Current Policy Council Members

Carolyn Brehm, Chair
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.

Luis E. Arreaga
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
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
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. Mike is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and has Masters degrees from Princeton and Boston University.

James I. Gadsden
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.

David K. Owen
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.

Betsy Whitaker
A retired Senior Foreign Service officer, Elizabeth "Betsy" Whitaker served as Deputy Executive Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Canada and Mexico in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, and Director of Public Diplomacy for the Western Hemisphere. Her overseas tours included Portugal, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. Retired in 2007, she has worked for a division of L-3 Communications, and returned to the Department of State as Senior Adviser to the Under Secretary for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy 2009-2012. She currently lectures at George Washington University and Georgetown University and has worked part-time at the Department of State (HR & OIG). Betsy holds B.A. and M.S. from the University of Rochester.

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