Board of Trustees

Lindsay Gardner

Mr. Gardner is an investor in and advisor to US-based media companies.  Since early 2010, he has been a Senior Advisor at Oaktree Capital Management, where he pursues new buyout opportunities and helps to manage several Oaktree portfolio companies.  Until mid-2007, Mr. Gardner was a senior executive at News Corporation, serving as President of Sales and Marketing at Fox Cable Networks, where he more than tripled Fox’s portfolio of regional and national cable networks.  Mr. Gardner was the National Finance Chairman of Rep. Harold Ford’s 2006 US Senate campaign and has been a member of President Obama’s National Finance Committee.

Mr. Gardner graduated with a BA from Brandeis University, and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edgar J. Helms, Jr

Mr. Helms is the founding Director of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice. He began his career as the Legislative and Administrative Assistant for Health Policy for New Hampshire Senator Tom McIntyre. He later served as a Health Planner in the New Hampshire office of Health Policy and Planning. He went on to become the  Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of New Hampshire and, as a pioneer in Community mental health, oversaw the historic closing of the Laconia State School. He was founder and President of Helms & Company, a health policy consulting firm. He served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Hampshire. He also served as Executive Assistant to New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. Mr. Helms has an extensive background in politics having run as a candidate for both the U.S Congress and New Hampshire Governor. He co-chaired President Obama’s New Hampshire campaign in 2008.

Mr. Helms graduated with a BA from Drew University and with an MA in American Government from the University of New Hampshire.

Chris Kelly

At the start of his career, Mr. Kelly worked for the U.S Domestic Policy Council and the U.S Department of Education as a key Policy Advisor during the Clinton Administration. In that position he advanced critical domestic programs, including the successful initiative to put 100,000 new community police officers on America’s streets. He also helped to form AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs that engage Americans to improve education, public safety, health, and the environment. After completing his law degree, Mr. Kelly clerked for Federal Judge Barry Moskowitz, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He went on to work in private practice for the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and Baker & McKenzie in Palo Alto. Mr. Kelly served as the Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook, where he worked to create and explain Facebook’s privacy policy. He also served as Facebook’s General Counsel, and their Head of Global Public Policy. While at Facebook, he worked with attorneys general around the country to protect minors from online predators. Mr. Kelly has also served as the Chief Privacy Officer for t tech firms Kendara, Excite@Home, and Spoke Software. Mr. Kelly ran for Attorney General of California as a Democrat in 2010.

Mr. Kelly graduated with a BA from Georgetown University, he holds an MA in Political Science from Yale University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Bernard L. Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz is an industrialist, a progressive public policy advocate and a philanthropist.  Currently chairman and chief executive officer of BLS Investments, LLC, a private investment firm founded in 2006, Mr. Schwartz served for 34 years as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Loral Space & Communications, a NYSE-listed producer of satellites and satellite systems, and its predecessor company, Loral Corporation, a leading defense electronics firm.  In addition, from 1989 to 2005, Mr. Schwartz served as chairman of the board of K&F Industries, a worldwide leader in the manufacture of wheels, brakes and brake control systems for commercial transport, general aviation and military aircraft. He also served until 2001 as chairman and CEO of Globalstar Telecommunications Limited, a mobile satellite telecommunications network. Reflecting his interest in American competitiveness and growth, Mr. Schwartz has established programs that promote the development of U.S. economic policy initiatives at a number of think tanks, universities and advocacy organizations, among them the New America Foundation, Third Way, The New School, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, and the Brookings Institution.  A life-long New Yorker, Mr. Schwartz also serves as a trustee of the New York University Hospitals Center, the New York Historical Society, Thirteen/WNET Educational Broadcasting Corporation and Baruch College and is vice chairman of the New York Film Society.

Mr. Schwartz graduated from City College of New York with a B.S. degree in finance and holds an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the college.


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