EIM is overseen by the Investment Committee of Emory University’s Board of Trustees


James W. Burns, Chair
Partner, Head of EMEA Client and Partner Group and Head of Individual Investor Business, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., LLP.

Jim Burns joined KKR in 2010 and is a member of the Client and Partner Group, where he leads KKR’s client business in EMEA and leads KKR’s Individual Investor Business globally. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Burns was a managing director in the private wealth management division of Morgan Stanley, where he worked for nearly thirteen years and held a variety of positions, most recently as head of the Eastern United States for private wealth management.

Mr. Burns holds a BA, Phi Beta Kappa, from Emory University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, where he serves as Chair of the Investment Committee for the School’s endowment. He is a former trustee for the Convent of the Sacred Heart in New York, a former trustee for the Harvard Business School Club of New York and a former trustee for the Emory College Alumni Board.

Rick M. Rieder, Vice Chair
Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income and Head of the Global Allocation Team, Blackrock.

Rick M. Rieder, Managing Director, is BlackRock’s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, Head of Fundamental Fixed Income business, and Head of Global Allocation Investment Team. He also serves as a member of BlackRock’s Executive Sub-Committee on Investments, a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee, and Chairman of the firm-wide BlackRock Investment Council, and a member of the BlackRock Foundation Investment Committee.

Before joining BlackRock in 2009, Rieder was president and CEO of R3 Capital Partners. He served as vice chair and member of the Borrowing Committee for the US Treasury and is currently a member of the Federal Reserve’s Investment Advisory Committee. From 1987 to 2008, Rieder was with Lehman Brothers, most recently as head of the firm’s Global Principal Strategies team. He was also global head of the firm’s credit businesses, chairman of the Corporate Bond and Loan Capital Commitment Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the corporate pension fund. Before joining Lehman Brothers, Rieder was a credit analyst at SunTrust Banks in Atlanta.

Rieder serves on the Alphabet/Google Investment Advisory Committee and the UBS Research Advisory Board. He was awarded the Global Unconstrained Fixed Income Manager of the Year for 2015 by Institutional Investor, was nominated for Fixed Income Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor for 2014, and was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Fixed Income Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rieder earned a BBA in Finance from Emory in 1983 and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. In addition to belonging to the Emory University Board of Trustees, he is a member of the Goizueta Business School Board and is founder and chairman of the business school’s BBA investment fund and community financial literacy program.

Steven H. Lipstein
President and CEO, retired, BJC Healthcare.

From 1999 through 2018, Steven H. Lipstein served as president and CEO of BJC HealthCare, a multihospital, multibillion-dollar, comprehensive health care delivery organization serving greater St. Louis and southern Illinois. Spanning four decades, Lipstein’s education and professional career have taken him from Emory University to Duke University for college and graduate school, respectively; to Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the University of Chicago Hospitals; and then to BJC HealthCare.

Lipstein serves on the board of directors of Ameren Corporation, a public utility company. He is the former chair of the board of directors of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank and served on the Health Services Committee of the University of California Board of Regents. Among his honors, Lipstein was named St. Louis Citizen of the Year in 2013, elected for membership to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014, received a distinguished service award from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2015, and received the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership in 2017.

Lee P. Miller
Managing Director, Glenmede Investment & Private Wealth Management.

Lee Miller is Regional Director of Glenmede’s New York Metro region. She leads the relationship management team and oversees the day-to-day operations of this area. Miller also serves as a senior Relationship Manager and works with multi-generation families on wealth planning, family wealth education, and complex trusts. An industry leader specializing in multi-generational wealth and legacy planning, trust administration, and philanthropy, Miller joined Glenmede as a founding member of the New York office.

Prior to joining Glenmede, she was a member of the management team of Threshold Group, a multifamily office. She also served as a managing director and senior fiduciary officer for US Trust’s Wealth Management Group. Miller is a trustee of the Preservation League of New York State, and a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she also serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Council. In 2015, she was selected as one of the ‘50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth’ by Private Asset Management.

Miller received a BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and Juris Doctor degree at Emory University School of Law. She writes and lectures on a diverse range of trust and wealth-management topics.

Stuart A. Rose
Executive Chair of the Board and Founder, REX American Resources Corporation.

A Dayton, Ohio, businessman, Stuart A. Rose is Executive Chair of the Board and Founder of REX American Resources Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company that is one of the leading ethanol producers in the world. He is a rare book collector of international acclaim with a distinguished and extensive private library that spans centuries of the arts, literature, and the sciences.

The Stuart Rose Family Foundation, of which Rose is chair and president, focuses on children’s programs, rare book libraries, and education and cultural projects. In 2013, Rose was appointed as a board member and head of the collection committee of the Folgers Library Board of Governors, the top Shakespeare rare book library in the world. A gift from Rose in 2013 made possible Emory’s purchase of a collection of rare manuscripts by some of the world’s great poets, from an unpublished poem by John Clare to drafts of works by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, and Derek Mahon. In fall 2015, Emory’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) was renamed in honor of Rose, out of recognition for his ongoing support and significant gift to MARBL.

Mitchell A. Tanzman
Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Central Park Group.

Mitchell A. Tanzman is a Founding Partner as well as Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Central Park Group. He has more than 30 years of experience in alternative investments, including fund-of-funds portfolio management. Tanzman has invested more than $14.5 billion in over 175 funds, including more than $3.5 billion in private-equity funds.

Prior to founding Central Park Group, Tanzman served as co-head of UBS Financial Services Alternative Investment Group and was a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Before UBS, he worked at Oppenheimer & Co. Asset Management Group, and ultimately co-managed the firm’s alternative investment department. Additionally, he was a member of the firm’s Management Committee. Tanzman began his career at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan as an attorney specializing in investment companies and advisory services.

Tanzman is a contributing author to the book “Hedge Funds,” edited by Lederman and Klein.

Tanzman is a graduate of Emory College and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School. His involvement at Emory dates back to his years as an undergraduate. He was managing editor and editor-in-chief of the Emory Wheel and was a member of ODK, Mortar Board, and Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity. Since graduating, Tanzman chaired the New York–area Annual Fund in 1997–1998 and was a member of the Emory Alumni Board.

Ben F. Johnson III, Trustee Emeritus
Partner, retired, Alston & Bird.

Ben F. Johnson III is the retired managing partner of Alston & Bird, serving as managing partner from 1997 to 2008, after a career as a commercial litigator that began in 1971. He is the immediate past Chairman of Invesco, Ltd., a S&P 500 company and a leading independent global investment management company operating in more than 20 countries with approximately $1 trillion in assets under management. He served on Invesco’s board from 2009 to 2019.

Johnson served on Emory University’s Board of Trustees for18 years and was the chair from 2000 to 2013. He recently completed his 33-year service as chair of the Governing Board of Woodward Academy, one of America’s largest independent schools. He continues to serve on Woodward’s Board and on its Executive Committee. He is the past chair and member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, serves on the Board of The Carter Center, and is a Trustee of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

In 2010, The American Lawyer awarded him its second Law Firm Distinguished Leader Award in its Lifetime Achievers 2010 issue. Emory University awarded him a Doctor of Laws degree in 2014.

Wendell S. Reilly, Trustee Emeritus
Chairman, Berman Capital Advisors.

Wendell S. Reilly serves as Chairman of Berman Capital Advisors, an independent wealth advisory firm with $3 Billion under management. Currently a Director of Lamar Advertising Company (LAMR) and Brown & Brown, Inc (BRO), Reilly has over thirty years of private equity, entrepreneurial and executive management experience in media and communications. Previously, Reilly was Chief Financial Officer of Lamar Advertising Company and Haas Publishing Companies, and later, he founded Grapevine Communications, a venture-backed group of eight local television stations.

More recently, Reilly was a General Partner with Peachtree Equity Partners, an SBIC Debenture Fund focused on lower middle-market debt and equity investments in the Southeast, and currently, he serves as an Operating Partner with Star Mountain Capital, an asset management firm with $1.5 billion in AUM focused on underserved small businesses throughout the country.

Reilly chairs the Finance Committee of The Carter Center and the Audit Committee of the International Center for Journalists. For the past 15 years, he has served on the Endowment Board of The Paideia School as well as the Investment Committee of Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. Native of Baton Rouge, LA, Reilly first came to Atlanta to attend Emory College, graduating with a BA in English in 1980. After receiving his MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University in 1983, he joined the Peace Corps, serving for two years in the Dominican Republic.

Hashem Dezhbakhsh, Faculty Counselor
Chair of Economics Department and Goodrich C. White. Professor of Economics at Emory University.

Hashem Dezhbakhsh received his Ph.D. in Economics from Ohio State University and joined Emory University in 1992. He has taught courses in doctoral, bachelors, masters, and executive MBA programs. He has also held various administrative positions in academia including department chair, program director, and interim deanship.

Dr. Dezhbakhsh is the recipient of several awards including Emory University’s Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University’s Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentorship, Chief Economist Award for Empirical Contributions to GAO Research, Ohio State University’s Outstanding Teaching Award, Sigma Nu fraternity’s Favorite Faculty Award, and Phi Beta Kappa recognition for excellent teaching. Dr. Dezhbakhsh’s articles have appeared in leading economic journals, and his research has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States in their issued opinions as well as in Newsweek, USA Today, Economist, New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

Dr. Dezhbakhsh has also conducted research on financial markets, stock market volatility, and bubbles as well as foreign exchange markets. He has made public presentations and also addressed Emory University Board of Visitors on issues related to stock market volatility and the financial crisis of 2008. Dr. Dezhbakhsh has appeared as an expert on many radio and news stations including NPR, CNN, FOX News Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates in Atlanta. He has worked as an economic consultant for U.S. Government Accountability Office, The Carter Center, Mexican Congress, R.J. Reynolds, Pfizer, Drug Emporium, and African Export-Import Bank, among others.