Visiting Committee to the Social Science Research Council

This advisory group with philanthropic intent brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to critical questions of organizational and programmatic strategy.

Current members:

Michael Gellert, Chair
General Partner and Cofounder, Windcrest Capital
Board of Directors, SSRC

Roger Alcaly
Principal and Chairman, Mount Lucas Management

Ron Daniel
Former Senior Partner and Director, McKinsey & Company

Jonathan Fanton
President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Former President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Jonathan Freedman
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Tom Glocer
Founding Partner, Angelic Ventures
Former CEO, Thomson Reuters

Nannerl O. Keohane
Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor, Princeton University
Former President, Duke University and Wellesley College

Mark Kingdon
President, Kingdon Capital Management

Sara Miller McCune
Cofounder, SAGE Publications

Peter Nager
Senior Managing Director, Egret Capital Partners
Board of Directors, SSRC

Joseph Schull
Chairman, Warburg Pincus International LLC

Marina v.N. Whitman
Professor, University of Michigan
Former Vice President, General Motors Corporation

Richard Witten
Managing Director, The Orienta Group
Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University

William Zabel
Founding Partner, Shulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Harriet Zuckerman
Former Senior Vice President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Former SSRC Board Member


Michael Gellert, Chair

General Partner and Cofounder, Windcrest Capital
Board of Directors, SSRC

Michael Gellert is a general partner of Windcrest Partners, which he cofounded in 1968, a director of Dalet Technologies, and a director emeritus of Seacor Holdings. Michael is active in a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the New School, Human Rights Watch, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and the New York City Opera. He received an AB degree from Harvard University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Roger Alcaly

Principal and Chairman, Mount Lucas Management
Roger Alcaly is a founding partner of Mount Lucas Management LP, where he works on equity investing and leveraged acquisitions. Roger served in the Carter administration, worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was an assistant professor of economics at Columbia University. He is the author of The New Economy: What It Is, How It Happened, and Why It Is Likely to Last (2003) and writes periodically for the New York Review of Books. Roger holds a BA from Amherst College and a PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Ron Daniel

Former Senior Partner and Director, McKinsey & Company
Ron Daniel joined McKinsey & Company in 1957 and was a senior partner from 1968 to 1990, as well as managing director from 1976 to 1988. Ron was an officer of the US Navy Supply Corps in the 1950s, where he worked with early IBM mainframes. He has served as treasurer of Harvard University, as chair of the Harvard Medical School board, and has been a member of the Harvard Corporation. Presently, he is a trustee of Rockefeller University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ron holds a BA in mathematics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jonathan Fanton

President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Former President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Before assuming the presidency of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Fanton served as Franklin D. Roosevelt Visiting Fellow and interim director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. Those appointments followed a decade of service at the helm of the MacArthur Foundation. Earlier, he was vice president for planning at the University of Chicago, then, for seventeen years, he led the New School as president. Jonathan holds a PhD in American history from Yale University, where he earned his BA.

Jonathan Freedman

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Jonathan Freedman is the co-leader of the Insurance and Financial Services practice in New York at the international law firm Sidley Austin LLP. His practice focuses on transactional matters in the insurance industry, including Capital Markets transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securitizations involving insurance companies. Jonathan serves on the Board of Visitors for the Columbia University Center for American Studies and on the Steering Committee of the Department of History Board of Visitors at Columbia. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. (magna cum laude) in History in 1978, and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. in 1981.

Tom Glocer

Founding Partner, Angelic Ventures
Former CEO, Thomson Reuters

Tom Glocer was CEO of Thomson Reuters from 1993 to 2012. He is the founding partner of Angelic Ventures, an early-stage venture investment firm. Tom is also on the board of Merck & Co. Inc. and the Cleveland Clinic and active in various other corporate and philanthropic organizations. He holds a BA in political science from Columbia College and a JD from Yale Law School.

Nannerl O. Keohane

Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor, Princeton University
Former President, Duke University and Wellesley College

Before joining Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for Human Values in 2005, Nan Keohane served as president of Wellesley College and Duke University. A political theorist who has taught at Swarthmore, Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania, her major teaching and research interests are in leadership and inequality, with a particular emphasis on gender issues and democratic governance. She is especially concerned with the role of culture, institutions, and public policy in creating or obstructing opportunities for women around the world. Nan’s most recent book is Thinking about Leadership (2010). She earned her BA from Wellesley College, a BA/MA from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and her PhD in political science from Yale.

Mark Kingdon

President, Kingdon Capital Management
Mark Kingdon is president of Kingdon Capital Management, an investment management company that he founded in 1983. Mark is vice chair of the Columbia University Board of Trustees and serves on the boards of the Harlem Children’s Zone, Carnegie Hall, and the New York City Police Foundation. In 1998 he endowed the C. Lowell Harriss Professorship of Economics at Columbia University in honor of his undergraduate teacher and mentor. Mark holds a BA from Columbia College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Sara Miller McCune

Cofounder, SAGE Publications
Sara Miller McCune is the cofounder and executive chairman of SAGE Publications, a global publishing house headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California, with offices in Washington, DC, London, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Cairo, Beijing, Shanghai, and Singapore. Sara has created the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy, which publishes Pacific Standard, and the McCune Foundation, which offers practical assistance primarily to community-based organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Sara serves on the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Board of Directors of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. She is a graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York.

Peter Nager

Senior Managing Director, Egret Capital Partners
Board of Directors, SSRC

Peter Nager is senior managing director at the investment firm Egret Capital Partners. He is a former partner of the corporate advisory and investment banking firm James D. Wolfensohn. Peter is a member of the board of trustees and of the executive committee of the Caramoor International Music Festival, as well as of the boards of trustees of the Beaver Dam Sanctuary, also in Westchester County, and the City Parks Foundation in New York City. He also is a member of the NYU-Poly Incubator Advisory Board as well as the Board of Advisors of the Black Box Institute in Toronto, Canada. Previously, Peter served as president of Symphony Space on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Peter holds a BA from Brown University, an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business, and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

Joseph Schull

Chairman, Warburg Pincus International LLC
Based in London, Joseph is a Partner and Managing Director responsible for Warburg Pincus’ technology, media and telecommunications investments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Executive Management Group, which coordinates the firm’s activities on a global basis. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 1998, Joseph was Deputy Director of the International Affairs program at the Ford Foundation where he developed a new foundation initiative focused on Russia and Eastern Europe. Joseph holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University and a D. Phil. from Oxford University, where he was University Lecturer from 1990 to 1991.

Marina v.N. Whitman

Professor, University of Michigan
Former Vice President, General Motors Corporation

Marina v.N. Whitman is professor of business administration and public policy at the University of Michigan. From 1979 to 1992 she was an executive at the General Motors Corporation, first as vice president and chief economist and later as group vice president for the Public Affairs Staffs Group. Prior to her appointment at GM, Marina was a member of the economics faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1972 to 1973. Her books include New World, New Rules: The Changing Role of the American Corporation (1999) and her memoir, The Martian’s Daughter (2012). Marina received an AB in government from Radcliffe College and her MA and PhD in economics from Columbia University.

Richard Witten

Managing Director, The Orienta Group
Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University

Before forming the Orienta Group in 2002, Richard Witten was a partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs. He served on the Columbia University Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2012 and for the past ten years was vice chair of the board and chair of its Development Committee. Currently, Richard is a member of the Columbia University Investment Company Board of Directors, as well as the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Visitors. He is the chair of the Board of the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital and is a director of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Richard earned a BA in comparative literature from Columbia College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

William Zabel

Founding Partner, Shulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Harriet Zuckerman

Former Senior Vice President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Former SSRC Board Member

Harriet Zuckerman retired from the Mellon Foundation in 2010, where she was vice president. She has been a trustee of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a member of the board of Annual Reviews Inc. She has also served on the Committee of Selection of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation as well as on its Educational Advisory Board, and on the boards of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Social Studies of Science. Harriet received her AB from Vassar College and PhD from Columbia University, where she was professor of sociology for twenty-seven years and chair of the department from 1978 to 1982.