Elizabeth Beshel Robinson ’90

Liz retired in 2016 from a 25-year career at Goldman Sachs, the last decade spent as the firm’s global treasurer. It was her experience on the Williams board, which she joined in 2011, that she says helped her realize there was life beyond Goldman—a life she’s excited to explore.

Liz RobinsonLiz hadn’t heard of Williams growing up in Chicago. It was a mention of the Williams-Amherst rivalry in Amherst’s recruitment materials that piqued her interest. She applied and arrived at Williams never having visited but eager to head east to a small liberal arts school in a rural setting. As she majored in economics and served as a Junior Advisor, Liz seized the opportunity to take a wide variety of courses, becoming passionate about art history in particular, and she developed friendships that have lasted ever since and become an important part of her professional life as well.

In fact it was Williams alumni who helped her land a job at Goldman after graduation. She was hired into the firm’s financial institutions group in the investment banking division and transferred to Goldman’s corporate treasury department in 1993. Over the years, she found many Williams mentors within the organization. Liz was an integral part of the team that executed Goldman’s IPO in 1999, and in 2000 she was named managing director and became the firm’s New York treasurer. She was named global treasurer in 2005, and a partner a year later.

While at Goldman, Liz earned an MBA from Columbia University’s Executive MBA Program in 1998. She’s a member of the board of advisors of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières USA and a trustee of MASS MoCA.

In addition to her service on the Williams Board of Trustees, Liz is an associate agent for her class, and she served on her class’ 25th Reunion Fund committee. She also has done a lot of recruiting of Williams students for positions at Goldman.

Liz and her husband, Samuel Robinson, live in New York City with their two children, Ava and Jasper.