Richard L. Kauffman joined The Wallace Foundation’s board of directors in 2015. As Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, a new cabinet-level position created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Kauffman became New York’s first “energy czar” in February 2013. In this capacity, Kauffman is responsible for developing and advancing Gov. Cuomo’s plan to create a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system in New York.
Previously, Kauffman worked in energy and finance at some of the nation’s highest levels. Most recently, he served as senior adviser to then-Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his private sector career, Kauffman was chief executive officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in clean energy technologies; a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he chaired the Global Financing Group; and vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Kauffman has served as chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of the Yale School of Management, the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, The New School, the Brookings Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University and two master’s degrees from Yale University, one in international relations, the other in public and private management.