Meet Rita and Gustave Hauser

Rita E. Hauser

Rita E. Hauser, President of The Hauser Foundation, is an international lawyer and was a senior partner for more than twenty years at the New York City law firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Dr. Hauser served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009 to 2013. She served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2004.

Elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April, 2012, Dr. Hauser chairs the International Peace Institute (a think tank for United Nations related matters) and is on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group. She chaired the American Ditchley Foundation, supporting Great Britain’s leading conference center from 2006 through December 2010, and was elected a Governor of the British Ditchley Foundation in July, 2010. She is a director of The International Advisory Council of The Lowy Institute for International Policy (Sydney, Australia). She was a director of: the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London) from 1996-2006, the RAND Corporation from 1999-2009, and the International Board, the Center for International Governance Innovation (Canada) from 2005-2009. She was a Vice Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School. Dr. Hauser was National Co-Chair of the last Harvard University Campaign and is an Honorary Chair of the current Campaign. She holds advanced degrees from the University of Strasbourg in France, Harvard and NYU Law Schools, and the University of Paris Law Faculty.

She is a director of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and a member of the Executive Committee. She was a director of the New York Philharmonic Society for more than twenty years. She was elected a director of the New America Foundation in December, 2009.

In April 1997 she and her husband founded the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University (now the Hauser Institute for Civil Society). The Hausers were the principal benefactors of the Hauser Global Law School at New York University School of Law which supports the Global Scholars Program and Global Faculty. It is the centerpiece of the Law School’s global initiative. Dr. Hauser serves on the Board of Trustees of New York University School of Law.

She was awarded the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award in 2008, as well as The Albert Gallatin Medal in 2006, which are the highest honors for public service of New York University; and the Vanderbilt Medal in 2004, the highest honor of New York University School of Law. She was honored in October 2008 with the Award of the Women’s Leadership Summit of Harvard Law School and in 1999 received the Harvard Medal for distinguished service to Harvard University.

 

Gustave M. Hauser

Gustave M. Hauser (LL.M. ’57), a pioneer of the modern cable television industry, was from 1973 to 1983 Chairman and CEO of Warner Cable Communications, after which he established Hauser Communications, Inc., a private company involved in cable television, international satellite and other electronic communications.

He has been responsible for developing many cable programming innovations, such as MTV Music Television, Nickelodeon (the children’s channel), pay-per-view, and various interactive services. His sale of major cable systems to Southwestern Bell Corporation (now AT&T) marked the entry of major telephone companies into the cable television industry.

Among his many public service activities, he was twice appointed by the President of the United States to serve, from 1970 through 1977, as Director-at-Large of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (the U.S. Government insurance company responsible for encouraging private foreign investment), of which he was a founder. 

The Hausers were the principal benefactors of the Hauser Global Law School at New York University School of Law which supports the Global Scholars Program and Global Faculty. It is the centerpiece of the Law School’s global initiative.

He holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the University of Paris, France.