CIP Board of Directors

Board Leadership

  • Jack Blum

    Jack Blum treasurer

    Jack Blum is a Washington lawyer who is an expert on white-collar financial crime, international tax evasion and one of this country’s premier advocates for victims of financial fraud.  He spent fourteen years as a staff attorney with the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He played... Read Full Bio >
  • John Niles III

    John Oliver Niles III chair

    John (“John-O”) Niles is Executive Director of The Carbon Institute, an organization that promotes innovative science, education and cooperation to measure and manage carbon, with a focus on supporting emerging academic carbon accounting programs. He is also a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of California San Diego, where... Read Full Bio >
  • Diana Ohlbaum

    Diana Ohlbaum secretary

    Diana Ohlbaum is Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Quaker peace lobby. In that role, she directs FCNL’s foreign policy lobbying team and leads an effort to replace the current U.S. foreign policy paradigm of military domination and national superiority... Read Full Bio >

Board Members

  • Matt Balitsaris

    Matt Balitsaris record producer

    Matt Balitsaris is a musician and record producer. He lives with his wife, Margaret, and various animals in Bucks County Pennsylvania, where he has a recording studio, Maggie’s Farm ( Read Full Bio >
  • Darcy Burner

    Darcy Burner CEO, TerraHeating, SPC

    Darcy Burner is the CEO of TerraHeating, SPC, which finances and installs geothermal heat pumps.  She is the former president and executive director of and the Progressive Congress Action Fund.  As candidate for Congress in 2006 and 2008, she was the principal author and organizer of the Responsible Plan... Read Full Bio >
  • Darryl Chappell

    Darryl Chappell director, federal home loan mortgage corporation

    Darryl Chappell is a director at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation in McLean, VA, where he is the project director of a cross-functional team focused on the strategic objective of enhancing the customer experience.  Darryl has several years of professional work experience as a strategic thinker, business transformation leader... Read Full Bio >
  • David Cortright

    David Cortright Director of Policy Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies; Currently on leave of absence from CIP Board

    Currently on leave of absence from CIP Board David Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and Special Advisor for Policy Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs. He also is Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum. Cortright has... Read Full Bio >
  • Joseph Eldridge

    Joseph Eldridge chaplain, America University

    Joe Eldridge has spent more than twenty five years working in the public policy arena as an advocate and analyst on international human rights and humanitarian issues. In 1991, he established the Washington office of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights; during the mid-1980s he worked in Honduras consulting on... Read Full Bio >
  • Lucy Lehman

    Lucy Lehman social activist

    After graduation from the University of Wisconsin (BS ART, 1963) Ms. Lehman worked at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Oriental Art.  In 1966, she started a successful wholesale sterling silver jewelry business -- importing from several countries -- supplying major art museums and fine specialty stores... Read Full Bio >
  • Kenneth Lehman

    Kenneth Lehman managing partner of KKP Group LLC

    Kenneth Lehman is the managing partner of KKP Group LLC, a family office for the Lehman Family Group, and chairman of Winning Workplaces, a not-for-profit which is helping organizations become great places to work. Both the KKP Group and Winning Workplaces are located in Evanston, Illinois. Before organizing the Lehman... Read Full Bio >
  • Katherine Magraw

    Katherine Magraw director, Peace and Security Funders Group

    Katherine Magraw is the former Director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, an association of foundations and philanthropists dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of philanthropic activity in the field of peace and security. Katherine has broad experience in international security policy, as a grant maker, policymaker and activist. She was program officer for the... Read Full Bio >
  • Conrad Martin

    Conrad Martin executive director, Fund for Constitutional Government

    Conrad Martin is the Executive Director of the Stewart R. Mott Foundation, managing an annual philanthropic budget of approximately 1.5 million dollars.  Mr. Martin's areas of expertise include government accountability, arms control, political finance reform, civil rights/civil liberties, and population & reproductive rights.  Concurrently, Mr. Martin serves as Executive Director... Read Full Bio >
  • Montana Mathieu

    Montana Mathieu director, IDIO Gallery

    IDIO Gallery is the radical host to experimental art and music in New York.  Directed by artist Montana Simone Mathieu, IDIO is a gallery space, music/performance venue and artist studios, located between iron and auto workshops in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The 100-year-old space was once a horse barn, a rave dungeon and... Read Full Bio >
  • Cynthia McClintock

    Cynthia McClintock professor, George Washington University

    Cynthia McClintock is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and Director of GWU’s Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program.   She holds the B.A. degree from Harvard University and the Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prof. McClintock was President of the Latin American Studies... Read Full Bio >
  • Luís Murillo

    Luís Murillo former governor, Chocó, Colombia; Currently on leave of absence from CIP Board

    Luis Morillo is currently the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development in Columbia.  As a result, he is currently on leave of absence from the CIP Board. Luis Gilberto Murillo has been a catalytic force in creating links between Afro-Colombian and African –American civil society, the public, and popular elected... Read Full Bio >
  • Paul Sack

    Paul Sack businessman, San Francisco

    As a businessman, Paul Sack’s career has been in real estate—acquiring and managing properties for investors. In 1975, he founded The RREEF Funds to facilitate such investment by large pension funds. RREEF owned and managed $95 billion of real estate at its peak and is now owned by Deutche Bank. In 1966-7, he was... Read Full Bio >
  • Don Soldini

    Don Soldini founder, International Preferred Enterprises

    Donald Soldini is the founder of International Preferred Enterprises, Inc., a real estate marketing corporation with representation in 21 countries and offices in the United States.  He also develops property in diverse areas such as Central America and the Philippines.  Mr. Soldini previously headed up the International Marketing division for... Read Full Bio >

CIP Advisory Board

Advisory Board Leadership

  • Óscar  Arias Sánchez

    Óscar Arias Sánchez co-chair

    Óscar Arias Sánchez was president of Costa Rica from 2006 to 2010. He previously served as President from 1986 to 1990 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. Oscar Arias Sánchez embarked on his political career in 1970 as assistant to José Figueres, a former president who was again seeking... Read Full Bio >
  • Adele Simmons

    Adele Simmons co-chair

    Adele Simmons is president of the Global Philanthropy Partnership, which works to strengthen the infrastructure of global philanthropy and is editor of Global Giving Matters. Mrs. Simmons was president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a decade, overseeing grants of over $1.5 billion. The foundation’s international programs focus... Read Full Bio >

Advisory Board Members

  • Philip Brenner

    Philip Brenner professor, American University

    Philip Brenner is Professor of International Relations and Affiliate Professor of History at American University. He has served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the U.S. Foreign Policy Program in the School of International Service, and and as Co-Director of American University's Inter-Disciplinary Council on... Read Full Bio >
  • William J. Butler

    William J. Butler chairman, executive committee, International Commission of Jurists

    William J. Butler completed his studies at Harvard University in 1946, and received his law degree three years later from New York University. He has served as Staff Counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union, where he worked closely with the organization’s founder Roger Baldwin. Mr. Butler twice argued and... Read Full Bio >
  • Dessima Williams

    Dessima Williams founder, Grenada Education and Development Programme

    Dessima Williams is the founder and director of the Grenada Education and Development Programme (GRENED) as well as the co-founder of HAITIwomen.  She has served as Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations and as Grenada's ambassador to UNESCO and to the Organization of American States.  Prior to her appointment... Read Full Bio >