WASHINGTON—The board of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today the addition of two new members—Victoria Ransom and David Burke.
“We are delighted these two outstanding individuals have agreed to join our board,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, chairman of the board. “Both Victoria and David bring an enormous amount of experience in the private sector, and we look forward to having that knowledge at Carnegie.”
Victoria Ransom is former CEO of Wildfire and director of product at Google. She and her husband, Alain Chuard, co-founded Wildfire, a social marketing software company, which was acquired by Google in 2012 for several hundred million dollars and integrated into its other corporate platforms in 2014.
“Carnegie’s work as a global entity reflects how interconnected the world has become,” Ransom said. “Given my work in the technology field, I have seen firsthand the importance of understanding this interconnectivity. I am proud to have joined the board of an organization that is at the forefront of so many critical global issues.”
David Burke is co-founder and CEO of Makena Capital Management, a leading global investment manager serving endowments, foundations, family offices, and international financial institutions. Prior to forming Makena in 2005, he was a managing director at the Stanford Management Company.
“I am honored to have joined Carnegie’s board of trustees,” Burke said. “Carnegie’s history as the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States—as well as its global reach through its five centers—makes this institution a unique and important voice in the field of international relations, which has been a lifelong interest of mine.”
“I am thrilled to welcome Victoria and David to Carnegie’s board of trustees,” said Carnegie President William J. Burns. “Technology and business are two extraordinarily important drivers of change in international relations, and Victoria and David are at the forefront of both of these sectors. We could not ask for better partners in making the Carnegie Endowment an even finer institution.”
Born in New Zealand, Ransom received a scholarship to attend an international high school in New Mexico that brings together teenagers from over 90 different countries to foster a new generation of international understanding. She went on to receive a bachelor’s in psychology from Macalester College and an MBA from Harvard University.
Burke serves on the advisory boards of a number of private equity and venture capital firms. He is a trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation, and a member of the board of the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. He also serves as a guest lecturer on global investment topics at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Burke received a bachelor’s in finance, a master’s in foreign affairs, and a JD from the University of Virginia.
View Carnegie’s full list of trustees.