He has pursued this goal -- in different ways -- throughout his life, whether as a young naval officer, a practicing attorney, a management consultant, an entrepreneur, a policy and campaign adviser, corporate director, an Under Secretary of the Navy, a business school dean, president of a university, and now as a Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University. He focuses on innovation and economic growth, especially in urban settings, and, new education using technology. In both subjects, I am looking at change in the United States and change around the world, especially China, India, the Middle East and Europe.
Previously, Jerry was Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University, President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he led Polytechnic in substantial growth, including a 60% increase in enrolment. Its merger with NYU saw a rise in graduate engineering program rankings and an increased presence in China, India, and the Middle East. NYU-Poly’s new business incubators are ranked top-20 world-wide and have generated over $250 million in economic activity.
During William Clinton's presidency, Jerry served as Under Secretary of the Navy. He helped manage the Navy's $100+ billion budget and led its "revolution in business affairs," helping design and procure the Navy Marine Corps Corporate Intranet, which improved IT performance and reduced costs by 33%, saving $1 billion annually. Earlier in his life, Jerry practiced law, managed small businesses, and consulted in technology, defence, health care, finance, and environment sectors.
Jerry is a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Law School, and a naval officer with Vietnam service.