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.

Past Policy Council

Anne Armstrong February 1983 – November 1984
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
Prudence Bushnell December 1993 – August 1996
Katherine H. Peterson Canavan December 2001 – May 2005
Frances D. Cook December 1988 – May 1991
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
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