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Mutual Fund Board of Trustees

James W. Compton

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Urban League
Jim is the former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League and the Chicago Urban League Development Corporation, which have worked to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation since 1916. He serves on the board of directors of Seaway Bank & Trust Company; Commonwealth Edison Company, a unit of Exelon Corporation; and various nonprofit organizations. Jim holds a BA from Morehouse College.

William C. Dietrich

Lead Independent Trustee
Retired Executive Director
Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Inc.
Bill is the retired executive director and current adjunct faculty member for the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Inc., an ecumenical institute offering programs in spiritual leadership and growth for both clergy and lay persons. He is also co-director of Companioning the Dying, Inc, a not-for-profit organization offering programs and support for hospice and other end-of-life caregivers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bill is a former Certified Public Accountant and corporate chief financial officer and holds a BS in accounting from Georgetown University.
Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson

Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Ariel Investment Trust
Ariel Investments

Mellody is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities. Mellody is a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. She is chair of The Economic Club of Chicago’s board of directors, a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute, where she has been appointed emeritus trustee. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors. In 2015, Mellody was named to Time Magazine’s annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, St. Mary’s College and the University of Southern California.
Christopher G. Kennedy

Christopher G. Kennedy

Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc.
Chris is chairman of the Board of Trustees for Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, Inc. He also serves on two public boards — Interface, Inc., where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee; and Knoll Inc., where he serves on the Compensation Committee. Additionally, Chris is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and is co-chairman of the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council. He earned his BA from Boston College and his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where he serves on the Global Advisory Board.
Merrillyn J. Kosier

Merrillyn J. Kosier

Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer, Mutual Funds
Ariel Investments
Merrillyn is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s mutual fund business, from strategic planning, marketing, advertising, customer retention, and shareholder servicing to Ariel’s online presence. As chief marketing officer for the mutual funds, she spearheads the creation and execution of integrated marketing and advertising campaigns designed to generate mutual fund sales and promote Ariel’s patient investment philosophy. She is also in charge of all media and public relations for the firm. Merrillyn serves on the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust and is president of Ariel Distributors, LLC. Prior to joining Ariel in 1999, she served as a senior executive at the Acorn family of funds and Kemper Financial Services. Merrillyn is the former vice chairman of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance and currently serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Research Committee and Small Funds Committee. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Merrillyn earned a BBA in marketing from Andrews University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, where she serves on the council of regents.

Kim Y. Lew, CFA®

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Kim is vice president and chief investment officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York. In this capacity, she is responsible for the investment management and oversight of the foundation’s endowment. Prior to joining Carnegie, Kim worked at the Ford Foundation for 13 years in key research roles; her contributions led to her appointment as senior manager of private equity. She has also worked for the Eastern Regional office of Prudential Capital and in the Middle Market Banking Group of the former Chemical Bank. Kim serves on the Investment Committee of the Girl Scouts of America and the Steering Committee of the Private Equity Women Investor Network. In 1996, she was awarded her Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Kim earned her BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

William M. Lewis, Jr.

Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Investment Banking
Lazard Ltd.
As a senior executive at Lazard Ltd, Bill advises blue-chip clients on a broad range of corporate and financial issues including merger and acquisition activity and leveraged buyouts. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, he spent 24 years with Morgan Stanley in a variety of leadership positions, most recently as managing director and co-head of the firm’s Global Banking Department. Bill attended Harvard University where he earned both his undergraduate degree with honors and his MBA.

Stephen C. Mills

General Manager
New York Knickerbockers
Steve is general manager of the New York Knickerbockers (a/k/a the “Knicks”). Previously, he served as president and chief operating officer, MSG Sports of Madison Square Garden, L.P. In this capacity, he oversaw the business operations of Madison Square Garden’s three professional sports teams—the Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty, as well as all other sports-related activities of the Garden, including college basketball, boxing, and track and field. Prior to the Garden, Steve played an integral role in the NBA for over 16 years, including his tenure as senior vice president, basketball and player development. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Steve serves on the board of directors of the Princeton Varsity Club and on the Advisory Board for Manhattan’s Hospital for Special Surgery. He earned his degree in sociology from Princeton University.
John W. Rogers, Jr.

John W. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Ariel Investments 
John’s passion for investing began at age 12, when his father began buying him stocks as Christmas and birthday gifts. His interest in equities grew at Princeton University, where he majored in economics, and over the two-plus years he worked as a stockbroker for William Blair & Company, LLC. In 1983, John founded Ariel Investments to employ a patient, value strategy in small and medium-size companies. He strongly believes in giving back to Chicago, sitting on the corporate boards of Exelon and McDonald’s, and serving as trustee to the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center and a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Nationally, John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, he was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus whose career embodies a commitment to national service. Following the election of President Barack Obama, John served as co-chair for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2009, and more recently, he joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2013, John was featured alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Benjamin Graham in the distinguished book: The World’s 99 Greatest Investors by Magnus Angenfelt. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.
Jim Williams

James M. Williams

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
J. Paul Getty Trust
As vice president and CIO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Jim is responsible for a $6 billion endowment which underwrites the Trust’s art museum, acquisitions, grants and art conservation activities. Previously, he served as president of Harbor Capital Advisors and the Harbor Mutual Funds. He also spent nearly thirty years with Ford Motor Company, most recently managing the company’s pension plan. Jim serves on the board of SEI Mutual Funds. He holds a BS in engineering from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA in finance from The University of Chicago.
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