Florence A. Davis Director and President

Florence A. Davis

Director and President

Florence A. Davis has served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Starr Foundation since March 1999. A graduate of Wellesley College (highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) and New York University School of Law (Root-Tilden Scholar), she began her legal career in private practice with Sullivan & Cromwell in 1979. From 1986-1995, Ms. Davis served in a number of positions at Morgan Stanley & Co., Incorporated, where she rose to become a Principal and Director of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs. From 1995-1999, Ms. Davis was Vice President and General Counsel of American International Group, Inc. ("AIG"). She is retired from the practice of law.

Ms. Davis is a trustee of the New York University School of Law and serves as Vice Chairman of the board, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Botanical Garden, where she serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the board. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Martha Livingston Vice President,
Corporate Secretary
Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Martha Livingston

Vice President,
Corporate Secretary
Vice President and Corporate Secretary

Martha Livingston began her career as a lawyer, working as an associate at the Washington D.C. firm of Swidler & Berlin in 1991. In 1994, she moved to the public sector as a policy analyst at the U.S. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. From 1996-2001, she served in a number of positions at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; in 1998, she became Senior Policy Analyst and Assistant General Counsel, working on a wide range of issues, including educational technology and international organization restructuring. In 2001, Ms. Livingston moved to New York City, and for four years she was Program Officer at The Picower Foundation, a philanthropy that funded youth and education programs and medical research in New York City and Palm Beach County, Florida.

Ms. Livingston is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Abigail Osei Assistant Vice President

Abigail Osei

Assistant Vice President

Abigail (Opoku-Agyemang) Osei, Assistant Vice President, has served in multiple roles during her nine years at The Starr Foundation. She provides operational leadership in the areas of grants management technology, reporting, and external communications. Originally from Ghana, Abigail’s family moved to New York City when she was in elementary school. Seeing the world from the Bronx fostered her love for philanthropy, international affairs, and volunteering with young people. Having been a beneficiary of nonprofit social services, many of which are current or former grantees of The Starr Foundation, Abigail is passionate about community service.

Abigail is the author of the book, The Commander and the Promise. She is currently co-chair of the New York Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and co-chair of the Communications Committee for the Northeast Chapter of Peak Grantmaking. She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program at Brandeis University and a member of the Executive and Finance Committees of the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

A graduate of A. Philip Randolph High School, Abigail earned a B.A. in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College. In 2015, she completed her Certificate in Global Philanthropy from New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies.

Judith Renner Assistant Corporate Secretary,
Director of Office Operations

Judith Renner

Assistant Corporate Secretary,
Director of Office Operations

Judith Renner is the Assistant Corporate Secretary and Director of Office Operations at The Starr Foundation. She joined the Foundation in September 2017. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Renner served as a legal assistant at Starr Insurance Companies from 2015 to 2017, and previously worked as a patent paralegal for a boutique intellectual property law firm.

In addition to her position with the Foundation, Ms. Renner is a student in Brooklyn Law School’s evening division where she serves as a member of the Brooklyn Law Review.

Ms. Renner received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fordham University in 2013.

Howard I. Smith Director and Treasurer

Howard I. Smith

Director and Treasurer

Howard I. Smith is a Director and the Vice Chairman - Finance of C.V. Starr & Co., Inc. as well as a Director of Starr International Company, Inc., Starr Insurance Holdings, Inc., Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company, and Starr Specialty Insurance Company.

Mr. Smith has 40 years of experience in insurance. Mr. Smith was the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”) from October 1984 to March 2005. Mr. Smith was responsible for AIG’s Treasury, Investor Relations, Credit & Marking Risk Management functions as well as the Comptroller’s Department. Prior to AIG, Mr. Smith spent 19 years with Coopers & Lybrand as the Partner in charge of the firm’s New York office insurance practice.

Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the City College of New York in 1965. Mr. Smith, a CPA, previously served as a North American representative on the Insurance Working Group of the International Accounting Standards Board. Mr. Smith is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College and a Trustee of Baruch College.