Founding Directors:

   Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein

   Dr. James K. Hazy

   Dr. Jeffrey Trexler



Jeffrey Goldstein, Ph.D., Founding Director, Institute for Research in Complexity and Society

Full Professor, School of Business, Adelphi University. Dr. Goldstein is globally recognized as one of the pioneers of complexity science to organizational and social dynamics, innovation, and leadership. He is the author or editor of numerous books including: Flirting with Paradox: Emergence, Creative Process, and Transcendence (Volume One is forthcoming); Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership: Leveraging Nonlinear Science to Create Ecologies of Innovation; Complexity Science and Social Entrepreneurship: Adding Social Value through Systems Thinking; Complex Systems Leadership Theory; Classic Complexity, Volume 1 (Volume 2 is forthcoming); Annuals: Emergence: Complexity and Organization (five volumes since 2006); and The Unshackled Organization.

He is currently Co-editor-in-chief of the journal Emergence: Complexity and Organization; one of the three founding members of the Board of Trustees of the journal Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and the Life Sciences; and the author of numerous scholarly papers focusing on pure and applied complexity science. Dr. Goldstein has also been the editor of four special issues of journals devoted to applications of complexity science to organizational and social innovation. 

Professor Goldstein has lectured at leading universities, institutes, and professional associations around the world and is a consultant to many public and private organizations. He has also taught at Rutgers University, Columbia University, Temple University, and was a visiting Professor at the NATO Advanced Studies Program on Nonlinear Dynamics and Life Sciences at Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia in 2000.




Dr. James K. Hazy, Founding Director, Institute for Research in Complexity and Society                                  

In addition to serving on the board of IRCS, Jim Hazy is an Associate Professor at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, and is Founder and CEO of Leadership Science LLC.  In his over 25 years of senior executive experience at AT&T Ernst & Young and other firms, he has led strategic planning, innovation, business development and M&A activity in the technology, telecommunications and energy sectors.  He is the Treasurer and serves on the Executive Committee of Goodwill Industries International, a $4 billion social enterprise and has been on the board since 2008

He has co-authored three books including most recently, Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership, and has also published over 30 articles and book chapters on social innovation and leadership from a complexity science perspective.  He is a recognized expert in organizational leadership, international finance, M&A, venture capital and private equity. He has conducted seminars and presented at numerous conferences including ones at Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Augsburg, Germany, George Washington University, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford University.

As a strategist and financial engineer, Dr. Hazy produces results by aligning assets to business strategies and objectives. He recently structured the sale of an engineering services firm for a Fortune 100 energy company and providing strategic advice for a $5M software company that merged with a large public company. As Executive Vice President and CFO of  the Ernst & Young eLearning venture, he led restructuring, built core infrastructure and added key assets by acquiring a venture-backed company. At  AT&T, as Financial VP of Financial Planning and Analysis, he was integral in increasing operating margins via benchmark analysis and operations improvement programs in eight global divisions with revenue totaling $50 billion. By implementing a capital management process and extending it to R&D projects, he was pivotal in significantly increasing ROI on capital and R&D spending.

Dr. Hazy has extensive M&A and business development experience. He has directed all phases of transactions involving global 500 companies such as Lucent, Philips Electronics, Mannesmann and Hughes as well as focused technology firms such as Paradyne, Cirrus Logic and eLearning companies. He has led or supported over $10 billion in acquisitions, including a $400 million acquisition in the Netherlands, France and Germany, and he has been responsible for over $350 million in divestitures. Skilled at structuring deals, for one joint venture, he recognized critical risks and created provisions that reduced the investor’s exposure by $300 million. As a founding venture capitalist at AT&T Ventures, he developed and financed businesses spun-out from Bell Laboratories. He also led business development projects for AT&T Computer Systems and was a key player in the integration of NCR after its acquisition by AT&T. At South Central Bell Telephone, he designed, implemented and project managed multiple networked operations support systems. 

Dr. Hazy is Associate professor of management and entrepreneurship at Adelphi University and received his doctorate in education with "distinquished honors" from The George Washington University in Washington DC in organizational leadership. He has an MBA "with distinction" for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in mathematics from Haverford College. 


Jeffrey Trexler, JD, Ph.D., Founding Director, Institute for Research in Complexity and Society

Jeff Trexler is an attorney and president of Second Tree Ventures, an advisory firm for nonprofits, sustainable businesses, and CSR initiatives. He has worked extensively with organizations around the world on issues ranging from tax exemption and corporate finance to intellectual property and communications strategy. His publications address a wide range of topics pertaining to socially beneficial ventures, including complexity theory and social enterprise, business ethics, copyright, Native American philanthropy, sustainable fashion, and nonprofit design.


In addition to his consulting work, Trexler previously served as a chaired professor and executive director of the Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University. He has also taught nonprofit organizations law at Yale, SMU and Saint Louis University, and he recently developed a course on Fashion Ethics, Sustainability and Development for the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, the world's first academic center devoted to legal issues of concern to the fashion industry. Among his other projects, he helped Russian lawyers and government officials in the early post-Soviet era establish a new legal framework for civil society.

Trexler holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in American Religious History from Duke University.