Donald R. Carlson
Founding Partner, The Forefront Law Group
J.D. (1986), Harvard Law School; B.A. (Political Economy, 1983), Williams College. Professor of Williams College (1990–1992). His primary business focus is in the alternative energy sector, and he serves as an advisor and/or investor in a number of fast-growing wind and solar firms. In 1997 Carlson joined the Corporate Executive Board, a cross-industry best practices research firm in Washington, D.C., acting as steward of the firm’s growth strategy. He launched several successful new membership-based businesses serving the strategic research needs of senior executives at Fortune 1000 firms, and was frequently featured as a speaker at annual retreats for CEB member executives. Carlson has held several management positions at Goldman Sachs including chief knowledge officer for the Investment Banking Division and chief of staff for the Office of General Counsel. Throughout his five years at the company, Carlson was a frequent teacher of leadership and negotiation seminars for the firm’s executive education program, now known as Goldman Sachs University. He led Carlson Consulting, Inc., consulting with select clients to help them hone leadership skills and refine strategy. He worked with groups such as the World Economic Forum, the New York Private Equity Network, and a major global investment bank to develop and lead seminars in principled negotiation skills and leading with emotional intelligence. Most recently, Don became a founding partner of The Forefront Law Group-an innovative law firm that unites talented experienced attorneys with growth stage companies to provide expert counsel. In addition to his work as a lawyer, Don works with select clients to help them hone leadership skills and refine business strategy.