Chairmen Emeriti

Steven G. Hoch


Steven G. Hoch is a partner of Brown Advisory, an investment firm advising private clients and institutions on diversified portfolios and related strategic and governance advice. The firm has been recognized for its strength in sustainable investing. Steven was a founding partner of Highmount Capital LLC, an investment and wealth management firm which was successfully merged with Brown Advisory in 2015. He began his career at Chemical Bank in New York and Zurich. He also had client advisory and leadership roles at Bessemer Trust in New York and Pell Rudman (now Atlantic Trust) in Boston.

Steven is Chairman of the Corporation Board of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and previously chaired the Investment and Nomination Committees. He serves as the Chairman of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama, and previously completed two terms on the Smithsonian National Board. Steven is Chairman Emeritus of the American Swiss Foundation, a Senior Mentor of swissnex in Cambridge and on the President’s Council of Ceres. Steven is a former director of Nestle SA, where he served on the Nomination and Sustainability Committee.

Steven has a BA degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a dual American/Swiss citizen and resides in Boston.

Ambassador Faith Whittlesey (February 21, 1939 – May 21, 2018)


Ambassador Whittlesey was the Grande Dame of American -Swiss relations for almost four decades. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland for nearly five years in two tours (1981-1983; 1985-1988) during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. She also served on the White House Senior Staff (1983-1985) as Director of the Office of Public Liaison. 
Upon her return from Switzerland, she was invited to serve as Chairman and President of the American Swiss Foundation. She initiated the annual Young Leaders Conference in 1990. Over the ensuing 28 years, she guided the conference planning and recruitment process of U.S. Young Leaders and attended every Young Leaders Conference.The conference program bore the unmistakable stamp of her knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. As Chairman and, later Chairman Emeritus, she touched the lives of 1,200 conference alumni in Switzerland and the US in a deeply personal way. She formed and fostered friendships with Foundation board members, as well as with members of the extended community of business, media, and educational leaders and public servants mindful of the importance of American-Swiss relations. A book about her life and career, Backwards in High Heels: Faith Whittlesey, Reagan’s Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing, by Professor Thomas Carty, was published in 2012.  
A graduate of Wells College, Ambassador Whittlesey earned a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She was the recipient of four honorary degrees and a Ford Foundation grant to attend the Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands. Among other awards, she received the Reagan Revolution Medal of Honor, the Congress of Racial Equality Public Service Award, the Christian Freedom International Freedom Award, the Stratton Prize, and the William Tell Award.