Working together with the Board of Directors, the Clinton Foundation's leadership team is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation's work around the world. Our leadership team consists of our chief executive officer, our chief financial officer, the leaders of our programmatic work (generally called chief executive officer or executive director of individual Foundation initiatives and the Presidential Center), and the leaders of our essential support functions.
Leadership Team as of April 2017
- Philip A. Berry, Chief Human Resources Officer
- Tom Borchard, Director of Operations and Security
- ALEX CHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, CLINTON HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE
- Amitabh Desai, Foreign Policy Director
- Lisena DeSantis, Director of CGI Commitments and Member Services
- james jenkin, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
- Andrew Kessel, Chief Financial Officer
- Bari Lurie, Chief Of Staff, Office Of Chelsea Clinton
- Patti Miller, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Too Small to Fail
- Gregory Milne, Chief Metrics and Impact Officer
- Craig Minassian, Chief Communications Officer
- Walker Morris, Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Development Initiative
- Maura Pally, Senior Vice President of programs and Acting chief development officer
- Daniel Schaefer, Chief Technology Officer
- Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director
- Kevin Thurm, Acting chief Executive officer
- Bill wetzel, director, cgi university
Leaders of our Separate, Affiliated Entities
- Ira Magaziner, Vice Chairman And Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance For A Healthier Generation
Philip A. Berry
Chief Human Resources Officer
Philip A. Berry serves as the chief human resources officer, responsible for strategies to attract, develop, and retain talent for the Clinton Foundation. Prior to his current role, he was the president of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a management consulting firm which focuses on executive coaching, global talent development, and organizational effectiveness. As the former vice president of global workplace initiatives, and the corporate officer for Colgate-Palmolive, Philip led the company's human resources efforts to create a diverse and effective workforce. Before joining Colgate-Palmolive, Philip acquired HR expertise at Procter & Gamble. He also was the vice president of human resources at Digital Equipment and the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. Currently, Philip serves as the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is responsible for the 24 public colleges within New York City. Philip is also the acting chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. Philip’s educational background includes an M.B.A. from Xavier University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, a bachelor's in sociology from Queens College, and an associate degree in marketing from Manhattan Community College. Philip resides in Manhattan with his wife and has two children – a son and a daughter.
Director of Operations and Security
Tom Borchard is the director of operations and security at the Clinton Foundation. In this role he oversees the day-to-day operations of the New York office. He has been with the Foundation since 2008, having previously served as the human resources and office operations senior manager of the Clinton Global Initiative. Prior to joining the Foundation, Tom was the director of Administrative Services at Briggs, Inc., a New York City-based destination management company specializing in corporate event planning. He has worked as a stage manager on numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and touring productions including "Rent”, "Cats”, and "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Tom holds a master's in human resources and employment relations from Penn State University, and a bachelor's in stage management from Skidmore College.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Alex Chan is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) at the Clinton Foundation. In his role, Alex oversees the initiative’s overarching goals of decreasing the prevalence of preventable diseases and closing health equity and health disparity gaps. Alex previously served as the director of National Health for CHMI and oversaw the portfolio of programs focused on chronic disease prevention and treatment. Included within this portfolio of work are programs that address critical needs or gaps in services across a broad array of domestic health issues, including health promotion on college campuses, addressing prescription drug abuse and misuse, providing technical support to employers to implement business practice changes aimed at improving employee health, and developing a scalable model of community engagement to increase the impact of youth-serving sports organizations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Alex worked in both the public and private sectors on projects designed to improve health outcomes through interventions in the built environment. He holds a master's in urban planning from the University of Michigan, as well as graduate degrees in public administration and communications management from the University of Southern California.
Amitabh ("Ami") Desai
Foreign Policy Adviser
Ami has been with the Clinton Foundation for more than 10 years. As foreign policy adviser, Ami guides international strategy and relationships, and plays a central role in shaping and executing President Clinton's vision. This includes managing relationships with heads of state, business leaders, philanthropists, and NGOs around the globe; and overseeing international programs, in particular CCI, CDI, CGEP, and CGI. Ami also directs projects of particular interest for President Clinton, including the development of new partnerships in Myanmar, Jordan, Greece, Bosnia, and Northern Ireland; the creation of the Haiti Development Fund, established by President Clinton, Carlos Slim, and Frank Giustra in 2010 to invest in small- and medium-sized business in Haiti; and all preparations for President Clinton's "Future of the Americas" summit in December 2014. Previously, Ami served as legislative aide to then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, with responsibility for foreign affairs including Africa, humanitarian crises, and international trade. Ami also has worked at JPMorgan, on mergers and acquisitions (where he advised on the largest ecommerce merger of the year in 2000); at the Greater New York Hospital Foundation; at the International Crisis Group (where he helped draft Nancy Soderberg's book, "Superpower Myth"); at the United Nations; and in Senator Kennedy’s office. Ami received a master’s in foreign policy from Columbia University in 2005, and graduated early with a bachelor’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University, where he is a member of the Second Decade Society. Ami has been quoted in major media outlets including The New York Times and the Miami Herald, and is a member of MENSA. The son of immigrants from India, Ami grew up in Baltimore and now lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Director, CGI Commitments and Member Services
Lisena DeSantis is the director of commitments and member services for the Clinton Global Initiative, where she oversees the ongoing support and engagement of CGI commitment makers. This includes efforts to deepen the impact of existing CGI Commitments to Action and identify areas of opportunity for new commitment development by offering creative programming, curating networking opportunities, and providing facilitated introductions for commitment makers. Prior to this role Lisena served as the deputy director for CGI America, a two-day event promoting economic growth in the United States attended by 1,000 leaders from the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. Before joining CGI in 2012, Lisena worked at the Open Society Foundations in New York City and Physicians for Human Rights in Nairobi, Kenya. She received a bachelor's in history from Yale University in 2005.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership
James Jenkin is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP). James has been with CGEP since 2014, most recently in the role of chief operating officer. Before joining CGEP, James held various roles across more than 30 countries. He began his career as an international corporate attorney practicing in Australia and Europe before deciding to apply his skills towards building businesses. For 15 years he played critical roles in building one the world’s leading Fortune 500 logistics companies, TNT Express. Importantly, while at TNT, James managed TNT’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) function across three continents for 5 years, helping cement TNT as a Dow Jones Sustainability Index Supersector Leader. This included James’ managing corporate giving of 30+ philanthropic programs. In 2006, James co-founded the North Star Alliance, a social enterprise providing basic health care to long-distance truck drivers and other hard-to-reach communities in Africa. From 2010 to 2014, James was the executive director of the long-standing New York nonprofit arts organization, Printed Matter, Inc. James holds a combined Bachelor of Arts and Law (honors), majoring in political science, from the University of Tasmania.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew Kessel is the chief financial officer of the Clinton Foundation, a role he has held since joining the Foundation in 2004. Andrew has played a role in managing the growth of the Foundation in its transition to a global organization. He has had a career of service in the corporate financial world, most recently with Barclays PLC as a managing director for nine years. He previously worked at Kidder Peabody and Co. and also in the capital markets division of Citibank. He holds a bachelor's in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief of Staff, Office of Chelsea Clinton
Bari Lurie joined the Clinton Foundation in August 2011 as chief of staff to Chelsea Clinton. In this capacity she helps shape and implement the strategic direction of the office, including Chelsea’s engagement across the Foundation. Prior to the Foundation, Bari was chief of staff at Tribeca Enterprises, working on growth strategies and managing the company’s signature partnership with Qatar. Before moving to New York, Bari worked on Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign as well as her 2006 Senate race and for her political action committee, HILLPAC. Bari holds a bachelor's in political communications from George Washington University.
Chief Executive Officer, Too Small to Fail
Patti Miller is the chief executive officer of Too Small to Fail for the Clinton Foundation. Too Small to Fail is a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and The Opportunity Institute to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of America’s youngest children, ages zero to five, and prepare them to succeed in the 21st century. Prior to joining the Foundation, Patti was the vice president of public policy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of "Sesame Street". Patti previously served as vice president of the Children and the Media Program at Children Now. In that role, she led a broad coalition in advocacy and policy efforts to improve the media environment for children. Patti holds an master's in social sciences in education from Stanford University and a bachelor's in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley.
Chief Metrics and Impact Officer
Gregory Milne is the chief metrics and impact officer at the Clinton Foundation, as well as chief executive officer of Haiti programs. Previously he served as the deputy chief of staff and director of policy to President Clinton and deputy director of the Clinton Foundation’s Haiti program. Prior to that he worked as the private sector advisor at the UN Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, President Clinton’s UN office, assisting with economic development and reconstruction programs in Haiti. Before joining the Clinton Foundation, he was a senior associate at Shearman & Sterling, LLP in the New York Office where he specialized in international property transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Greg received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law where he was a Crowley Scholar and a bachelor's from the University of Michigan. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School.
Chief Communications Officer
As chief communications officer, Craig Minassian brings a unique background in strategic communications, content development, and brand marketing to helping advance the work of the Clinton Foundation through overseeing its communications, digital, and marketing efforts. Craig served as assistant press secretary and director of television news in the White House for President Clinton and on numerous presidential campaigns including Clinton/Gore ‘96 and Secretary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, as well as a senior advisor to the Democratic National Convention Committees in 2008 and 2012. Since 2005 he has worked with the Clinton Foundation, including as director of communications for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Craig spent a significant portion of his career with HBO working on cause-related and topical programming including “Comic Relief" and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, and as a consultant and producer for networks including Comedy Central, MTV, and ABC. In 2006, he launched Minassian Media, which helps some of the most impactful global organizations in health, climate, media, technology, and social entrepreneurship tell their story. He also worked on World Cup USA‘94 and serves on the President's Council and School of Communication advisory board for the University of Miami, where he graduated in 1992.
Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Development Initiative
Walker Morris is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI), and is responsible for the overall management of CDI’s projects in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. In this role, Walker oversees CDI’s financial performance, strategic planning, staff development, and governmental relations. He previously served as director of business development for CDI. Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation in 2006, Walker served as president of Muirfield Broadcasting, Inc., a radio and television station operating company based in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Walker holds a master's in teaching from Duke University and a bachelor's in English from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Senior Vice President of Programs and Acting Chief Development Officer
Maura Pally is the senior vice president of programs and acting chief development officer at the Clinton Foundation. In this role, Maura oversees the strategic and operational efforts of the Foundation’s initiatives, and fosters relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations to support the life-changing work of the Clinton Foundation. Prior to her current role, Maura was responsible for the Foundation's women and youth programs including managing the creation, development ,and implementation of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project; Too Small to Fail; and Job One, an effort to help close the skills gap nationally. She also served as acting chief executive officer.
Maura joined the Clinton Foundation from Bloomberg Philanthropies where, as a member of the leadership team, she provided strategic direction for programmatic activities and oversight of operational management. Previously, she served as acting assistant and deputy assistant secretary of state for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). As acting assistant secretary, Maura led a bureau of 450 employees and a $635 million annual budget to fulfill ECA's mandate of facilitating public diplomacy through exchange programs, including the flagship Fulbright Scholarship Program. Maura oversaw the Department's exchange activities and budget strategy ensuring programs furthered the Administration's foreign policy objectives, and created new programs, including smARTpower and TechWomen to empower the next generation of women leaders in technology. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, Maura held several positions in the government and the private sector, including as a special assistant in the Office of White House Counsel under President Clinton and as manager of politics and public policy at Oxygen Media. She earned a bachelor's from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Chief Technology Officer
Daniel Schaefer is the chief technology officer of the Clinton Foundation. He has worked for the Foundation since 2008 and previously led IT efforts for the Clinton Global Initiative, specifically. In his current role, Daniel is responsible for developing an overall technology vision for the organization and leading its implementation. His focus lies in increasing overall organizational efficiency, enhancing information security, and amplifying the impact of the Foundation’s work. Daniel brings over ten years of experience in IT crossing multiple sectors, from education and advertising to his current, nonprofit work. He is actively involved in the community, providing pro bono IT services to education reform organizations such as Success Academy Charter Schools and Blue Engine. He holds a bachelor's in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.
Stephanie S. Streett
Stephanie S. Streett is the executive director of the Clinton Foundation. In this role she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Clinton Presidential Center, including the development and implementation of its educational programs, special events, exhibits, and services as well as staff management. She establishes and cultivates strategic partnerships and cooperative arrangements with state and local governments, the nonprofit and private sector, community groups and other organizations. Stephanie also serves as the corporate secretary for the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors. She is the president of the Arkansas Alumni Association National Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Board of Directors for City Year Little Rock. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Partnership of Little Rock, Arkansas and is a member of the International Women’s Forum Arkansas. During the Clinton Administration, Stephanie was appointed assistant to the president and director of scheduling. Previously, she served as a staff member for the United States Senate Committee on the Budget. She received a bachelor's in political science from the University of Arkansas. Stephanie and her husband, Don Erbach, reside in Little Rock and have three daughters.
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Thurm is the acting chief executive officer of the Clinton Foundation. He also serves as acting general counsel.
He previously served as a senior counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he worked with Secretary Sylvia Burwell and HHS senior leadership on a number of cross-cutting strategic initiatives, including continuing implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Prior to that role, Kevin held various leadership positions at Citigroup, including chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. Before joining Citigroup, Thurm served as the deputy secretary and chief of staff for the Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Donna E. Shalala. He received a bachelor's from Tufts University in 1983; a bachelor's/master's from Oxford University in 1986, where he was a Rhodes Scholar; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989.
Director, CGI University
As director of CGI University (CGI U), Bill oversees CGI's efforts to engage university students and the higher education community in addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges. This includes the annual meeting of CGI U, which brings together over 1,000 students from over 300 different schools, and the CGI University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Bill has worked with CGI since the launch of CGI U in 2007. Before joining CGI, Bill co-founded the Talk to Me Project, a civic engagement initiative that was featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and This American Life. He studied sustainable development at Columbia University's Earth Institute.
Leaders of our Independent, Affiliated Initiatives
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Ira Magaziner is the vice chairman and chief executive officer of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). From 1993 through 1998, Ira served as senior advisor to President Clinton for Policy Development at the White House where he supervised the development and implementation of the administration’s policy for commercialization of the Internet and worked with the First Lady on the development of the President’s Health Reform Initiative. Prior to his White House service, Ira founded and led Telesis, an international business strategy consulting firm with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Ira graduated from Brown University as valedictorian of the class of 1969, and attended Balliol College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr. Howell Wechsler
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, chief executive officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is a national expert on childhood obesity, having previously served as the Director of the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the Alliance, Dr. Wechsler leads a team of more than 110 professional staff in 40 states and the District of Columbia taking action to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity by making it easier for kids to be physically active and eat healthier foods. Prior to taking on the role of Alliance CEO in 2013, Dr. Wechsler spent 18 years at the CDC, joining as a health scientist in 1995 and most recently serving as the Director of DASH from 2004 to May 2013.