Stewart Uretsky is vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Brookings. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Institution’s financial affairs, and in conjunction with the board of directors and senior leadership team, ensures that the organization makes sound strategic decisions on the use of its resources and operates in an effective and fiscally sound manner.
Uretsky has over 20 years of senior management experience in the non-profit and financial services sectors. From 2009-2010, he was the chief financial and administrative officer for Conservation International, a leading international environmental non-profit with almost 1,000 employees in 30 countries. While at CI, Uretsky provided leadership and comprehensive oversight, management and supervision to CI’s financial, human resources, technology and administrative functions. Prior to CI, he was the chief administrative and financial officer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2001-2009), where he provided leadership in the management and administration of a professional school with over 1,000 employees, an annual budget of $140 million and a $1 billion endowment. He was directly responsible for the operations of the School; including finance, human resources, information technology, facilities and security. While at Harvard, Uretsky also directed the finances at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1999-2001), the University’s arm for providing international project assistance to over 40 developing countries. Uretsky served as the founding chief financial officer of Sunlight Power International (1996-1999), a socially responsible, for-profit organization dedicated to providing small solar home systems to unelectrified populations in developing countries on a commercially sustainable basis. And, finally, he began his professional career in the private sector in the financial services industry, as the founding deputy manager of Goldman, Sachs’ office in the Caribbean (1990-1994), a provider of off-shore mutual fund and trust services with over $2B in assets under administration.
Since 2000, Uretsky has also served as the treasurer of the Board of WorldTeach, a Cambridge, MA-based non-profit that partners with local governments to provide volunteer teachers in developing countries and through that experience, promotes responsible global citizenship and cross-cultural understanding.
Uretsky earned a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (1997); and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from New York University, Stern School of Business (1990).
In 2014, Uretsky was honored as the Nonprofit CFO of the Year, an award which annually recognizes outstanding financial leadership in the nonprofit sector.
Uretsky and his wife, Elanah, live in Washington, D.C. with their two daughters.