Michel Zaleski
Chairman of the Board
Soros Economic Development Fund
Open Society Foundation

Michel Zaleski serves as chairman of the board of the Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF) and also serves as cochairman of the board of OSF’s Economic Advancement Program (EAP). This is a new program launched by OSF to continue its work in impact investing (through SEDF), to advocate economic policy that reinforces the missions of OSF and to provide related grants. In addition, Zaleski is the chairman, president and founder of the DREAM Project (www.DominicanDREAM.org), a foundation that educates more than 6,000 indigent children and youth in the Dominican Republic. DREAM is located in 16 communities and has built many of the schools in which it operates. Its programs include Montessori preschools, after-school supplemental education, at-risk youth engagement, HIV/STD youth education, summer schools, computer labs, both mobile and static libraries, art and music classes, legal help on documentation for undocumented children, and vocational training for youth. Over 35 years, Zaleski has served on the board of directors of 16 companies, including six public companies and numerous nonprofit entities. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relation and was until recently a long-standing overseer of Dartmouth College’s Thayer School of Engineering and PS1, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art.

Michel Zaleski
June 13, 2016NYU Kimmel CenterNew York City
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