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Personal Profile of Dr. Margaret Holen

Dr. Margaret Holen

Private investor Margaret Holen was as a partner at Goldman Sachs for 8 years and retired after a 17-year career in financial services. At Goldman, Margaret was an entrepreneur and problem-solver, launching new initiatives, fixing troubled teams, and identifying opportunities for growth. She held leadership positions as part of the global Strategies Group responsible for analytics in the firm’s revenue divisions. She led groups in sales, trading, and investment banking units with mandates in equities, credit, foreign exchange, reinsurance, special situations investing, mortgages, and foreign exchange. As a manager, Margaret was accountable for project selection and execution, recruiting, compensation, review, and promotion processes.

Across her roles at Goldman, Margaret collaborated with incumbent business leaders to develop and deploy data-driven analytics that increased revenue, efficiency, and transparency. She built and led diverse teams, with particular success in identifying and cultivating future leaders, and mentored a wide variety of professionals. In several of her roles, Margaret engaged extensively with Goldman’s clients, including operating companies and financial institutions. She served on the Securities Division Risk Committee, the Securities Division Business Practices Committee and the Investment Committee for the Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group. Margaret continues to serve on the Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

More recently, Margaret has pursued projects and business activities that build on her life-long interests in STEM fields and her career in financial services. Margaret spearheaded a research project with Professor John Mulvey of Princeton University and a team of student researchers focused on best practices and quantitative techniques for capital allocation in diversified portfolios. She and Prof. Mulvey co-authored a paper, “The Evolution of Asset Categories: Lessons from University Endowments” published in the Journal of Investment Consulting. Most recently, she has focused on building an angel investment portfolio and mentoring a hardware technology venture CEO, activities informed by her ongoing study and hobby pursuits in electronics and computer science. Margaret earned a Ph.D. from Princeton, an M.Sc. from Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, and a B.S. from The University of Chicago, all in mathematics. She serves on the boards of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley California and the Riverside Park Conservancy. She also sits on the Princeton University Operations Research and Financial Engineering Department Advisory Council. She previously served on advisory councils for the Berkeley Haas Masters in Financial Engineering program and the University of Chicago’s Physical Sciences Division.

Margaret lives in Manhattan with her husband, David, who is also a partner at Goldman Sachs, and their two sons.
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 22, 2014 Feb 28, 2022
Committee on Women in Mathematics Apr 01, 2017 Mar 31, 2019
Finance Committee Feb 11, 2014 Feb 28, 2018

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Committee on Trustees Apr 28, 2014 Feb 28, 2015
Committee on Trustees Mar 07, 2015 Mar 01, 2017