siskel oversees the Asia Foundation’s 18 Asian offices and US operations. The Foundation is a 65-year old nonprofit committed to improving lives across Asia and supporting its continuing development as a peaceful, just and thriving region of the world. Previously she held leadership positions over two decades at the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, Philippines and New York. She serves on the boards of Winrock International, China Medical Board, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Friends of Fondation de France, and Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation. She is Co-President of Ford’s alumni association, former President of the Fulbright Association, and was a distinguished scholar at the Clinton School of Public Service in Arkansas. She holds degrees in anthropology from Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University.

Roselyne C. Swig

(Member)

Roselyne "Cissie" Swig is Founder and President of ComCon International, and member of the Board of Directors of The Swig Company and founder of Roselyne C. Swig Artsource (1978-94). She was appointed Director of the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program by President William J. Clinton (1994-97). She has devoted decades to philanthropic and community service efforts, at local, national and global levels with a focus on women's empowerment, social welfare, fine art, political advocacy and education. Ms. Swig is founder of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and Bayview Alliance.

HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL

William K. Bowes, Jr.

(Honorary Member) (In Memoriam)

Mr. William K. Bowes, Jr. had three careers – each somehow leading to the next. After twenty-five years of investment banking in San Francisco, he founded U.S. Venture Partners in 1981, providing him with the opportunity to help create initiatives at their earliest stage. “Venture Philanthropy” followed naturally has and included “start-ups”; financing initiatives inside established institutions; larger “transformative” investments in institutions. The following Board and Advisory Council assignments are indicative of areas of interest: the University of California, San Francisco Foundation, Exploratorium, Grace Cathedral, Environmental Defense Fund, Stanford’s Bio-X, Asian Art Museum, QB3, Institute for Systems Biology, San Francisco Jazz, Xoma Corporation, Creative Capital, Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Mr. Bowes passed in 2015, and is survived by his wife, Ute Conchita Bowes.

Rupert H. Johnson, Jr.

Rupert H. Johnson, Jr. is Vice Chairman, Member - Office of the Chairman and Director of Franklin Resources, Inc. He serves as an officer, director, and trustee of some of the subsidiaries of Franklin Resources, Inc. and of 47 of the investment companies in Franklin Templeton Investments. He is also Chairman and Director of Franklin Templeton funds. Mr. Johnson joined Franklin in 1965 after serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. He is a member on the board of United Religions Initiative and the BASIC Fund. He has served as a member of the executive committee as well as the Board of Governors of The Investment Company Institute. He also served on the board of the San Francisco Zoological Society and has been active with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is a former trustee of both Santa Clara University and Washington and Lee University.

Archibald McClure

(Honorary Member)

Arch McClure retired from a highly successful business career as a Senior Executive and member of the Board of The Quaker Oats Company. In addition to serving as a Director of Quaker Oats, he served on the Boards of Holiday Inns, First Illinois Bancorp, Sciaky Brothers, and Family Value. After retirement from Quaker, Mr. McClure pursued his life-long interest in education by serving for seven years as Vice President of Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He contributed as a Board member of many charitable, educational organizations boards including National Boy Scouts, Coe College, IIT, and various Church and School Boards. He has been a part of the long-standing leadership of the growth and success of URI. In all he has endeavored, he was always assisted by his late wife Anne Cunningham McClure, to whom he was devoted. The son and the grandson of ministers, Arch taught Sunday School for many years. Working together with Anne, becoming a founding Global Council trustee for URI was the culmination of all his life’s experience. As young children, Arch and Anne attended Arch’s father’s church services where speakers from other religions and faith traditions were invited to preach. That early exposure proved inspirational in Arch and Anne’s work for URI. URI embodies their belief that religious tolerance and the values shared by all religions can work for peace.

Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz

(Honorary Member)

Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz has served nine San Francisco Mayors as Chief of Protocol and Director of Special Events for the City and County of San Francisco. During her tenure, she was responsible for receiving and entertaining many world leaders, including the Pope, Queen Elizabeth II, General Secretary Gorbachev of the Soviet Union, President Medvedev of Russia, Prime Minister Varadkar of Ireland, Prime Minister Modi of India, and President Mitterrand and President Hollande of France, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines, and Presidents Fox, Calderón, and Nieto of Mexico. Dame Shultz is a member of many civic boards such as the War Memorial Performing Arts Center, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, and the Commonwealth Club of California.

The Hon. George P. Shultz

Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Former Secretary of State for the United States; Honorary Member of the URI President's Council

The Honorable George P. Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and business. He taught at MIT and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, where he became dean in 1962. He was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1969, Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1970, and Secretary of the Treasury in 1972. From 1974 to 1982, he was President of Bechtel Group, Inc. During the Reagan administration, he served as Chairman of the President’s Economic Policy Advisory Board (1981-1982) and Secretary of State (1982-89). In 1989, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Chandler (Chan) Tagliabue

Chan Tagliabue grew up in Milledgeville, GA, with two younger brothers.  She was an outstanding student and received her BA in English and French from the Women’s College of Georgia in 1964.  In 1965, Chan married Paul Tagliabue, then fresh out of law school.  She later earned a masters degree in English and American Literature at George Washington University.  In the mid-1970’s, Chan and Paul and their children met Bill Swing when he was the rector of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, and they soon became strong collaborators with Bill and good friends of both Mary and Bill. For many years, Chan devoted time and energy as a volunteer leader and board member of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading not-for-profit organization engaged in rehabilitating housing for elderly, disabled and other disadvantaged citizens.  Chan has also been heavily involved in other organizations, including as a board member for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington; honorary chair of a capital campaign for the Girl Scout Council of the National Capital; and as senior warden of the vestry and chair of a St Columba’s capital campaign.  Chan and Paul have in recent years traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the Mid-East and elsewhere, and have engaged in business, higher education and public policy discussions in Europe and Asia, including in Australia, Bhutan, China, India, Japan and Singapore.   

Paul Tagliabue

(Honorary Member)

Paul Tagliabue is currently Vice Chair of Georgetown University’s Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2006 and served as Chair from 2009 to 2015. Tagliabue engages in a range of endeavors, including in business, law, and higher education. He previously served as the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from 1989 until 2006. As NFL Commissioner, Tagliabue presided over an extended period of labor peace, league expansion and growth of fan interest and revenue in professional football. Tagliabue now serves as a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and has previously advised the United States Olympic Committee on its governance structure.

Tagliabue is senior counsel in the law firm Covington & Burling in its Washington, D.C., office and advises clients on governance and public policy matters. Tagliabue's contributions in business and public service have been recognized by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the NCAA, the Sports Business Journal, Autism Speaks, the United Way of America, the National Urban League and other organizations. Before becoming the NFL’s CEO, Tagliabue represented the NFL and other clients for two decades at Covington & Burling. He earlier served in the Office of U.S. Secretary of Defense as a policy analyst and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on business boards, including Panasonic’s Global Advisory Group, as well as boards of nonprofit organizations.

Kat Taylor

(Honorary Member)

Kat Taylor is active in a variety of social business, public benefit and philanthropic ventures in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently focuses on beneficial banking services and food systems through two primary organizations. She and her husband, Tom Steyer, are the Founding Directors of OneCalifornia Bank and a foundation, which lends to low-income communities to support local economies and job creation. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation dedicated to returning to sustainable food production. Kat is a Partner in INKA, a startup renewable food company pioneering closed loop food systems. Since 1986, Kat served on the board of the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center and the Insight Prison Project. Kat has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of KQED, Inc., the Bay Area and Northern California’s public radio and television station. Kat and Tom reside in San Francisco with their four children and many animals.