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Jameson A. Baxter 

Jameson A. Baxter is Independent Chair of the Putnam Funds and President of Baxter Associates, Inc. She has had a lengthy career in investment banking, primarily with the First Boston Corporation, where she served in senior positions from 1965-1990. Since 1986, she has served as the President of Baxter Associates, Inc., a private investment firm. In addition to her role with the Putnam Funds, she sits on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Susan Ferris Wyderko

President, CEO

Susan Ferris Wyderko is the President and CEO of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. Prior to joining the Forum as Executive Director in 2006, she held various senior positions at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission including the Director of the Office of Investor Education and Assistance, as well as the Acting Director of the Division of Investment Management.  During her tenure with the Commission, Ms. Wyderko also served as the Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs, the Acting Director of the Office of Public Affairs, and Counsel to Chairman Arthur Levitt.


William Chapman


William E. Chapman, II is the Independent Chair of the AMG Funds of Norwalk, CT and Independent Chair of the Aston Funds of Chicago, Il. He is also an Independent Trustee for The Third Avenue Funds of New York City and in Independent Director of The Harding Loevner Funds of Sommerville, NJ. Before joining the AMG Funds Board in 1999, he spent 33 years in a wide variety of sales, marketing. product development and senior management roles with Kemper Funds, CIGNA and Connecticut General.


Ashok Bakhru

Ashok Bakhru serves as Independent Chair of the Board of Goldman Sachs Mutual Funds and of three other investment company boards. He has worked for several companies including Scott Paper Company and Coty Inc., serving as CFO and CAO and as head of several business units. For several years, he worked in private equity. He has served as director on a number of profit and non-profit boards.


Steve Byers

Steve Byers serves as lead independent trustee and audit committee financial expert (ACFE) for the DBX ETF Trust, also as independent director for The Arbitrage Funds, and as independent director, audit committee chair and ACFE for the non-traded business development company Sierra Income Corp. Mr. Byers' executive experience in asset management and capital markets over 30 years includes The Dreyfus Corp, PaineWebber/Mitchell Hutchins and Citicorp, serving in roles such as chief investment officer, chief risk and credit officer, and chief financial/operations officer.


Kathleen Dennis

Kathleen Dennis serves as a director for the Morgan Stanley Funds; within the board she is chair of the Money Market Funds and Alternatives Subcommittee and a member of the Governance Committee. In addition, in 2006 she started Cedarwood Associates, a small consulting practice. Ms. Dennis served as a senior managing director of Victory Capital Management from 1993 to 2006, and prior to that time was a senior vice president of Chase Bank, with various responsibilities in the asset management business. She currently is a director of the University at Albany Foundation and a member of the Public Arts Commission in Mount Dora, Florida.


Kay Dryden

Kay Dryden is an independent trustee of Nationwide Funds Group. She is CEO and Chair of Energy Dispute Solutions, LLC., providing strategy consultation and dispute resolution services to the energy industry. She is the former SVP and general counsel of Charles Schwab, Del Monte Foods and Lucasfilm Ltd. She has served on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards and is currently a member of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries board.


Matthew Goldstein

Matthew Goldstein has spent over forty years in professorial and administrative functions in higher education. He recently retired after fourteen years as Chancellor of The City University of New York, the largest public urban university in the United States. Trained as a mathematician and statistician, he has published widely and has consulted with major corporations on a variety of matters using quantitative and strategy skills. He is a fellow of the American Academy Arts and Sciences and won the Carnegie Higher Education Leadership award in 2007. He is presently the Chair of the JP Morgan Mutual Fund Complex, having served as a board member there since 2003. In addition, he has served a board member of several public companies over the past fifteen years.


William McCalpin

William F. McCalpin is the former Chief Executive Officer of Imprint Capital Advisors, a registered investment advisor dedicated exclusively to creating and managing high-performing impact investment portfolios for foundations, families and financial institutions. Imprint was purchased by Goldman Sachs Asset Management in September 2015. Bill is the independent chairman of the board of trustees of the Janus funds, a family of more than 50 mutual funds with approximately $100 billion in assets, that are offered to retail and institutional investors in the U.S. Further, he is the independent chairman of the mutual funds, with assets totaling $5 billion, that are offered by The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF) Investment Program. Investors in the TIFF funds, which Bill helped found in the early 1990s, are exclusively foundations and other nonprofit organizations. Through a period of over 20 years, Bill served in several different capacities in two private grantmaking foundations: the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Bill has been a director of the Heron Foundation since 2006. In 2010, he served as the foundation’s acting president while the board undertook a search for a new president. He received a B.A. in economics from Williams College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


Joel Motley

Joel Motley is an independent trustee of the Oppenheimer Funds. After graduating from Harvard Law School and practicing corporate law for five years, he served as an aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. He then began his career in investment banking at Lazard Freres & Co. in 1985. Mr. Motley is a Managing Director of Public Capital Advisors LLC. Mr. Motley is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as co-chairman of the board of Human Rights Watch. He also serves on the boards of the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, Historic Hudson Valley, the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation and the Vestry of Trinity Wall Street.


Rich Redeker

Rich Redeker is the independent chair of the Prudential Retail Mutual Funds. Mr. Redeker has been in the mutual fund industry for 46 years in a variety of sales and senior executive positions with Wellington Management Company, Kemper Financial Services and Prudential Securities. He has also served as a director on a number of profit and non-profit boards.


Allan Reich

Allan Reich is the Independent Lead Director of the Oakmark Funds and a senior partner in the Corporate Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Over the course of his career, Mr. Reich has represented and counseled clients regarding numerous domestic and international corporate, securities and financial transactions. He advises publicly traded corporations, privately held companies, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, investment banking firms and venture capitalists regarding a wide range of legal issues. He also serves on the Executive Council and is Chair of the International Relations Commission of the American Jewish Committee, serves on the Board of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Roger Vincent

Roger Vincent is an independent trustee and former Chair of the Voya Funds Board. He also serves as a director of UGI Corporation. Mr. Vincent retired as president of Springwell Corporation following a lengthy career in investment banking. Mr. Vincent has served as director on a number of public, private and charitable boards.


Carl Frischling

Director Emeritus

Carl Frischling is a senior partner and co-head of the Financial Services Group at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel in New York City, where he advises mutual funds and their independent trustees. Previously, he was chief administrative officer and general counsel of a large mutual fund complex. Earlier in his career, he served on the board of the Investment Company Institute. Mr. Frischling received the 2007 Fund Directions "Independent Counsel of the Year" award for his service to mutual fund directors and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013."


Allan S. Mostoff

Director Emeritus

Allan S. Mostoff was the founding President of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. He founded the financial services practice at the Dechert law firm in 1976 and is now counsel to that firm. He joined Dechert after serving with the Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently as Director of the Division of Investment Management Regulation and, prior to that, as Associate Director and Assistant Director of the Division of Corporate Regulation. He is a member of The American Law Institute and the Advisory Board of the Investment Lawyer, and has served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the Securities Regulation and Law Report and as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University School of Law. Mr. Mostoff received the 2007 Fund Directions "Lifetime Achievement Award" for service to mutual fund directors and the mutual fund industry and in 2011 he was recognized by Strategic Insight as a "Mutual Fund Visionary".


Fergus Reid

Director Emeritus

Fergus Reid is an independent trustee of the Morgan Stanley Fund Group, where he has served in that capacity for more than ten years. Mr. Reid has served as a director of Park Avenue Funds, and the Dreyfus National Bank & Trust Company. Currently he is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lumelite Corporation.


David S. Ruder

Chairman Emeritus

David S. Ruder, Emeritus Chairman of the board of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, is the William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law Emeritus at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. He was Dean of the School from 1977 to 1985. From 1987 to 1989 he served as Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Ruder is a former trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, which oversees the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and a former trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, which oversees the International Accounting Standards Board. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. and was the founding Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.


Wayne W. Whalen

Director Emeritus

Wayne W. Whalen is of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago. He has counseled, completed transactions and litigated on behalf of businesses, boards of directors, financial institutions, utilities and governments. Mr. Whalen incorporated the first of Van Kampen Investments Inc.'s mutual funds in 1984.