Advisory Committee

Pamela Flaherty

President & CEO, Citi Foundation and Director, Citizenship Citi (Ret)

Pamela FlahertyPamela P. Flaherty is the former President and CEO of the Citi Foundation, and the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi. During Mrs. Flaherty’s 46-year career at Citi, she held various line and staff roles, including Citicorp’s Senior Human Resources Officer, and Director of Citi’s New York Consumer Retail business. 

As leader of Citi Foundation from 2007 to 2015, Mrs. Flaherty led a “more-than-philanthropy” approach to the foundation’s work. This combination of financial support, employee engagement, and innovative grant structuring increased the long-term impact of the Citi Foundation’s investments to promote economic development and progress for lower income families. This included signature programs in financial education and youth employment, investing in partners who are working directly with low- income households and communities. As head of the company’s Citizenship efforts, she encouraged the development of activities where Citi’s businesses can make a difference, including sustainability and the environment. In partnership with Citi’s clients, Citi directed more than $54 billion towards renewable energy and clean technology exceeding its ten year goal two years early. Its new goal is to catalyze $100 billion in the next 10 years. Citi also reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from operations by 20 percent from a 2005 baseline. 

She is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins University, is on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine and has been on the boards of several nonprofits, including Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Living Cities. She is currently on the board of The Nature Conservancy Long Island Chapter and World Resources Institute. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Affairs. 

Mrs. Flaherty is an honors graduate of Smith College and holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Jay Koh

Managing Director & Founder at The Lightsmith Group

Jay KohJay Koh is a Managing Director and Founder at the Lightsmith Group, and previously served as a Partner of Siguler Guff and was a member of the Firm's senior management team.

Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Koh was the Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the development finance institution of the United States government.  In this role, Mr. Koh led the agency's $2.6 billion active emerging markets private equity program, oversaw 33 funds and was involved in managing a $15 billion portfolio of political risk insurance, direct finance and private equity investments. 

Previously, Mr. Koh served as the Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Private Equity at R3 Capital, formerly the Global Principal Strategies Division of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Koh also spent nine years at The Carlyle Group where he focused on direct growth equity investing.

Mr. Koh has had experience reviewing and approving project financings and investment funds executing solar, wind, small hydro, and biomass projects as well as energy efficiency financing structures.

Mr. Koh is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School, and was also a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

John M.B. O’Connor

Chairman, J.H. Whitney Investment Management

John M.B. O'ConnorJohn M. B. O’Connor, is Chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLC (a company which specializes in financing sustainable and resilient energy technologies and projects), a position he has held since January 2005. From January 2009 through March 2011, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Tactronics Holdings, LLC (a Whitney Capital Partners portfolio holding company that provided tactical integrated electronic systems to U.S. and foreign military customers as well as the composite armor solutions for military vehicles through its Armostruxx division).

Previously, Mr. O’Connor was Chairman of JP Morgan Alternative Asset Management, Inc. and an Executive Partner of JP Morgan Partners. He was also a member of the Risk Management Committee of JP Morgan Chase, which was responsible for policy formulation and oversight of all market and credit risk taking activities globally.

Mr. O’Connor has extensive experience in transaction leadership, structuring and portfolio management, and is a member of J.H. Whitney’s Investment Committee, contributing significant global renewable and energy investment, regulatory and operational expertise to the Investment Manager’s team.

Mr. O’Connor earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tulane University and a master’s in business administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Mr. O’Connor is a member of the board of directors at Integrico, Inc. (a privately held specialized composite products manufacturer).  He also serves on the advisory boards of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. He is also Chairman of the American Friends of the Clock Tower Fund (a not-for-profit organization that supports active duty UK 22-SAS regiment members and their families) and treasurer of the UK Game Conservancy and Wildlife Trust.  Mr. O’Connor serves as a special consultant in a pro-bono capacity for the U.S. Department of Defense and is an appointed special consultant to the Department of Defense Business Board. Mr. O’Connor has been appointed to be the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for New York (South). He is a member of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civilian Leaders Board.  He was also a member of the Senior Advisors Panel of both the United States European Command and the United States Southern Command. Olin director since January 2006; member of the Audit Committee and the Directors and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. O’Connor’s hedge fund and investment banking experience allow him to contribute broad financial and global expertise.

Philip K. Ryan

Chairman, Swiss Re Americas

Phillip K. RyanPhilip K. Ryan joined the Board of Directors of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation in May 2010, and was elected Chairman of the Board effective October 2012.  In this capacity, he is involved with Swiss Re's strategic priorities in the Americas.  Mr. Ryan is also an Executive in Residence at NYU Stern School of Business.

Prior to Swiss Re, Mr. Ryan was Chief Financial Officer of the Power Corporation of Canada from January 2008 until May 2012.  Power is a diversified holding company with interests in life insurance, wealth management and asset management.  In that position, Mr. Ryan was also a director of IGM Financial, Great-West Lifeco and several of their subsidiaries, including Putnam Investments.

From 1985 until 2008, Mr. Ryan held various positions with Credit Suisse, a global financial services Company domiciled in Switzerland, including Chairman of the Financial Institutions Group (UK), Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse Group (Switzerland), Chief Financial Officer of Credit Suisse Asset Management (UK), and Managing Director of CSFB Financial Institutions Group (USA/UK).

Mr. Ryan is involved in a number of charitable activities including the Smithsonian National Board. Mr. Ryan has been active in advocacy for a sustainable environment and renewable energy for some time including through this role at Swiss Re and the Smithsonian Institute. Additionally, he is an active investor in solar power solutions, smart city and other sustainability opportunities.

Mr. Ryan earned an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Graduate Business and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois.

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