Carl J. Schramm has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.
Professor Schramm was appointed University Professor at Syracuse University in Summer 2012. From 2002 to 2011 he was president of the Kauffman Foundation where under his leadership it became the world’s premier organization dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and understanding the role innovation and new firm formation play in economic growth. In 2012 he was a visiting scientist at MIT. In the spring semesters 2013 and 2014 he was the Ciocca Family visiting professor at U.C. Davis. He is a fellow at the Institute of Business Innovation at U.C. Berkeley and a director at the Berkeley Research Group.
His career started at Johns Hopkins where he founded the nation’s first research center on health care costs. In addition, he was of counsel to Hogan and Hartson, now Lovells. He has founded or co-founded seven companies, including HCIA and Greenspring Advisors, a merchant bank. He has also served in major corporate roles including EVP of Fortis (now Assurant) where he was CEO of Fortis Healthcare. He has authored, co-authored, or edited several books including Better Capitalism; Good Capitalism/Bad Capitalism; Inside Real Innovation; The Entrepreneurial Imperative, and, Controlling Healthcare Costs. His 2010 article in Foreign Affairs arguing that assisting economic growth should operate as the mainstay of American foreign policy inaugurated the new field of expeditionary economics.
His research work focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth. He has advised major corporations as well as city, state and national governments around the world on accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurial activity and achieving economic growth. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Mars, Inc., and the Advisory Board of the John A. Templeton Foundation. He has served as a trustee of the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Kauffman Foundation.
He earned his Ph.D. in economics from Wisconsin where he was a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow and a New York State Regents Graduate Fellow. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown. While at Hopkins he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine. He also held two consecutive NIH Career Scientist Awards. He holds the George Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester and five honorary degrees including a Doctor of Humane Letters from Syracuse. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
He contributes frequently to the Wall Street Journal and other publications. His column, Messy Capitalism, appears in Forbes.