25 May 2016

Backing Harvard’s Work for Children


Robert Tichio (MBA 2005) and Maya Tichio

When some of Robert Tichio’s (MBA 2005) HBS friends seem surprised to hear that he recently made a gift to support Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, he simply explains that he believes in the center’s approach to aiding young children facing adversity.

A partner at Riverstone, an energy industry-focused private investment firm, Tichio is a longtime HBS supporter—most recently serving on the Major Gifts Committee for his 10th Reunion. Besides HBS, he and his wife, Maya, share a strong philanthropic interest in youth, the arts, and education, all key factors that Tichio says are important to society. So when it came to his 10th Reunion gift, Tichio was pleased to support the center’s work, which complements his other philanthropic interests, and to learn that his gift would be recognized in his HBS class campaign.

“In part, what impressed me about the Center on the Developing Child is its emphasis on rapid testing of possible interventions and strategies, not unlike how a business approaches R&D,” Tichio explains. “Jack Shonkoff, who directs the center, is an impressive leader with a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research that will lead directly to breakthrough outcomes in education and health for children living in poverty.”

Tichio, who hosted an informational dinner at his Greenwich, Connecticut, home that introduced the center’s activities to nearly 50 alumni from across the University and their partners, observes, “Not all Harvard donors are accustomed to thinking broadly when they give. As Maya and I discovered, there are opportunities that might fit perfectly with your philanthropic agenda, even if they don’t seem to relate directly to your major or graduate degree.”

Featured Alumni

Featured Alumni

Class of MBA 2005, Section I

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