Former Chairman, United Nations Association of the USA
For his dedicated service to the United Nations, UNA-USA and UN causes
John C. Whitehead began his professional career in 1947 at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked for 38 years. He rose quickly within the company and was named Partner in 1956, and Co-Chairman and Senior Partner in 1976. He was Chairman of UNA-USA between 1989 and 1998, Vice Chairman from 1998-2010, and is a current member of the UNA-USA Strategy Council. He has served on the board of numerous companies, as well as Director of the New York Stock Exchange, and Chairman of the Securities Industry Association.
In April 1985, Whitehead was asked to become Deputy Secretary of State, to Secretary George Shultz, and served until January 1989. During this period, he was Acting Secretary of State when Shultz was away from Washington and took a special interest in relations with Eastern Europe, the United Nations, and with various administrative reforms in the U.S. Department of State. Whitehead was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Reagan.
Since returning to New York from Washington in 1989, he has been active in a number of educational, civic and charitable organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Rescue Committee, International House, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harvard Board of Overseers, Haverford College and the Asia Society. He is presently Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and is also Co-Chairman of the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts, a Director of the Nature Conservancy, the East-West Institute, the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, and a former Director of Rockefeller University, Lincoln Center Theater, the J. Paul Getty Trust, Outward Bound and the National Humanities Center.
In Washington, Whitehead is Chairman Emeritus of the Brookings Institution and the Trustees Council of the National Gallery of Art.
In late 2001, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the organization responsible for the rebuilding and revitalization of Lower Manhattan. He is also serving as the Chairman of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation.
Whitehead graduated from Haverford College in 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy, participating in the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. While in the U.S. Navy, Whitehead was assigned as an Instructor at the Harvard Business School. He received his M.B.A., with distinction, from Harvard in 1947 and holds honorary degrees from Haverford University, Pace University, Rutgers University, University of Massachusetts - Amherst and Harvard University.