Jeffrey Garten, born in 1946, was Dean of the Yale School of Management from 1995 until 2005 following his service as U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade from 1993 to 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and master's and doctoral degrees from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University. As of 2015, Mr. Garten's estimated net worth is 12.5 million dollars. His wife, celebrity chef Ina Garten, the "Barefoot Contessa."
Prior to his service as undersecretary of commerce, Mr. Garten worked for 13 years as a managing director of the Lehman Brothers. While at Lehman, his work included debt restructuring in Latin America, increasing Lehman's investment banking efforts in Asia, and restructuring major shipping companies in Hong Kong. Mr. Garten is the author of several books as well as numerous articles published in BusinessWeek, where he wrote a monthly column for eight years. He also wrote articles for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Harvard Business Review.
Mr. Garten's government service also includes service in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1972, participation on the White House Council on International Economic Policy during the Nixon administration, and work on policy planning during the Ford and Carter administrations. As of 2015, Mr. Gartner holds the Juan Trippe Professorship at Yale and is a director of the Aetna Corporation.