Former US Secretary of the Treasury & CEO of Goldman Sachs
Henry M. Paulson, Jr. is the Chairman of The Paulson Institute, a non-partisan “think and do” institution working to advance global environmental protection and sustainable economic growth in the United States and China, while promoting broader understanding between the two countries.
Previously, Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush, from July 2006 to January 2009. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1999. Earlier in his career, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a Staff Assistant at the Pentagon.
A lifelong conservationist, Paulson was Chairman of The Nature Conservancy Board of Directors and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he also founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders. Additionally, Paulson co-chairs a major initiative exploring the economic risks of climate change in the United States.
Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two children and four grandchildren.