Previous Advisory Council Members

Howard Cooper `81 ([field_appointment])

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 was 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 involved in the Genome Project at Harvard Medical School and was Chairman of the advisory board on Osteoarthritis and Orthopedics at Duke University Medical School and has been an advisor to the Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences and was Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery Advisory Board and the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Health Symposium. Howard Cooper is Chairman of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Global Investor’s Forum, past-Chairman of the Investment Committee of Florida Atlantic University, was Chairman of the University of Florida Department 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 has been 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 is devoted to his favorite philanthropic endeavor of supporting music and art education among underprivileged students.

Stephen Sashihara `80 ([field_appointment])

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.

Margaret Holen `95 ([field_appointment])

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.

Eric Pai `83 ([field_appointment])

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.

James G. Andersen `84 ([field_appointment])

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.

Kef Kasdin `85 ([field_appointment])

Partner, Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners

Kef Kasdin is a general partner of Battelle Ventures, where she has led the firm’s investments in cleantech and worked closely on identifying promising technologies and synergies with Department of Energy laboratories managed by Battelle Memorial Institute. She was involved in creating several renewable energy startups, including Proterro, which she co-founded in 2008. She is a coauthor of Inside the Minds: Green Venture Capital (Aspatore Books, Nov. 1, 2009). As CEO of Proterro, she was named by Biofuels Digest among the top people in the bioeconomy for four years in a row.

Prior to co-founding Battelle Ventures in 2003, Kef had been involved in developing and executing strategy for high-technology companies for over 15 years, including at 3Com Corp., where she was the general manager of a $1-billion business and the first Executive in Residence, Office of the Chairman.

Kef serves on the Boards of Directors of GRIDSMART, Rajant, Proterro, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to her venture capital related board responsibilities, Kef is also involved in several non-profit activities including serving on the Boards of Directors of Third Way; Princeton AlumniCorps; and Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County.

Kef holds a B.S.E degree from Princeton University (1985) in Civil Engineering (operations research), with a certificate in Science and Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; and an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (1989).

James G. Andersen ([field_appointment])

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Clearview Capital LLC

James Andersen co-founded Clearview in 1999 and co-manages all aspects of the firm's activities. In addition, he has primary responsibility for due diligence and portfolio company management and development. Previously, Andersen was a managing director at Capital Partners, 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, he was a management consultant with Mars & Company, where he worked with Fortune 100 companies in the consumer product, industrial and technology arenas on a wide range of issues. Prior to his consulting career, he was a senior field engineer and field test coordinator for Schlumberger stationed in the Middle East. Andersen holds a BSE in civil engineering, cum laude, from Princeton and an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a founding member of the Wharton Private Equity Network and is active in Princeton University alumni affairs, where he chaired the Alumni Council Careers Committee.

Bennett Stewart `74 ([field_appointment])


William Neidig `70 ([field_appointment])

Riverside Interests, Inc.

David Kelsey `73 ([field_appointment])

Elevance Renewable Sciences

Frank Fabozzi ([field_appointment])

Frank J. Fabozzi Associates

John Pittenger `78 ([field_appointment])

Koch Industries

John Drzik `83 ([field_appointment])

Oliver Wyman Co.

Paul Addis ([field_appointment])

Louis Dreyfus Corporation

Nathaniel Singer `83 ([field_appointment])

Swap Financial Group

Robert Easton `58 ([field_appointment])

Stockton Holdings Limited

Debra Ann Kushma `80 ([field_appointment])

Morgan Stanley and Company, Inc.

Andrew Rudd ([field_appointment])


Brain Ahern ([field_appointment])

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Sally Blount-Lyon `83 ([field_appointment])

Northwestern University

John Prestbo ([field_appointment])

Dow Jones & Company

Christopher Garand ([field_appointment])

General Reinsurance Corporation

Henry Posner III `77 ([field_appointment])

Railroad Development Corporation

Jeffrey Drazan `80 ([field_appointment])

Sierra Ventures

Henry Owsley `77 ([field_appointment])

Gordian Group, L.P.