PAUL G. ALLEN - Founder and Chairman
JODY ALLEN - President and CEO, Vulcan Inc.
PAUL GHAFFARI - Chief Investment Officer, Vulcan Capital
BILL BENACK - Vice President of Finance
SUE COLITON - Vice President of Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Collections
ADA M. HEALEY - Vice President of Real Estate Development
PAUL G. ALLEN
Founder and Chairman
Paul G. Allen is a technologist and leading philanthropist who started Microsoft with Bill Gates. He is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., the company that oversees his business and philanthropic activities.
Allen started Microsoft with Gates, a childhood friend, in Albuquerque in 1975. He was the company's chief technologist until he left in 1983. Today, Allen continues the search for knowledge that led to the creation of Microsoft and has become one of the most generous and best-known philanthropists in America. He supports and advances world-class projects and high-impact initiatives that improve the way people live, learn, work and experience the world through arts, science, education, entertainment, sports, business and technology.
His multibillion-dollar investment portfolio includes a major real estate redevelopment in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood and holdings in dozens of technology, media and other companies.
He also owns the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and is part of the primary ownership group for the Seattle Sounders FC, the city's Major League Soccer team.
With lifetime giving of more than $1.5 billion, Allen has pledged to leave a majority of his estate to philanthropy. He gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which works to transform individual lives and strengthen communities by supporting arts and culture, youth engagement, community development and social change, and scientific and technological innovation. He also gives directly, including $26 million in 2010 to Washington State University for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.
In 2003, he created the Allen Institute for Brain Science to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease. The Seattle-based nonprofit pursues unprecedented large-scale research initiatives that result in knowledge, data and tools intended to fuel discovery throughout the broader scientific community. The Institute has generated groundbreaking online public resources that integrate extensive genomic and neuroanatomical data, including interactive atlases of the mouse and human brain. These resources have become staple research tools for scientists worldwide, helping to lead them to insights about neurological function and brain-related diseases and disorders. Given the Institute's achievements, in March 2012, Allen pledged $300 million to significantly expand its scientific programs. This funding brought his total commitment to date to $500 million and launched three new initiatives that will tackle some of the most fundamental and complex questions in brain science.
In 2004, Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first privately-backed effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space, winning him and designer Burt Rutan the Ansari X-Prize. In 2011, Allen got back into the space business with the formation of Stratolaunch Systems which is developing an innovative airborne launch system. It will utilize the largest aircraft ever manufactured and will provide orbital access to space with greater safety, cost-effectiveness and flexibility.
His independent film company, Vulcan Productions, has won numerous awards for feature films and documentaries, including the Emmy Award-winning Rx for Survival–A Global Health Challenge; the Peabody Award-winning Judgment Day: Intelligent Design; the PBS series This Emotional Life; and the PBS series The Blues, which Martin Scorsese executive produced with Allen and Jo Lynn Allen.
Idea Man, Allen's 2011 memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.
Allen is also founder of the EMP Museum, Seattle's critically acclaimed interactive museum of music, popular culture and science fiction; the Flying Heritage Collection, an assemblage of rare World War II aircraft restored to flying condition and shared with the public; and the Living Computer Museum, a collection of restored vintage timesharing computer equipment.
Learn more about Allen at www.paulallen.com.
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President and CEO, Vulcan Inc.
Jody Allen is president and CEO of Vulcan Inc., the project and investment management firm she co-founded with investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen in 1986. Since then, she has developed and led a wide range of Mr. Allen's business and charitable endeavors around the world.
Ms. Allen's responsibilities also include serving as president of Vulcan Productions, which produces documentaries of enduring significance and independent feature films. Ms. Allen co-produced the PBS series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, as well as the independent feature films, Far from Heaven and Hard Candy.
Ms. Allen is co-founder and president of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which builds strong communities and supports vulnerable populations around the Pacific Northwest through a variety of grants. Its main funding areas include the arts, community development and social change, youth engagement, and innovation in science and technology. In addition, Ms. Allen is president of the board of Seattle's EMP Museum, the critically-acclaimed museum of music, popular culture and science fiction. She is vice-chair of First & Goal Inc., which oversees operations of the Seattle Seahawks, and serves on the boards of the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the Seahawks Charitable Foundation.
An active member of the arts and education communities, Ms. Allen has served on the boards of ArtsFund, the Theatre Communications Group, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She is a current member of the Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
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Chief Investment Officer of Vulcan Capital
Paul Ghaffari is the Chief Investment Officer of Vulcan Capital. He is responsible for overall asset allocation of Vulcan's multi-billion-dollar investment portfolio, with oversight of investments in public and private securities in traditional and alternative asset classes.
Formerly, Ghaffari founded and served as portfolio manager of Palatine Hill Partners LLC, an equity-focused investment company, and Capitoline LLC, a global credit fund. He was a founding partner of FrontPoint Partners LLC, a multi-strategy alternatives asset management firm which was sold in 2006 to Morgan Stanley.
Before co-founding FrontPoint, Ghaffari was a portfolio manager at Soros Fund Management, New York. Prior to that, he served as managing director at Morgan Stanley Asset Management and established MSAM’s emerging markets fixed-income business. He began his career at J.P. Morgan, serving as a vice president of J.P. Morgan Securities.
Ghaffari received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
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Vice President of Finance
Bill Benack, Vice President of Finance, is responsible for Vulcan's financial accounting, reporting, and business operations. He leads the company's efforts in the areas of tax, treasury, cash management, purchasing, accounting, payments, financial planning, reporting, and risk management. As a member of the executive committee, he also leads the efforts to drive efficient business performance and optimal use of the company's assets.
Prior to joining Vulcan, Benack spent 16 years with Microsoft in a variety of leadership roles, including managing the Finance organizations for the Server, Developer Tools, and Windows business groups, as well as for the worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization. He was CFO of Microsoft Japan in Tokyo, and most recently spearheaded Microsoft Finance's efforts in the area of cloud computing. Previously, he was corporate controller for Concur Technologies, and also held Finance positions with Sprint and DuPont.
Benack holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
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Vice President of Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Collections
Susan Coliton is Vice President, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Collections at Vulcan Inc. The Foundation is a regional grant maker focused on strengthening the cultural sector and responding to the needs of vulnerable populations in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Vulcan in 1999, Coliton was director of the Cultural Facilities Fund in San Francisco, where she managed a loan and grant program for the development of cultural facilities. She also held a position as visual arts consultant for GAP, Inc., where she designed and implemented a national sponsorship program focusing on contemporary visual art. Coliton was a visual arts specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. from 1990 to 1995. She currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Public Library Foundation, Experience Music Project, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Philanthropy Northwest, and Americans for the Arts. She holds a B.A. in art from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies from John Hopkins University, Baltimore.
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ADA M. HEALEY
Vice President of Real Estate Development
Ada M. Healey manages the company's significant real estate development portfolio, which primarily includes
property in the Pacific Northwest. She also directs a variety of projects and relationships with real estate
brokers, developers and other business partners to maximize the portfolio's value and leverage development
projects in various markets. In addition, she manages Vulcan's interests in various neighborhood-planning
efforts and partnerships that support Vulcan's mission and values.
Prior to joining Vulcan Inc., Healey worked for Clarion Partners, a member of the ING Group. During her 10
years there, she held various positions in asset management, acquisitions and portfolio management, working
on behalf of several of the nation's largest pension funds. Earlier, Healey spent several years at NYNEX
Properties Company, now owned by Verizon Communications. At NYNEX she managed the company's financing activity,
working on acquisition opportunities and developing corporate real estate strategies.
Healey began her career in the insurance industry, working for the Sedgwick Group, London, now owned by Marsh,
and in New York City for Metropolitan Reinsurance Company.
She holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of
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