Debora L. Spar

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Director Since: June 2011

Goldman Sachs Committees: Compensation, Governance, Public Responsibilities
Other Current U.S.-listed Public Company Directorships: None
Other U.S.-listed Public Company Directorships within past 5 years: None

Key Experience and Qualifications

  • Government and public policy, including the international political economy and growth markets: Experience as former professor at Harvard Business School provides perspective to our Public Responsibilities Committee
  • Leadership and institutional management: Leader of Lincoln Center, Former President of Barnard College and an author of numerous books provides additional viewpoints
  • Human capital management: Strategically positioned to advise our Board and its Committees on matters relating to our people, including with respect to diversity and recruiting and retention efforts

Career Highlights

  • President and Chief Executive, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a leading presenter of artistic programming and a leader in arts, education and community relations (March 2017 – present)
  • President, Barnard College (July 2008 – March 2017)

  • Harvard Business School (1991 – 2008), various positions, including:
    • Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration
    • Senior Associate Dean; Director, Division of Research and Faculty Development
    • Professor of Business, Government and Competition; Chair, Business, Government and the International Economy Unit

Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Markle Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Wallace Foundation
  • Trustee, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations


  • Graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard University