Robert H. Forrester
President & CEO Newman’s Own Foundation
Bob Forrester has dedicated his career to service to the global philanthropy community. His professional career spans over 40 years in the management of nonprofit organizations, as the founder and CEO of Payne, Forrester & Associates, LLC, a leading international firm providing consulting services in the areas of planning, governance, communications, and strategic fundraising, and most recently, as CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own, Inc.
Current Board memberships include Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (founding member), The Discovery Center (founding member), Safe Water Network (founding member), Association of Hole in the Wall Camps (founding member), University of Hartford Board of Regents, The Alford Group, as well as Newman’s Own Foundation and Newman’s Own, Inc.
As a close personal friend and philanthropic advisor to Paul Newman, Bob was asked by Paul to serve as the first President of the Newman’s Own Foundation. Today, his responsibilities include: President & CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Chairman & CEO of Newman’s Own, Inc. In these positions, Bob considers himself as the steward of the philanthropic legacy of Paul Newman and Newman’s Own.
Partner, Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC
R. Hunter Biden serves as Chairman at Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a National law firm based in New York. Mr. Biden is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Masters Program in the School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Biden currently serves as Chairman of the Board of World Food Program USA and is a member of the CSIS Executive Council on Development. Mr. Biden is also a Director on a number of not-for-profit Boards including the Truman National Security Project, Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer, and the NativityMiguel Network of Schools. From 2006-2009, Mr. Biden served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving as Vice Chairman from 2007-2009. Mr. Biden was honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Previously, Mr. Biden was a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP, was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination under Secretary of Commerce William Daley and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America Bank.
Mr. Biden is also a member of the bar in the State of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School and is married and has three daughters, Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy.
Council of Foreign Relations, Harvard University Kennedy School
Dick Cavanagh and his family returned to Boston in 2007, after a decade in New York. Cavanagh rejoined the Harvard Kennedy School Faculty, where he teaches entrepreneurial management courses. He serves as the non-executive Chairman of the BlackRock Mutual Funds and recently retired as Chairman of the non-profit Educational Testing Service (ETS). Cavanagh is currently a Director/Senior Advisor to the Fremont Group, the Lead Director of Arch Chemicals, a Director of The Guardian Life Insurance Company, and a Trustee of Volunteers of America.
Previously, for twelve years, Cavanagh was the President & CEO of The Conference Board, the global business and economics research group known for its economic projections (e.g. consumer confidence and the leading economic indicators) and management/governance research. Earlier, he served as the Executive Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School, as a partner of McKinsey & Company, and as Executive Director in the White House Office of Management and Budget. With Donald K. Clifford, Jr. he co-authored the best-selling management book, The Winning Performance, which has been published in thirteen national editions.
Cavanagh was educated at Wesleyan University (where he served as a Trustee for twelve years) and at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Constance B. Newman
Special Advisor for African Affairs, The Carmen Group, Washington D.C.
Constance Berry Newman has served seven different presidential appointments and has extensive experience managing public and private organizations. Her international service includes work in Afghanistan, Liberia, Ukraine, Russia, China and many African countries. Constance has worked to build partnerships between African governments, non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations in an effort to support African ownership and participation in development initiatives.
From 2004-2005, Constance served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs. She acted as President Bush’s G8 personal representative on Africa, played an advisory role to the secretary of state and guided the operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2001, she was sworn in as the assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development and lead efforts to administer economic and humanitarian assistance in Africa.
Constance was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. She graduated from Bates College with a political science degree and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.