Dwight E. Lee
Trustee since 2012
Dwight E. Lee is a partner of Gagnon Securities LLC, an investment management and brokerage firm based in New York. His long investment career includes the founding with several partners in 1973 of First Arbitrage Management Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm specializing in convertible securities, arbitrage, and venture capital on behalf of institutional and individual clients. In 1980 he joined Robert R. Barker & Co. (later Barker, Lee & Co.) a family investment office, eventually becoming Managing Partner. In 1985 he and Mr. Barker formed Upland Associates to manage funds for other families. In 2000, he restructured his firm and Upland became his principal investment vehicle. In 2005 Mr. Lee became a Partner in Gagnon Securities and continues as the Managing Partner of Upland Associates L.P. He is currently Chairman of the board of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers (The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards), a Director of the Political Economy Research Center (known as PERC, an environmental think tank) and on the investment committee of The Jackson Laboratory. In the past, he has served on the Board of Governing Trustees of The Jackson Laboratory, as a Director and Treasurer of the New York Nature Conservancy and a member of the Visiting Committee, Actors Studio Drama School at The New School University. He has served on the board of directors of a number of companies including The Foothill Group, Lyons & Burford Publishers, Research Frontiers, Cross Z International and McGinnis & Associates. He graduated from Columbia College in 1969 and the Columbia School of Business in 1972.
He joined the Foundation's board of trustees in 2012, and was elected its chairman in 2019.