Howard Ellis Cox Jr.
Howard Ellis Cox, Jr. (born February 1, 1944) is an American venture capitalist and philanthropist who also has been active in healthcare development and United States national security. He joined Greylock Partners in 1971 and is currently a special limited partner.
Early life and education
Cox attended grade school at Allen-Stevenson and graduated from Collegiate School in New York City. He graduated Princeton University in 1964 where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1967. He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1969.
Cox is a director of the investment firm Brown Advisory, an advisory trustee of a number of Fidelity Mutual Funds  and director emeritus of Stryker Corporation. Cox served on the board of three New York Stock Exchange Companies—Stryker, Centene  and Affiliated Publications(owner of the Boston Globe). He is a past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association.
National security career
Cox served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Systems Analysis). He joined the board of In-Q-Tel in 2000 and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee. He serves on the boards of Business Executives for National Security, Brookings Institution, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations  and former member Secretary of Defense Business Board of Directors.
Cox helped to found and fund the establishment of the Health Care Initiative at Harvard Business School, believing that the school’s resources and capabilities could help to enhance care and improve outcomes, resulting in a reduction of health care costs as a percentage of U.S GDP. In March of 2022, Cox donated an additional $10 million to the initiative to support continued progress towards improving healthcare quality and driving down its cost in the United States. He is listed as one of the founding members of the HBS On-Line Learning Program. As a board member of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Program  he is listed on the honor roll of funders  for the Harvard Kennedy learning module.
In 2019, Cox conceived and funded the Secretary’s Leadership Seminar, a six-month executive education offering for midcareer foreign and civil service State Department staff inspired by his experience in the Department of Defense and conducted in partnership with Harvard Business School.
In 2021, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium was renamed the Cox Science Center and Aquarium in Cox’s honor. He has been a longtime supporter of the Science Center, and led a capital campaign to fund the Center’s expansion with a $20 million donation.
In 2020, Cox received the National Venture Capital Association’s Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award.
In 2003, Cox, together with Greylock’s Founding Partners William Elfers, Daniel Gregory and Charles Waite and fellow General Partner Henry McCance, received the 2003 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of their work at Greylock.
In 2002, Cox was the recipient of the Leaders and Best Award for Excellence in Growth Capital Investment from the University of Michigan’s Center for Venture Capital and Private Equity Finance. In 2021, Cox received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, the Federal Aviation Administration’s most prestigious award for pilots, recognizing pilots who hold a U.S. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) or FAA pilot certificate and have 50 or more years of civil and military piloting experience.
In 2020, Cox married Winifred (Wendy) Wasson Bingham.
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