Richard serves as the Special Advisor to the President on Entrepreneurship, a position he recently assumed after retiring as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University. He is also a member of the Board of the Columbia Investment Management Company and the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Advisors. He is a former General Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. with over 35 years of experience in the global capital marketplace.
In addition to leading The Orienta Group, Richard chairs the Board of Advisors of the Ragon Institute, a health research partnership between the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and MIT. He also serves as a member of the Board of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City and is a Trustee of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.
Mr. Witten graduated from Columbia College in the City of New York in 1975, and from Harvard Law School in 1978 (both cum laude).
His first novel, Divided Loyalties, was published in 2006 by Booksurge, LLC (an Amazon company).