Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
Henry M. Paulson, Jr. is the Chairman of The Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, an innovative think tank that combines knowledge and action to promote sustainable economic growth and environmental preservation in both the United States and China.
Previously, Paulson served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 to January 2009. As Treasury Secretary, he was the President's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues. In 2010, he published his first book, On the Brink, detailing his experience leading the Department of the Treasury during the global financial crisis.
Prior to his experience leading the Treasury Department, Paulson had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1973, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972.
A lifelong conservationist, Paulson is involved in a range of environmental initiatives. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy from 2004 to 2006 and, prior to that, founded and co-chaired the organization’s Asia-Pacific Council. In 2011, he founded and continues to co-chair the Latin American Conservation Council, comprised of global business and political leaders working to advance conservation and sustainability in the region.
Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and received an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.