Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy hosts the third Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact: A Conversation with Today's Philanthropists.
Susan A. Buffett (Chairman of Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation) and David Rockefeller, Jr. (Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation) discuss the importance of giving as well as the causes they are most passionate about.
Susan A. Buffett is Chairman of The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and The Sherwood Foundation. The Sherwood Foundation focuses on several areas including early childhood education for low-income families. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation works globally on women's health issues and nuclear disarmament. Susie also serves on several nonprofit boards including D.A.T.A. (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), Girls Inc. and the Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Fred P. Hochberg
Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent increase over the past two years, which supported $34.4 billion worth of exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 US companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses, a record for the bank. The bank also tripled its renewable energy export financing. From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration. Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation.
David Rockefeller Jr.
David Rockefeller, Jr. is trustee of The Rockefeller Foundation and The Museum of Modern Art. Mr. Rockfeller has been an active participant in the areas of environment, philanthropy, arts and public education.
Mr. Rockefeller is an advisor and former vice chair of the Alaska Conservation Foundation, and founder of Alaska Fund for the Future, an organization dedicated to preserving the Alaskan natural environment. Mr. Rockefeller is also a trustee of the Asian Cultural Council, a founding trustee of The Cantata Singers in Boston, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
His former foundation affiliations have included service as trustee and chairman of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, president of the Rockefeller Family Fund, and trustee of the Boston Foundation.