The Leadership Initiatives Advisory Board
Hans W. Kühnlenz
Rubin and Rudman LLP-Partner
Hans W. Kühnlenz is a partner at Rubin and Rudman, a full-service law firm, providing international regulatory counsel to the defense contracting community. Equipped with multiple advanced law degrees from some of the best specialty programs in the world, Hans is particularly skilled in the preparation of comprehensive industrial participation (defense-industry global offsets) plans that minimize the offset program obligation while creating maximum business value and fulfilling the client’s objectives. He helps simplify the complex, technical regulatory aspects of international defense and security-related business deals for his clients.
Hans serves as a trusted advisor to business executives throughout the defense contracting community, as well as to foreign governments seeking anti-corruption counsel related to the design and future of their industrial participation programs. His representations include U.S. and foreign defense contractors seeking entry to and compliance with the U.S. federal acquisition regulation (FAR), as well as entry into international government’s acquisition and procurement systems. He also advises clients on matters concerning the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the Economic Espionage Act (EEA).
Hans represents clients before the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) concerning export regulatory controversies that may arise in connection with international defense and security transactions regulated under the National Industrial Security Program (NISP).
APCO Worldwide-Director and Co-Head, North America Business DevelopmentLeadership Initiatives Board Member
Nick Maschari is director of global business development with APCO Worldwide, and based in the company's corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C.
His responsibilities include developing and executing APCO’s global growth strategy, coordinating with APCO’s global network of offices, strategic partners and affiliates and working closely with global practice groups on client opportunities. While with APCO he has spent considerable time working in the Middle East and Arabian Gulf region, with country-level experience in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
Prior to joining APCO, Nick led business development and corporate marketing for Publicis Groupe’s flagship PR agency MSLGROUP, in Washington, D.C., and spent three years with DFS Group Limited, a holding of global luxury retail conglomerate LVMH. While with DFS Group, Nick was based in Hong Kong and responsible for developing and implementing market-entry and corporate development strategies for Mainland China, India, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Japan and the Middle East. He started his career in Cleveland, Ohio with Smart Business Network, a regionally-focused monthly business magazine, where he authored articles on executive management and entrepreneurship.
Janssen-Manager, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and JohnsonAdvisory Board Chair and Leadership Initiatives Co-Founder
Antoine has been working with Leadership Initiatives since May 2004. Having studied and worked with Executive Director Marshall J. Bailly at American University, he believed in Marshall's vision and was willing to work alongside his colleague and friend to establish a credible, efficient, and successful organization. With his experience researching and working with grassroots initiatives at the South African Catholic Bishops Conference - CPLO and the Surplus Peoplei's Project, organizations based in Cape Town, South Africa, and volunteering at DC Kitchen and My Sister's Place in the District of Columbia, Antoine has been able to shape and improve Leadership Initiativesi' program in Nigeria through enhancing the project capacity and strengthening organizational partnerships within the community.
Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program -Leadership InstitutePrevious Leadership Initiatives Board Member
Bryan Bernys is currently the Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute's mission is to identify, recruit, train and place conservative minded individuals in political, governmental and media positions throughout the country. Before this venture, Bryan served as the New Hampshire Field Director for the McCain 2008 campaign. As one of the first people hired onto the McCain campaign in September of 2006 Bryan worked to re-establish Sen. McCain's presence among New Hampshire voters, hired and trained campaign staff, located and opened a campaign headquarters, and ran the day to day ground operations for the campaign.
In addition to his work with the McCain campaign Bryan also comes to LI with a wealth of campaign experience. He has served as the Field Director for the Tarrant for Senate campaign in Vermont, Campaign Manager for Robinson for Delegate in Virginia, consultant for the Ball for Delegate special election in Virginia, and field staff for the Bush/Cheney 2004 campaign in Michigan.
While in college Bryan worked for the Carlyle Gregory Company, a political consulting firm in northern Virginia. Working for the Carlyle Gregory Company, Bryan assisted on several campaigns around the country for all levels of public office. He graduated from American University with a bachelors degree in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government.
Theodore N. Carter
Office of Economic Development, Jacksonville Florida-Economic Development OfficerFounding Leadership Initiatives Board Member
Theodore Carter serves as Executive Managing Director for CBRE's Government and Public Sector Solutions (GPSS) business unit, with a focus on leveraging the breadth of CBRE's platform for public sector and government clients. Prior to joining CBRE in October 2005, Mr. Carter served as President/CEO of the quasi public National Capital Revitalization Corporation, a real estate development entity in Washington, D.C. From 1997-2000 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management Operations at the United States Department of Treasury, where his responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the department's real estate, procurement and security\critical infrastructure portfolios as well as financial and management oversight of the department's law enforcement bureaus. He has held senior staff positions in the mayoral administrations of Mayors David Dinkins and Rudolph Guliani in New York City, and Marion Barry and Anthony Williams in Washington, D.C.
OmniLearn LLC-Director of Operations
Ashley has been working with Leadership Initiatives since May 2009. She has spearheaded Leadership Initiatives online educational initiatives creating online training materials for community leaders within the United States, Namibia, Nigeria and the Philippines, SAT training courses for hundreds of US based students and all LI communication and meeting systems. This project has connected US Ambassadors, leaders from Exxon, Darden, PwC, Booze Allen Hamilton, Johnson and Johnson, Wells Fargo and the Pentagon with community leaders across the developing world and created mentor partnership between these highly skilled individuals and high school students across the US.
As Director of Operations for OmniLearn LLC, Ashley has created numerous online tools to drive sustainable success organizationally and individually by managing and measuring tasks, projects, and goals to provide consistent, measurable, predictable performance for prestigious and multi-million dollar organizations such as the Wharton Business School and Sunrise Senior Living.
Ashley hopes to continue to assist Leadership Initiatives in changing lives, developing community leaders across the globe and creating America's future leaders for years to come.
Oracle America, Inc.- Senior Corporate Counsel
Since graduating from The Ohio State University with a joint JD/Masters in Public Policy Administration in 2009, Liz has worked as a corporate attorney focusing on public sector contract negotiation, ethics and compliance, privacy and security law, intellectual property, licensing, and government regulation. She spent over five years in the IBM Legal Department and is currently in her second year at Oracle. She is also a Member of the City of Alexandria Public Health Advisory Commission, working to advise and support the City on public health policy matters.
While pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science at Ohio State, Liz also studied abroad at the University of Damascus in Syria in 2005 as part of her Arabic minor. While in law school, she worked as the Editor-in-Chief of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal. Having travelled extensively in the Middle East and studied development from an economic, political, and legal perspective, she is inspired by the Leadership Initiatives mission of empowering community leaders to drive local development through entrepreneurship.
Citi Bank Vice President-Compliance Officer
Wike Kaiser has volunteered with Leadership Initiatives in the past and is excited to officially join the LI team as member of the Advisory Board. He graduated from American University with a degree in Economics in 2004. Wike has over nine years of experience in the AML, OFAC, fraud, and due diligence compliance fields with various international financial institutions, public corporations, and federal government agencies. Extensive forensic accounting, bankruptcy, and litigation consulting work for a number of international financial institutions and major corporations. Client relationship and marketing experience with domestic and international corporations, law firms, and federal agencies.
Siemens Enterprise Communications, Inc.-Vice President Verizon Global AlliancePrevious Leadership Initiatives Board Member
Since 2009, Diana Meacham has served as the Vice President of Verizon's Global Alliance in Reston, Virginia, with Siemens Enterprise Communications. As part of a private firm, she manages 10,000 plus employees in the telecommunications industry. Her experience as a Senior Sales Executive provides her with an extensive experience in global enterprise sales, sales management, global strategic alliances, operations management, strategic planning and business development.
Diana's strengths include the ability to manage complex global customers and partner relationships with a record of consistently exceeding corporate and personal goals. Much of her career allows her to demonstrate an ability to deliver technology solutions and services to multi-national customers, government agencies and global partners. Diana has been helping Leadership Initiatives plan the Gala with Lynsie since its inception and has been able to bring in $2500 Siemans sponsorship for the Gala and over $1000 in gifts for our VIPs from Siemans.
ESTERELLA COMMUNICATIONS, LLC-CEOPrevious Leadership Initiatives Board Member
Stella is a community organizer, a business consultant and is currently opening up her own consulting company after leaving the Nigerian Embassy as an event coordinator. Stella is currently the National Vice-President of the Association of Nigerian Women Leaders in Diaspora (ANWLD INC). Stella is also an Assistant Executive Director of NIDO Americas INC and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of "Crossover Daughters", a Quarterly Publication of Bethel Fellowship Church in Maryland.
On May 28th, 2011 Stella was honored in Miami Florida by NAU USA, INC for her leadership role in the African Diaspora community. On July 3rd 2011, she was honored in Orlando Florida by the Nigerian Reunion Corporation with the 2011 Community Leadership Image Award. Stella speaks five languages and is proficient in American Sign Language.
International Youth Foundation -President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Reese brings more than thirty years of experience in the international development sector to Leadership Initiatives. A graduate of Stanford, and a Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he has worked for the Peace Corps in such capacities as Director of Brazil operations and Deputy Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region. Bill also served as President and CEO of Partners of the Americas, promoting international economic and social development for twelve years. Currently Bill has a seat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, and is serving as President and CEO of the International Youth Foundation, supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries and territories.
Operation Hope-Senior Vice President and Chief of Government Affairs and Public Policy Government Affairs OfficePrevious Leadership Initiatives Board Member
With extensive experience in both the political and non-profit arena, Jena Roscoe serves as an indispensable liaison for Leadership Initiatives. Jena served within the Clinton/Gore Administration as Associate Director for African American and Youth Outreach in the White House Office of Public Liaison. She has also played a key role as Assistant to the President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, organizing both laborers and African American leaders to meet the objectives of the labor federation. She currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Government Affairs at Operation HOPE, Inc., which advocates for revitalization and economic self-sufficiency of inner city communities, and stands as the nation's first social non-profit national investment banker organization. Jena provides Leadership Initiatives with critical strategic advice and networking support.
Georgetown University-Professor of LeadershipFounding Leadership Initiatives Advisory Board Member
Professor Stiles currently teaches "Social Entrepreneurship: Leading Social Change" in the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University. She is Executive Director of the CORAL Network, a consortium of local universities in equal partnership with the nonprofits and the city government to direct the wealth of resources of the universities into our community. Stiles also directs DC Youth & Government, a program of the YMCA where college students go into participating high schools, teach civics, and lead a weekend youth simulation of DC government.
Sarah Stiles is a native Washingtonian, studied Spanish at Southern Methodist University, did a master's degree in Spanish literature at New York University in Madrid, completed a master's and PhD in political science at Boston University, and received a law degree from Northeastern University. Before teaching at Georgetown, Stiles was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs at American University.
President of Woods InternationalPrevious Leadership Initiatives Board Member
Tom is President of Woods International, LLC, a private sector consulting firm focused on economic growth strategies and public private partnerships for African development. He is also a Senior Associate Fellow with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC and is a leading expert on U.S.-Africa relations, human and economic development, and political and security issues in Africa. Tom served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led U.S. engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa. He also led U.S. economic policy toward Africa, including trade and investment issues. He has been instrumental in shaping U.S. policy on Africa and driving the change from a focus on aid to a focus on trade partnership. Mr. Woods led U.S. Government engagement on Africa Energy Security and he chaired the first Bilateral Conference on U.S.-Nigeria Energy Cooperation. Mr. Woods helped develop the first major public/private partnership between leading oil companies, donors and the Government of Nigeria to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria's Niger Delta.
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