Schwarzman Scholars Names Debby Goldberg Director of Development

September 28, 2015

New York, NY, September 28, 2015 – Schwarzman Scholars today announced that Debby Goldberg will serve as the Director of Development at Schwarzman Scholars, a highly selective international scholarship program based at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In this position, Ms. Goldberg will lead the program’s development efforts. Schwarzman Scholars has raised $340 million since 2013 from private donors and foundations around the world and recently increased its fundraising target to $400 million.

Inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders for the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Schwarzman Scholars will welcome its first class of scholars in 2016 and is currently accepting applications. This unparalleled opportunity will be extended to 100 students in its first year and 200 students each year thereafter, and is fully-funded for all participants by the program’s endowment.

“Debby joins us at an auspicious time, as Schwarzman Scholars deepens our efforts to bring in new donors to help us reach our ambitious $400 million fundraising goal,” said Schwarzman Scholars Founder, Stephen A. Schwarzman. “Debby has a wealth of experience and relationships that will undoubtedly complement the excellent work done so far.”

Ms. Goldberg most recently served as the Vice President for Development at ProPublica, the non-profit investigative newsroom, and prior to that position she spent four and half years as Senior Vice President for Development at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive think tank. She brings with her over 20 years of management, fundraising and marketing experience in the not-for-profit sector, including leadership positions in higher education. With a focus on institutional and major gifts fundraising, she is well prepared to build on the success of the team to date.

“I am thrilled to join the Schwarzman Scholars team at this exciting juncture for the program,” said Debby Goldberg. “Schwarzman Scholars has had incredible fundraising success, and I am looking forward to building on that effort.”

In addition to her work in the not-for-profit sector, Debby worked for nine years on political campaigns and in government. She has served as special assistant to the Secretary of Labor and as a public communications official for the U.S. Department of State during the Clinton Administration. Ms. Goldberg received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from Harvard College.

About Schwarzman Scholars:

Schwarzman Scholars was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, which was founded in 1902 to promote international understanding and peace, and is designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Blackstone Co-Founder Stephen A. Schwarzman personally contributed $100 million to the program and is leading a fundraising campaign to raise an additional $300 million from private sources to endow the program in perpetuity. The endowment will support up to 200 scholars annually from the U.S., China and around the world for a one-year Master’s Degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s most prestigious universities and an indispensable base for the country’s scientific and technological research. Scholars chosen for this highly selective program will live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling, and developing a better understanding of China. Applications opened in Spring 2015, with the first class of students in residence by the summer of 2016. Learn more at

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