NEW YORK, NY—Zoë Baird, president of the Markle Foundation, announced today that Lewis B. Kaden, a partner at the New York-based law firm Davis Polk and Wardwell, has been named to the foundation’s Board of Directors. The announcement follows a vote of the Board of Directors that took place at a meeting in New York. Mr. Kaden was elected to a three-year term. His appointment is effective immediately. At the same meeting, Board member Stephen Friedman was re-appointed to a three-year term.
Lewis Kaden is a first-rate scholar and keen lawyer who has devoted enormous energy and creativity to some of the country’s most significant policy and legal challenges, said Zoë Baird. We are extremely fortunate to have him as a member of our Board.
Before joining Davis Polk & Wardwell, Mr. Kaden was counsel to the Governor of New Jersey from 1974 to 1976, a professor at the Columbia Law School from 1976 to 1984, and director of Columbia’s Center for Law and Economic Studies from 1980 to 1984. He has been adjunct professor of law at Columbia since 1984.
Mr. Kaden is a director of Bethlehem Steel. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Continuum Health Partners, Inc., Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, The Long Island College Hospital, New York Eye & Ear Infirmary), Century Foundation, Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, and Environmental Defense. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as chairman of the United States Government Overseas Presence Advisory Panel in 1999–2000, of the Industrial Cooperation Council of the State of New York and, from 1987 to 1992, of Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Competitiveness.
Mr. Kaden graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1963 and from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1967. During 1963–1964 he was the John Harvard Scholar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.