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Adam Smith Society

 Marilyn G. Fedak

Vice President Emeritus, Alliance Bernstein and Founder, Marilyn G. Fedak Capitalism Project

Marilyn FedakMarilyn Fedak is Vice Chair Emeritus of AllianceBernstein Global, Founder of the Marilyn G. Fedak Capitalism Project, and Co-Founder of the Adam Smith Society. She joined Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. (a predecessor company of AllianceBernstein) in 1984 as a senior portfolio manager. She was Chief Investment Officer for U.S. Large-Cap Value Equities from 1993 to 2009. In 2003, she also became the business head of Bernstein Global Value Equities. In 2009, she was named Vice Chair of investment services. Ms. Fedak also created and headed the firm’s talent development team and was President of the Sanford C. Bernstein Mutual Funds. She was a partner at AllianceBernstein and served on Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.’s board of directors.  She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Reihan Salam

President, Manhattan Institute

Reihan Salam

Reihan Salam is Manhattan Institute’s fifth president. Previously, Salam served as the executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow; in 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Salam is a contributing editor at The AtlanticNational Affairs, and National Review. Mr. Salam is the author of Melting Pot or Civil War? (Sentinel, 2018) and the co-author, with Ross Douthat, of Grand New Party (Doubleday, 2008).

Early in his career, Mr. Salam was an editorial researcher for David Brooks at The New York Times and a producer at NBC News, before becoming associate editor of The Atlantic. His writing has appeared in publications such as SlateThe Wall Street JournalThe Financial TimesThe Washington PostThe Times of London, and The Spectator—and he has appeared as an analyst on a number of radio and television programs, including All Things ConsideredFace the Nation, and This Week.


Cliff Asness

Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Officer, AQR Capital

Cliff AsnessCliff Asness is a Founder, Managing Principal, and Chief Investment Officer at AQR Capital Management. He is an active researcher and has authored articles on a variety of financial topics for many publications, including The Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Finance, and The Journal of Financial Economics. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including five Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards from The Journal of Portfolio Management.


Eugene B. Meyer

President, The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies

Eugene B. Meyer is the President of the Federalist Society, where he has served in leadership roles for more than 30 years.  He is responsible for growing the organization from a small group of law students to a community of 50,000 lawyers, law students, academics, judges, and others interested in the rule of law.  He earned his B.A. in history at Yale in 1975 and his M.A. in political science from the London School of Economics in 1976. Mr. Meyer currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Chess Center, the Holman Foundation, and the advisory board of the Adam Smith Society.  He holds the title of International Chess Master. Gene lives in McLean, Virginia, with his wife, Lori, and their son, Samuel.


James Piereson

President, The William E. Simon Foundation

James Piereson is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and president and trustee of the William E. Simon Foundation. During 1985–2005, he was executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation. Previously, Dr. Piereson served on the political science faculties of Iowa State University, Indiana University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught government and political thought. He holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. He is author, co-author, or editor of five books dealing contemporary American policy issues and American political thought and practice. His articles and reviews on higher education and political ideas have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers.

In addition to service on the Adam Smith Society's Advisory Board, Dr. Piereson also serves on the boards of the Pinkerton Foundation, Thomas W. Smith Foundation, Center for Individual Rights, Philanthropy Roundtable (where he was chairman, 1995–99), Foundation for Cultural Review (as chairman), American Spectator Foundation, and DonorsTrust.


Jeff Yass

Founding Partner, Susquehanna International Group

Jeff YassJeff Yass is the founding partner and managing director of Susquehanna International Group, LLP, a private global securities firm. His responsibilities include the management and trading of the firm’s portfolio. He received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cato Institute and is an avid golf and poker player. He and his wife, Janine, have four adult children.


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