Lloyd Blankfein, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., will deliver the keynote address at the College’s 41st Commencement Exercises on June 6.
Mr. Blankfein grew up in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Attending the city’s public schools, he graduated as valedictorian at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1975 and went on to Harvard where he earned his A.B. in 1975; in 1978 he received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Blankfein joined the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division of Goldman Sachs in 1982 after working as an attorney in a law firm. He was named partner in 1988 and co-head of the J. Aron Division in 1994. He became co-head of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division as of its formation in 1997 and was based in London in 1998 and 1999 in that capacity.
Mr. Blankfein served as vice chairman of Goldman Sachs from 2002 through 2003, with management responsibility for the FICC and Equities Divisions. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, he served as the firm’s president and chief operating officer from December 2003 through June 2006.
Under his leadership, the company in 2010 launched 10,000 Small Businesses, a $500 million investment that helps entrepreneurs create job and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, capital and business support services. LaGuardia was selected to be its first partner in the national endeavor.