Thursday, November 10, 2011
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE
48 Wall Street | New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212.908.4110 | Fax: 212.742.0573
Gretchen Morgenson writes the Fair Game column for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for her “trenchant and incisive” coverage of Wall Street. She is the co-author of this years’s New York Times bestseller Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Green and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon.
Richard Ravitch is a lawyer, businessman and public official who has been engaged in private and public business for more than 40 years. He began his career in the construction business as a principal of the HRH Construction Corporation, where he was responsible for supervising the development, financing and construction of over 45,000 units of affordable housing in New York, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and other locations. In 1975, he was credited with saving the New York State Urban Development Corporation from bankruptcy and helped City and State officials avert default for New York City. After serving as Chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), he led an effort to recapitalize The Bowery Savings Bank, once the nation’s largest mutual savings bank. In 2008, at the request of Governor Paterson, Mr. Ravitch chaired a commission that designed a plan to finance the MTA. He recently completed serving as Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York.