Our People

Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji
Board Member

Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji, Ph.D. is the Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor of Business and Public Policy at Duke University. His award-winning research is on entrepreneurship, innovation and the role of business and society. He most recently held senior economic policy positions in the Biden Administration. Chatterji served as the White House CHIPS coordinator, overseeing the implementation of the $52 billion CHIPS and Science Act, one of the largest industrial policy initiatives in a generation. He received his Ph.D. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Sherry Glied
Board Member

Sherry Glied is Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. On June 22, 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. She has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and served as a member of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking. She is the 2021 recipient of the AUPHA William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. In November 2023, Governor Hochul selected her as Chair of the New York State Commission on the Future of Health Care, with the goal of  ensuring access to high-quality, equitable care for all New Yorkers.

Anna Harvey
Board Member (Ex-Officio)

Anna Harvey is President of the Social Science Research CouncilProfessor of Politics, Affiliated Professor of Data Science and Law, and Director of the Public Safety Lab at New York University; and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Expert Panel. The Public Safety Lab works with teams of social scientists and data scientists to support more effective and equitable criminal justice practices. Its projects include the Jail Data Initiative, a large-scale effort to collect and report daily individual-level jail records in over 1,300 county jails in the United States, and the Prosecutorial Reform Initiative, a collaborative effort with district attorney’s offices to develop more effective and equitable prosecutorial policies. Professor Harvey is the author of two scholarly books and a co-authored casebook on judicial decisionmaking, in addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles.

William Janeway
Chair, Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Investment Committee

William H. Janeway (Chair, Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Investment Committee) is an Affiliated Member of the Economics Faculty at Cambridge University and the author of Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy (2nd. ed., Cambridge University Press: 2018). He is a Special Limited Partner of Warburg Pincus, having joined the firm in 1988 and served as head of its information technology investment practice for 15 years. He is Chair of the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council. He is founder of the Cambridge Endowment for Research and the Janeway Institute for Economics at Cambridge University. He was co-founder of the Institute for New Economics Thinking. Janeway received his doctorate in economics from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Naomi Lamoreaux
Executive Committee

Naomi R. Lamoreaux (Executive Committee) is Senior Research Scholar at the University of Michigan Law School, Stanley B. Resor Professor Emeritus of Economics and Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She received her Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins in 1979 and has taught at Brown University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yale University. She has written The Great Merger Movement in American Business, 1895-1904 and Insider Lending: Banks, Personal Connections, and Economic Development in Industrial New England, edited nine other books, and published numerous articles on business, economic, and financial history. She also co-edited the Journal of Economic History from 1992 to 1996. Lamoreaux has served as Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at the University of Cambridge in 2018-19 and Sunderland Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School in 2020-21. She has been elected president of the Business History Conference and the Economic History Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Cliometrics Society, and the Economic History Association. She has been awarded the Alice Hanson Jones book prize, the Henrietta Larson, PEAES, and Arthur Cole article prizes, the Harold Williamson Prize for an outstanding business historian in mid-career, the Cliometrics award for exceptional support to that field, and the Business History Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her current research interests include business organizational forms and contractual freedom in the US and Europe in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the public/private distinction in US history, state constitutional changes mandating general laws in the nineteenth century US, and the US Patent Office as a site of learning in the administrative state.

Margaret Levenstein
Audit Committee

Maggie Levenstein (Audit Committee) is director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), professor at the School of Information, research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and adjunct professor of business economics at the Ross School of Business, all at the University of Michigan. She is co-director of the Michigan Federal Statistical Research Data Center and associate chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She serves on the advisory boards of: SACRO DARE UK Drivers Project, the National Internet Observatory, Strategic Advice Team (SAT) to Smart Data Research UK, OpenDP, the Data Archiving and Access Requirements Working Group to the NOAA Science Advisory Board, World Data System, and the Criminal Justice Administrative Records System. She received her PhD in economics from Yale University and BA in economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Accounting for Growth: Information Systems and the Creation of the Large Corporation, as well as numerous historical and contemporary studies of competition and of innovation. Her research examines and produces novel, non-designed data for social and economic measurement.

Gina Neff
Board Member

Gina Neff is the Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Venture Labor (MIT Press 2012), Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016) and Human-Centered Data Science (MIT Press 2022). Her research focuses on the effects of the rapid expansion of our digital information environment on workers and workplaces and in our everyday lives. Professor Neff holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and advises international organisations including UNESCO and the OECD. She is on the executive leadership team and chair of the strategy group for UKRI Responsible AI UK (RAI), and is associate director of the ESRC Digital Good Network. She leads the Humanitarian Action Programme at the University of Cambridge, and leads a work package on the Horizon Europe international AI4Trust team to tackle online misinformation building human-in-the-loop AI detection tools for multilingual, multimodal and multiplatform solutions. Professor Neff serves on the board of directors for the Social Science Research Council in the USA and the Strategic Advisory Network for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. Her academic research has won awards in both engineering and social sciences. Professor Neff led the team that won the 2021 Webby for the best educational website on the Internet, for the A to Z of AI, which has reached over 1 million people in 17 different languages.

Melissa Nobles
Executive Committee

Melissa Nobles (Executive Committee) is Chancellor and Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nobles’ research and teaching have focused on the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics and issues of retrospective justice. Her current research centers on constructing a database of racial killings in the American South, 1930–1954. Working closely as a faculty collaborator and advisory board member of Northeastern Law School’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice law clinic, Nobles has conducted extensive archival research, unearthing understudied and, more often, unknown deaths and contributing to legal investigations. She is the author of two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000) and The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and coeditor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge Press, 2013). Her scholarship has also appeared in the Annual Review of Political Science, Daedalus, American Journal of Public Health, and several edited books. Nobles is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in history. She received her MA and PhD in political science from Yale University. Nobles has held fellowships at Boston University’s Institute for Race and Social Division and Harvard University’s Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study. She has served on the editorial boards of Polity, American Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Politics journals. Nobles has also been involved in faculty governance at MIT and beyond, serving as the associate chair of the MIT Faculty from 2007–2009 and vice-president of the American Political Science Association, 2013–14.

Walter Powell
Executive Committee; Audit Committee

Walter W. Powell (Executive Committee; Audit Committee) is the Jacks Family Professor of Education, and (by courtesy) Professor of Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science and Engineering, and Communication at Stanford University. He has been a faculty codirector of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society since it was founded in 2006 and currently shares the Marc and Laura Andreessen Codirector chair. He has received honorary degrees from Uppsala University, Sweden; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; and Aalto University, Finland, and is a foreign member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science and The British Academy. He has served on the board of directors of the Social Science Research Council since 2000. He is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute. His interests focus on the processes through which ideas and practices are transferred across organizations and the role of networks in facilitating or hindering innovation.

Raka Ray
Board Member

Raka Ray has a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College (1985) and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1993). She is the Dean of the Social Sciences and a professor of sociology and South and Southeast Asia studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Recipient of the 2023 Jessie Bernard Award, a lifetime achievement award for feminist research and mentoring from the American Sociological Association, she is the former chair of the Institute of South Asia Studies (2003–2012), the Department of Sociology (2012–2015), and the Academic Senate Committee on Budget and Interdepartmental Relations. Ray is much in demand as a speaker on issues ranging from gender and feminist theory, postcolonial sociology, contemporary politics in the US and India, and her current project on the transformations in gender wrought by the decline of traditional fields of work for men. Ray’s publications include Fields of Protest: Women’s Movements in India (University of Minnesota Press, 1999; and in India, Kali for Women, 2000), Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics, co-edited with Mary Katzenstein (Rowman and Littlefeld, 2005), Cultures of Servitude: Modernity, Domesticity and Class in India, with Seemin Qayum (Stanford, 2009), The Handbook of Gender (OUP India, 2011), Both Elite and Everyman: The Cultural Politics of the Indian Middle Classes, co-edited with Amita Baviskar (Routledge, 2011), The Social Life of Gender (Sage, 2017) co-edited with Jennifer Carlson and Abigail Andrews, and many articles and op-ed

Til Schuermann
Treasurer; Audit Committee

Til Schuermann (Treasurer; Audit Committee) is partner and cohead of Risk & Public Policy practice for the Americas at Oliver Wyman. He advises private and public sector clients on stress testing, enterprise-wide risk management, climate risk and governance including board effectiveness, crisis management, and macroeconomic risk. He previously served as senior vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he held numerous positions, including head of Financial Intermediation in Research and head of Credit Risk in Bank Supervision. Schuermann started his career at Bell Labs. He sits on the FRM exam committee for the Global Association of Risk Professionals and on the board of Corridor Platforms, a fintech. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Services Research and the Journal of Risk, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Risk Management in Financial Institutions. Schuermann has a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Schull
Chair, Investment Committee

Joseph Schull (Chair, Investment Committee) is the founder, managing partner, and chairman of the Investment Committee of Corten Capital and a longstanding investor in the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) sector, across early stage, development capital, and leveraged buyout investments. Having joined Warburg Pincus (WP), one of the world’s leading private equity firms, in 1998, Schull led the firm’s TMT group in Europe as well as its investment activities in Emerging Europe. He has led growth and buyout investments in B2B software and technology-enabled services, information ser- vices, cable broadband services, and digital media. He also served as WP’s head of Europe and was a member of the firm’s global Executive Management Group. Schull holds a BA and MA from McGill University, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics and was a Guy Drummond Scholar, and he received a DPhil from Oxford University, where he was a University Lecturer during 1990–1991. He is a Board member of the Social Science Research Council and a member of the International Advisory Board of McGill University. He was born in Montreal, Canada, and lives in London, UK. Joseph holds a B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics and was a Guy Drummond Scholar, and he received a D. Phil from Oxford University, where he was a University Lecturer during 1990-1991. He is Chair of the Investment Committee of venture philanthropy organisation Impetus Trust, a Board member of the Social Science Research Council, and a member of the International Advisory Board of McGill University. He was born in Montreal, Canada and lives in London, UK.

Miguel Urquiola
Board Member

Miguel Urquiola is Dean of Social Science and Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He has chaired Columbia’s Department of Economics and its Committee on the Economics of Education. He is also a member of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Outside Columbia, Urquiola is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has held appointments at Cornell University, the World Bank, the Bolivian Catholic University, and the Bolivian government. Urquiola’s research is on the Economics of Education. Its focus is on understanding how schools and universities compete, and how educational markets differ from other markets economists study. He has written numerous journal articles on these issues, and a book on why American universities excel at research: Markets, Minds, and Money. Urquiola holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Stuart Buck
Visiting Committee

Stuart Buck is senior advisor at the Social Science Research Council. As a vice president at Arnold Ventures for nine years, Stuart Buck funded renowned work showing that scientific research is often irreproducible. His work has been featured in Wired, the Economist, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, among many others. He has advised the GAO on how to improve federally funded research, consulted the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to design a conference on reproducibility, advised the John Oliver show on an episode about scientific reproducibility, and lectured at DARPA and IARPA.

Anna Harvey
Visiting Committee

Anna Harvey is President of the Social Science Research CouncilProfessor of Politics, Affiliated Professor of Data Science and Law, and Director of the Public Safety Lab at New York University; and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Expert Panel. The Public Safety Lab works with teams of social scientists and data scientists to support more effective and equitable criminal justice practices. Its projects include the Jail Data Initiative, a large-scale effort to collect and report daily individual-level jail records in over 1,300 county jails in the United States, and the Prosecutorial Reform Initiative, a collaborative effort with district attorney’s offices to develop more effective and equitable prosecutorial policies. Professor Harvey is the author of two scholarly books and a co-authored casebook on judicial decisionmaking, in addition to numerous peer-reviewed articles.

Fay Cook
Visiting Committee

Fay Lomax Cook is professor emerita of human development and social policy in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and an Institute for Policy Research faculty fellow emerita. From 2014–18, Lomax Cook served as Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and headed the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. While at NSF, she served as co-chair for the White House National Science and Technology Council's interagency Social and Behavioral Sciences Subcommittee of the Committee on Science and as co-chair of the federal interagency committee to assess research needs related to the nation’s opioid crisis. Currently, she serves as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Academy for Social Insurance (NASI) in Washington, D.C., where she is also an elected fellow. At NASI, she is working on understanding the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on social insurance programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, and Workers Compensation and what the possible policy responses might be to those effects. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Chicago.

Harold Kim
Visiting Committee

Harold Kim has been based in Hong Kong for the past 27 years where he manages an investment advisory firm that uses innovations in financial engineering to improve investment performance. Previously, Dr Kim served as managing director and head of the investor derivatives business for Citi Global Markets Asia. Kim originally started at Salomon Brothers (a predecessor of Citi) in 1993 and worked in a number of capacities over the course of his twenty-year career with Citi in both Hong Kong and New York. Prior to joining Salomon, he was a lecturer at Princeton University; he also taught for many years as an adjunct professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and he currently serves as the board chair for Hong Kong International School. Kim earned his B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Craig Newmark
Visiting Committee

Craig Newmark is a philanthropist who gets stuff done. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service craigslist, Newmark creates and funds networks that work to protect the country and to help people out. This includes building networks to help protect the country in the cybersecurity world, defending against disinformation warfare, and fighting online harassment; support for ethical and trustworthy journalism, particularly in underserved communities; support for veterans and military families; support for groups feeding the hungry; and support for organizations advancing women in tech and media. Newmark has not run craigslist since 2000. He retired at the end of 2018. Born in Morristown, New Jersey, Newmark holds degrees in computer science from Case Western Reserve University.

Tim O’Reilly
Visiting Committee

Tim O'Reilly is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the AI Commercialization Risks research project at the SSRC. He is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of O’Reilly Media, and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), where he helped establish (with Mariana Mazzucato) a multi-year research project sponsored by the Omidyar Network. This project investigated Big Tech’s use of algorithmic allocations to extract rents from their ecosystems. Known for coining terms such as “Open Source” and “Web 2.0,” Tim has pioneered technology publishing, conferences, digital media, and the concepts we use to understand technology trends.

Tony Sheldon
Visiting Committee

Tony Sheldon has been executive director of Yale School of Management's Program on Social Enterprise and lecturer in the practice of management since 2008. He teaches practicum courses on social entrepreneurship, in which student teams work with organizations in India, Brazil, and Kenya, as well as a course on social “intra-preneuship” in the Executive MBA program. Tony’s professional background is in international development. He has worked with microfinance institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, primarily in the areas of business planning, financial modeling, and social performance management. Tony has also been a consultant to several development finance networks and funders, including the Ford Foundation, the World Bank, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), ShoreBank International, and Women's World Banking. Tony holds degrees from Princeton University and the Yale School of Management.

Philip Zecher
Visiting Committee

Philip Zecher is the Chief Investment Officer for Michigan State University, overseeing its $4.2 billion endowment. Zecher was tapped to start MSU’s investment office in 2016 and under his leadership the endowment has risen to one of the top performing university endowments, leading him to be named one of the top 30 endowment CIOs by Trusted Insight magazine in 2020. Before starting MSU’s investment office, Zecher was Partner and Chief Risk Officer of the currency hedge fund, EQA Partners. Prior to joining EQA, Zecher was the co-founder in 1999 of Investor Analytics, a New York City based risk advisory firm focused on the hedge fund and fund-of-funds industry. Investor Analytics was the first risk advisory firm to provide risk analytics as software-as-a-service via the internet. Zecher has served as a company director in the US and Ireland and as a member of several non-profit boards, including the MSU Foundation, before being named MSU’s CIO. He is currently a member of the investment committee for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. In 2015, Zecher was professor of finance at the Broad College of Business at MSU. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from MSU.