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John K.S. Wilson has over 16 years of experience in socially responsible investing and corporate governance.
He was Director of Corporate Governance for TIAA-CREF, the largest private pension system in the United States with assets under management of over $500 billion. In this role, he oversaw the voting of proxies at CREF's 8000 portfolio companies and engaged in dialogue with corporate boards and management to promote sustainability and good corporate governance. He also spoke and wrote widely about the relevance of social responsibility to investment performance for academic, corporate and investor audiences.
Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in early 2008, Mr. Wilson served as Director of Socially Responsible Investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, an investment advisor to Catholic institutions. In that role, he led the company's shareholder advocacy, social screening, and proxy voting functions as well as participating in the company's outreach to religious communities around the United States.
Mr. Wilson is a member of the Advisory Council to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He is a past Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and was a founding advisory committee member of the International SRI Working Group, a think tank serving social investing professionals. He has also served on the Global Reporting Initiative's Human Rights Working Group and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Clearinghouse Steering Committee. He was a Director of the Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Loan Fund, serving for a time as Vice-President.
He has an MBA and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in English from Georgetown University.