Three Yale alums among Trump’s Cabinet picks

Three Yale alumni are among the individuals tapped for Cabinet-level positions by President-elect Donald Trump.

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross ’59 was chosen to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce on Nov. 24; financier Steven Mnuchin ’85 was selected to serve as secretary of the Treasury on Nov. 30; and Dr. Benjamin Carson ’73 was tapped as secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Nov. 5.

Ross is CEO and chair of WL Ross & Co. LLC. has pledged $10 million to support the construction of the new Yale SOM campus. He is a former member of the Yale University Council and a former board member of the Yale University Art Gallery. He has served on the Yale School of Management Board of Advisers since 2004, and donated $10 million toward the construction of the school’s new campus. Read bio.

Mnuchin is an entrepreneur, a Wall Street investor, and a Hollywood producer, and served as financial adviser for the Trump campaign. He was publisher of the Yale Daily News during his undergraduate years, and at one time worked for his college roommate, hedge fund manager Eddie Lampert ’84. See bio.

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and author of the autobiography “Gifted Hands.” He served as alumni fellow on the Yale Corporation 1997–2003 and was a Republican candidate for president in the 2016 campaign. See bio.

Carson will speak on campus on Dec. 8 as a guest of the William F. Buckley Jr. Program.

In addition, Trump named Stephen Schwarzman ’69 to serve as adviser on economic policy. Schwarzman, who will chair the president-elect’s Strategic and Policy Forum, is co-founder of the Blackstone Group. In 2015, the alumnus donated $150 million to create a university-wide center that will serve as a campus educational and social hub.

The Stategic and Policy Forum also includes alumni Dan Yergin ’68 and James McNerney ’71.