National Endowment for Democracy Adds Four to Board of Directors

Burns, Roskam, and Ordan begin three-year term

For Immediate Release

June 25, 2015

Contact: Jane Riley Jacobsen

(202) 378-9700

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has added three new members to its Board of Directors for a three-year term. William J. Burns of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Peter Roskam of the United States House of Representatives, and Mark S. Ordan of Washington Prime Group.

“The NED is truly fortunate to gain the talents of Bill Burns, Peter Roskam, and Mark Ordan,” said NED president Carl Gershman.  “The expertise and insight they will lend to our Board of Directors and staff will greatly benefit NED as an institution and the hundreds of organizations we support worldwide.”

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 Peter Roskam, a native of Chicago, is in his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, serving the 6th District of Illinois.  He joins Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), who has served on the NED Board since 2014. 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 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.