Douglass Winthrop


Our team works hard to foster a culture of unwavering commitment to putting our clients’ interests first.

Lea Paine Highet, CFP®


Lea is a principal in Douglass Winthrop Advisors, LLC. Previously, Lea was a Vice President in the Private Banking Group at U.S. Trust Company, where she served as a trust and custody specialist for high net worth individuals and families. Her experience also includes two years as an Alumnae Coordinator in the Radcliffe Alumnae Office.

Lea is on the board of the Open Space Institute. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and is a trustee of the Adirondack Foundation. Lea is the President of the Board of The Essex Farm Institute and is the Treasurer of the Coby Foundation. She is a past trustee of the The Chapin School, The St. Bernard’s School and the Museum of the City of New York.

Lea graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988. She completed the New York Bankers Association Essentials of Trust Administration program in 1990 and received her CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1994. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.