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Mutual Fund Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees brings perspective, deep experience and guidance to each board meeting. They are committed to protecting the interests of our shareholders.


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
Co-CEO & President
Ariel Investments

As Co-CEO, Mellody is responsible for management, strategic planning and growth for all areas of Ariel Investments outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust—the company’s publicly traded mutual funds. Prior to being named Co-CEO, Mellody spent nearly two decades as the firm’s President. Outside of Ariel, Mellody is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy. Her leadership has also been invaluable to corporate boardrooms across the nation. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation. She is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. She previously served as Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation until the company’s sale and was also a long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Mellody’s community outreach includes her role as Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides area teens with high-quality after school and summer programs. Additionally, she is vice chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. She also serves on the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019, she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a commitment to national service. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, St. Mary’s College, and the University of Southern California. In 2015, Time Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

82nd Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder served as U.S. Attorney General from February 2009 to April 2015, the third longest serving AG in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office. He is an internationally recognized leader across a broad range of regulatory enforcement, criminal justice, and national security issues. In 2014, Time magazine named him to its list of 100 Most Influential People. Eric, who was a partner at Covington & Burling from 2001 to 2009, rejoined the firm after working in the Obama Administration. He has served in government for more than thirty years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. Senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton and Reagan. Eric received his BA from Columbia College in 1973 and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1976.
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 is also founder and chairman of Top Box Foods. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Interface, Inc., where he chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. Additionally, Chris is treasurer of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and is trustee for the Marine Biological Laboratory. 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.

Kim Y. Lew, CFA®

President and CEO
Columbia Investment Management Company
Kim is President and CEO of Columbia Investment Management Company, which manages the endowment of Columbia University in the City of New York. She joined Columbia from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, one of the oldest private grant making foundations, where she served as its CIO, Prior to Carnegie, Kim worked at the Ford Foundation for 13 years in key research and investment roles in both public and private equity markets. She 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 board of Girls Who Invest and TIFF Advisory Services. She also serves on the investment committees of Wesleyan University, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Gallery of Arts. 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.

Stephen C. Mills

Former President
New York Knicks
Steve is currently on the Board of Directors of Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. and was the former President of the New York Knicks. Previously, he also 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 instrumental in the creation of the Women’s National Basketball Association. Steve earned his degree in sociology from Princeton University.
John W. Rogers, Jr.

John W. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman, Co-CEO & Chief Investment 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 to focus on patient, value investing within small- and medium-sized companies. While our research capabilities have expanded across the globe, patience is still the disciplined approach that drives the firm today. Early in his career, John’s investment acumen brought him to the forefront of media attention and culminated in him being selected as Co-Mutual Fund Manager of the Year by Sylvia Porter’s Personal Finance magazine as well as an All-Star Mutual Fund Manager by USA TODAY. Furthermore, John has been highlighted alongside legendary investors Warren Buffett, Sir John Templeton and Ben Graham in the distinguished book: “The World’s 99 Greatest Investors” by Magnus Angenfelt. His professional accomplishments extend to the boardroom where he is a member of the board of directors of McDonald’s, NIKE, The New York Times Company, and Ryan Specialty Group Holdings. John also serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the University of Chicago. Additionally, he 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, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumnus or alumna 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. John received an AB in economics from Princeton University, where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team.

“The World’s 99 Greatest Investors: The Secret of Success” by Magnus Angenfelt was published on July 27, 2014 by Roos & Tegnér AB. The book states that the 99 investors selected had, at that time, outperformed the market by approximately twelve percentage points a year over 25 years and each managed an average of $10 billion at the time of writing. Click here to read an excerpt of the book and additional disclosures.

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 the 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, where he is Lead Independent Director. 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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