This endowed fund was created as a bridge to support distinguished scholar-practitioners when they initially join CFR or when they shift to a new area of research. By providing support during these critical transition periods, the Strategic Innovation Fund ensures that CFR attracts and retains the best talent in the field of foreign policy. The fund was established in 2017 by long-time CFR Board member Stephen Friedman and the Friedman Family Foundation.
Stephen Friedman is chairman of Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm, which he joined in 1998. Prior to Stone Point, Friedman spent nearly thirty years with Goldman Sachs & Company, where he was a partner and served as chairman and CEO. From December 2002 to December 2004, he was assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council. He also served as chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board and the Intelligence Oversight Board and was on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Friedman is a trustee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and has served on the boards of many other distinguished organizations, including the Aspen Institute and Columbia University. He graduated from Cornell University in 1959 and received his LLB from Columbia Law School in 1962. He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1984 and served on its Board of Directors from 2007 to 2017.
CFR Fellows Supported by the Friedman Family Foundation Strategic Innovation Fund
Martin S. Indyk