Ian E. Warburg
Founding Member, Vice Chair
Ian has a business career spanning more than thirty years as an executive in leadership roles. Ian started his career with F.A.O Schwarz in New York before joining GS America, Inc, a diversified investment and management company with global interests in a broad spectrum of business interests, including numerous investments in real estate, retail, restaurant, and hospitality. Ian’s focus was on the development, investment, and oversight of these businesses. Currently, Ian serves on a number of for-profit and not-for-profit boards, advises companies, and works as a therapeutically informed executive coach. Fascinated by people, and complex organizational and family systems, Ian is passionate about making the right kind of difference in their lives.
A third generation Westport resident, Ian attended Westport public schools and fondly recalls the connection he had to the community and, with that, the Main Street of his youth which included a broad array of “mom and pop” shops: Klein’s, The Remarkable Book Shop, Functional Clothing, Trudy Gary, Schaeffer’s Sporting Goods, The Sport Mart, Billy’s Smoke Shop, Ship’s Inn Restaurant, The Main Street Mobil Station and so many more. Back then, Westport was the consummate New England hamlet. Charming and intimate. A place where everyone knew your name and where bankers and bakers were cheek and jowl with painters and poets at Oscar’s or Gold’s or any of the many locally owned and operated establishments, all treasured by the community.
Ian holds a BA in International Affairs and Economics from New York University, an MSOD from American University, and an MFT from Southern Connecticut State University.
A lifelong Compo Beach resident, Ian lives in his native neighborhood of Westport with his wife, Jane Green. They raised their blended family of six children here, with each attending Westport Public Schools. Empty nesters for the first time in nearly 3 decades, they share their home with four cats and a dog. Ian and Jane’s philanthropic activities include decades of service to The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp, The Westport Country Playhouse, The Westport Public Library, The Hebrew University, The Bethel Recovery Center, Pink Aid, City of Hope, and the Melanoma Research Alliance. Ian currently serves on the boards of the The Aquaya Institute and Save Westport Now, as their board chairs.