Executive Advisory Board

The Executive Advisory Board, drawn from alumni, industry experts, and the Richman Center Forum, provides recommendations on the direction of the Center and its activities. Committee members support the Center by leading new initiatives, participating in conferences, lecturing in classes and advising students.

Current board members include:

Geoffrey J. Colvin JD '77 JD '78

Partner at CEW Partners

Geoffrey Colvin is a chair of the Alumni Association of Columbia College and a member of the boards of visitors of both Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He is also a member of the board of trustees of Teachers College and co-chair of its investment committee.

 

Adam Fisher JD '98 MBA'98

Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Commonwealth Opportunity Capital ("CWOC") 

Formed in 2008, CWOC is a global macro hedge fund with offices in Los Angeles and Greenwich, CT. He serves as the trading principal of the fund. Mr. Fisher brings extensive knowledge and experience investing in and managing public and private companies globally. Prior to CWOC, in 2006, he co-founded Orient Property Group (“OPG”) which focused on investments throughout the Asia Pacific region and was backed by D.E. Shaw & Co. In 2003, he founded Irongate, a property investment and development firm that was involved in property transactions in Florida, California, Hawaii, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to Irongate, Mr. Fisher worked in New York for two private equity firms, NMS Capital and TD Capital, as well as a risk arbitrage firm affiliated with Reservoir Capital. 

 

Jesse J. Green Jr. JD '75 MBA '75

Senior Fellow and Chairman of the Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy Advisory Board

Jesse Greene currently serves on the board of directors for Caterpillar. He retired from IBM at year end 2010 as Chief Financial Risk Officer and VP Financial Management, where he was responsible for the identification, assessment, and monitoring of financial risks and the company's Enterprise Risk Management PRogram. He began his career at the company in 1971 and has served as an engineer, tax attorney, and financial executive. In the past, he has also worked with Eastman Kodak as their Chief Financial Officer. 

 

Stephen Hickey JD '87 MBA '87

Partner and Chief Investment Officer of CVC Credit Partners 

Steve joined from Goldman Sachs where he spent 20 years in various senior roles including Global Head of Leverage Finance, Co-Head of Global Loans, Member of the Firmwide Risk and Firmwide Capital Committees and Head of Loan Sales and Secondary Trading (Proprietary Investing and Flow Trading). Steve had been a Partner at Goldman Sachs since 2004. Prior to rejoining the firm, Steve was a Managing Director and Head of Loan Syndications, Sales and Trading at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette (DLJ), after starting the business at DLJ in 1996. Steve was a member of the Board of Directors for the Loan Syndications and Trading Association from 2001 to 2006. He is a member of the State of Connecticut Bar.

 

Jennifer Hill MBA '94

CFO for Global Banking and Markets 

Jennifer M. Hill joined Bank of America in 2011 from Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Finance and a member of the management committee. Prior to joining RBS, she was Chief Financial Officer for Tisbury Capital Management in London. She also sits on the Board of Advisors of buildOn, a non-profit organization that builds schools in developing countries and runs afterschool service programs in America's toughest inner-cities.

 

Robert L. Lieff JD '61 MBA '62

Founder of Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein, LLP

Robert Lieff created the Global Justice Forum, an international program for lawyers which meets annually. The Forum has been held at Columbia Law School three times and in London, Paris and Rome. He currently sits on the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School and is on the Board of Advisors of the Richard Paul Richman Center at Columbia University.

 

 James Metzger MBA '64

After leaving Chase Manhattan Bank, James B. Metzger began his international career by helping to represent Spanish companies and government agencies in the United States, becoming vice president of the company which set up the U.S. Agency of Banco de Bilbao and representing Iberia Airlines, Altos Hornos de Vizcaya, Astilleros Españoles, and various other institutions.

Mr. Metzger held U.S. government positions during the Nixon Administration including Assistant Director of the Office of Foreign Direct Investments (Commerce Department), Special Advisor to the Office of Policy Development (Commerce Department) and O.P.I.C. (business development in Central America). More recently, he participated in the Republican National Senatorial Committee and Team 100. Mr. Metzger has previously worked on Wall Street, managing pension fund investments at the Chase Manhattan Bank and at Paribas Corp. and Laird, Inc., running foreign and domestic investments.  In recent years, he has managed personal assets and engaged in venture capital, private placements, and market investments.

 

Harvey Miller JD '59

Partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Harvey Miller is currently a Partner in the New York City based international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP where he created and developed the Firm's Business Finance & Restructuring Department specializing in reorganizing distressed business entities and representing creditors, investors, and purchasers of distessed businesses and assets. 

Mr. Miller has been an adjunct Professor Law at New York University Law School since 1976. He has also taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia University School of Law and is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Trustee on the Committee on Economic Development. 

 

 

Scott Ostfeld JD '02 MBA '02

Partner at JANA Partners, LLC

Scott Ostfeld is responsible for special situations investments, including active shareholder engagement. JANA Partners is a value-oriented investment advisor specializing in event driven investing. Prior to joining JANA, Mr. Ostfeld was with GSC Partners in their distressed debt private equity group focused on acquiring companies through the bankruptcy restructuring process and enhancing value as an active equity owner. Prior to GSC Partners, Mr. Ostfeld was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston where he worked on a variety of M&A and capital raising assignments. 

Mr. Ostfeld serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Network, a non-profit organization designed to equalize the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students.

 

Bruce Eben Pindyck JD '70 MBA '71

Chairman and CEO Meridian Industries, Inc. Wisconsin

Bruce Eben Pindyck is chairman and CEO of Meridian Industries, Inc., a mid-size manufacturing company with eighteen plants, all of which are located in the United States. He served on both Columbia College’s Board of Visitors and the board of the Columbia College Alumni Association for several years, chairing the committee on admissions and financial aid.

 

Richard Paul Richman JD '72 MBA '73

Chairman and Founder of The Richman Group, Inc. Connecticut

Mr. Richman was a founder of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition, one of the country’s leading advocacy groups for affordable housing, and has served as its president and chairman of the board. Mr. Richman is a frequent speaker nationally on housing and urban development and has appeared in a variety of forums: business, governmental, and educational.

 

 

Esta Stecher JD '82

Chief Executive Officer at Goldman Sachs Bank USA 

Esta Stecher began her career as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, becoming partner in 1990, and subsequently head of that firm's Tax Group. She joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as a partner and head of the Tax Department. In 2000, Stecher was named general counsel and executive vice president of Goldman Sachs, serving as co-head of the global legal organization for more than 10 years. She is also a Trustee of Columbia University, a member of the Dean's Council of Columbia Law School, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and part of the Honorary Board of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.