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Stanford Advisory Council

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The Advisory Council guides the partnership's center at Stanford, helping to sharpen our strategies for scaling and increasing our engagement across the university’s schools.

Thomas A. Patterson


Tom Patterson is a General Partner at Madrone Capital Partners, focused on investments in founder/family owned businesses, the emerging middle class in China and Brazil, and clean energy technology.  He is Chair of NatCap’s Advisory Council, a role he assumed in December 2023.

Steven A. Denning


Steve Denning is Chairman of General Atlantic, LLC and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Stanford University. He is also former Co-chair of The Nature Conservancy, and on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Bridgespan Group.

Charles J. Katz, Jr.


Chuck Katz manages family investments and is co-creator of several photographic books. Previously, he practiced law at Perkins Coie, Seattle, and then served as Executive Vice President of Opsware, Inc. He is former board member of REI, Inc. and several non-profit organizations, and is presently Vice Chair of NatCap’s Advisory Council.

Matthew R. Barger


Matt Barger is the managing member of MRB Capital, LLC and a senior advisor at Hellman & Friedman, LLC. Matt serves on the Board of Directors of Hall Capital Partners LLC and Artisan Partners Asset Management. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences.

Felicity Barringer


Felicity Barringer is currently the Writer in Residence at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West, where she created, edits and writes for a blog, “… & the West.” Before joining the Lane Center, Felicity worked for The New York Times and, before that, The Washington Post.

Peter S. Bing


Peter Bing is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, former Trustee, and current volunteer for Stanford University.

Thomas Dickson


Tom Dickson serves as Chief Executive Officer of New Energy Risk, Inc. and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Haverford Capital Partners (Cayman) Limited. Tom was formerly the CUO and CEO of Centre Solutions.

Robert (Bob) Fisher


Bob Fisher is chairman of the board of Gap Inc., a position he has held since 2015. He is the co-founder and trustee of the Pisces Foundation, which focuses on environmental giving, and serves on the board and executive committee at Conservation International. He is chairman of the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Harry Hagey

Harry Hagey is the retired Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair of the San Francisco investment firm Dodge & Cox. Harry and his wife Shirley are founding partners of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) in 2010.

Tom Hutton


Tom Hutton is the Managing Partner of XL Innovate. He is the past CEO of Risk Management Solutions, White Mountains Re and New Energy Risk. One of his current projects is developing Climassure, providing insurance and mitigation solutions for risks from climate change and volatility.

Xin Liu


Xin Liu is the co-founder and president of the Enlight Foundation in the U.S., and director and founder of Xinhe Foundation in China. Her philanthropy focuses on action-driven research; improving educational opportunities for children in developing countries; and on social entrepreneurs, to scale their work on pressing issues including climate change and youth mental health. Xin has worked as an award-winning photojournalist at many news outlets in the U.S. and China.

Robert Litterman


Bob Litterman is a founding partner at Kepos Capital and chairs their Risk Committee. Bob was a partner at Goldman-Sachs & Co, where he was head of the firm-wide risk function. He serves on the boards of Climate Central, Commonfund, Resources for the Future, and the Sloan Foundation.

Eduardo Mufarej


Eduardo Mufarej is a Brazilian investor, entrepreneur, and social activist. He is presently Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Natural Climate Solutions at Just Climate. He is the founder of Good Karma Partners, a pioneer in sustainability investments in Latin America, and he was the co-founder and CEO of Tarpon Investimentos, one of Brazil's largest independent investment managers. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Renova, an incubator of political talent with a presence in different countries of Latin America.

Rose Niu


Rose Niu is Chief Conservation Officer at the Paulson Institute. Earlier, she was Managing Director of China Programs at World Wildlife Fund-US; prior to that, she founded the China program at The Nature Conservancy.

Ramanan Raghavendran


Ramanan Raghavendran is the managing partner of Amasia, a venture capital firm, where he invests in companies that help fight the climate crisis and enhance sustainability. He serves as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the boards and/or been the seed funder for several non-profits, including Magic Bus, an NGO that works with 500,000 at-risk children in South Asia.

Roger W. Sant


Roger Sant is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The AES Corporation, a Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power. He is also Co-Founder and Chair of The Summit Foundation, supporting international empowerment of girls, restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef ecosystem, and the sustainability of cities in the United States.

Alvaro Umaña


Álvaro Umaña served as Costa Rica’s first Minister of Environment (1986-1990), for which he was internationally recognized for implementation of innovative financial instruments and other path-breaking contributions to conservation. Dr. Umaña created the National Biodiversity Institute and developed a Master’s in natural resources and sustainable development at INCAE Business School. He was founding chair of the World Bank Inspection Panel, and has served on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, the UNESCO Executive Council, the World Resources Institute, and the Stockholm Environment Institute. Dr. Umaña presently co-chairs Climate Transparency.

Bill Veghte


Bill Veghte is Executive Chairman of Turbonomic. Previously, he was CEO of Survey Monkey, the Chief Operating Officer for Hewlett Packard, and the EVP of Microsoft’s Enterprise Business.

Jerry Yang


Jerry Yang is founder of AME Cloud Ventures, and founder and past CEO of Yahoo! Jerry serves on the boards of Stanford University, Alibaba, Workday and Lenovo, and as senior adviser and board observer of Didi Chuxing. He is a member of the Committee of 100 and the Council on Foreign Relations.

In Memoriam

William F. Meehan III

Bill was a founding co-chair of the NatCap Stanford Advisory Council. He was the Lafayette Partners Lecturer in Strategic Management at Stanford’s GSB and a Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co, where he had spent his career as an esteemed management consultant. At Stanford, he was also a founding member of the Advisory Council of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a faculty member of the Public Management Program and the Center for Social Innovation, and a member of the Arts Advisory Council. He was a Life Governor of the San Francisco Symphony. He died on January 26, 2023 in Palo Alto. He was 70.