Finance Committee

The Finance Committee ensures integrity of the financial reporting process for the Bulletin. The committee shall provide assistance to the board of directors in fulfilling their oversight responsibility to the organization’s financial statements, legal compliance, and ethics policy as established by management and the board. It is the responsibility of the committee to maintain free and open communication between the committee, independent auditors and staff. The committee is empowered to investigate any matter brought to its attention with full access to all books, records, facilities and staff and shall have the power to retain outside counsel or other experts for this purpose, with the approval of the Board. The Committee shall report to the board in writing and maintain lines of communication with management and the independent auditor.

Members of the Finance Committee

Austin Hirsch

Austin Hirsch (Chair)

Hirsch is a partner at Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group. Hirsch has been an Executive Committee member of Reed Smith and former Managing Partner of Reed Smith Chicago’s legacy firm, Sachnoff and Weaver. His practice encompasses all aspects of business law. Hirsch has served as a director of various companies and as an advisor for family offices. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Chicago Bar Foundation and a Co-Chair of Lawyer Lend-A-Hand to Youth.

Hirsch is chair of the Board and Trustee of the Benton Foundation. He is chair and president of The Selfhelp Foundation and recipient of the Selfhelp Special Service Award. Hirsch is also a member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Foundation and Chair of the Investment Committee, as well as a member of the Finance Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He received a BS in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1970 (CPA certificate) and went on to complete his JD at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 1973. Hirsch and fellow board member Lowell Sachnoff were honored at the 2019 Annual Dinner and Meeting.


Bryan Bacon

Bacon is a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager at Northern Trust, where he advises high net worth families. He is a past board member of Beyond OCD and a current board member of Synapse House. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Wheaton College and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


John Balkcom

Balkcom has been a longtime adviser to management and boards. He retired in 2000 after 25 years as a management consultant and since then has served as a corporate director and advisory board member for a number of public and private enterprises. He served on the Bulletin’s Governing Board from 2012 - 2013 and from 2016 - 2021; previous leadership roles have included president of St. John’s College and chairman of a NYSE company.


Rachel Bronson (Ex Officio)

Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, she served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in a number of capacities including: vice president of studies, vice president of programs and studies, and senior fellow, global energy. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. 

Misho Ceko

Misho Ceko

Ceko is the chief operating officer (COO) and senior associate dean of business operations at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. Prior to Harris, Ceko was the COO for the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC). He also worked for the United Nations in Mozambique on the Delivering as One initiative under former Secretary General Kofi Annan and as a senior strategy consultant in Accenture’s public sector practice in Washington, DC. Prior to business school, Misho worked as an engineer for St. Jude Medical. In addition, he served as a mayoral fellow in the office of Mayor Richard M. Daley and was a fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and a BS in bioengineering from the University of Illinois. 


Lee Francis

An internist and the CEO of Erie Family Health Center, Francis is assistant clinical professor of internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a national organization dedicated to the prevention of violence and nuclear war, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

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David Kuhlman (Ex-Officio)

Kuhlman is managing partner of Axiom Consulting Partners, a consulting firm that helps clients identify pathways to profitable growth and align their organizations for long-term success. For over 30 years, he has worked with people-intensive/asset-light businesses including accounting and law firms to establish and realize transformative strategies. Previously, Kuhlman was managing partner of Sibson Consulting, a leading HR consultancy and global head of Human Resources for Russell Reynolds Associates, a premier executive recruiting firm. As chair of the Governing Board, Kuhlman is a member of the Science and Security Boardex officio.


William Revelle

Revelle is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern. He is he past president of the International Society for Intelligence Research; former president of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences as well as the Association for Research in Personality and the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association. He has served on the board of the Federation of American Scientists. Revelle’s research in personality integrates findings from biological, cognitive, and social psychology with a specialization in psychometrics. In addition to his academic interests, he is the chairman of the board of Calcomco, an information company that published the San Diego Daily Transcript (on the web at and the Columbus Business Journal. He served on the board of directors and is the former chairman of Ocean Design, Inc., a company that specializes in electrical and fiber connectors in harsh (e.g., subsea) environments.