Gwill Elaine York - Candidate

Harvard University Board of Overseers
Harvard College AB ’80 (’79) cum laude Harvard Business School MBA ’84

A pioneering entrepreneur with 25 years of experience financing early stage high-tech and healthcare companies, Gwill York co-founded Lighthouse Capital Partners, based in Cambridge and Menlo Park, in 1994. Volunteering for the Boston Museum of Science for over two decades and currently a trustee there, she has focused on encouraging young women in primary and secondary schools to explore the fields of science and engineering. Gwill is a trustee of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the International Mental Health Research Organization. She is an active mentor and Entrepreneur-inResidence at the Harvard I-lab and the Harvard Business School Rock Center, and head judge of the HBS Business Plan Contest. Gwill has served in numerous roles for the university, including co-chairing the Harvard College Fund and five college class reunion committees. She is a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Campaign Advisory Group. A three-sport athlete at Harvard, she served on the Overseers Committee to Visit the Department of Athletics. “Growing up in Cleveland, attending Harvard, and my family are the cornerstones of who I am. Harvard makes a difference in the lives of people around the world, and I have experienced this firsthand. I will bring a useful set of experiences, skills, and knowledge, filtered through a deep affection for Harvard, to the work of the Board of Overseers.” Gwill and her husband, Paul Maeder, MBA ’84, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts and have two sons.

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