Richard L. Kauffman
Richard L. Kauffman has served as a member of our Board since July 2017. From February 2013 through February 2019, Mr. Kauffman served as the Chairman of Energy & Finance for New York State, overseeing and managing New York State’s entire energy portfolio. Since June 2013, he has served as the Chair of the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency Board. Prior to joining the state administration, Mr. Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest governmental levels, most recently serving as senior advisor to Secretary Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy from September 2011 through February 2013. Prior to his public service career, from September 2006 through August 2010, he was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies. From July 2004 through September 2006, Mr. Kauffman was a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group; and from May 1993 to July 2004, he worked at Morgan Stanley, most recently as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Global Banking Department. Mr. Kauffman serves as the chairman of the board of Generate Capital. Mr. Kauffman serves on the board of Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator, and Climate Real Impact Solutions II, a special-purpose acquisition company. Mr. Kauffman has served as chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co., where he was also chair of the finance committee. He has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the Wallace Foundation.