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.
James I. Gadsden, Chair (2013-2017)
Ambassador (ret.) James Gadsden is Senior Counselor for International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Formerly Diplomat-in-Residence and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, he served as Deputy to the Commandant and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College, U.S. Ambassador to Iceland, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Budapest, and Counselor for Economic Affairs at Embassy Paris. He earned his BA degree in economics at Harvard University, and his MA in East Asian Studies at Stanford University.
Luis E. Arreaga (2014-2017)
Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in November 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland and led State Department efforts to recruit and hire the largest increase in Foreign Service personnel in the Department’s history. Other previous overseas postings include Panama, Vancouver, Geneva, Spain, Peru, El Salvador, and Honduras. Amb. Arreaga is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he received a PhD in economics and a Master’s Degree in Management.
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.
Michael Dodman (2015-2018)
Michael Dodman is currently Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment. He previously ran the State Department office that assigns entry-level Foreign Service personnel. He was Principal Officer in Karachi from 2012-14 and won the 2014 Ryan Crocker Award for Outstanding Leadership in Expeditionary Diplomacy. Other assignments include Poland, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Iraq and the U.S. Mission to the European Union. He is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and has Masters degrees from Princeton and Boston University.
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.
Marcie Ries (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.
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.