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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ann Stock

Ann Stock, Chair

Ann Stock served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs from 2010-2013. From 1997-2010, Stock was vice president of institutional affairs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts where she oversaw the Center's expanded efforts to increase its national and international profile. She also managed the Center's international arts management programs, and oversaw its government relations, press, and institutional affairs offices. Previously, Stock served as deputy assistant to President Bill Clinton and as social secretary at the White House. Prior to that, she was vice president of corporate communications and public relations for Bloomingdale's. During the 1980 and 1984 Presidential election campaigns, Stock was deputy press secretary to Vice President Walter Mondale. She started her career as an elementary school teacher.

Gail Kitch, Vice Chair

Gail Leftwich Kitch, Vice Chair

Gail Leftwich Kitch serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Voter Participation Center and Womens Voices Women Vote Action Fund. She previously served as Executive Director of By the People, an initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, and as President of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Prior to that she was Director of Cambridge Forum, in Cambridge, MA, and principal of Strategic Business Consultants, an international business consultancy. A lawyer by training, Kitch is a former chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and was a Radcliffe College Public Policy Fellow.

Dawn Calabia, Treasurer

Dawn Calabia, Secretary and Treasurer

Dawn Calabia is a consultant who works on issues of statelessness, aid to displaced populations, resettlement, and asylum. She served ten years in the UN as deputy director for the United Nations Information Center Washington office and as senior external relations officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Calabia was also director of refugee policy and development at the US Catholic Conference and has worked on the Hill. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founder and commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission. In 1996, she was honored at the White House for her work with refugee women and children.

Carolyn Brehm

Carolyn Brehm

Carolyn Brehm is Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy for Procter & Gamble, where she leads P&G's government relations team. Prior to that, Brehm served as Director of Legislation for The Business Roundtable; spent 13 years with the General Motors Corporation in several Washington and overseas assignments; and served as Vice President of Asia for ORBIS International, a global humanitarian organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness in the developing world. She began her career at the US-China Business Council and has published a number of articles and a book chapter on that topic. Brehm holds a BA from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

Elisabeth Bumiller

Elisabeth Bumiller

Elisabeth Bumiller is deputy Washington bureau chief ofThe New York Times, where she oversees White House and domestic policy reporting. She was a Times Pentagon correspondent from 2008 to early 2013, a period when she traveled frequently with the Secretary of Defense and embedded with the American military in Afghanistan. Bumiller previously served as White House correspondent, political reporter and City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times. She also worked for The Washington Post in Washington, New Delhi, Tokyo and New York. In 2006 and 2007, Bumiller was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. She has published three books, the most recent of which was Condoleezza Rice: An American Life.

Ambassador Paula J. Dobrianksy

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

Ambassador Paula Dobriansky is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, and held the Distinguished National Security Chair at the US Naval Academy from 2010-2012. From 2001-2009, Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, during which time she was appointed the President’s Special Envoy on Northern Ireland. She received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Medal for her work. Other government appointments include: Associate Director for Policy and Programs, USIA; Deputy Head, US Delegation, 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe; and Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council. She also served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Washington Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and was the Council’s first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Kate Friedrich

Kate Friedrich

Kate Friedrich is the VP of Global Government Affairs at Thomson Reuters and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Software and Information Industry Association. 2002-2010, Friedrich served as Special Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs. During this time, she also was an executive branch staff member to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, was the Global Affairs Policy Coordinator for Afghanistan and served concurrently as Executive Director of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, a public-private partnership and presidential initiative designed to empower Afghan women. Previously, she worked at State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, the White House, and NSC. Boards/Memberships: Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, Bridge Fund, Grossman Burn Foundation, Publisher’s Advisory Board, is an advisor to the George W Bush Center’s Women’s Advisory Board and a member of the Atlantic Council.

Brigitte Gwyn

Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn

Brigitte Schmidt Gwyn is Kellogg Company’s vice president for global government relations and is a member of the company’s executive global leadership team. Prior to joining Kellogg, Gwyn served as the senior director, congressional relations, for Business Roundtable in Washington, DC, where she led the legislative strategy for their priorities associated with budget, taxes and trade. Prior to that, she was the director of employee benefits and retirement products for American Express. Gwyn also served in the offices of Representatives Jim Kolbe and Michael Andrews developing key legislative strategies for health care, budget and social issues. She holds a BA in history and political science from the University of Houston. She resides in Washington, DC, with her husband and four children.

Kate Irvin

Kate Irvin

Kate Irvin is Group Director, International Stakeholder Relations, for The Coca-Cola Company. Prior to assuming her current role, she was Strategic Projects Director for Company Chairman and CEO, Muhtar Kent. Earlier, she led the Company’s global leadership and internal communications function and held a variety of other public affairs and communications roles. Her 24 years with the Company includes corporate as well as operating unit experience. A native of Maryland, Kate holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke, a MPA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Education from the Harvard School of Education.

Isabel Jasinowski

Isabel Jasinowski

Isabel Jasinowski has more than 30 years of experience in government relations, most recently she served as vice president of government relations and a corporate officer of Goodyear. In this position Ms. Jasinowski was responsible for all of the company's federal and state legislative affairs. Since joining Goodyear in 1981, she has represented the company's public policy positions on a host of global issues with direct strategic business implications. Prior to joining Goodyear, Ms. Jasinowski set up and ran the Office of Business Liaison in the Department of Commerce. She started her career as director of local issues for Governor Jimmy Carter's 1976 presidential campaign. She holds a BA from Barnard College and a MA from Columbia University.

Marlene Johnson

Marlene Johnson

Since 1998, Marlene Johnson has served as executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. From 1983 to 1991, she served as lieutenant governor of Minnesota, during which time she was a particularly outspoken advocate of international educational exchange at the secondary and post-secondary level. Johnson also served as associate administrator for management services and human resources in the U.S. General Services Administration during the Clinton Administration. She currently serves on the board of the Communications Consortium Media Center; the advisory council of the US-China Education Trust and the Board of Directors of Kakenya’s Center for Excellence, a school for girls in rural Kenya. Johnson received the Global Leadership Award in 2013 from the University of South Florida.

Theresa Loar

Theresa Loar

Theresa Loar is Senior Vice President of International Programs at CH2M Hill, a global engineering and consulting firm. During the Clinton Administration, she worked at the highest levels of the US government to promote and protect women's human rights, including executive level diplomatic positions in the White House and the State Department. She served as Director of the President's Interagency Council on Women and Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues. She is also Co-founder and Founding President of the Vital Voices Global Partnership, Tahirih Justice Center Board Member, and Co-Chair of the Corporate Council of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

Gebe Martinez

Gebe Martinez

Gebe Martinez, founder and principal of GM Networking, was a journalist for 33 years for news organizations including the Los Angeles Times, Politico and Congressional Quarterly. She also served as a news analyst for networks including PBS, NPR,and BBC. Martinez entered the issue advocacy arena as a writer and policy analyst for the Center for American Progress. During the 2012 election season she worked with national Latino leader and former Service Employees International Union Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina on the Latino voter engagement campaign and coordinated media strategies with other organizations. Martinez has provided strategic communications services for groups such as National Immigration Law Center, Mi Familia Vota, Voto Latino to promote immigration reform policies and advance Hispanic civic engagement including voter registration and voter turnout.

Donna Cochran McLarty

Donna Cochran McLarty

Donna Cochran McLarty is an advocate for national and international efforts to support women, children and families. With a strong emphasis on cross-cultural understanding, she encourages international education and supports cultural diplomacy and interfaith dialogue. McLarty is a founding member and board co-chair emeritus of the Vital Voices Global Partnership. She currently serves on the executive committee and as a liaison with the Clinton School of Public Service, where she and her husband have endowed the McLarty Global Fellowship program, which enables students and faculty to work with Vital Voices’ projects. A former trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a creator of the AmericArtes Festival, she continues to serve on their International Committee. She also serves on the Blair House Board of Trustees, the World Conference of Religions for Peace, the Meridian Council on Women’s Leadership, the Women’s Forum of Conservation International, and co-chairs the Global Initiatives Council at Wesley Theological Seminary.

Diana Villiers Negroponte

Diana Villiers Negroponte

Dr. Diana Villiers Negroponte is a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, specializing in security, trade, and education issues in Latin America with particular focus on Mexico. Negroponte joined Brookings from the US Institute of Peace where she was a senior scholar. Previously, she taught at Georgetown and Fordham Universities. Before becoming an academic, Negroponte practiced international trade law, served as country director for Honduras with World Relief, and worked with the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City in preparation for NAFTA. She is a board member of Freedom House, Opportunity International and the Global Leadership Council of Habitat for Humanity International. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ponchitta Pierce

Ponchitta Pierce

Ponchitta Pierce is a journalist and media consultant with extensive experience as a television host, producer and magazine writer. She worked at CBS Television, WNBC-TV New York and hosted programs for WNET Channel 13 (PBS). In addition to her work in television, Pierce writes on subjects ranging from politics and health to finance and social policy. She has served as a Contributing Editor for Parade magazine and McCall's magazine and Roving Editor for Reader's Digest and has written for many national publications including AARP The Magazine (Modern Maturity); Family Circle, More, Newsday, and Ladies Home Journal. Several of her interviews appear in My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience (AARP/Sterling Publishing), a book that presents eyewitness accounts from people who played pivotal roles in the civil rights movement. She serves on the boards of several nonprofits and the Foreign Policy Association, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Mary Catherine Toker

Mary Catherine Toker is Vice President of Government Relations for General Mills. In this capacity, she leads the company’s government relations initiatives and provides strategic leadership on a broad range of public policy issues around the world. Toker joined General Mills in 1988 having served on the legislative staff of Senator George J. Mitchell (D-Maine). She currently serves as the Chair of the International Committee of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She is also an appointee to the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade, which provides recommendations to the US Trade Representative on a wide range of agricultural trade policy issues. Toker also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Congressional Hunger Center and the Public Affairs Council.

Marcia Wiss

Marcia Wiss

Of Counsel at Hogan Lovells US LLP, Marcia Wiss' practice concentrates on international project finance and business transactions, with a focus on the financial structuring of international projects in emerging markets. She has authored numerous publications and lectured on finance, investment, commercial and economical policy issues, political risk analysis, banking, foreign investment, public/private cooperation, and international finance, trade policy issues, trade with developing countries, privatization, and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel

Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel

Nancy Ziuzin Schlegel, Vice President of Lockheed Martin International Business Development, has close to 30 years of experience in the international trade, and global defense and aerospace sector, having worked on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, as well as in a major trade association and in various roles within the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Previously, Ziuzin Schlegel directed Lockheed Martin’s liaison with Congress and the Executive Branch on international programs, defense cooperation, exports and trade policy. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1992, she managed the international portfolio for the Aerospace Industries Association, served in the Commerce Department Bureau of Export Administration under Secretaries Verity and Mosbacher, and served on the staff of Congressman Rod Chandler. She also serves on the boards of the World Affairs Council, BCIU, Center for US Global Engagement, US-Italy Council, and Corporate Council of the Meridian International Center.

Patricia Ellis, Ex-Officio

Patricia Ellis, Ex-Officio

Patricia Ellis, President and Co-Founder of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, previously covered foreign affairs for the MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was a fellow at Harvard's Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and taught at American University, specializing in foreign affairs news coverage. She is a founding member of the International Women's Media Foundation and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She frequently moderates programs and speaks on the media and foreign policy, and international affairs careers.

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