Chairman, GAF Industries
Honorary Board Member, Partnership for Public Service
Ronnie F. Heyman is Chairman of GAF Industries, the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products in North America, and an attorney and managing partner of Heyman Properties, an owner and manager of commercial real estate.
Mrs. Heyman also served as Chairman of International Specialty Products (ISP), from 2009 until its sale in 2011. ISP is a world leader in specialty chemicals used across a wide array of industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, hair and skin care, plastics, agriculture, coatings and adhesives, synthetic elastomers, and specialty biocides.
Along with her late husband, Samuel J. Heyman, Mrs. Heyman founded the Partnership for Public Service to address the need for reform in government service, endowed innovative fellowship programs at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and Seton Hall School of Law to encourage law students to enter Federal Government service upon graduation, and established The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Yeshiva University, and The Samuel & Ronnie Heyman Center for Ethics, Public Policy and the Professions at Duke University.
Mrs. Heyman is actively involved in community affairs, and serves as co-chair of the Israel Museum's Endowment Campaign and honorary President of the American Friends of Israel Museum, an advisory board member of Harvard Law School and the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Foundation, and honorary President of the women's division of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Mrs. Heyman was appointed by President Clinton to serve a five-year term on the National Council on the Arts, and served on the acquisitions committee of the International Director's Council of the Guggenheim Museum as well as the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art. She is a member of the Chairman's Council of the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Collectors Committee of Sotheby's.
Mrs. Heyman earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1969, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a J.D. in 1972 from Yale Law School. She is an avid collector of post-war American and European painting, sculpture and photography, and has four children and 10 grandchildren.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.