The Starr Foundation

Staff & Directors

Board of Directors



‡ - deceased


Florence A. Davis
Paula Lawrence
Vice President
Martha Livingston
Vice President,
Corporate Secretary
Yelena Lukonen
Assistant Treasurer,
Head of Technology
Julie Murray
Assistant Corporate Secretary
Howard I. Smith


Joanna Baginski
Mike Carlino
Grants Administration Assistant
Elizabeth Farrell
Executive Assistant
Kelly Boyce Himebaugh
Head of Human Resources
Abigail Opoku-Agyemang
Director, Program and
Grants Administration
Judith Renner
Director of Office Operations

‡ - deceased

Corinne P. Greenberg
Corinne P. Greenberg is Chairman of the National Board of Young Audiences/Arts for Learning. She has served on the Board since 1984.

Mrs. Greenberg is an active supporter of many medical, social and cultural institutions, particularly in New York City, where she resides. She is a member of several volunteer committees at New York-Weill Cornell Medical Center, including charter member of the Executive Committee of the Lying-In-Hospital in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and member of the New York-Weill Cornell Council. Mrs. Greenberg is a founding member of the Women & Science Committee at the Rockefeller University. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center. She is President and Director of the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Foundation. She served on the boards of the 92nd Street Y and Orchestra of St. Luke's until 2005.

Having studied systems design and computer programming at IBM, Mrs. Greenberg worked as a computer programmer and systems designer at Fiduciary Trust Company and The New York Hospital. She was M.I.S. director at Intere Intermediaries Company.

Mrs. Greenberg is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art with a major in voice. She studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music, and attended Queens College, Rider College and Columbia University. Mrs. Greenberg graduated with a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami.

Mrs. Greenberg is an avid skier and tennis player. She is married to Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

Bertil P. Lundqvist
Mr. Bertil P. Lundqvist is a Director and the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Starr Companies. From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Lundqvist was a partner at the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he was responsible for international corporate transactions, insurance management and restructuring, and mergers and acquisitions.

From 1973 to 1991 Mr. Lundqvist was an attorney with Mannheimer & Swartling, a Swedish law firm, in which he became partner in 1978. He was in charge of his law firm's offices in Stockholm and New York and was responsible for corporate transactions. Mr. Lundqvist received his LL.B. in 1970 from the University of Lund, Sweden. Mr. Lundqvist is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a council member of The Brookings Institution.

Ta Chun Hsu
Ta Chun (T.C.) Hsu, our esteemed president emeritus and director, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at the age of 97. T.C. lived a full life. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, dedicated, deeply loyal, a good friend, and counselor to generations of colleagues at the Starr Companies and The Starr Foundation.

T.C. was born in Beijing in 1918, son of Yu Hsuen Yang (mother) and Tsing Lo (Singloh) Hsu (father), brother of the late Ta Ching (Irene) Hsu and the late Vivian Hsu Jee, and beloved "Uncle T.C." to many.

T.C.'s father was one of the earliest backers of Cornelius Vander Starr's businesses in Shanghai and, when Tsing Lo Hsu was killed in the early days of World War II, Mr. Starr brought T.C. to America to complete his college education. T.C. never forgot Mr. Starr's generosity and friendship and made significant contributions to Starr's organizations over the years.

T.C. attended the University of Shanghai from 1936-1938 and graduated from Haverford College in 1942 with a B.S. in economics. He earned a masters degree at Columbia University in the School of Journalism in 1944 and began his career with the news department of the Chinese Information Service in New York. He returned to Shanghai to work on the Chinese edition of The Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury, newspapers owned by Mr. Starr.

In 1947, T.C. joined the staff of the Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank until 1949, and then joined Starr's American International companies in Hong Kong and later San Francisco. In 1964, T.C. moved to New York to work directly with Mr. Starr on a variety of projects, including the management of The Starr Foundation, Mr. Starr's private philanthropic foundation.

After Mr. Starr's death in late 1968, T.C. became President of The Starr Foundation and served in that role until 1999. T.C. remained an active director of the Foundation until his death.

T.C. will be laid to rest in China. A memorial service in New York City is planned for a future date.

Ta Chun Hsu, former president of The Starr Foundation, was born in Beijing, China in 1918. He attended the University of Shanghai and earned a B.S. in economics (Class of 1942) from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

He earned his masters degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1944, and later studied insurance at Golden Gate College in San Francisco, California.

Mr. Hsu began his career with the news department of the Chinese Information Service, New York, in 1944. He returned to Shanghai two years later to work on the Chinese edition of The Shanghai Evening Post and Mercury. In 1947 he joined the staff of Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank, where he remained until 1949.

He then transferred to Hong Kong and in 1950, joined the American International Companies. From 1951 to 1964 Mr. Hsu was in San Francisco, first with the marine claims department of American International Marine Agency, Inc. and later with the underwriting department of American International Underwriters, Inc.

In 1964, Mr. Hsu joined C.V. Starr & Co. as assistant to the late Cornelius Vander Starr, then Chairman of the Board. He also was elected Director and Executive Vice President of The Starr Foundation. In 1969 he was named President of the Starr Foundation and served in that capacity until March 1999.

John J. Roberts
John J. Roberts enjoyed a distinguished career with American International Group (AIG), a global insurance and financial services company for more than 55 years.

Mr. Roberts was born in Montreal, Canada. During World War II, he served in the United States Army in the Philippines and Japan. In 1947, he graduated from Princeton University, married Nancy Lee Rhodes of Baltimore, an artist and a writer, and joined American International Underwriters (AIU), which subsequently became a subsidiary of AIG as the overseas arm for general insurance.

Over the next 12 years, he held various senior executive positions in Europe and the Middle East, and returned to the US in 1959 as the Director of Operations for Europe. In 1967, he was elected to the Board of Directors of AIG, became President of AIU from 1969 to 1975, and Chairman & CEO until 1989. Until 1997, Mr. Roberts was AIG Vice Chairman of External Affairs, supervising the company's operations in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the territory of the former Soviet Union.

In addition to his vast international corporate experience, Mr. Roberts has been active in a number of academic and international organizations. He is a former Chairman of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the Corporate Council for the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Insurance Advisory Council, the Polish-U.S. Economic Council, the Hungarian-U.S. Business Council, the Romanian-U.S. Business Council and the Bulgarian-U.S. Trade and Economic Council, and former member of the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the Bretton Woods Committee.

He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Director of the EastWest Institute (EWI), a member of the USCC Europe/Eurasia Business Council incorporating the U.S. Business Councils of Bulgaria, Czech/Slovak, Hungary, Poland, and Romania and a Trustee of the Juilliard School, Trinity University of San Antonio, Washington College, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the San Antonio Museum of Art, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of International Business and Management of Dickinson College.

Edward E. Matthews
Edward E. Matthews is President and Director of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc., a private investment firm in New York, N.Y. and Managing Director of Starr International Company of Bermuda.

Mr. Matthews received an AB degree from Princeton University in 1953 and an MBA degree from Harvard University in 1957. Upon graduation from Harvard he joined the investment banking firm of Morgan Stanley & Co. where he became a partner of Morgan Stanley in 1967 and a Managing Director upon that firm's incorporation in 1970. In 1973 he left Morgan Stanley and joined American International Group as Vice President - Finance and Director and retired as Senior Vice Chairman - Investments and Financial Services at the end of 2002. From 1973 Mr. Matthews has also served as an officer and director of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and Starr International Company.

Mr. Matthews is Chairman Emeritus of Princeton HealthCare System and is also a Trustee Emeritus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Princeton Day School. He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Princeton University where he served from 1998 to 2002 as Chairman of Princeton Investment Company, manager of Princeton University's $17 billion endowment. He is also Trustee Emeritus of McCarter Theatre Company, a leading regional performing arts center where he served as President of the Board of Trustees from 1981 to 1988.

Cornelius Vander Starr
From the biography of Cornelius Vander Starr,
published in 1970:

When he was just 26 years old, Cornelius Vander Starr took a clerkship with the Pacific Mail Steamship Company in Yokohama, Japan. Among his major assets at the time were the job and a strong sense of his own worth. The latter proved too much for the former. His boss, who did not share Starr's notions of human dignity, would buzz for the young clerk when he wanted to see him. Considering how small an office it was, Starr felt that buzzing was a cold, imperious and impersonal act. So he asked his boss to please not buzz him, or he would have to leave his employ. The boss, unimpressed, buzzed; Starr, unintimidated, quit...

You can read the entire biography on C.V. Starr by downloading the PDF version of the publication here.

Maurice R. Greenberg
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg is Chairman and CEO of C. V. Starr & Co., Inc. He joined C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. as Vice President in 1960, a worldwide insurance and investment company.

Mr. Greenberg retired as Chairman and CEO of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in March 2005, after serving as Chief Executive Officer from 1967 until March 2005. Under his leadership AIG became the largest insurance company in the world and generated unprecedented value for AIG shareholders. During the nearly 40 years of his leadership, AIG's market value grew from $300 million to $l80 billion. AIG was created by C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

Mr. Greenberg is Chairman of The Starr Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States. He oversees the disbursements of major financial support to institutions worldwide, in the areas of education (including scholarship assistance), medical research and healthcare, human needs, culture and public policy (including international relations and the environment).

He serves on the President's Council on International Activities of Yale University. He is the founding Chairman of the U.S.-Philippine Business Committee. Mr. Greenberg is Honorary Vice Chairman and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Chairman and current member of U.S.-Korea Business Council, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. - China Business Council and the Business Roundtable. He is Honorary Co-Chairman of the Board of the United States-Philippines Society, Inc. and is Chairman of the Center for the National Interest. Mr. Greenberg has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Stock Exchange and the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is also the past Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Mr. Greenberg is Board Member and Chairman Emeritus of New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, Inc. He serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Weill Medical School of Cornell University, is a Trustee Emeritus of The Rockefeller University, a Life Trustee of New York University, and a Trustee of The Manhattan Institute. He is on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and is active in a number of other civic and charitable organizations.

In 1990, Mr. Greenberg was appointed by Mr. Zhu Rongji, then Mayor of Shanghai, to be the first Chairman of the International Business Leaders' Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai. In 1994, Mr. Greenberg was appointed Senior Economic Advisor to the Beijing Municipal Government. He was awarded "Honorary Citizen of Shanghai" in 1997. He is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua School of Economics and Management, a Member of the International Advisory Council of the China Development Research Foundation and China Development Bank.

Mr. Greenberg received his pre-law certificate from the University of Miami and an LL.B from New York Law School in 1950. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1953. He has been granted honorary degrees from a number of institutions, including New York Law School, Brown University, Middlebury College, and The Rockefeller University.

Mr. Greenberg served in the U. S. Army in Europe during World War II and in the Korean conflict, rising to the rank of Captain. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star.

Mr. Greenberg is married and has four children.

Florence Davis
Director and President
Florence A. Davis has served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Starr Foundation since 1999. A graduate of Wellesley College (highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law (Root-Tilden Scholar), she began her legal career in private practice with Sullivan & Cromwell in 1979. From 1986-1995, Ms. Davis served in a number of positions at Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated, where she rose to become a Principal and Director of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs. From 1995-1999, Ms. Davis was Vice President and General Counsel of American International Group, Inc. ("AIG"). She is retired from the practice of law.

Ms. Davis is a trustee of New York University and New York University School of Law, a director of The International Rescue Committee, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Board of Managers of the New York Botanical Garden, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Newman's Own Foundation. Ms. Davis served as a member of Mayor Bloomberg's Committee on Economic Opportunity, and the board of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Paula Lawrence
Vice President
Paula Lawrence joined the Starr Foundation as Vice President in August 2003.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Lawrence worked in the field of international cultural exchange for over 20 years. From 1992 to 2003, she was Director of Performing Arts at The Japan Society in New York City where she curated and produced the Society's annual season of performances that appeared in New York City and toured across the United States. She also developed exchanges and commissioning programs for American artists to create new work related to Japan and fostered numerous collaborations between Japanese and American artists and institutions. From 1976 to 1991, she worked in the Performing Arts Department of The Asia Society. She has been an active consultant, author and lecturer on Japanese and Asian performing arts.

A graduate of Barnard College, Ms. Lawrence also holds as M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught at the secondary level for five years.

Martha Livingston
Vice President and Corporate Secretary
Martha Livingston began her career as a lawyer, working as an associate at the Washington D.C. firm of Swidler & Berlin in 1991. In 1994, she moved to the public sector as a policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. From 1996-2001, she served in a number of positions at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; in 1998, she became Senior Policy Analyst and Assistant General Counsel, working on a wide range of issues, including educational technology and international organization restructuring. In 2001, Ms. Livingston moved to New York City, and for four years she was Program Officer at The Picower Foundation, a philanthropy that funded youth and education programs and medical research in New York City and Palm Beach County, Florida.

Ms. Livingston is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Howard I. Smith
Director and Treasurer
Mr. Smith is Vice Chairman - Finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. and a Director of Starr International Company, Inc.

Previously, Mr. Smith was Chief Financial Officer of American International Group, Inc. where he was responsible for AIG's Treasury, Investor Relations, Credit & Market Risk Management functions, in addition to the Comptroller's Department.

Prior to joining AIG, he spent 19 years with Coopers & Lybrand and was the Partner in charge of the Firm's New York Office insurance practice.

Mr. Smith earned his B.B.A. degree in accounting from the City College of New York in 1965. He was one of the North American representatives on the Insurance Working Group of the International Accounting Standards Board.

Mr. Smith is a trustee of the Baruch College Fund, Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Weissman Center for International Business of Baruch College, and was formerly on the board of Hofstra University.

Jaclyn DeVore
Senior Program Officer
Jaclyn DeVore joined the Foundation as an intern in 2000, the summer before her senior year at Haverford College, where she earned a B.A. degree in Comparative Literature. Since 2000, Jaclyn has worked in various capacities at the Foundation, moving into the position of Senior Program Officer in 2005.
Suzanne Eden
Program Officer
Suzanne Eden graduated from Duke University in 2005, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and History. She joined the Foundation in June 2007.
Julie Murray
Assistant Corporate Secretary
Julie Murray is the Assistant Secretary of C. V. Starr & Co., Inc., Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company, and Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc. She has served in these roles since May 2009 and joined Starr Companies in June 2006.

Ms. Murray has twelve years of experience in the legal field. Prior to joining Starr Companies, Ms. Murray served as a Legal Assistant Supervisor for the Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP from July 2003 to June 2006.

Ms. Murray earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Rutgers University in May 2003.