Advisory Council

James G. Andersen `84
Managing Partner and Co-founder, Clearview Capital LLC

James Andersen is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Clearview Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in Old Greenwich, CT which was established in 1999. Clearview is an industry leader in the lower middle-market specializing in the acquisition and development of family-owned and entrepreneur-led businesses with revenue up to $100 million. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s activities, is Co-Chair of the Investment Committee and serves as Chairman or Director of several Clearview companies.

Prior to forming Clearview, James was a Managing Director at Capital Partners, a lower middle-market private equity firm, where he led the firm's portfolio management efforts, co-managed due diligence and was responsible for significant improvements in portfolio performance. Prior to joining Capital Partners, Jim was a management consultant with Mars & Co where he consulted to Fortune 100 companies in the consumer product, industrial and technology arenas on a wide range of strategic and operational issues. Prior to his consulting career, he spent three years as a senior field engineer and field test coordinator with Schlumberger, Ltd. stationed in Egypt.

James earned a BSE in Civil Engineering, cum laude, from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is active in Princeton University Alumni Affairs where he serves on the Advisory Council for the department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and is past Chair of the Alumni Council Committee on Careers. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s School, an independent day school in New Canaan, CT.

Kemal Askar `98
Managing Director, Head of EMEA rates Trading, Deutsche Bank

Kemal Askar is Managing Director, Head of EMEA rates Trading at Deutsche Bank. He runs a team of traders in NY, London, Frankfurt, Zurich and Tokyo, that help manage the risk of Euro, GBP, CHF and Scandinavian denominated interest rate swaps, options, FX/equity hybrids and Sovereign and supra bond transactions as well as illiquid securities.

Kemal is a 1998 graduate of Princeton University, graduated Summa Cum Laude, Operations Research, with certificates in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and the Applied and Computational Mathematics Program.

Kemal serves on numerous professional, academic and non-profit boards including Network 20/20, an international relations organization, Robert College of Istanbul, the first American school founded outside of the US. In addition, Kemal sits on the leadership council for City Harvest, a non-profit focused on fighting hunger amongst the poor and homeless in New York City, as well as the academic advisory council for Princeton University Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering.

Howard Cooper `81
CEO, Cooper Family Office

Howard Cooper began his career trading public equities for his own account, becoming a full-time trader in the 1980s. In 2006 Mr. Cooper established a single-family office to manage his family assets, which were derived from his stock trading. His SFO has since then transitioned to global investing, primarily in alternative investments, including hedge and private equity funds as well as direct investments in operating companies. Mr. Cooper is an honors graduate of Princeton University and has guest lectured at Princeton, Yale and Brown Universities.

Howard Cooper is the Chairman of the Board on Family Offices, Endowments and Foundations at Princeton University, Chairman of the Yale School of Management College of Family Offices and chairs the Family Office Council at the NYU Stern School of Business. He is Chairman of the advisory board on Osteoarthritis and Orthopedics at Duke University Medical School and is an advisor to the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He is the Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Advisory Board and Chairs the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Health Symposium. Howard Cooper is Chairman of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum, Chairman of the Investment Committee of Florida Atlantic University, Chairman of the University of Florida Deptartment of Astronomy Advisory Council, co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Discovery Council and co-Chair of the Johns Hopkins University Departments of Physics and Astronomy Advisory Board. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Princeton University Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering and a member of the Board of Directors of Florida Atlantic University. Howard Cooper is Chairman of the Duke University School of Medicine Family Office Leadership Board. He is an advisor to several university academic advisory councils and a member of the 14-10 Investment Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Mr. Cooper’s spare time is devoted to his favorite philanthropic endeavor of supporting music and art education among underprivileged students.

Hafize Gaye Erkan `06
SVP, Chief Investment Officer, First Republic Bank

Hafize Gaye Erkan is Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Deposit Officer at First Republic. She also oversees First Republic’s banking activities in the Boston and Portland regions. With extensive expertise in investment strategies and quantitative risk modeling, she has been responsible formanaging the Bank’s investment portfolio and for all of the Bank’s deposit gathering franchise, including preferred banking offices, private banking, business banking, wealth management and client services. Gaye joined First Republic in 2014 as Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Co-Chief Risk Officer. As Co-Chief Risk Officer, she led the design and implementation of a holistic and customized enterprise risk management framework and program in 2015 Prior to joining First Republic, Gaye was the Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions Group Analytics and Strategies for Goldman Sachs, primarily focusing on balance sheet optimization, restructurings and risk management for financial institutions including banks, insurance companies, asset managers and other specialty finance firms. She also developed balance sheet models to assist financial institutions with valuations and risk assessments in the context of M&A. Gaye worked closely with Boards of Directors and senior management of banks in the context of stress testing, asset liability management, capital advisory, liquidity adequacy assessment and balance sheet decisions. In light of developments in the regulatory, accounting and market environment, she also provided clients with innovative financing, capital and risk management solutions across a wide spectrum of products including equity and debt capital markets, asset side restructurings as well as equity, rate and FX derivatives. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an associate and was named Managing Director in 2011. Gaye earned a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and a B.Sc. from Bogazici University, Turkey, where she was valedictorian, in 2001. While working on her Ph.D., she received a National Science Foundation grant for her thesis and multiple Excellence in Teaching awards. Gaye is a member of the Sigma Xi Honor Society.

Margaret Holen `95
Former Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

A retired Goldman Sachs partner, Margaret Holen is currently a private investor. With professor John Mulvey and a Princeton ORFE student team, she has been researching best practices and quantitative techniques for non-profit endowment capital allocation. She serves on the boards of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the Riverside Park Conservancy and on the Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. She also serves on the Princeton University Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department Advisory Council and the UC Berkeley Haas Masters in Financial Engineering Advisory Committee. Margaret held a wide array of leadership and management positions at Goldman. Over her career, she led quantitative groups in sales, trading and investment banking with mandates in equities, credit, foreign exchange, reinsurance, special situations investing, mortgages, and foreign exchange. She successfully built and managed diverse teams and spearheaded strategic projects across divisions. She also engaged closely with many of Goldman’s clients, including asset managers, corporations, specialty finance companies, private equity investors and insurance companies. In addition, she served on the Securities Division Risk Committee and the Investment Committee for the Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group. She continues to serve as a member of the Goldman Sachs Foundation Investment Committee. Holen earned a Ph.D. from Princeton, an M.Sc. from Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.S. from The University of Chicago, all in mathematics.

Katherine Milkman `04
Associate Professor, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Milkman is an associate professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a secondary appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is also co-director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative and a Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics Senior Fellow.

Katherine is an expert in behavioral economics and judgment and decision making and was the recipient of an early career award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences in 2015. When under 30, Milkman was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants, and her dozens of articles in leading social science journals have reached a wide audience through multiple op-eds in The New York Times and frequent coverage in major media outlets such as NPR, The Financial Times, The New York Times, and Harvard Business Review. Katherine has received numerous awards for her ability to communicate ideas to Wharton undergraduate and MBA students and has worked with many large organizational partners on research and/or consulting including Google, the American Red Cross, Morningstar, Cummins Engines, and Wipro. She serves on the Morningstar Behavioral Science Board and the HealthPrize Academic Advisory Board. Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, summa cum laude, in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University's joint program in Computer Science and Business.

Eric Pai `83
Former Managing Director, SkyBridge Capital, LLC

Eric Pai started an independent college counseling business in 2016, after retiring from a 28-year career on Wall Street in 2015. Most recently, he had served as Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for seeding strategies and new product development at SkyBridge Capital in New York. Before that, he created a \$500 million investment vehicle for the Hedge Fund Management Group of Citigroup Alternative Investments, where he co-managed a fund to seed startups. From 1987-2005, Pai worked at Bankers Trust Company, and its acquirer Deutsche Bank, where he was a founding member of the Absolute Return Strategies Group, in charge of the \$4 billion single manager business and head of structured investment products. Pai received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987. He earned a BSE in Civil Engineering and a Certificate in Engineering and Management Systems from Princeton University in 1983, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

D. Jeffrey Penney `83
Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company

Jeff Penney is a financial services manager with 30 years of experience in banking and capital markets. Following two years as Head of Strategy for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB), he has returned to McKinsey where, from 2009 to 2013, he was a Senior Advisor and served on the global CIB Operating Committee with responsibility for the firm's Equities and Investment Banking practice. Prior to 2009, Mr. Penney held management positions at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse across global markets and banking. He holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton, and is also president of the independent record label Sons of Sound.

Stephen Sashihara `80
CEO, Princeton Consultants Inc.

Steve Sashihara is the CEO of Princeton Consultants (, an information technology and management consulting firm with offices in Princeton and New York. Princeton Consultants helps industry leaders, as well as fast-growing innovators, transform performance by integrating advanced analytics into their core business processes.

Sashihara is the author of “The Optimization Edge: Reinventing Decision Making to Maximize All Your Company's Assets” (McGraw Hill), the first non-technical book to explain optimization (, which has been reviewed favorably in Forbes, Investor’s Business Daily and other publications. On the subjects of optimization and digital disruption, he is a frequent guest speaker at events hosted by IBM, GE and diverse professional and academic organizations. For the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF), Sashihara has served in a variety of leadership roles, including co-chairman. He is a member and has been an officer of the INFORMS Roundtable, a group representing top-level leaders in applied optimization for large businesses (

Sashihara founded Princeton Consultants after graduating in 1980 from Princeton, where he majored in Philosophy. His undergraduate thesis, "The Legal Protection of Computer Software Property," was an early study in intellectual-property aspects of software algorithms. The firm has sponsored research with Professor Warren Powell's CASTLE Lab.