The purpose of the Policy Council is to serve as a source of ideas for new activities the Foundation might undertake and to advise the Trustees about overall policies and the direction of the Foundation. The Policy Council and the Trustees meet twice per year, and the meetings provide a forum to discuss the future of US diplomacy and how to best support the Foreign Service. Over the last several decades, we are fortunate to have had an impressive roster of distinguished diplomats, business executives, and philanthropists on our Policy Council.

Marcie Ries, chair (2016-2019)

Ambassador (ret.) Marcie Ries is a consultant specializing in promoting American business abroad, political and foreign policy analysis, and development of senior officers at the Department of State. Ambassador Ries ‘s thirty seven year diplomatic career included assignments  as Chief of Mission in Kosovo and as U.S. Ambassador to Albania and  to Bulgaria.  Earlier, she served in Turkey and as Political-Military Chief in Iraq during “the surge” as well as in London and Brussels and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in both the European and Arms Control bureaus in the State Department. She was a senior member of the team that negotiated the new START treaty with the Russian Federation.  Ambassador Ries holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.I. A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Barbara K. Bodine (2015-2018)

Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine is the Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. Ambassador Bodine’s 33-year Foreign Service career was spent primarily in the Middle East, with a focus on security and counterterrorism, and governance and development. She served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 1997 through much of 2001, and also in Kuwait and Iraq. In 1991, she received the Secretary of State’s Award for Valor for her work in occupied Kuwait. Ambassador Bodine holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

David K. Owen (2015-2018)

David K. Owen manages family owned property at Chapman Ranch, Texas, and is a real estate broker and property manager in Crested Butte, Colorado. In Mr. Owen’s 21 years in Crested Butte, he served on numerous non-profit boards, and his public service includes President of the Gunnison County Housing Authority, a six year stint on the Gunnison County Planning Commission and three years as an elected official on the Crested Butte Town Council. He is currently a resident of Corpus Christi working with Apex Clean Energy to build a wind farm on Chapman Ranch. He holds a BA from Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas.

Deborah McCarthy (2016-2019)

Deborah A. McCarthy is an international security strategist with over 15 years of experience in leadership, teamwork and negotiations at the highest levels of government and private sector in Europe, the Western Hemisphere, China and the U.S. Most recently she was the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania (2013-2016) leading the expansion of U.S. military engagement in the country in the face of Russian threats. Previously (2010-2013) she was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Narcotics and Law Enforcement, the Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism, the Special Coordinator for Venezuela, and Deputy ambassador in U.S Embassy in Athens, Greece (2008-2010). Amb. McCarthy received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a double Masters in Economics and Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Bridget Brink (2017-2020)

Bridget A. Brink is currently a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She has spent over twenty years advancing U.S. policy in Europe and Eurasia. Her overseas assignments include Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Serbia. In Washington, she has served as Director for the Aegean and the Caucasus at the National Security Council and as Special Assistant for Europe to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. She holds Master of Science degrees in International Relations and Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Kenyon College.

Julie Chung (2017-2020)

Julie Chung is currently Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, she served previously as Deputy Chief of Mission in Cambodia and Economic Counselor in Thailand. From 2009-2010 she served as the Chief of Staff for Transition in Baghdad coordinating civilian-military foreign assistance. While working on the Korea Desk in Washington, she traveled to Pyongyang multiple times to coordinate programs with the Korean Energy Development Organization. She also served in Bogota, Hanoi, Tokyo, and Guangzhou. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California San Diego and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. Julie is a member of the first cohort of the Pickering Fellows.

Stuart Jones (2017-2020)

Stuart Jones was Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East Affairs Bureau in 2017. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in 2016 and US Ambassador to Iraq from 2014-2016 and as Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan from 2011-2014. Ambassador Jones has extensive experience in Iraq as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Baghdad, Governorate Coordinator in Al Anbar Province, and Country Director for Iraq at the National Security Council. Other overseas postings include Egypt, Turkey, El Salvador and Colombia. Ambassador Jones is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Alberto Mora (2017-2020)

Alberto J. Mora is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. An attorney by profession, Mora has served in a variety of law firm, corporate, and government posts during the course of a career that has balanced private practice with extensive public service in law, diplomacy, and national security, including service as a Foreign Service Officer and as General Counsel of USIA, Navy, and Mars, International. Mora holds a BA and Honorary Doctorate from Swarthmore College and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law. Mora attended Harvard University as a 2014 Advanced Leadership Fellow. In 2006, Mora was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award in recognition of his opposition, while in the Bush administration, to the cruel interrogation of detainees in the post-9/11 period.

Past Policy Council

Anne Armstrong February 1983 – November 1984
Luis Arreaga December 2014 – May 2017
Diego C. Asencio December 1988 – November 1991
Alfred Atherton, Jr. December 1987 – November 1988
John Bass January 2013 – November 2014
Shirley Temple Black December 1984 – November 1987
Paul H. Boeker November 1983 – November 1986
Stephen Bosworth December 1987 – November 1990;
December 1993 – November 1996
Margo Branscomb December 2001 – November 2003
Charles W. Bray May 1988 – November 1993
Carolyn Brehm December 2016 – November 2016
Prudence Bushnell December 1993 – August 1996
Katherine H. Peterson Canavan December 2001 – May 2005
Frances D. Cook December 1988 – May 1991
Michael Dodman December 2015 – November 2017
James Gadsden December 2013-November 2017
John R. Galvin December 2003 – November 2007
Charles A. Gillespie December 2001 – November 2003
Louis W. Goodman December 2003 – November 2007
Marc Grossman May 2001 – November 2004;
December 2006 – November 2010
Philip C. Habib November 1984 – November 1986
Herb Hansell December 1989 – November 1994
Arthur Hartman December 1999 – November 2002
Maura A. Harty December 2009 – November 2012
Tracey A. Jacobson December 2010 – May 2012
L. Craig Johnstone December 1996 – November 1999
A. Elizabeth Jones November 2005 – November 2008
John H. Kelly February 1983 – November 1985
Craig Kelly December 2008 – November 2010
Kristie Kenney May 2015 – September 2015
Faris A. Kirkland December 2007 – November 2011
Peter Krogh December 1995 – November 1998
Carol C. Laise February 1983 – November 1985
Carol Lancaster December 2011 – May 2014
Charles McC. Mathias May 1988 – November 1991
Kenton McDonald December 1994 – August 1999
James H. Michel December 1991 – November 1994
George E. Moose December 1986 – November 1989;
December 1991 – November 1992
Langhorne A. Motley December 1985 – November 1988
Stephen Mull December 2010 – November 2012
Henry R. Nau July 2008 – November 2010
Mark R. Parris December 1985 – November 1988
W. Robert Pearson December 2006 – November 2009
Thomas R. Pickering December 1997 – November 2000
Rozanne L. Ridgeway December 1985 – November 1987
Charlie Ries December 2011 – November 2014
Carol Rodley June 2012 – October 2015
William D. Rogers November 1986 – November 1987
Peter Romero December 1998 – November 2001
Fernando E. Rondon December 1991 – November 1994
Carl T. Rowan December 1985 – April 1988
J. Stapleton Roy December 2002 – November 2006
Robin Sanders December 1998 – November 2001
Teresita C. Schaffer May 1989 – November 1992;
December 1995 – November 1998
Enid C.B. Schoettle December 1993 – November 1996
Patricia Hanigan Scroggs December 2008-November 2011
Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. December 2006 – May 2008
Walter J. Stoessel February 1983 – November 1985
H. Patrick Swygert December 1997 – November 2000
Frank X. Taylor December 2010 – November 2013
Lawrence P. Taylor December 1994 – November 1997
Harry K. Thomas, Jr. December 2001 – November 2004
Linda Thomas-Greenfield December 2004 – November 2007
Viron P. Vaky December 1984 – November 1987
Dian Owen VanDeMark December 1995 – November 1998
George C. Vest December 1991 – November 1994
Alexander F. Watson December 2002 – November 2006
Gretchen Gerwe Welch December 2007 – November 2010
Betsy Whitaker December 2013 – November 2016
John C. Whitehead December 1988 – November 1994
Shannon M. Wilde November 2007 – May 2008
Eddie N. Williams December 1994 – November 1997
Larry Wood June 2013 – January 2016
Casimir Yost December 1998 – November 2002
Johnny Young December 2010 – November 2013