Bret is recognized as a leader committed to enhancing the strategic direction of, and fostering the success of numerous organizations of varied size and purpose, including a Fortune 50 firm, a tech start-up, a major research university, nationally recognized nonprofits, an innovative municipality and an arts organization.
Bret joins CxORE after 18 years with Cambridge Associates, the premier global investment consulting firm, advising health care, higher education and foundation clients to implement sound endowment strategies. Simultaneously, he captained the effort to create and energize “back office” units (including those outside the US) necessary to support the company’s consulting practice. He served on the company’s senior management team.
Before Cambridge Bret pioneered the growth of a second line of business for SallieMae, developing and market-testing a number of debt products embraced by the higher education and health care sectors. This business ultimately generated 25% of the firm’s bottom line. In 1991 Bret was named “Banker of the Year” award. He next moved on to become CFO of the firm’s tech subsidiary dedicated to developing a smart-card system for deployment to college campuses, well before the notion of a “cashless” society became popular. During this period he also served on the company’s corporate strategic visioning team.
Bret received an MBA from Stanford and a BA (honors) and MA from UC Davis.
Bret has remained a dedicated volunteer for his alma mater, including board stints on its alumni association and foundation, and on advisory councils for both the campus’ largest college and its public arboretum. In 2011, he received the Fielder Award, the highest award an alumnus can receive from UCD’s alumni association. He currently serves on the Stanford Business Fund Council. For 22 years Bret served on the Studio Theatre board, helping that organization grow into one of Washington’s most influential theatre companies.
Prior to business school, Bret served on the City of Davis (CA) Planning Commission, active in charting that city’s innovative land-use and energy conservation policies. Contemporaneously, he held leadership positions with statewide organizations in Sacramento.