Ambassador Maura A. Harty
Board Chair, Board of Trustees
Ambassador Maura A. Harty served 27 years as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State. During her last five years of service, she was the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, the Bureau charged with protection of American citizens abroad, passport issuance to U.S. citizens, and the provision of visa services to foreign nationals. Harty directed widespread change in policy and procedure in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, and she placed a strong emphasis on national security while facilitating legitimate travel to this country by foreign visitors. In order to more readily respond to change and new challenges, Harty inspired a strong culture of leadership among the Bureau’s 10,000-strong globally-deployed workforce and in so doing helped reinforce a strong sense of mission, unity, and service.
Harty served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Executive Assistant to Secretary Warren Christopher, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay, and Executive Secretary of the Department of State under Secretary Colin Powell. An expert in crisis management and issues affecting the welfare of American citizens abroad, Harty created the Department’s Office of Children’s Issues in order to address the challenges of intercountry adoption and international parental child abduction. Since its inception, that office has helped secure the return of hundreds of abducted American citizen children and has facilitated countless intercountry adoptions. Harty is the recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Service award, the Presidential Meritorious Service award (twice), and the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor award. At the conclusion of her service as U.S. Ambassador, she also was decorated by the Government of Paraguay.
Since retiring, Harty served as Senior Policy Director and Director of the Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy at the Alexandria, VA-based International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. She is the immediate past president and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic. She is the Policy Chair of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and a member of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service. She is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and she belongs to the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Harty received her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is married to James Larner, Forensic Document Design Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, and resides in Kensington, Maryland.
Lieutenant General Robert R. Blackman, Jr., USMC (Ret.)
Lieutenant General Blackman was commissioned into the Marine Corps from Cornell University in 1970. Key assignments over 37 years of active service include command of 3d Battalion, 8th Marines; G-3 Operations Officer for MARCENT (Forward) during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Executive Officer to the Commander, U.S. Central Command; Commander, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy; President of the Marine Corps University; Commanding General, 2d Marine Division; Director, Resources and Assessment, U.S. Central Command; Chief of Staff of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commanding General, III Marine Expeditionary Force; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Command.
After leaving active service, Lieutenant General Blackman served with the Marine Corps’ Marine Air-Ground Task Force Training Program and Joint Warfighting Center advising and mentoring operational commanders and staffs. He joined the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation as President and CEO in March 2011.
Gen Blackman and his wife, Judy, have three children.
Vice Admiral William R. Burke, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral William Burke is the Chief Maritime Officer for Carnival Corporation & plc. He joined Carnival Corporation in December 2013. Burke graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering and completed his MBA at Marymount University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy at the Na-tional War College. He is a graduate of MIT Seminar 21 Program in International Politics.
He served on five submarines including command of USS Toledo and also commanded Submarine Squadron Two. His Washington, D.C. asignments included tours in Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, JCS Director for Combating Terrorism, Navy Warfighting Assess-ments Branch and served as Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. His flag assignments included Command of Logistics Group Western Pacific in Singarore, Director of the Assessment Division (N81), and Director of the Navy Quadrennial Defense Review (N00X). He served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4). His final assignment was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems (N9).
Daniel A. Domenech, Ph.D
Daniel A. Domenech, Ph.D. has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) since July 2008. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent. Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. Before that, he served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, VA Public Schools.
Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island’s Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk BOCES. Domenech, an AASA member since 1979, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.
In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and on the boards of the Learning First Alliance, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Education Policy Institute, and the National Student Clearinghouse. He is chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia, the Educational Research Service, and the Board of Visitors for the College of Education at the University of West Georgia.
Admiral Mark Ferguson, USN (Ret.)
Admiral Mark Ferguson retired in July 2016 as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander, NATO Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy. During his tour in Europe, he initiated a renewed focus on high-end maritime operations for the NATO Alliance in response to the increased militarization of Russian security policy. His tour was marked by the establishment of the Aegis missile defense system in Europe, comprised of four destroyers stationed in Rota Spain and two land-based sites in Romania and Poland.
A nuclear-trained surface warfare officer, he has served in both the Atlantic and Paciﬁc Fleets in cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. He commanded USS Benfold (DDG 65) and Destroyer Squadron 18, and served as the reactor officer onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). His other ﬂag assignments include service as the 37th Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Naval Personnel, and Chief of Legislative Affairs.
His staff assignments have focused on personnel and legislative affairs. During his tour as Chief of Personnel, the Navy was the ﬁrst federal agency to receive the Optimas Award for General Excellence from Workforce Management Magazine for its innovative personnel policies. He was recognized for the introduction of ﬂexible work programs such as telework, professional sabbaticals, and professional credentialing for Navy work experience. Admiral Ferguson was also the personnel policy team lead for the Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". The publication of the report led to the repeal of the law, and was instrumental in the return of NROTC to Ivy League campuses.
Ferguson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in systems engineering, and completed his M.S. in computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California. He also completed a national security fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College.
In 2015, he received the Ellis Island Award for his innovative personnel policies for service members, and was named a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School. Admiral Ferguson is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company, and serves as an advisor to the International Security and Europe programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.
Carol L. Graham, Ph.D.
Carol L. Graham, Ph.D. is the Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
She is the author of The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being (Brookings, 2011; also published in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and paperback); Happiness around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford University Press, 2009; published in Chinese, Portuguese, and paperback); Happiness and Hardship: Opportunity and Insecurity in New Market Economies (with Stefano Pettinato, Brookings, 2002; also published in Spanish); Private Markets for Public Goods: Raising the Stakes in Economic Reform (Brookings, 1998); Safety Nets, Politics and the Poor: Transitions to Market Economies (Brookings, 1994); Peru's APRA (Lynne Rienner, 1992); Improving the Odds: Political Strategies for Institutional Reform in Latin America (co-author, IDB, 1999); and A Half Penny on the Dollar: The Future of Development Aid, with Michael O'Hanlon (Brookings, 1997). She is the editor, with Eduardo Lora, of Paradox and Perceptions: Quality of Life in Latin America (Brookings, 2009); with Susan Collins, of the Brookings Trade Forum 2004: Globalization, Poverty, and Inequality (Brookings, 2006); and, with Nancy Birdsall, of New Markets, New Opportunities? Economic and Social Mobility in a Changing World (Brookings, 1999), and Beyond Trade-Offs: Market Reforms and Equitable Growth in Latin America (Brookings/IDB, 1988). She is the author of articles in journals including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, Health Economics, the Journal of Socio-Economics, World Economics, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Development Studies, the Journal of Latin American Studies, World Development, the Journal of Happiness Studies, and of numerous chapters in edited volumes, including the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and on the editorial boards of numerous other economic journals. She is currently serving on a National Academy of Sciences Panel which is assessing the relevance of well-being metrics for policy.
Graham served as Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings from 2002-2004. She has also served as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. She has also been a consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, United Nations Development Program, and the Harvard Institute for International Development, helping to design safety net programs in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She has testified in Congress several times on the economic situation in Latin America and has discussed related topics on NBC News, National Public Radio, the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and CNN among others. Graham has also written in the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the Washington Post. Reviews of her work have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, the New York Times and the Financial Times, among others.
Her research has received support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Tinker and Hewlett Foundations. She was awarded a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship for 1997-98, during which time she served as Special Adviser to the Executive Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Graham, born in Lima, Peru, has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a Ph.D. from Oxford University. She is the mother of three children.
Dr. Katherine A.W. McGrady
Dr. Katherine A. McGrady is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of CNA. As CNA president, McGrady serves, along with the executive vice president of the Center for Naval Analyses, as the scientific analyst to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and the Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO). Before becoming president and CEO, McGrady was the acting president of the Center for Naval Analyses.
In June 2009, McGrady was appointed CNA's first chief operating officer (COO). In that role, she was responsible for the execution of CNA’s strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high research performance.
McGrady began her career with CNA as an analyst in 1988. As the field representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force, she served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield and Desert Storm). McGrady received the Department of Navy’s Superior Public Service Award for her contributions during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia.
Subsequent assignments led to her selection as vice president and director, Integrated Systems and Operations (ISO) division, where she led a team focused on issues at the interface between the Navy and Marine Corps, including analysis of expeditionary systems, logistics, operations and tactics, and training for expeditionary operations. Simultaneously, she directed the Marine Corps Program, where she developed the annual research program and was the primary interface between CNA and the senior Marine Corps leadership.
In 2004, McGrady became CNA’s senior vice president for Research, providing oversight of research planning, research quality, cross-division staffing, and hiring, development, and training of research staff. In 2006, she was promoted to executive vice president. Her responsibilities in this area continued in her role as COO.
McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (cum laude) from Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, USN (Ret.)
Vice Admiral Robinson served as the 36th Navy Surgeon General and Chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery from September 2007 to November 2011, when he retired from active duty after 34 years of service. Currently, Dr. Robinson serves as the Chief of Staff at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to serving as a modern, state of the art clinical facility for our country’s veterans, it is also a vibrant teaching and research facility affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical School.
A 1977 graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Robinson served in numerous challenging medical assignments at sea to include tours aboard USS Midway (CV 41), USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), and USS Coral Sea (CV 43). Robinson served as the Principal Director, Clinical and Program Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in September 2000, where he also served as the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Clinical and Program Policy. He served in many leadership positions at overseas naval medical facilities from Puerto Rico to Japan and held senior leadership positions in the largest military medical centers in the United States including serving as Commander of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. A leader with vast experience in humanitarian missions, he commanded a detachment of the fleet hospital in Haiti during Joint Task Force Haiti (Operation New Horizon/Uphold Democracy) and led the Navy’s medical response to Haiti during Operation Unified Response in 2010.
The author of numerous presentations and publications, Robinson holds fellowships in the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is a member of the Le Societe Internationale de Chirurgie, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, and the National Business School Scholastic Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and holds certification as a certified physician executive from the American College of Physician Executives.
Robinson’s personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (two awards), Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various service and campaign awards.
Honorable Laurie O. Robinson
Laurie Robinson, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law, & Society at George Mason University, has been involved in national criminal justice policy for more than three decades. She has twice served as a Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Department’s research, statistics, and grants agency. Her three years of service in the Obama Administration, coupled with seven years in the same post in the Clinton Administration, make her the longest serving head of the agency in its 46-year history. Robinson’s recent tenure heading the $2.5 billion agency was marked by a focus on science and evidence-based programming. She established a Science Advisory Board for the Office of Justice Programs, launched a “what works” clearinghouse, and secured from Congress a 2% set-aside across OJP’s appropriation to support research.
Between her stints in the Justice Department, she launched and then directed the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science Program in Criminology and served as a Distinguished Senior Scholar in Penn’s Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. During her first tenure as Assistant Attorney General in the 1990s, she headed a substantial expansion of the federal government’s engagement with states and localities on community-based crime control—and supported new initiatives on innovation in addressing crime. The agency’s annual budget grew from $800 million in 1993 to over $4 billion in 2000. She oversaw the largest increase in federal spending on crime-related research in the nation’s history and spearheaded major federal initiatives on violence against women, drug treatment courts, and law enforcement technology.
Prior to joining the federal government, she served for 14 years as director of the American Bar Association’s Section of Criminal Justice, where she founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. She has frequently testified before Congress and has served on numerous national boards, including those of the Vera Institute of Justice, the Constitution Project, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the Research Advisory Board of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Sheldon Krantz, a lawyer and law professor.
Sarah Sewall, Ph.D.
Sarah Sewall, Ph.D. is a national security scholar and practitioner, currently a Distinguished Scholar and Professor at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. As Under Secretary of State from 2014-2017, she was the senior U.S. official responsible for counterterrorism, refugees, fighting international crime, promoting human rights, and preventing conflict. Sewall taught at Harvard for a decade, where she directed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and worked closely with the U.S. military to advance civilian protection in war. She also was Minerva Chair at the US Naval War College.
During the Clinton Administration, Sewall served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance. She had previously served for six years as senior foreign policy advisor to US Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell. She has been a member of the US Defense Policy Board and the boards of Mission Essential Personnel and Oxfam America. The author of books on airpower and civilian casualties, genocide prevention, civil-military relations, and the international criminal court, Sewall graduated from Harvard College and received her doctorate from Oxford University.
Honorable Sean Stackley
Sean Stackley is an engineer and former naval officer, served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition from 2008 to August, 2017. He also served as the Acting Secretary of the Navy from January to August of this year. Currently he is an advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics).
Previously, Stackley served as a professional staff member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was the staff lead on the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for overseeing Navy and Marine Corps programs, U.S. Transportation Command matters and Maritime Administration programs. He also advised on Navy and Marine Corps operations and maintenance, science and technology and acquisition policy. Stackley graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Roderick K. von Lipsey
Roderick K. von Lipsey is a managing director at UBS Financial Services, Inc., where he is the senior member of the Private Wealth Management practice in Washington, DC and founder of The K Street Group investment advisory team. von Lipsey has held key field leadership positions at UBS and was formerly a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
His career in finance began after serving 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps. A "Top Gun" grad, former Marine fighter pilot, and combat veteran, von Lipsey also served, during his military career, as Director, National Security Council; Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow; White House fellow and Special Assistant for Foreign and Security Policy to the Chief of Staff to the President; and Senior Aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Von Lipsey holds numerous securities industry registrations and serves as trustee and advisor for several domestic and international not-for-profit organizations. In 2011, von Lipsey was selected by the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) as one of the Washington, DC region's "Top Advisors" for excellence in serving the needs of the investing public. He has been recognized by Barron's as one of America's Top 1000 Financial Advisors and ranked among the top 10 advisors in Washington, DC. In 2014 NABCAP re-selected him as a premier advisor upon his return to Washington, DC from leading the UBS Private Wealth Management business in the Midwest.
Von Lipsey and his wife Alexia reside in the Massachusetts Avenue Heights area of Washington, DC and are the proud parents of three boys.