The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Welcomes Two New Trustees to the Board

Robert H. Niehaus, of GCP Capital Partners LLC, and Shaiza Rizavi, of Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co., join the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Board of Trustees as of July 1

New York, NY (July 15, 2013)—The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History elected two new members to its Board of Trustees at its June meeting. Robert H. Niehaus and Shaiza Rizavi join the prestigious board led by the Institute’s co-chairmen, Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman. Other members include Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough, Robert Daum, Daniel P. Jordan, and John L. Nau, III. The new trustees’ terms will take effect with the beginning of the Institute’s fiscal year, July 1, 2013.

James G. Basker, President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, notes, “Bob and Shaiza are both enormously successful business leaders, as well as wonderfully energetic and visionary activists in education and philanthropy. Each of them also has a deep appreciation for American history and the critical role it plays in the classroom. We are delighted to have them on board.”­

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is actively expanding its Board of Trustees to guide its leadership in improving the teaching and learning of American history in public, private, and parochial schools across the nation.

“We have more than 3,000 schools in our network and have trained more than 20,000 teachers through our programs, but our ultimate goal is to serve every school and every student across the United States. Our Trustees are taking an active role in making this goal a reality,” Mr. Basker stated.

Mr. Niehaus notes, “I have long been an admirer of the Gilder Lehrman Institute. I am honored to help serve the organization and appreciate the role it plays in helping young people learn about American history, and the role understanding history plays in developing critical thinking, writing, and reading skills.”

Ms. Rizavi adds, “Whether you are an educator, student, parent, or citizen, primary documents provide a meaningful connection for developing an understanding of American history. These documents bring to life moments in our nation’s past and inspire thought, reflection, and questions. The Gilder Lehrman Institute is unique in providing educators and students in the United States access to a collection of historical documents that shaped our nation. In joining the Board, I am ready to play an active part in expanding this organization’s growth and impact.”

Robert H. Niehaus and Shaiza Rizavi are the eighth and ninth members to join the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s board of trustees. For more information, visit