amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

R. Martin Chavez, Ph.D.


Joined the amfAR board in February 2008, having been an adjunct member since 2006. Serves on audit and investment committees. Expertise in investment banking, financial analysis, and fiscal oversight.

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Chavez has had a bicoastal career. In 1985, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemical sciences. He has a master’s in computer science, also from Harvard. His doctorate from Stanford University is in medical information sciences and was awarded in 1990. He has been a founder and “C-level” executive for several startup companies, including Quorum Software Systems in San Francisco and Kiodex, Inc., in New York City. He was also global head of energy derivatives at Credit Suisse Financial Products. Subsequently, in New Mexico, he served on the board of PNM Resources, Inc., chaired its finance committee, and sat on its audit and ethics committee.

He currently serves on the board of Friends of the High Line, as well as the advisory group of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at Mount Sinai and campaign advisory group the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in 1993, returned in 2005 as a managing director, and became a partner in 2006. He is currently the chief information officer at Goldman Sachs, where he is a member of the Management Committee, the Steering Committee of Regulatory Reform, co-chair of the Firmwide Technology Risk Committee and the Americas Diversity Committee, and a member of the Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Network.

Chief Information Officer, Goldman Sachs. He and his husband, Adam Norbury, live in New York City.