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David Silfen

David Silfen

Senior Director
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
New York, New York

David Silfen is a senior director of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in New York, and is a retired member of its executive committee, the senior governing body of the firm. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1968 and became a partner in 1978. In 1990, he became co-head of the newly formed Equities Division where he had worldwide responsibility for sales, trading, and capital market activities for all equity securities. At the time of the firm’s incorporation, he was named a senior director and serves as a consultant in a wide range of activities.  David is also currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mayfair Management Co., Inc., a family office investment management firm.

Among his not-for-profit activities, David is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, and is also Chair of Penn’s Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences.  He is a member of the Penn Investment Board, which oversees the university’s endowment. David serves as a member of the Board of Overseers at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business, and is the recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.  He is also currently Chairman of the Smithsonian Institution Endowment’s Investment Committee, and is a former Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian National Board.

David received an MBA from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences.

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