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. Amb. 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. Amb. Jones is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.