Lawrence "Larry" Litvak serves as a board member of, or adviser to, several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He is also the director of the Tides Center.
Since 1994, Lawrence (Larry) Litvakhas been part of the management team at Working Assets, a socially progressive long distance, credit card, and Internet services company. Before joining Working Assets, Larry co-managed $3.2 billion in assets as a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager for the U.S. Trust Company of Boston. He also worked as a lead consultant at Community Economics Inc., designing venture capital, business lending and mortgage initiatives. While there he authored the book, Pension Funds and Economic Renewal, a follow up to his previously published, Innovations in Development Finance.
Alliance for Radical Change
The leading forum for radical thought at Stanford is the Alliance for Radical Change (ARCJ, founded in the spring of 1974 after the United Stanford Employees went on strike and united a group of people devoted to the idea of forming an activist organization. As one ARC member put it,"I looked around me and saw that out there in the 'big world' something was going wrong — things needed to be done — and nothing could change if I continued in the normal liberal 'patch up' type way." Three goals Since its inception, ARC] has been devoted to eradicating three principle "isms" — imperialism, sexism and racism. "We have a three pronged approach to these goals," said Larry Litvak, an active ARC member. "We want to educate people, involve ourselves in action and offer people alternative ways of living their lives." ARC itself is an alternative organization unlike other campus groups. "We're a supportive community for people who are dissatisfied with Stanford and want to integrate social activism into their everyday lives," explained Michael Kieschnick, another ARC member.
Open town meeting
Contending that October 14 1975 Board of Trustees meeting was closed to "meaningful student participation." the Alliance for Radical Change (ARC) sponsored an open town meeting to discuss the role students have in shaping the character of the university. Approximately 150 people assembled on the grass in White Plaza to hear three student speakers address the implications of the Board's closed meeting on student power. Following the presentations, there was an open forum. ARC member Terry Bright questioned whether trustee interests are geared to student needs. She said. "The Board is composed almost entirely of corporate businessmen. There are 30 trustees who collectively hold some board of directorships in this nation's corporations." She admitted that some Board members are sympathetic to student needs but they "clearly are not in the majority." She asked, "How long are we going to let them control this power?"
Brett Cook, the only non-ARC member who formally addressed the gathering, outlined areas in which students might concentrate in the future. She included University land use policy, saying "Students should be involved in such planning as whether or not the Stanford Shopping (.center will receive funds from the endowment." She predicted another "round of campaigning" if Provost William Miller decides to terminate the SWOPS I and SCIRE programs which were dealt severe economic cut-backs last year. Michael Kieschnick, an ARC' member, told the group that "radicals of the past made the mistake of centering all their discontent on the Board of Trustees." Urging the group to take a broader look at where power if concentrated, he opined that the trustees indirectly control power through the faculty and the administration. 'A deal' "The faculty and trustees have a deal," claimed Kieschnick. "The faculty understands that the trustees give the University funds to pay them and, in turn, they give the trustees what they need." The trustees benefit from the faculty's technological research and professional skills, he said.
Litvak graduated with honors from Stanford University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics. He earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Management at Harvard University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Litvak has written extensively on Ethical Investment and the use of disinvestment as a tool for political change:
- Pension Funds & ethical investment, co-authored with Stuart A. Baldwin and Jay W., Tower St. Martin's Press, January 1987 Paperback
- Pension funds & economic development, Pennsylvania MILRITE Council, 1983
- Divesting from South Africa, Conference on Alternative State and Local Policies, 1981 Unknown Binding
- Pension funds & economic renewal, Council of State Planning Agencies, 1981
- Innovations in development finance, Council of State Planning Agencies, 1979
- South Africa, foreign investment and apartheid, Institute for Policy Studies, 1978
Secretary of State Project supporter
On September 21, 2008, Litvak donated $333 to the Secretary of State Project.