JUST Capital is pleased to announce that six new members have joined our Board of Directors, including: Jim Bildner, CEO, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK); Roosevelt Giles, Executive Chairman, Atlanta Life Financial Group; Amy Liu, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution; Annette Nazareth, Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell; John W. Rogers, Jr., Co-CEO, Ariel Investments; and Mark Weinberger, Former Global Chairman and CEO, EY.
The new members join us at a crucial time point in our effort to build a more just form of capitalism. Americans are continuing to turn to the private sector for leadership – with nearly 70% in our polling indicating that they want to see companies speaking out on important social issues. They’re also looking to corporate leaders to take care of workers through paid sick leave and other policies, advance racial equity, and ensure health and safety on the job among other actions. As the pandemic begins to recede, corporate America can’t lose sight of these priorities.
Across strategy, investment, programs, public policy, and other fields, these new members bring a range of experience, leadership, and expertise to help ensure the country’s largest companies meet these expectations.
- Jim Bildner is the CEO of the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation and a trustee of The Kresge Foundation, where he chairs its Investment Committee. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and a nationally recognized expert on social enterprise, impact investing, and the role of philanthropy in solving complex societal issues. He serves on investment committees with aggregate endowments in excess of $4.5B.
- Roosevelt Giles serves as the Chairman of both the Atlanta Life Financial Group and the Herndon Foundation, where he helps advance programs like the Herndon Directors Institute, which prepares women and people of color to serve on corporate boards.
- Amy Liu leads the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, which she co-founded, and has pioneered research on inclusive economic growth, and the intersection of economic, workforce, and community development for the past 25 years.
- Annette Nazareth is senior counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and a former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With over 40 years’ experience in corporate law, and a nearly ten-year tenure at the SEC including her time as Commissioner, Nazareth is an authority on financial markets and regulatory policy.
- John W. Rogers, Jr. co-leads Ariel Investments, the global, value-based asset management firm he founded in 1983. His patient approach to uncovering mispriced companies whose true value will be realized over time has earned him wide recognition as one of the most successful investors and fund managers of our time.
- Mark Weinberger is a leader in driving change across the public and private sectors, having led EY, and served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and in advisory roles in the Bush, Clinton, Obama, and Trump Administrations.
We’re thrilled to expand our Board leadership at a time of significant expansion of our work. Our COVID-19 efforts have helped provide a foundation for new initiatives we’ve launched to address two of the American public’s top priorities – advancing racial equity and securing worker financial wellness. And our influence is growing within the broader market as well. Over $300 million is now invested in funds informed by JUST Capital data and the JUST U.S. Large Cap Diversified Index (JULCD) continues to see strong performance relative to the Russell 1000.
“We are fortunate to have an amazing Board and team, and the last 18 months has shown the world why our mission matters so much. I’m thrilled to welcome each of the new directors to our Board and look forward to working side-by-side with them to help build a more just, and inclusive post-pandemic economy,” JUST CEO, Martin Whittaker, said.
The new members also join following a commitment to expand and diversify our Board over the next three years. This process has included applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to revamp our Board committee structures, bylaws and practices, and onboarding and offboarding procedures.
“As a Board, we’re committed to bringing new voices to the table, and that includes more women and people of color. Welcoming these new members is just the latest step in our journey. We’re delighted to have their leadership as we enter a new chapter of growth for JUST Capital’s Board and its mission,” Laurel Britton, who chairs the Board’s Nominating and Governance Committee, said.
In addition to this Board expansion, JUST has developed an inaugural group of Advisors to help grow and refine our work. This collective includes 45 individuals, serving across seven committees covering CEO Advisory, Programs, Research, Polling, Investment Solutions, Marketing, and Policy.
“Eight years ago, JUST Capital set out to change the way America does business and, in the process, address social, environmental, and economic challenges at scale. The crises of the last year have made the urgency of this mission as clear as ever. During this critical period for change in corporate America, I’m honored to welcome and work alongside these leaders,” JUST Chairman and Co-Founder, Paul Tudor Jones, said.