Joel Fleishman joined the faculty of Duke University in 1971, combining his background in public policy and law as founding director of the Sanford School of Public Policy. He became first senior vice president in 1991. From 1993 until 2003, Fleishman took a part-time leave from Duke University to serve as president of The Atlantic Philanthropic Service Co., in New York. During that time, he continued to teach and work part-time at Duke as Professor of Law and Public Policy and Director of the Sam and Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions within the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He returned to full-time status in those positions in 2003. Fleishman is the author of The Foundation: A Great American Secret—How Private Wealth is Changing the World and Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results.Fleishman is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Yale University. He serves on the boards of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and the Urban Institute among others. In 2003, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.