John K.S. Wilson
As Director of Corporate Governance at TIAA-CREF, John Wilson’s primary responsibilities are to oversee the voting of proxies and engage in dialogue with portfolio companies to promote social and environmental responsibility and good corporate governance. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in early 2008, he served as Director of Socially Responsible Investing for Christian Brothers Investment Services, an investment advisor to Catholic institutions. Mr. Wilson is a longtime advocate of good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. He has worked directly with a number of corporations to help draft their sustainability codes of conduct. He has spoken widely on the subject of corporate social responsibility to diverse audiences, including the university, religious, investor and corporate communities, and has published articles on the connection between social responsibility and business performance. Mr. Wilson is Treasurer of the Sustainable Investments Institute and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Loan Fund. He is a past Vice-Chair of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility and was a founding advisory committee member of the International SRI Working Group, a think tank serving social investing professionals. He also served on the advisory committee of the New York-based Center for Sustainable Human Rights Action and helped to found the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in the Ivory Coast, sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy. He has an MBA and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in English from Georgetown University.