R. Martin Chavez, Ph.D.
Joined the amfAR board in February 2008, having been an adjunct member since 2006.
Serves on audit and investment committees. Expertise in investment banking,
financial analysis, and fiscal oversight.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Chavez has had a bicoastal career. In
1985, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in
biochemical sciences. He has a master’s in computer science, also from Harvard.
His doctorate from Stanford University is in medical information sciences and
was awarded in 1990. He has been a founder and “C-level” executive for several
start-up companies, including
Quorum Software Systems in San Francisco and Kiodex, Inc., in New York City. He was
also global head of energy derivatives at Credit Suisse Financial Products.
Subsequently, in New Mexico, he served on the board of PNM Resources, Inc.,
chaired its finance committee, and sat on its audit and ethics committee.
He currently serves on the board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association
(ISDA) and Friends of the High Line, as well as the advisory groups of the
Mount Sinai Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology and the Harvard
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He began his career at Goldman
Sachs in 1993, returned in 2005 as a managing director, and became a partner in
2006. He is currently global co-chief operating officer of the Equities
Franchise at Goldman Sachs. He is a member of the Partnership Committee, the
Securities Division Executive Committee, the Firmwide Hispanic and Latin
Network, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network.
He resides in New York City with his husband, Adam Norbury.