Silda Wall Spitzer

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Silda Wall Spitzer
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Silda Wall Spitzer in Rochester, 2006
First Lady of New York
In role
January 1, 2007 – March 17, 2008
GovernorEliot Spitzer
Preceded byLibby Pataki
Succeeded byMichelle Paige Paterson
Personal details
Silda Alice Wall

(1957-12-30) December 30, 1957 (age 61)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.[1]
Spouse(s)Eliot Spitzer (m. 1987; div. 2013)
ResidenceManhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma materMeredith College (B.A.) (Honorary Doctorate)
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Private Equity

Silda Alice Wall Spitzer[2] (born December 30, 1957) is an American businesswoman, lawyer, and the First Lady of New York State from January 2007 until March 2008, when her former husband Eliot Spitzer was governor. She has worked in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in the areas of green/sustainability issues, youth service/education, and human rights and women's financial and other empowerment.[3]

Currently, she is director and principal at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm investing in environmental and energy related products and services.[4] She is also co-founder and CEO of woman-owned New York Makers, a digital magazine and marketplace covering New York State.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born Silda Wall, she grew up in Concord, the county seat of Cabarrus County in south-central North Carolina.[6] Her father, Robert, was a hospital administrator, and her mother, Trilby, was a homemaker. She was raised as a Southern Baptist.[7][8] She graduated in 1980 from Meredith College with a B.A. summa cum laude. [9][10] She received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1984.

Personal life[edit]

She married Eliot Spitzer on October 17, 1987,[11] and had three daughters: Elyssa, Sarabeth, and Jenna.[12] At the close of 2013, Wall and her husband announced the end of their marriage.[13][14]


Wall began her legal career with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, specializing in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance. She next joined The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A. as a member of its international legal group. She is a founding co-chair of Project Cicero, the annual New York City book drive that builds classroom libraries in under-resourced schools. She served on the New York Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Leadership and the board of the Children's Museum of Manhattan from 1995 until January 1999, where she was a member of its executive committee and chaired its program committee.

In 1996, she co-founded Children for Children, a not-for-profit organization, to engage children from an early age in volunteering and service. She served as its president and chair until 2007. CFC has become the youth service division of Points of Light, and is now called generationOn.

As the wife of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, she was the first lady of New York State from January 2007 until March 2008. From 2008 to 2011, she was managing director at Metropolitan Capital Advisors, a woman-owned hedge fund.[15]

Currently, she is director and principal at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm investing in growth equity and infrastructure project finance environmental opportunities, including energy efficiency, clean energy, water, waste-to-value and environmental products and services. She is also co-founder and CEO of woman-owned New York Makers, a digital magazine and marketplace covering New York State.

Among her not-for-profit activities, Spitzer serves as the vice chairperson of Urban Green Council, is on the Ceres president's council, and the Sustainable Endowment Institute's advisory board. She also served on the boards of Points of Light and generationOn until 2015. She is a board member at Meredith College and the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, and is an honorary trustee of No Bully.


  • She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Meredith College in 2012.


  1. ^ "Eliot Spitzer, Wife Discuss Run For Governor On 'News Forum' (9/17/06)", WNBC, September 17, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-03-11.
  2. ^ "New York State Unified Court System-eCourts-Attorney Detail". NYCOURTS.GOV. New York State Office of Court Administration. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ Johnson, Rebecca (March 1, 2009). "The Survivor: Silda Spitzer". Vogue. Condé Nast. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ "BUYOUTS-Ex-NY State 1st Lady on board, private equity shop targets $300M". Reuters. July 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (July 16, 2013). "As Spitzer Pursues a Comeback, His Wife Chooses to Stay Offstage". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (November 10, 2006). "Her Next Job: First Lady of New York". N.Y. / Region. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
  7. ^ "Silda Wall Spitzer's Friend: Take the Kids and Run". 11 March 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  8. ^ Chan, Sewell (12 March 2007). "Eliot Spitzer's 'Good Baptist Wife'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  9. ^ Meredith College
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-04. Retrieved 2013-10-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Silda Wall and Eliot Spitzer Marriage Profile
  12. ^ Callahan, Maureen. "Silda Spitzer still with husband Eliot five years after 'Luv Guv' scandal". New York Post.
  13. ^ "Eliot Spitzer and his wife announce the end of their marriage". CNN. December 24, 2013.
  14. ^ "Former NY gov Eliot Spitzer announces end of his marriage". Fox News. December 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Silda Wall Spitzer Jumps to a Hedge Fund". The New York Times. November 24, 2008.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Libby Pataki
First Lady of New York
Succeeded by
Michelle Paige Paterson