Keynote Speaker: Stephen Friedman
Stephen Friedman, the retired chairman of Goldman Sachs & Company and currently assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy, delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremonies for Columbia Law School, on May 19, 2005 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
Mr. Friedman, a 1962 graduate of the Law School, spent 28 years with Goldman Sachs & Company where he served as co-chairman (1990-1992) and chairman and senior partner (1992-1994.) More recently, Mr. Friedman has been serving on the boards of directors of Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Mr. Friedman has also established a strong record of public service and he has served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and on the Presidential/Congressional Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He was also chosen to lead a task force on modernizing financial management at the Pentagon.
Mr. Friedman has maintaned a strong committment to his alma mater and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Columbia University. He is also involved with several charitable and academic organizations and is Chairman of the Financial Committee of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Chairman Emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Brookings Institution; and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also been a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Stephen Friedman Biography
Cornell University, B.A., 1959; Columbia University Law School, LL.B., 1962 (Law Review); Law Clerk to Federal District Judge, S.D.N.Y.
Attorney: New York City (1963-1966); joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1966; Partner 1973; Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer, 1987 - Nov. 1990; Co-Chairman and Senior Partner, Dec. 1990 - Dec. 1992; Chairman and Senior Partner, Dec. 1992 - retirement in Dec. 1994. Nominated for re-election to Board of Goldman, Sachs Group, March 2005.
Certain prior affiliations: Chairman, Columbia University; Board Member Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 1994-2002; Director, Wal-Mart; Fannie Mae; Goldman, Sachs Group; Senior Principal, MMC Capital, Inc. April 1998 - Dec. 2002; Member, President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, under Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy, Chairman of the National Economic Council, 2003-2004.