Recognized as a leader firmly committed to strategic growth, Bret has contributed significantly to business success at numerous organizations of varied size and purpose, among them a Fortune 50 firm, a tech start-up, a major research university, nationally recognized nonprofits, an innovative municipality and an arts organization. Driven by an optimistic outlook and focused on strengths and opportunities for the clients he serves, Bret brings impeccable ethics and dedication to delivering meaningful value and strategic results.
As a member of the senior management team at Cambridge Associates, the premier global investment consulting firm, Bret dedicated 18 years of his successful career to guiding health care, higher education and foundation clients as they implemented customized endowment strategies. He also led the initiative to strengthen “back-office” units (both the US and internationally) necessary to support the company’s consulting practice. Prior to that, Bret pioneered the growth of a second line of business for SallieMae, developing and market-testing a new product well-received by higher education and health-care clients and ultimately generating 25% of the firm’s revenue. During this period he served on the company’s corporate strategic visioning team. In 1991 Bret was named “Banker of the Year”.
Bret received an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA (honors) and MA from University of California, Davis (UCD). He has remained a dedicated volunteer for UCD, including board leadership on its alumni association and foundation, and on advisory councils for both the campus’ largest college and its public arboretum. His volunteer service was recognized with the Fielder Award (1991), the highest alumnus award from an UCD’s alumni association. He has also provided leadership for the Studio Theatre Board for 22 years, strengthening its capacity to become one of Washington’s most influential theatre companies. Additionally, he has served on the City of Davis (CA) Planning Commission, guiding that city’s innovative land-use and energy conservation policies. Currently Bret provides leadership for the Stanford Business Fund Council.