The MQ Foundation (MQF) was established in January 2018 to raise funds in the United States for mental health research.
MQ Foundation History
The MQ Foundation was launched in 2018 by its founder and chairman, and noted philanthropist John Herrmann, a long-time leader of mental health charities in New York. A member of the MQ: Transforming Mental Health Board of Trustees since 2017, John notes: “I was so impressed by MQ’s direct approach to mental health research that I vowed to bring this organization to the attention of donors in the US as well….we must work together to achieve better treatments.”
The mission of the MQ Foundation is closely aligned with that of the preeminent UK-based organization, MQ: Transforming Mental Health (MQ). As the exclusive US partner of MQ, the MQ Foundation is now poised to “promote, advance, foster and support mental health research into the nature, cause, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of all forms of mental illnessand to promote public awareness and support for this research”
MQ Foundation Registration
The MQ Foundation is a registered public charity in the United States. EIN 82-3922797
Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible in the US.
The MQ Foundation Board of Directors and Staff
The Board of Directors of the MQ Foundation is the governing body of the charity, accountable for management and trustworthiness of the charity as it performs its work for public benefit. Directors serve a term of three years (renewable once). Directors are recruited for their professional expertise and personal interest and experience of mental health issues. This helps to ensure that the Board acts in the best interest of the charity, manages resources responsibly and works toward our mission with understanding, skill and care.
John A. Herrmann, Jr
Chairman and President, MQ Foundation; Trustee, MQ: Transforming Mental Health
A native New Yorker, John’s has had a long and distinguished career in investment banking. After graduating from Yale and Harvard Business School, John joined Lehman Brothers in 1961 where he later co-founded its M&A Department. In 1990 he founded a boutique investment bank named The Bridgeford Group which was acquired by JP Morgan in 2000 and he served there as a Managing Director until 2007. He joined Lincoln International as Managing Director and Vice Chairman in 2007 and continued to serve as Senior Advisor until his retirement in June, 2018. He is a Director of a number of corporations and is active as a financial advisor to corporations and individuals.
In addition to a highly successful career, John has had a lifetime role in philanthropy. He currently holds leadership roles in many charitable organizations including the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services, National Public Radio, UNICEF, UJA/Federation of New York, the Yale School of Music and at MQ in the UK and the MQ Foundation in the US. A committed family man, cyclist and world traveler, John and his wife Anne, his two sons and his seven grandchildren enjoy visiting unique places around the globe.
Director, MQ Foundation
Henry Bedford, now retired, was one of Moore Capital hedge fund’s top traders, and managed a significant portion of the company’s estimated $14bn of funds under management.
Mr. Bedford previously traded at rival macro hedge fund, Caxton Associates, and had cut his teeth at Goldman Sachs’ global macro proprietary trading desk in the 1980s.
In addition to his trading responsibilities at Moore, Mr. Bedford was a member of the Senior Management team, overseeing the firm’s portfolio managers. He served as a trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee of his alma mater, Hamilton College. He has been a trustee of several UK charities, including The Elliot Foundation, a network of 30+ primary charter schools, which he co-founded.
He is a key member of MQ’s Campaign Executive Network, which plays a pivotal role in fundraising for the charity’s new research initiative, Brighter Futures. The group will be tasked with generating the funds required to make the programme, which focuses specifically on young people’s mental health, a reality, and to help achieve societal change.
Woodrow W. Campbell, Jr
Director MQ Foundation; Of Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton
Woodrow “Woody” Campbell is a legend in the private equity community, credited with developing many of the techniques that are widely used in the industry today. Mr. Campbell currently serves as counsel to the board of independent directors of the BlackRock mutual funds and counsel to the independent directors of the Fidelity Equity and High Income Funds.
Mr. Campbell received a B.A. from Yale College in 1966 and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1973, where he was an Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He served in the United States Marine Corps (to rank of captain) from 1967-1970, including service as an infantry platoon leader in the Republic of Vietnam. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Paul R. Hays, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1973-1974.
Mr. Campbell joined Debevoise in 1974 and became a partner in 1982. Under Mr. Campbell’s leadership, the firm Debevoise & Plimpton built one of the largest private equity fund practices in the world and he has been recognized by Private Equity International as one of the 30 most influential lawyers in global private equity.
In addition to his busy law practice, Mr. Campbell has served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Board of Visitors of the Columbia Law School, and as a director and executive committee member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He is a past Board Chair of the James Beard Foundation. Mr. Campbell has served as a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Nightingale-Bamford School. He has served as a director of the Musica Russia Foundation and the Columbia Law Review. He is a former member of the Library Committee and the Photography Council of the Museum of Modern Art and of the Acquisition Committee of the International Center for Photography.
Director, MQ Foundation; Corcoran Real Estate
Creative, entrepreneurial, and savvy, Rona Davis is a natural networker known for her strong communication skills. Rona specializes in residential sales for Corcoran Real Estate in Manhattan. As a longtime New Yorker, mother of three, businesswoman and homeowner, she has firsthand experience in assessing the value and potential of properties in neighborhoods all over the city.
Prior to Corcoran, Rona enjoyed a successful career in business, finance, and luxury sales, first at Drexel on Wall Street followed by more than 20 years working in her family’s wholesale diamond trade.
In addition to her busy real estate career, Rona serves as a Vice President on the Board of Trustees at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School.
Michael J. Horvitz
Director, MQ Foundation; Chairman, Parkland Management Company
Michael Horvitz is a retired Partner in the international law firm of Jones Day, where he practiced tax and business law for more than 30 years, representing, among others, substantial families and charities. He was chairman of the board of IMG Worldwide, Inc., a sports marketing, media and athlete representation firm following the death of the company’s founder until the sale of the company in 2004. He continues to serve as a trustee for the founder’s family as well as numerous other private trusts and family foundations. He currently chairs the board of Parkland Management Company, a family office, and the administrative committee of the HRH Family Foundations, a group of affiliated family foundations.
Mr. Horvitz is a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra, where he chairs the Personnel and Audit Committees and serves on the Executive and Investment Committees. He also serves as a trustee of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (where he has served on the Finance Committee) and The Frick Collection in New York (where he chairs the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, the Architectural and Long Range Planning Committee and as Secretary of the corporation). In addition, he is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is a member of the Investment Committee of The Cleveland Foundation, the first community foundation in the United States. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Case Western Reserve University and is a former adjunct professor of law of that University, where he lectured on Law and the Visual Arts. He is Chair Emeritus of The Cleveland Museum of Art (where he served as President from 1996 to 2001 and as Chairman of the Board from 2001 to 2011). He is an Honorary Trustee of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation (where he chaired the board for six years and continues to serve as an advisor to the Investment Committee). He also is a past trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland where he has chaired its Finance and Investment Committee and has served on numerous other committees, including the Executive, Development, Audit and Strategic Planning Committees in addition to having served for six years as the Federation’s primary outside legal counsel.
Director, MQ Foundation; US Representative, The Browser
Sarah has served in senior positions in several international organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York and Bhutan, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) in Geneva. At both UNDP and GAVI, Sarah was Director of Programme Funding. She has proven experience in leveraging funds through powerful advocacy, impact measuring and strategizing. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic for long stints, Sarah specializes in advising both for-profit and non-profit organizations that have launched in the US after being conceived and founded in the UK. For example, at Save the Children US, Sarah was Senior Adviser to the President and Chair of Save's Economic Opportunities Leadership Council. Sarah was chair of Fauna and Flora International's (FFI) US Board when it first came to the US 20 years ago. Sarah has represented a London-based new media newsletter, The Browser, to expand its market in the US.
With extensive experience in global public-private partnerships, Sarah has connected governments, foundations and individuals to leverage more funding for issues she cares about. She understands what motivates donors and how to steward donor resources. She has hands-on knowledge of raising and reporting on the use of resources with many foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The power of branding, advocacy, relationship and trust building and results is at the core of the advisory package that Sarah offers.
Born in the UK, Sarah grew up in South Africa and was educated at King's College, Cambridge (BA and MA) and the London School of Economics ( M.Sc Econ). She resides in New York and has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She spent 15 years in Washington DC raising her three children.
Director, MQ Foundation; Executive Director, The Bridge
Susan Wiviott is the CEO of The Bridge, a nonprofit organization that provides housing and treatment services to people with a serious mental illness or substance use disorder. The Bridge currently provides supported housing to almost 1200 people, as well as a broad range of community-based treatment services, together helping over 2700 people a year. Prior to coming to The Bridge, Ms. Wiviott served as Chief Program Officer at Palladia and Deputy Executive Vice President at The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. She has also worked in key positions in New York City government, including at the Department of Homeless Services and the Office of the City Council President. In addition to the MQ Foundation, she serves on the nonprofit boards of The Coalition for Behavioral Health, and Homeless Services United and on the board of Kadmon Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Harvard Law School.
Professor Carol Worthman
Director, MQ Foundation; Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Carol M. Worthmanholds the Samuel Candler Dobbs Chair in the Department of Anthropology, Emory University, where she also directs the Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology. After a dual undergraduate degree in biology and botany at Pomona College, Dr. Worthman took her PhD in biological anthropology at Harvard University, having also studied endocrinology at UCSD and neuroscience at MIT under Jack Geller and Richard Wurtman, respectively. After a postdoc in human development with Jerome Kagan, Robert LeVine, and Beatrice Whiting, she joined the nascent anthropology faculty at Emory University, and established a pioneering laboratory advancing the use of biomarkers in population research. Professor Worthman conducts interdisciplinary biocultural research on human development and pathways to differential mental and physical health. She has undertaken cross-cultural collaborative research in thirteen countries, including Kenya, Tibet, Nepal, Egypt, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and South Africa, as well as in rural, urban, and semi-urban areas of the United States. For over 20 years, she collaborated with Jane Costello and Adrian Angold in the Great Smoky Mountains Study, a large, longitudinal, population-based developmental epidemiological project in western North Carolina. Current work includes tracking effects of war trauma in a matched sample of ex-child soldiers in Nepal, assessment of a sustainable intervention to improve maternal functioning and infant development in Cape Town, and the impact of media exposure (TV) on adolescent functioning in Vietnamese villages lacking both television and electricity.
Sir Philip Campbell
Observer, MQ Foundation; Chairman, MQ: Transforming Mental Health;
Editor-in-Chief Springer Nature Publications
Philip is Editor-in-Chief of the publisher Springer Nature, based in London. He was Editor-in-Chief of Nature from 1995 to 2018, before taking on his current role.
He has a BSc in aeronautical engineering, an MSc in astrophysics and a PhD and postdoctoral research in upper atmospheric physics. Following his research, he became the Physical Sciences Editor of Nature and then, in 1988, the founding editor of Physics World, the international magazine of the UK Institute of Physics. He returned to Nature as the Editor-in-Chief in 1995.
He has worked with the UK government, the European Commission and the US National Institutes of Health on issues relating to science and its impacts in society. For ten years until 2012 he was a trustee of Cancer Research UK. He was a founding trustee of MQ before being elected Chair in 2015. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Physics, has honorary degrees from several universities, and was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the Peking Union Medical College. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours list of 2015 for his services to science.
Company Secretary, MQ Foundation; Partner, Day Pitney LLP
Jennifer Pagnillo, co-chair of the Day Pitney Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving practice group, helps families and individuals in Connecticut and New York with tax and estate planning and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on charitable giving and the creation and operation of nonprofit organizations, including family foundations. She advises clients on:
- Income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning
- Estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts
- Closely-held business planning and related issues to preserve and transmit wealth within families
- Administration of trusts and estates, including probate proceedings, accountings and tax-related disputes
Jennifer has represented nonprofit organizations from inception through attainment of tax-exempt status and has facilitated the development of charitable fund-raising programs. She was one of the New York City attorneys who volunteered in the citywide pro bono effort to aid families of the victims of the World Trade center attack.
Executive Director, MQ Foundation, New York
Cynthia returned to New York in 2018, after serving as founding Chief Executive of the London-based MQ: Transforming Mental Health. She is pleased and proud to continue the good work envisioned by MQ and will be supporting the launch of the new US partner, the MQ Foundation.
While in the UK, Cynthia served on the steering committee of the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders and has worked with funding groups in the UK and around the world to help coordinate research efforts to their greatest effect. Cynthia currently serves on the board of Frayme, a knowledge exchange organization based in Canada that focuses on adolescent mental health.
In previous years, Cynthia has served as Executive Director of the SMA Foundation (NY) and Executive Director of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation (MN); she has also held positions in industry (Ciba-Geigy and Cephalon) and she holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an MS from the University of Minnesota.
MQ Foundation Financials
The MQ Foundation will file IRS reports beginning with the 2018 tax year. Please check back for more information as our reporting is completed.
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