Board of Directors


Elliott Abrams
Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Elliott Abrams is senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House.

Mr. Abrams was educated at Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School. After serving on the staffs of Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan, he was an assistant secretary of state in the Reagan administration and received the secretary of state’s Distinguished Service Award from Secretary George P. Shultz. In 2012, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy gave him its Scholar-Statesman Award.
Mr. Abrams was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., from 1996 until joining the White House staff. He was a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001 and chairman of the commission in the latter year, and in 2012 was reappointed to membership for another term. Mr. Abrams is also a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which directs the activities of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. He teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Abrams joined the Bush administration in June 2001 as special assistant to the president and senior director of the NSC for democracy, human rights, and international organizations. From December 2002 to February 2005, he served as special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council for Near East and North African affairs. He served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy from February 2005 to January 2009, and in that capacity supervised both the Near East and North African Affairs and the democracy, human rights, and international organizations directorates of the NSC.

He is the author of four books, Undue Process (1993), Security and Sacrifice (1995), Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America (1997), and the recently released Tested by Zion: the Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2013); and the editor of three more, Close Calls: Intervention, Terrorism, Missile Defense and “Just War” Today; Honor Among Nations: Intangible Interests and Foreign Policy; and The Influence of Faith: Religion and American Foreign Policy.

James Boland
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)

James Boland became President of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) in February 2010 and was elected to a five-year term in September 2010. Mr. Boland had previously served as an Executive Vice President and later as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union. Mr. Boland serves as Co-Chair of the International Masonry Institute, the training and development arm of the organized masonry industry; the International Trowel Trades Pension Fund; the International Health Fund; and the BAC Canadian Congress. Mr. Boland is a Vice President of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and serves on the Governing Boards of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department. He is also on the Board of Directors of ULLICO.

Michele Dunne
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Michele Dunne is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East. She was the founding director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council from 2011 to 2013 and was a senior associate and editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2006 to 2011.

Dunne was a Middle East specialist at the U.S. Department of State from 1986 to 2003, where she served in assignments that included the National Security Staff, the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the U.S. embassy in Cairo, the U.S. consulate general in Jerusalem, and the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. She also served as a visiting professor of Arabic language and Arab studies at Georgetown from 2003 to 2006.

Francis Fukuyama
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI)

Francis Fukuyama is Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), resident in FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.  He comes to Stanford from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of SAIS’ International Development program. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy.  His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions.

Dr. William A. Galston
The Brookings Institution

William Galston is the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He joined the Brookings Institution on January 1, 2006. Formerly the Saul Stern Professor and Dean at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Dr. Galston specializes in issues of American public philosophy and political institutions.

After serving as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and then receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1973, Galston taught for nearly a decade in the Department of Government at the University of Texas. From 1998 until 2005 he was professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. In the 1990s, he served as deputy assistant for domestic policy to President Clinton, and later as executive director for the National Commission on Civic Renewal.

Dr. Galston was the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, an organization he founded with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, and also director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, both located at the University of Maryland.

He is the author of eight books and more than one hundred articles on questions of political and moral philosophy, American politics and public policy. His most recent book is Public Matters: Politics, Policy, and Religion in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). Galston is also a co-author of Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation and What We Can Do About It, published by the Brookings Press.

Barry Jackson
Managing Director, The Lindsey Group and Strategic Advisor, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Barry Jackson served as Chief of Staff for Speaker Boehner from 2010 to June 2012. Jackson served as Boehner’s first Chief of Staff from 1991 thru 2001, as well as Executive Director of the House Republican Conference during Boehner’s tenure as Chairman from 1995 until 1999.

Prior to his return to Mr. Boehner’s office, Mr. Jackson served from 2001 to 2009 in the White House of President George W. Bush, serving as the first director of the newly created Office of Strategic Initiatives and completing his service as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs. In this role he managed the White House offices of Political Affairs, Public Liaison, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Strategic Initiatives.

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ohio, Mr. Jackson graduated from the University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Mr. Jackson currently serves as a Trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a director of the Consortium of Catholic Academies; and a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the University of Iowa School of Journalism.

Zalmay Khalilzad
CSIS, Khalilzad Associates

Zalmay Khalilzad is Counselor at CSIS and President and CEO of Khalilzad Associates, an international advisory firm.  Under President George W. Bush, Khalilzad served as US Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Nations. Ambassador Khalilzad was born and raised in Afghanistan, and studied at the American University of Beirut, where he received his BA and MA.  Later he received his PhD from the University of Chicago.

From 1979-1984, Khalilzad was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.  Khalilzad served on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and as Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs from 1985-1989.  He was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Planning from 1990 to 1992.  In November 2003, President Bush appointed Khalilzad Ambassador to Afghanistan, a position he held until 2005, when he became US Ambassador to Iraq.  In 2007, he was confirmed unanimously to serve as US Ambassador to the United Nations, a post he held until January 2009.

Jayne M. Kurzman
Davidson, Dawson & Clark, LLP

Jayne M. Kurzman graduated from Vassar College magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1968 and from the Harvard Law School in 1971. She is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a past Chair of the Committee on Taxation of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a past Co-Chair of its Special Committee on AIDS and the Law. She currently serves on the Professional Advisory Committees of The Rockefeller University (Vice Chairman), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Central Park Conservancy. She is a former Trustee of Vassar College.

Ms. Kurzman is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and in New York Super Lawyers.

A lifelong resident of New York City, she enjoys all that the City has to offer, but still loves to travel and to visit her home in the Berkshire Mountains. She is the mother of two grown children.

Marne Levine
Vice President, Global Public Policy, Facebook

Marne Levine is Vice President, Global Public Policy at Facebook and oversees the company’s efforts to educate governments and non-governmental organizations on its plans, products and policies to foster understanding and support for innovative technologies like Facebook.

Levine has substantial government experience working on international issues and particular sensitivity to navigating policy challenges in an Internet company. She joined Facebook from the Obama Administration, where she served as Chief of Staff at the White House National Economic Council. In that role, she helped coordinate the development of domestic and international economic policy along with the strategies for communicating these policies to stakeholders.

Previously, Levine helped launch an online peer-to-peer payment platform, and helped manage its privacy and compliance issues. She also served as Chief of Staff for Larry Summers when he was President of Harvard University.

She began her career at the United States Department of Treasury, where she served in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison.

Levine has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications from Miami University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
Council on Foreign Relations

Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman is an adjunct senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Ambassador Lyman’s career in government included assignments as deputy assistant secretary of state for Africa (1981–86), U.S. ambassador to Nigeria (1986–89), director of refugee programs (1989–92), ambassador to South Africa (1992–95), and assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs (1996–98).

He served as director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 1976 to 1978. From 1999 to 2003, he was executive director of the Global Interdependence Initiative at the Aspen Institute.

Ambassador Lyman is a member of several boards, including the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Fund for Peace, the George Washington University Africa Center for Health and Human Security, and the board on African science academy development for the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a member of the African Advisory Committee to the United States Trade Representative.

Ambassador Lyman has a PhD in political science from Harvard University. He has published books and articles on foreign policy, African affairs, economic development, HIV/AIDS, UN reform, and peacekeeping. He has published op-eds in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and International Herald Tribune. His book, Partner to History: The U.S. Role in South Africa’s Transition to Democracy (U.S. Institute of Peace Press), was published in 2002. He was co-director of the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force Report,More Than Humanitarianism: A Strategic U.S. Approach Toward Africa, issued in 2006, and co-editor of Beyond Humanitarianism: What You Need to Know About Africa and Why It Matters(Council on Foreign Relations) published in 2007.

Will Marshall
Progressive Policy Institute

Will Marshall is president and founder of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI), established in 1989 as a center for political innovation in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he has been one of the chief intellectual architects of the movement to modernize progressive politics for the global age.

Called “Bill Clinton’s idea mill,” PPI’s policy analysis and proposals were the source for many of the “New Democrat” innovations that figured prominently in national politics over the past two decades. The Institute also has been integral to the spread of “Third Way” thinking to center-left parties in Europe and elsewhere. Marshall is an honorary Vice-President of Policy Network, an international think tank launched by Tony Blair to promote progressive policy ideas throughout the democratic world.

Few Washington think tanks can match PPI’s record of translating ideas into action. Many of PPI’s signature policy reforms have been enacted into law, touching the everyday lives of lives of millions of Americans. Examples include voluntary national service through the AmeriCorps program; public charter schools, which now serve more than 2 million students nationwide; “work first” reforms that created incentives for work and ended welfare as we knew it; community policing, which has made crime-ridden neighborhoods safer; as well as wide-ranging efforts to “reinvent government” by breaking down bureaucracy, decentralizing power and demanding higher levels of performance from public programs.

Over the past decade, PPI has applied its trademark philosophy of radical pragmatism to a new array of challenges. For example, it has been in the vanguard of efforts to design a distinctly American hybrid of public-private action to assure affordable health care for all; to cap carbon emissions and create incentives for energy efficiency and innovation; to defend free trade and integrate the Muslim world into the global economy; to restore progressive taxation and fiscal responsibility in Washington; and, to shape a genuinely progressive alternative on defense and security.

Marshall is editor or co-editor of many books, including Memos to the New President (PPI, January 2009); With All Our Might: A Progressive Strategy for Defeating Jihadism and Defending Liberty(Rowman & Littlefield, 2006); The AmeriCorps Experiment and the Future of National Service (PPI, 2005); Building the Bridge: 10 Big Ideas to Transform America (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997); andMandate for Change (Berkley Books, 1992), PPI’s best-selling policy blueprint for President Clinton’s first term. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other newspapers, as well as The American Interest, The American Prospect, Democracy, and other journals.

Marshall also serves on the Washington, D.C. Public Charter School Board, which oversees 59 innovative “public charter schools” serving nearly 26,000 students in the nation’s capital. The Washingtonian magazine has said this of Marshall: “A University of Virginia graduate and formerRichmond-Times Dispatch reporter, the wily Marshall plots ideas campaigns the way Robert E. Lee mapped strategy for the Confederates. His small but nimble “New Democrat” think tank, an arm of the Democratic Leadership Council, has kept “Old Democrats” off balance with a fusillade of proposals to reform traditional party thinking on welfare and other issues.”

In 1985, Marshall helped to found the Democratic Leadership Council, serving as its first Policy Director. Marshall’s previous campaign and political experience includes posts as press secretary, spokesman and speechwriter for the 1984 United States Senate campaign of former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt, speechwriter and policy analyst for the late U.S. Representative Gillis Long of Louisiana, Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; and, spokesman and speechwriter in the 1982 U.S. Senate campaign of former Virginia Lt. Governor Dick Davis.

Before becoming involved in politics and public policy, he was a journalist in Virginia, including a stint with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1952, Marshall is a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. Marshall and his wife, Katryn S. Nicolai, live in Arlington, VA. They have two children, Olivia and William.

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, an incisive exploration of the transformative powers of fiction in a world of tyranny.  Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics.  Nafisi has held teaching positions at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai. In 1981, she was expelled from the University of Tehran for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil and did not resume teaching until 1987.

Moisés Naím
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moisés Naím is a senior associate in Carnegie’s International Economics Program, where his research focuses on international economics and global politics.

The author and editor of numerous books, his most recent one, Illicit: How Smugglers Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy (Doubleday, 2005), was published in 18 languages and selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year. A documentary film based on Illicit won a 2009 Emmy award.

Naím is the chief international columnist for El Pais, Spain’s largest newspaper, and his weekly column is published worldwide. Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Naím was the editor in chief of Foreign Policy for fourteen years. Under his leadership, the magazine re-launched, won the National Magazine award for General Excellence three times, and became one of the world’s most influential publications in international affairs.

Naím’s public service includes his tenure as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry in the early 1990s, director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and executive director of the World Bank. He was also a professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s main business school.

He is the chairman of the board of Group of Fifty (G-50), and a member of the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Crisis Group, and Population Action International.

Andrew J. Nathan
Columbia University

Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University.  His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights.  He is engaged in longterm research and writing on Chinese foreign policy and on sources of political legitimacy in Asia, the latter research based on data from the Asian Barometer Survey, a multi-national collaborative survey research project active in eighteen countries in Asia.
Nathan is chair of the steering committee of the Center for the Study of Human Rights and chair of the Morningside Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Columbia.  He served as chair of the Department of Political Science, 2003-2006, chair of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 2002-2003, and director of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, 1991-1995.   Off campus, he is co-chair of the board, Human Rights in China, a member of the boards of Freedom House and of the National Endowment for Democracy, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch, Asia, which he chaired, 1995-2000.  He is the regular Asia book reviewer for Foreign Affairs magazine and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Democracy, The China Quarterly, The Journal of Contemporary China, China Information, and others.  He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Association for Asian Studies, and the American Political Science Association.  He does frequent interviews for the print and electronic media, has advised on several film documentaries on China, has consulted for business and government.

Nathan’s books include Peking Politics, 1918-1923 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976); Chinese Democracy (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985); Popular Culture in Late Imperial China, co-edited with David Johnson and Evelyn S. Rawski (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985); Human Rights in Contemporary China, with R. Randle Edwards and Louis Henkin (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986); China’s Crisis (New York: Columbia University Press, 1990); The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security, with Robert S. Ross (New York: W. W. Norton, 1997); China’s Transition (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997); The Tiananmen Papers, co-edited with Perry Link (New York: PublicAffairs, 2001); Negotiating Culture and Human Rights: Beyond Universalism and Relativism, co-edited with Lynda S. Bell and Ilan Peleg (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001); China’s New Rulers: The Secret Files, co-authored with Bruce Gilley (New York: New York Review Books, 2002, second edition 2003); Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization, co-edited with Mahmood Monshipouri, Neil Englehart, and Kavita Philip (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2003); and How East Asians View Democracy, co-edited with Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond, and Doh Chull Shin (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008),  He is working on the second edition of The Great Wall and the Empty Fortress, co-authored with Andrew Scobell (Columbia University Press).
Nathan’s articles have appeared in World Politics, Daedalus, The China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy, Asian Survey, The New Republic, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, The Asian Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere.  His research has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and others.  He has directed five National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars. 

Born on April 3, 1943, in New York City, Dr. Nathan received his degrees from Harvard University: the B.A. in history, summa cum laude, in 1963; the M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies in 1965; and the Ph.D. in Political Science in 1971.  He taught at the University of Michigan in 1970-71 and has been at Columbia University since 1971.  

Fred Redmond
United Steelworkers

Elected by acclamation in 2005, Fred Redmond took office as the USW’s International Vice President (Human Affairs) on March 1, 2006.

Redmond joined the Steelworkers union when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Co. in McCook, Ill. in 1973. He became an active member of Local 3911 almost immediately, serving as shop steward, grievance committee member and chairman and vice-president. He served three terms as president of the local.

In 1996, Redmond was appointed to the International staff and serviced locals in District 7, in the Chicago area. In 1998, he was transferred to the union’s International Headquarters in Pittsburgh, where he developed and conducted training programs for the union’s Membership Development Department. He also reported to the president’s office, where he was assigned to coordinate special projects, including amalgamations and assisting local unions in developing by-laws.

In 2002, USW District Director Jim Robinson appointed Redmond as Assistant Director of District 7, where he served until his election as International Vice President for Human Affairs.

In addition to his regular union duties, Redmond serves as chairman of the USW Container Industry Conference and coordinates bargaining for the USW Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Public Employees sectors.

On May 31, 2007, Redmond was elected to the board of directors for Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. On July 8, 2010, he was appointed to the board of directors of the TransAfrica Forum. He is the Regional 6 representative for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU). Redmond also has served on the AFL-CIO Executive Council since 2008.

On August 3, 2007, Redmond was elected by unanimous assent to the position of chairman of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) at the group’s 38th national conference in Oakland, Calif.

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Princeton University

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002–2009, where she rebuilt the School’s international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs.

Dr. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for over 20,000 followers on Twitter. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS, lectures widely, and has served on boards of organizations ranging from the Council of Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation to the McDonald’s Corporation and the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She has written or edited six books, including A NEW WORLD ORDER (2004) and THE IDEA THAT IS AMERICA: KEEPING FAITH WITH OUR VALUES IN A DANGEROUS WORLD (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

From 1994-2002, Dr. Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. She is married to Professor Andrew Moravcsik; they live in Princeton with their two sons.

Ambassador Stephen Sestanovich
Council on Foreign Relations

Stephen Sestanovich is the George F. Kennan senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of international diplomacy at Columbia University. His particular areas of expertise are Russia and the former Soviet Union, Caucasus and Central Asia, and U.S. foreign policy. From 1997 to 2001, he served as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states. In this capacity, he was the State Department’s principal officer responsible for policy toward the states of the former Soviet Union.

Prior to joining the State Department, Ambassador Sestanovich worked at two of Washington’s leading public policy research organizations. From 1994 to 1997, he was vice president for Russian and Eurasian affairs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. From 1987 to 1994, he was director of Soviet and East European studies (later Russian and Eurasian studies) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. From 1984 to 1987, Ambassador Sestanovich served as senior director for policy development at the National Security Council. He was a member of the State Department’s policy planning staff from 1981 to 1984 and senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1980 to 1981.

Before coming to Washington, DC, he was assistant professor of political science at the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research (1978–80) and visiting assistant professor of political science at Columbia University (1979–80). Ambassador Sestanovich received his PhD from Harvard University and his BA from Cornell University. He is coauthor or editor of several volumes on international affairs and has contributed articles to the National Interest, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Margaret Spellings
President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Margaret Spellings is the president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. She oversees all aspects of Bush Foundation activities, including leadership of the George W. Bush Institute, management of George W. Bush Presidential Center business operations, and collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration, which operates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Previously Spellings was president and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm that provided strategic guidance to philanthropic and private sector organizations. She also served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Prior to that, Spellings served in a variety of positions in the Bush Administration. She is the longest-serving staff member to President George W. Bush.

She served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009. In that role, she oversaw an agency with a nearly $70 billion budget and more than 10,000 employees and contractors. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, she led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a historic national initiative to provide enhanced accountability for the education of 50 million U.S. public school students.

In 2005, Spellings launched a higher education national policy debate and action plan to improve accessibility, affordability and accountability in our Nation’s colleges and universities. Spellings initiated international outreach and collaboration by leading delegations on behalf of the President of the United States as well as overseeing the development and implementation of international education agreements with such countries as China, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

As White House Domestic Policy Advisor, from 2001 to 2005, she managed the development of the President’s domestic policy agenda. Her achievements include oversight of the development of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the development of a comprehensive immigration plan to ensure long-term economic stability and to secure U.S. borders, and numerous other initiatives on health and human services, transportation, labor, justice and housing.

Prior to her service in the White House, Spellings was senior advisor to then-Governor George W. Bush of Texas, led governmental and external relations for the Texas Association of School Boards, and has served in key positions at Austin Community College and with the Texas Legislature.

She graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

The Honorable Ellen O. Tauscher is Strategic Advisor in the Federal Policy Practice at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC in Washington, DC, providing clients with her expertise and skills in national security, defense, transportation, export control and energy policy areas. Ms. Tauscher is the Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and also serves on the Atlantic Council’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Additionally, she is a Member of the Board of Directors of Invacare Corporation of Elyria, Ohio (IVC); the Board of Directors of EHealth of Mountain View, CA (EHTH); the Board of Governors of Lawrence Livermore National Security Corporation LLC and the Board of Governors of Los Alamos National Security Corporation LLC; the Board of Directors of the National Endowment for Democracy; The Board of Directors of the German Marshall Fund and the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Foundation.

Previously, in March 2009, Ms. Tauscher was nominated by President Obama to serve as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security and served from her Senate confirmation in June 2009 until February 6, 2012. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ms. Tauscher served from January 1997 to June 2009 as a member of the United States House of Representatives from California’s 10th Congressional District. While a member of Congress, Ms. Tauscher served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and most recently as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Prior to serving in Congress, Ms. Tauscher worked in investment banking and the financial industry in various roles for Bache Halsey Stuart Shields, Bear Stearns & Co., Drexel Burnham Lambert and as an officer of the American Stock Exchange. From 1977 to 1980, Ms. Tauscher was a member of the New York Stock Exchange representing Bache, Halsey, Stuart Shields.

Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first US Ambassador for Global women’s issues, a position to which she was nominated byPresident Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. She worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into US foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Administration’s development of the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
President Obama also appointed her to serve as the US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

From 2000-2008, she was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of2000.

Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting professor at Cambridge University. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.

George Weigel
Ethics and Public Policy Center

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals.

A native of Baltimore, he was educated at St. Mary’s Seminary College in his native city, and at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto. In 1975, Weigel moved to Seattle where he was Assistant Professor of Theology and Assistant (later Acting) Dean of Studies at the St. Thomas Seminary School of Theology in Kenmore. In 1977, Weigel became Scholar-in-Residence at the World Without War Council of Greater Seattle, a position he held until 1984. In 1984-85 Weigel was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. There, he wrote Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace (Oxford University Press, 1987).

Weigel is the author or editor of twenty other books, including The Final Revolution: The Resistance Church and the Collapse of Communism (Oxford, 1992); The Truth of Catholicism: Ten Controversies Explored (HarperCollins, 2001); The Courage To Be Catholic: Crisis, Reform, and the Future of the Church (Basic Books, 2002); Letters to a Young Catholic (Basic, 2004); The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America, and Politics Without God (Basic, 2005); God’s Choice: Pope Benedict XVI and the Future of the Catholic Church (HarperCollins, 2005); Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism (Doubleday, 2007); Against the Grain: Christianity and Democracy, War and Peace (Crossroad, 2008); and The End and the Beginning: Pope John Paul II–The Victory of Freedom, the Last Years, the Legacy (Doubleday, 2010). Weigel has written essays, op-ed columns, and reviews for the major opinion journals and newspapers in the United States. A frequent guest on television and radio, he is also Vatican analyst for NBC News. His weekly column, “The Catholic Difference,” is syndicated to sixty newspapers around the United States. His scholarly work and his journalism are regularly translated into the major European languages.

From 1989 through June 1996, Weigel was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he led a wide-ranging, ecumenical and inter-religious program of research and publication on foreign and domestic policy issues. From June 1996, as a Senior Fellow of the Center, Weigel prepared a major study of the life, thought, and action of Pope John Paul II. Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II was published to international acclaim in the Fall of 1999, in English, French, Italian, and Spanish editions. Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Czech, and Slovenian editions were published in 2000. A Russian edition was published in 2001, a German edition in 2002, and a Romanian edition in 2007; Chinese and Ukrainian editions are in preparation. A documentary film based on the book was released in the fall of 2001 and has won numerous prizes.

Weigel has been awarded thirteen honorary doctorates, the papal cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal by the Republic of Poland. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations dedicated to human rights and the cause of religious freedom and is a member of the editorial board of First Things.

George Weigel and his wife, Joan, have three children and one grandchild, and live in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Robert B. Zoellick
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Robert B. Zoellick is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Zoellick was the president of the World Bank Group from 2007-12. He served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005 and as Deputy Secretary of State from 2005 to 2006.

From 1985 to 1993, Zoellick worked at the Treasury and State departments in various capacities, as well as briefly in the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff. In 2006 and 2007, he served as Vice Chairman, International of Goldman Sachs Group. Zoellick holds a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

The Honorable Karen Bass
United States House of Representatives

Congressmember Karen Bass was re-elected to her third term representing the 37th Congressional District in November 2014. In Congress she has been an outspoken advocate for balanced fiscal policies that preserve the social guarantee to our seniors and invest in the future. Congressmember Bass serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs where she is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Bass is also working to craft sound criminal justice reforms as well as protect intellectual property right infringements that threaten the economic health of the 37th District.

She was selected by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, as Organization, Study and Review Chair. Congressmember Bass is also playing a leadership role in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), where she serves as Secretary for the 114th Congress.

In her third term, Congressmember Bass is solidifying leadership positions on two issues very close to her heart: reforming America’s foster care system and strengthening the United States’ relationship with Africa. In her first term, Congressmember Bass created the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth along with co-chair U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and intends to examine national standards of care in the child welfare system.

The Honorable Peter Roskam
United States House of Representatives

The Honorable Peter Roskam, a native of Chicago, is in his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, serving the 6th District of Illinois. Congressman Roskam is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, where he sits on the Health Subcommittee and chairs the Oversight Subcommittee. Roskam also serves on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, a group tasked with a full and complete investigation of the events leading up to, during, and after the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Active on national security issues and promoting America’s role in the world, Roskam leads the House Democracy Partnership, assisting legislatures in emerging democracies, and serves as co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, the largest Republican congressional organization dedicated to strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Mark S. Ordan

Mark S. Ordan is Executive Chairman of the Board of WP GLIMCHER, a role he assumed in January 2015. Previously, Mr. Ordan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Washington Prime Group Inc., which acquired Glimcher Realty Trust to become WP GLIMCHER. Before that, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Senior Living, The Mills Corporation, and Sutton Place Markets. Mr. Ordan spent several years in the equities division of Goldman Sachs & Co., where he focused on the New York City real estate market. Ordan was also the founder of Fresh Fields Markets.

Mr. Ordan has served on numerous corporate boards including Federal Realty Investment Trust where he served as a Trustee for 10 years including five years as Chairman. He currently serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board and on the Executive Committee of the Economic Club of Washington, DC.

Ambassador William J. Burns
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

William J. Burns is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States. Ambassador Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a thirty-three-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, Career Ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. Prior to his tenure as Deputy Secretary, Ambassador Burns served as Undersecretary for Political Affairs. He was Ambassador to Russia, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, and Ambassador to Jordan. His other posts in the Foreign Service include: Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to Former Secretaries of State Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright; Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; Acting Director and Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s policy planning staff; and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council.


The Honorable Martin Frost (Chairman)
Polsinelli, Shughart PC

Former Congressman Martin Frost is a keen observer of national politics who has held a number of leadership positions for the Democratic Party and is considered one of the party’s top strategists.

From 1979-2005, Mr. Frost served as a member of Congress representing the Dallas-Fort Worth area in north Texas. During his distinguished career in the House, he served from 1999-2003 as Chair of the Caucus, the third highest elected leadership position for Democrats, and was the senior Democrat on the powerful Rules Committee. Mr. Frost also served for six years on the House Budget Committee and was Chairman of the Health Task Force from 1985-88.

During the 1996 and 1998 election cycles, Mr. Frost was the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, helping his party to a net gain of 14 House seats. When Mr. Frost departed Congress, he was the senior southern Democrat in the House and the dean of the Texas congressional delegation.

An innovative lawmaker with the ability to craft bipartisan legislation, Mr. Frost is a co-author of both the privacy provisions in the landmark financial industry deregulation statute, the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and the 1992 Industrial Base and Defense Conversion Act, which enabled communities and individuals to respond to the downsizing of the defense industry. Mr. Frost was also the author of the National Amber Alert law that helps find children victimized by predators.

From 1990-95, he chaired a special House Task Force established to help eastern and central European nations transition to democracy after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has continued democracy building efforts through work with the National Democratic Institute. He was also co-chair with former Rep. Jennifer Dunn, R-Wash., of the Bipartisan Working Group on Youth Violence and a co-chair with former Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., of a bipartisan working group on continuity of government, which examined ways to ensure the continued operation of the federal government after a terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

Mr. Frost was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard for the fall 2005 semester and was named a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in January 2006. He served as President of America Votes, a nationwide voter turnout organization, during the 2008 general election cycle.

Mr. Frost is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia Bar and a former practicing lawyer in Dallas. A graduate of the Georgetown Law Center, where he was a member of the law review, Mr. Frost clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Sarah T. Hughes of the Northern District of Texas. Mr. Frost is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. After journalism school, Mr. Frost worked as a reporter for the Wilmington (DE) News-Journal and Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in Washington before going on to law school and becoming a lawyer.

The Honorable Vin Weber (Vice-Chair)

Vin Weber is a Partner at Mercury. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal government. Vin has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers & acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications

Vin served in the United States House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican Leadership.

Vin is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the Administration and on Capitol Hill, and has counseled numerous Presidential campaigns. In 2004, Vin was the Bush-Cheney ’04 Plains States Regional Chairman. He has been featured in numerous national publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, National Journal, and the New Republic. Vin is a sought-after political and policy analyst, appearing frequently on major television outlets, including NBC’s Nightly News, News Hour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, ABC’s This Week, the CBS Early Show, Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC. Washingtonian magazine named Vin No. Five in their list of Washington’s 50 top lobbyists.

Mr. Weber is former Chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, nonprofit organization designed to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts. He serves on the Board of The Council on Foreign Relations and co-chaired a major independent task force on U.S. Policy Toward Reform in the Arab World with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Vin is a member of the U.S. Secretary of Defense’s Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, and he also serves on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. He is a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, where he is co-director of the Policy Forum. In addition, Vin is a board member of several private sector and non-profit organizations, including ITT Educational Services, The Lenox Group, and the Aspen Institute where he served on the Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group.

Prior to opening Clark & Weinstock’s Washington office in 1994, Vin was president and co-director with Jack Kemp, Jeane Kirkpatrick and Bill Bennett – of Empower America, a public policy advocacy group. Before his Congressional service, he was campaign manager and chief Minnesota aide to Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (1978-1980), and the co-publisher of The Murray County Herald (1976-1978).  

Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle (Treasurer)

Robert Holmes Tuttle served as U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s from July 2005 to February 2009. A businessman with extensive experience in the private sector, Ambassador Tuttle is Co-Managing Partner of Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, one of the nation’s largest retail automotive companies.

Ambassador Tuttle served on the boards of several prominent civic organizations, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, the USC Annenberg School for Communication, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where he was Chairman from 2001 to 2004.

Ambassador Tuttle began a second career in the public sector when he joined the White House staff in 1982 as Special Assistant to President Reagan. In 1985, President Reagan appointed him Director of Presidential Personnel, a position he held until the end of the administration. By Presidential Appointment, Ambassador Tuttle served on the Board of Directors of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for four years.

A California native, Ambassador Tuttle graduated from Stanford University and received his MBA from the University of Southern California.  

Carl Gershman (President)

Marilyn Carlson Nelson (Secretary)
Carlson Holdings, Inc.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is Co-CEO and former chairman of Carlson Holdings, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the world, where she has been an extremely effective business leader.

Under her leadership, the firm’s systemwide sales nearly doubled, to $40 billion. She transformed Carlson into a “new model” company and initiated an employee effort that netted more than $200 million in bottom-line process and program improvements.

She has been named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes magazine has regularly selected her as one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” In 2007, Ethisphere Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”

Ms. Nelson is an authority on authentic leadership and is the author of How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership, an inspiring collection of wisdom about how to build a meaningful legacy one day at a time.

Ms. Nelson co-chaired the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2004 and has held a number of other high-level positions at the WEF and other industry councils. She has received prestigious awards from the governments of France, Sweden and Finland. She serves on the board of Exxon Mobil, The Committee Encouraging Philanthropy, The Foreign Policy Association and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

She served as chair of the National Women’s Business Council, a bi-partisan advisory council to the President and Congress (2002/2005), and is currently chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson is on the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and in 2004 co-chaired the Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She also serves on the steering committee of the Aviation, Travel & Tourism Governors of the World Economic Forum, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, and is co-founder and advisory board member of the WEF’s Women Leaders Program.

Marilyn is also a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council and the Business Roundtable.

Marilyn has always been devoted to community programs and has served as President of the United Way of Minneapolis, Board Member of United Way of America, Chair of New Sweden ’88, and leader of the Governor’s Task Force to bring the 1992 Super Bowl to Minnesota. Supporting the family’s strong Swedish heritage, Marilyn chaired the nine-month long “Scandinavia Today” celebration in the U.S.