Advisory Board

Len Baker has been a partner of Sutter Hill Ventures, Silicon Valley’s oldest venture capital firm, since 1973. He is also responsible for Sutter Hill’s sponsorship of Chengwei Ventures, a Shanghai-based venture firm which makes venture investments in China, and of Golden Gate Capital, a technology buyout firm.

Prior to working with Sutter Hill, Mr. Baker worked for Cummins Engine Company, a manufacturer of diesel engines.  Prior to Cummins, Mr. Baker worked for Delta Foundation, a community-owned minority business development firm started by civil rights leaders in Greenville, Mississippi.

Currently, Mr. Baker serves on the boards of two public companies (Corcept Therapeutics and Youku.com) and several private companies.  Mr. Baker is a board member of Stanford Management Company, the firm that manages the Stanford University endowment. He serves on the Investment Board of GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, and is a member of Singapore’s International Academic Advisory Panel. He is an advisor to the Packard Foundation Investment Committee. He is a board member of the Environmental Defense Fund and a Trustee of Berklee College of Music. Len was a trustee of Yale University from 2000 through 2012 where he chaired the Finance and Trusteeship Committees. He was a member of the Yale Investment Committee, the group that oversees Yale’s endowment, from 1990 through 2015.

Mr. Baker earned a B.A. in mathematics from Yale University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

William Poorvu is the Class of 1961 Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship Emeritus at Harvard Business School. For several decades, he was responsible for and taught the real estate courses at HBS.  He is the author of several books and articles on real estate, including Creating and Growing Real Estate Wealth and The Real Estate Game.

Mr. Poorvu has been managing partner in a number of real estate companies and has served as consultant to various organizations in the private and public sectors. He is a founder and past chairman of the Baupost Group L.L.C., an investment advisory firm, of which, he currently serves as co-chairman of its board of advisors; he formerly served as an independent trustee of the MFS Group of Mutual Funds; and as director of CBL & Associates, Trammell Crow Realty Investors, and Connecticut General Mortgage and Realty Investments. He is also a past vice chairman/treasurer of Boston Broadcasters, Inc., licensee of Channel 5, WCVB-TV Boston.

Mr. Poorvu is a life trustee and former vice chairman and treasurer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; life trustee and former treasurer of the Gardner Museum; trustee emeritus and former vice chairman of the National Public Radio Foundation; fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences; former member of the investment committee of the Carnegie Corporation of New York; and former member of the Yale University Council and its Investment Committee. He has also served on the board of other non-profit and community organizations.

Mr. Poorvu earned a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

T. Gary Rogers is the former chairman of Safeway, Inc.  He was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc., a company he and his partner purchased in 1977, took public in 1981, built into the largest ice cream company in the country with $2.5B in revenues, and sold to Nestlé in 2006.  He is the past chairman of Levi Strauss & Co. and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  He is a director of Stanislaus Food Products and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.  He is a member of the Chancellor’s Board of Visitors of the University of California at Berkeley and the Investment Advisory Group for The Regents of the University of California.  He is chairman of the Oakland Dialogue and is a former chairman of the Bay Area Council and the Oakland Partnership.

Mr. Rogers is the primary benefactor of the University of California Men’s Crew, the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center, and the California Rowing Club.  He also is a member of the High Performance Committee of U.S. Rowing.

Mr. Rogers earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Richard Rosenberg is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of BankAmerica Corporation serving from 1990 to 1996. Prior to joining Bank of America in 1987, Mr. Rosenberg worked at Wells Fargo Bank for 22 years, his last years serving as vice chairman and director.

Mr. Rosenberg is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, a member of the California Bar Association, a trustee of the California Institute of Technology, a past president of The Bankers Roundtable, the Bank Marketing Association, the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System and a past chairman of MasterCard International. He is a member of the board of directors of the Buck Institute for Age Research, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Naval War College Foundation and is past chairman of the University of California San Francisco Foundation and chairman of the executive council of the University of California Medical Center. He has served as the chairman of the board for ABX Air, and as a director of Airborne Express Corporation, Health Care Property, SBC Communications, UCSF-Stanford Health Care, Chronicle Publishing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Pacific Life Insurance Company, and Premier Pacific Vineyards.  He is a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Rosenberg earned a B.S. degree from Suffolk University and a M.B.A. degree and a J.D. degree from Golden Gate University.

Michael Rossi became chairman of the company in 2015 and in that role oversees and helps to guide the strategic direction of the company.  He is chairman of the company’s executive committee and a member of its investment committee.  Prior to assuming the role of chairman, Mr. Rossi was a founding member of the company’s advisory board and served as a consultant to the company focused on succession planning, business planning, compensation practices, and organizational development.

Mr. Rossi is a retired vice chairman of BankAmerica Corporation, serving from 1993 to 1997. Prior to serving as vice chairman, Mr. Rossi was BankAmerica’s chief credit officer. Prior to that post, he held various executive positions which included running the Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Division, Commercial Banking Division, Global Private Bank, Asia Division, and Latin America Division. He also served as senior credit officer of the World Banking Group. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Rossi was chairman and CEO of Aozora Bank, taking it public in November 2006. He also spent eight months as chairman of GMAC/ResCap.

Mr. Rossi is the senior advisor to the San Francisco 49ers, chairman of the board of the Claremont Graduate University, senior advisor for Jobs and Economic Development for the Governor of the State of California, chairman of the California Workforce Development Board, and a director of the California High Speed Rail Authority. He is a former chairman of the board of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Lifesavers, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, Visit California, and the American Diabetes Association of California.  He is a former member of the board of North Hawaii Community Hospital, BAWAG Bank Vienna Austria, Pulte Homes, the American Bankers Association, Claremont University Center and Graduate School, the American Graduate School of International Management, University of California at Berkeley Art Museum, Del Webb Corporation, the San Francisco Opera, the National Urban League, the Special Olympics Committee of Northern California, the Thunderbird school of Global Management, Union Pacific Resources, and the United Way of Northern California.  He also served on the President’s Campaign Cabinet for University of California at Berkeley, was a member of the nominating committee of the Bankers Association for Foreign Trade (BAFT) and a past president of the board of BAFT.

Mr. Rossi earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley.

David Swensen, Yale’s Chief Investment Officer, oversees $25 billion in Endowment assets and several hundreds of millions of dollars of other investment funds.  Under his stewardship during the past 30 years the Yale Endowment generated returns of 14.1 percent per annum, a record unequalled among institutional investors.  When he began in 1985, the Endowment totaled $1 billion and support for the operating budget amounted to $45 million. Today, budget contributions total $1.2 billion.  Mr. Swensen leads a staff of 30, located near the University’s campus in downtown New Haven.

Prior to joining Yale in 1985, Mr. Swensen spent six years on Wall Street – three years at Lehman Brothers and three years at Salomon Brothers – where his work focused on developing new financial technologies.  At Salomon Brothers, he structured the first swap, a currency transaction involving IBM and the World Bank.  Mr. Swensen authored Pioneering Portfolio Management: An Unconventional Approach to Institutional Investment and Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment, both published by The Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.  His books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.

Mr. Swensen won numerous awards, including: in 2014, an honorary degree from Yale, Doctor of Humane Letters; in 2012, the Yale Medal for outstanding individual service to the University; in 2015, an honorary degree from Bowdoin, Doctor of Humane Letters; in 2008, a fellowship in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; in 2007, the Mory’s Cup for conspicuous service to Yale; in 2007, the Hopkins Medal for commitment, devotion and loyalty to Hopkins School; and in 2004, the Inaugural Institutional Investor Award for Excellence in Investment Management.  At Yale, where he teaches students in Yale College and at the School of Management, he is a Fellow of Berkeley College, an Incorporator of the Elizabethan Club, and a Fellow of the International Center for Finance.

In 2013, Yale named the Berkeley College Master’s Residence “Swensen House” in his honor.  In 2014, Hopkins School named the Head of School’s Residence “Swensen House.”  In 2015, Yale named the Hall of Graduate Studies Tower “David Swensen Tower.”  At Yale, the women’s tennis coach is the Swensen-McMahon Head Coach of Women’s Tennis and Steve Berry holds the David F. Swensen Chair in Economics.

Mr. Swensen advised the President of the United States as a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.  He served as trustee or advisor to the Brookings Institution, Cambridge University, the Carnegie Corporation, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Hopkins School, TIAA, Major League Baseball, the New York Stock Exchange, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Yale New Haven Hospital, the Investment Fund for Foundations, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the States of Connecticut and Massachusetts.                      

Mr. Swensen earned B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Ph.D in economics from Yale University.