Candidates for Board of Overseers

R. Martin Chávez Brian Greene David B. Weinberg
Fernande R. V. Duffly Beth Y. Karlan John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
Sandra Edgerley Carl F. Muller

R. Martin ChavezR. Martin Chávez
A.B. ’85 magna cum laude, S.M. ’85; Ph.D. ’90, Stanford University
New York, New York

Growing up in New Mexico, Marty Chávez was the first in his family to attend college and the oldest of five children, all of whom graduated from Harvard College. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with an AB in biochemical sciences, and a teaching fellow while obtaining his SM degree in computer science at Harvard. He then earned his PhD in medical information sciences from Stanford.

Previously, he was the cofounder of several software start-up companies. Today he is the chief information officer for Goldman Sachs, where he leads 10,000 engineers. 

Never losing contact with his New Mexico roots, he stays close to his preparatory school and to the Santa Fe Opera. He is a board member of Friends of the High Line, a trustee of the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), and an advisory board member of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

At Harvard, he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

“Harvard opened my mind. I knew math, science, and software engineering when I arrived, but Harvard made me into an engineer-leader by grounding me in the liberal arts and humanities. When I reflect on my time there, I remember studying the culture and philosophy of the Weimar Republic, Spanish literature, and conversational French as fondly as I remember natural language processing, computational complexity theory, computational molecular biology, and quantum chemistry. I owe Harvard everything.”

He is married to Adam Norbury, and they have one son, Sebastian.


Fernande R. V. DufflyFernande R. V. Duffly
J.D. ’78; B.A. ’73, University of Connecticut
Boston, Massachusetts

“When I immigrated from Indonesia to the United States at age six, I spoke no English. My parents came in search of educational opportunities for their children, and I feel immensely fortunate that they found them. My own time at Harvard brought me in contact with peers, professors, and ideas that greatly expanded my sense of the possible. As an Overseer, I’d hope to help enlarge that sense of aspiration and opportunity for others, so that they too can develop the confidence and the skills to seek out challenging work that makes a difference.”

Nan Duffly is now an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Before her 2011 appointment, she served on the Massachusetts Appeals Court and Probate and Family Court.

Past president of the National Association of Women Judges, she speaks frequently on topics related to ensuring access to justice, increasing diversity in the courts, and advancing women and minorities in the profession. 

She has served on the Boston Bar Association’s committee on attorney volunteerism and has been very active with the American Bar Association, including its Commission on Women in the Profession and House of Delegates. She has also served on the Supreme Judicial Court’s standing committee on substance abuse.

Active in the Harvard Law School Alumni Association, she has served on the planning committee for reunions celebrating the School’s alumnae. She was executive director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and remains involved as a speaker and trainer.

She and her husband, Paul Duffly, have three children.


Sandra EdgerleySandra Edgerley
A.B. ’84 cum laude, M.B.A. ’89
Brookline, Massachusetts

Sandy Edgerley has used her background in strategic planning and development to advance the mission of several educational and community organizations. She is a former management consultant at Bain & Company.

She is deeply committed to creating opportunities for young people. The chair of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston from 2005 to 2010, she is now co-chairing its capital campaign and Strategic Initiatives Committee. She is a member of the National Board of Trustees for City Year; senior advisory board member of Horizons for Homeless Children; trustee of the Boston Foundation and the Noble and Greenough School; and a Massachusetts board member of Youth Villages, an organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children. She also served as a longtime director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay.

An important volunteer commitment for Edgerley is to Harvard, where she serves as co-chair of The Harvard Campaign, co-chair of The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences, and co-chair of the Harvard College Fund.

“I am willing to devote considerable time and energy to serving Harvard as an Overseer because I believe deeply in Harvard as an institution that is developing leaders who will make a difference. I want to ensure that Harvard maintains its extraordinary commitment to financial aid and is a leader among universities in making higher education accessible to all.”

She and her husband, Paul Edgerley M.B.A. ’83, are the parents of four children, including two at the College.


Brian GreeneBrian Greene
A.B. ’84 summa cum laude; D.Phil. ’86, University of Oxford, England
New York, New York

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, is widely recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in the search for a unified theory of physics, including the co-discoveries of mirror symmetry and topology change.

Greene, a Rhodes Scholar, is known to the public through several best-selling books, including The Elegant Universe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short story for children, Icarus at the Edge of Time, which dramatizes Einstein’s theory of relativity, was adapted for live symphonic presentation with an original score by Philip Glass and has been performed more than 40 times worldwide since its premiere at Lincoln Center in 2010.

Greene has made frequent media appearances on programs such as Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, and Late Show with David Letterman, and hosted two NOVA specials adapting his books for television, which were nominated for four Emmy Awards and won a George Foster Peabody Award.

He is cofounder of the World Science Festival, an annual weeklong event in New York City that brings science to a broad general audience though discussion, debate, theatrical works, and musical performances. He is also the founder of World Science U, which produces live and digital content for science education.

“Skyrocketing costs and enormous digital opportunities are creating an inflection point for higher education. Harvard will surely lead the way, and I’m excited to help guide this journey, which will determine how we nurture and train the next generation of leaders.”

He is married to Tracy Day, and they have two children.


Beth Y. KarlanBeth Y. Karlan
A.B. ’78 magna cum laude, M.D. ’82
Los Angeles, California

As a physician and surgeon, Beth Karlan strives to provide cutting-edge, compassionate cancer care to women. As an academic in medicine, she has helped advance the field of gynecological oncology. She is also very active with travel, hiking, cycling, and theater.

She is director of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and the Gynecologic Oncology Division at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is also professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

For Harvard, she has served as vice president of the Harvard Medical School (HMS) Alumni Council and as a local HMS alumni interviewer. She currently serves as chair of the HMS Alumni Fund.

Karlan’s research interests include inherited susceptibility and molecular biomarkers of ovarian cancer. She is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and editor in chief of two scientific journals. She has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. In addition, she was appointed by the White House to the National Cancer Advisory Board and serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Conquer Cancer Foundation.

“Health care is undergoing seismic change in its models of care delivery and the realization of precision medicine. The Harvard community plays vital leadership roles in health care policy, scientific discovery, and clinical implementation. Harvard’s voice at this critical time will have national and global impact for decades to come.”

She and her husband, Scott Karlan A.B. ’78, M.D. ’82, have two children, including Jocelyn A.B. ’12.


Carl F. MullerCarl F. Muller
A.B. ’73 magna cum laude, J.D./M.B.A. ’76
Greenville, South Carolina

“As a beneficiary of Harvard’s financial aid program, I take great pride in the University’s lasting commitment to bringing the brightest and most inquisitive students to campus, regardless of ability to pay. Today, that commitment is manifested in the unprecedented diversity of Harvard students and alumni, who are united in their collective power to effect positive change in the world.”

Carl Muller has witnessed the impact of this commitment firsthand through his volunteer work and travels as president of the Harvard Alumni Association from 2012 to 2013—from California to Ireland, Texas to China, Costa Rica to Canada—and he aims to amplify this promise as an Overseer.

After graduating from Harvard College, Muller pursued a J.D./M.B.A. at Harvard and served as a freshman proctor. Ever since, he has been actively involved in alumni affairs, serving as president of the Harvard Club of South Carolina, an admissions alumni interview coordinator, and twice as chair of the Alumni Leadership Conference, among other roles.

Hailing from a small town in South Carolina, he is a distinguished attorney with broad experience across the law, notably defending constitutional freedoms of speech and the press. He has deep roots in his community and has long been active in public service, protecting the right to free legal aid as chairman of South Carolina Legal Services and advocating for equal access to quality K–12 public education.

He and his wife, Allison, are the parents of three children: Allidah A.B. ’05, Wiley (University of Tennessee B.A. ’07), and Amelia A.B. ’11.


David B. WeinbergDavid B. Weinberg
A.B. ’74 cum laude; J.D. ’77, Georgetown University
Chicago, Illinois

David Weinberg has served his native Chicago in several roles, including as chair of a committee advocating for Chicago’s charter schools, which now serve approximately 60,000 students; as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, where he helped to oversee the tripling of medical research and the strengthening of the relationship between Northwestern’s medical school and its affiliated hospitals; as chairman of the board of the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; and as a trustee of the Terra Foundation for American Art. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Weinberg is chairman and CEO of Judd Enterprises, a private investment firm, and president of its early-stage technology investing affiliate, Digital Bandwidth, LLC. He is also a director of The Coca-Cola Company. His past Harvard service includes work on the technology and education committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and as vice chair of his 25th, 35th, and 40th Reunion gift committees.

He and his wife, Lynne M. Weinberg, have three children, including Jon A.B. ’09.

“There is an ever-increasing need for the unique capacity of the Harvard community—faculty, alumni, and students—to bend the arc of history through their research, leadership, creativity, and compassion. My experience would enable me to play a constructive role in protecting and building on that capacity. As an Overseer, I would work to encourage careers in public service, in the academic world, and in the arts, as we shape the future of Harvard together.”


John Silvanus Wilson Jr.John Silvanus Wilson Jr.
M.T.S. ’81, Ed.M. ’82, Ed.D. ’85; B.A. ’79, Morehouse College
Atlanta, Georgia

John Wilson is president of Morehouse College, the nation’s only private liberal arts institution dedicated to the education of African American men.

Previously, he was executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and executive dean of the George Washington University’s campus in Virginia. He also served for 16 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was director of foundation relations and helped manage two record-breaking capital campaigns.

A graduate of Morehouse College, he continued his education at Harvard, where he earned master’s degrees in theological studies and education, as well as a doctorate in education with a focus on administration, planning, and social policy. He served as president of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Alumni Council and was a teaching fellow at HGSE and in the Department of Afro-American Studies at Harvard College.

He is a former board member of Andover Newton Theological School and Spelman College, and he has worked as a consultant with the Kresge Foundation, the Mott Foundation, and the United Negro College Fund.

“I would like to see Harvard intensify its focus on accessibility and accountability in higher education, especially the growing educational gaps in America. It would be an honor and privilege to influence how Harvard evolves in this way, because the benefits of an effective job will be felt both within and well beyond the campus of this great institution.”

He is married to Carol Espy-Wilson, a former Radcliffe Fellow. They have three children, including Ashia A.B. ’11.