Board of Directors

Linda Scott


Linda Scott is a Senior Vice President and Associate Corporate Secretary at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where she is responsible for outreach to shareholders on corporate governance matters. She has nearly 20 years experience in global corporate governance, proxy voting and engagement as Managing Director of Governance for Owners, Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF and Director of Investor Affairs at the New York State Common Retirement Fund.

Ms. Scott also served as Assistant Director of Communications for the New York State Comptroller. Ms. Scott is active in New York City civic affairs and serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Howard Sherman


Howard Sherman is Head of Corporate Governance Business Development for MSCI ESG Research, a division of MSCI Inc. He is the former Executive Director of GMI Ratings, which was acquired by MSCI in 2014. He is also the former chief executive of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and of Thomson Financial Investor Relations. He is a founding member of the International Corporate Governance Network and the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, and a member of the Global Advisory Council at Cornerstone Capital Group.

Howard has worked in the corporate governance field since 1986, when he joined the Investor Responsibility Research Center as senior analyst. Before joining IRRC he worked for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Howard is a frequent speaker before both institutional investor and corporate audiences and the author of numerous articles and op-ed pieces in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Pensions and Investments and Directors and Boards. He is the co-author of several major reports on corporate governance, including Structural Imbalances in Japanese Corporate Governance with Bruce Babcock, Conflicts of Interest in the Proxy Voting System with Jamie Heard, and The Market Impact of Corporate Governance Ratings with John Bodt.

Howard holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in Economics from George Washington University. He has been listed in various editions of Who’s Who since 1991 and was elected to The Directorship 100 in 2010.

Mark Preisinger


Mark Preisinger is Director of Corporate Governance for The Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, his responsibilities include coordinating engagement between the Company and its institutional and individual shareowners, with a primary focus on corporate governance, environmental and social issues.

Mr. Preisinger serves on the Advisory Board for the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at the Columbia Law School; on the Board of Directors of the IRRC Institute; on the Conference Board Governance Center Advisory Board; and on the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is an immediate-past member of the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network and is a past Co-Chair of the Council of Institutional Investors. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 he was listed on the Directorship 100, Directorship Magazine’s listing of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom. Mr. Preisinger is a frequent speaker on programs related to corporate governance.

Mr. Preisinger joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1984 and has managed a variety of domestic and international assignments for the business. Since 2007, he served as Vice President of Public Policy and Stakeholder Engagement overseeing the development and execution of strategies to manage public policy issues for the Company. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and resides with his family in Atlanta.

Peter Clapman

Board Member

Peter Clapman retired in 2005 as senior vice president & chief counsel for TIAA-CREF following 32 years of service. He was its chief investment lawyer and led the corporate governance program.

He serves in leadership positions for a number of organizations: a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD); the advisory boards of the Yale Millstein Center for Corporate Governance Policy, and similar programs at Duke and Delaware; member of the Stanford Law School Institutional Investor Forum; vice chair of the Conference of Fund Leaders; and on the Board and the Governance Committee of iPass. He is the Independent Chairman of the AARP Mutual Funds Board of Trustees, and chairs its Corporate Governance Committee.

Mr. Clapman is on the NASDAQ Listing Council and former member of advisory committees of the London Stock Exchange and the NYSE. The International Corporate Governance recognized him in 2005 with an award for his significant achievements in corporate governance and his contributions to improve global corporate governance standards. He chaired ICGN from 1999-2002.

He was in the Smart Money magazine list of the 30 individuals having the most investment influence for his work in corporate governance, and profiled by The Financial Times for his role in global corporate governance. Mr. Clapman is a speaker at global investment and corporate governance events, and has written about governance issues: most recently, “Shareholders: Be Careful What You Wish For” in the Directors & Boards Annual Report 2008 issue.

Francis Coleman

Board Member

Francis Coleman is executive vice president for Christian Brothers Investment Services, Inc. (CBIS). CBIS manages approximately $3 billion for more than 1,000 Catholic institutions worldwide. Mr. Coleman is responsible for overseeing the information technology, marketing, communications, and socially responsible investing departments at CBIS.

He formerly served as chair of Partners for the Common Good, a community investing program sponsored by CBIS, as well as chair of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). He is a member of the Social Venture Network, serves on the board of the Montessori School of Syracuse, and fulfilled a nine-year term on the board of the Leviticus Fund.

Richard H. Koppes

Board Member

Mr. Koppes is the former Deputy Executive Officer and General Counsel of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest public pension fund in the United States with over $230 billion in assets. He is the founder, Past President, and current Administrative Officer of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys (NAPPA) and serves on the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) Institute, and NutraCea Corp. Mr. Koppes was a Director of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from 2002 to 2010, and a Director of Apria Healthcare Group Inc. from 1998 to 2008. He retired from the international law firm of Jones Day in December 2009 after 13-plus years of service, and is a current Program Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. Mr. Koppes was a member of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commissions on Board Evaluations and Board-Shareholder Communications, as well as of the NACD-CII Task Force on Shareholder/Director Communications. He is a former board member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. In 2007, NACD presented him with its lifetime achievement award for contributions to corporate governance – its highest honor.

Mary Jane McQuillen

Board Member

Mary Jane McQuillen serves as Managing Director, Portfolio Manager and Head of ESG Investment with ClearBridge Investments.

She co-manages the ClearBridge Sustainability Leaders Strategy, as well as a number of other active equity ESG strategies. She has been with the ESG program at a predecessor firm since 1996, has 20 year of investment and industry experience, and is a member of the ClearBridge Investments Proxy Committee

Mary Jane serves on the Board of Director for the Sustainable Investments Institute. She is a former Board member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the largest of the worldwide societies of the CFA Institute. She also is a former Board member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

She is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment Listed Equities Steering Committee and the ESG Integration Subcommittee. She also is a long-standing and active member of the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative Asset Management Working Group, which is a collaboration of asset managers from around the world who seek to integrate ESG into investment decision making on a global level.

In 2015, Mary Jane was named to the “Women Worth Watching” list for Financial Services. In 2008, Mary Jane was named a “Rising Star for Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. She also is a member of the Bpeace, a volunteer organization that works to introduce sustainable investment skills to women in Rwanda, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Mary Jane received her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.  She holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University. 

Amy M. O'Brien

Board Member

Amy M. O’Brien is Managing Director and head of TIAA-CREF’s Global Social and Community Investing (GS&CI) Department. She is responsible for the environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria utilized in TIAA-CREF’s socially screened investment products and the organization’s community investing programs. She assumed this position in 2012. As a Director in the GS&CI department from 2005-2011 she worked on a wide range of social and community investing initiatives across TIAA-CREF, acted as liaison to stakeholders in connection with the company’s social- and community-focused investments, and provided leadership to the company on emerging social responsibility issues.

Ms. O’Brien has 16 years of social investment experience, with a strong focus on environmental issues. From 2006-2011 she served on the Board of Directors of the Social Investment Forum (SIF), a national nonprofit membership association dedicated to promoting the concept and practice of socially and environmentally responsible investing. In 2008, Ms. O’Brien joined the board of directors of The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute for Corporate Responsibility (IRRCi), whose mission is to act as a catalyst for thought leaders, and to sponsor research on corporate governance and corporate responsibility issues that are important to the linkage of broad societal issues to investment performance. In 2011 she was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings.

Before joining TIAA-CREF in 2005, Ms. O’Brien was the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Pension Boards – United Church of Christ. There she developed and implemented socially responsible investment strategies, including social screening, proxy voting guidelines and shareholder activism for the denomination’s pension fund and foundation. Previously, she was Research Manager at the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP), the nonprofit research firm that pioneered the field of corporate social and environmental responsibility ratings for investors and consumers. Ms. O’Brien served as CEP’s representative to the inaugural Steering Committee of the Global Reporting Initiative, an international alliance charged with developing a standardized reporting format for corporate sustainability indicators. Ms. O’Brien earned a Master of Science degree in environmental management and policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in biology from Boston College.


Jon Lukomnik

Executive Director

Jon Lukomnik has served as executive director of the Investor Responsibility Center Institute (IRRCi) since 2008. He and the Board of Directors have led the organization to become a leading source of objective academic and practitioner research on an array of investment issues to enable investors, policymakers and stakeholders to make data-driven decisions.

Mr. Lukomnik received the International Corporate Governance Network award for excellence in corporate governance, and the National Association of Corporate Directors twice (2011 and 2012) named him one of the 100 most influential people in American corporate governance. Other awards include recognition by Ethishpere Magazine and Global Proxy Watch.

In addition to his responsibilities at IRRCi, Mr. Lukomnik is the managing partner of Sinclair Capital L.L.C., a strategic consultancy to the investment management industry, corporations and institutional investors. He writes a column for Compliance Week, and he is a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Previously, Mr. Lukomnik served as investment advisor to the New York City pension funds. He chaired the executive committee of the Council of Institutional Investors, and he co-founded and served as a governor of the International Corporate Governance Network. 

His new book, What They Do With Your Money: How the Financial System Fails Us and How to Fix it has been praised by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown,  former Senator Chris Dodd, former Barclays’ chairman Sir David Walker, Vanguard Founder Jack Bogle, former Royal Dutch Shell chairman Sir Mark Moody Stewart, and Yale Chief Investment Officer David Swenson, among others. It has received editorial kudos from numerous publications, including The Economist, Forbes, and The Financial Times. He also is the co-author of the award-winning book, The New Capitalists: How Citizen Investors Are Reshaping the Corporate Agenda.

Pamela van den Berg-Neilson

Office Manager

Pamela van den Berg-Neilson is responsible for the internal functions of the Institute, including contract maintenance and bookkeeping. She is a former marketing manager for KLM and previously served as office manager for an active dental practice.

Kelly Kenneally

Communications Consultant

With more than 20 years of experience, Kelly consults to government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations to develop and implement strategic communication programs. Previously, she served in the White House as Associate Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She has held communications positions at Micron Electronics, MCI WorldCom, Edelman Public Relations, and the American Nuclear Energy Council. She began her career as a legislative assistant with the Maryland General Assembly.