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Darren Walker and Geisha J. Williams Join Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing Advisory Board

May 7, 2018

New York —

The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing today announced that two new members are joining the Institute’s Advisory Board: Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, and Geisha J. Williams, Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation. The Advisory Board, comprised of prominent leaders from business, academia and leading non-governmental organizations, guides the Institute for Sustainable Investing’s work and strategic priorities.

“We are honored to have these notable leaders from the worlds of business and philanthropy bring their insight and perspective to the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing,” said Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer and CEO of the Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley. “The Advisory Board plays a vital role in informing the Institute’s work as we strive to expand the adoption of sustainable investing and build scalable solutions that harness capital to help create positive environmental and social impact globally.”

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, an international social justice philanthropy with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. For two decades, he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Darren led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy, and chairs the U.S. Alliance on Impact Investing. He co-chairs New York City’s Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and serves on the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island Correctional Institution and the U.N. International Labor Organization Commission on the Future of Work. He also serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall and the High Line, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Geisha J. Williams

Geisha J. Williams is Chief Executive Officer and President of PG&E Corporation. She joined the company in 2007, and has more than three decades of experience in the energy industry. Under Williams’ leadership, PG&E is responsible for providing safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to 16 million people in northern and central California, and is committed to its vision of creating a sustainable energy future for its customers. Today, nearly 80 percent of the electricity PG&E delivers comes from sources that emit zero greenhouse gases. This includes renewables like solar and wind, which account for 33 percent of PG&E’s electric mix—a 2020 target for California utilities that PG&E reached three years early. PG&E is also leading the way to a future of cleaner transportation by helping build California’s electric vehicle charging network. In addition to serving on the PG&E Corporation Board of Directors, Williams is a director at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). She is also on the board of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Williams is a trustee of the California Academy of Sciences and the University of Miami, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University. PG&E Corporation is a Fortune 200 company with revenues in 2017 of approximately $17 billion.  

The Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing is dedicated to accelerating adoption of sustainable investing. The Institute partners across the Firm to pioneer scalable sustainable finance solutions, new sustainable investing tools, and industry-leading insights that inform and empower investors.

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