Board Members

Matthew Bryza

Board Member 

Matthew Bryza just completed a 23-year career as a U.S. diplomat, over half of which was spent at the center of policy-making and international negotiations on major energy infrastructure projects and regional conflicts in Eurasia. His most recent assignment was as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012. Between 2005 and 2009, Bryza served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for Eurasian Energy, the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Bryza simultaneously served as the U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE’s Minsk Group mediating the Karabakh conflict, and as U.S. mediator of the Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts. From 2001 to 2005, Bryza served in the White House as Director for European and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. His responsibilities included Eurasian energy, the South Caucasus, Central Asia and political Islam in Eurasia. Previous assignments include Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President and Secretary of State on Caspian Energy, Advisor on Economic Reform in the South Caucasus and Central Asia, and Russia Desk Officer at the State Department, as well as Political Officer at the U.S. Missions to Russia (1995-97) and Poland (1989-91). Currently Ambassador Bryza resides in Istanbul, Turkey, where he also works as a consultant on business and democratic development and is a board member of several private companies.

Willem  de Vogel


Willem de Vogel was born in The Netherlands and was schooled there and in Wales. He graduated with a Licence es Sciences Politiques from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and an MBA from The University of Chicago. After a short period with a major bank, Willem was asked to start the Private Equity activity of Three Cities Research, Inc. Willem led that activity until 2004, when he became the Senior Partner. He fully retired in 2013. Willem has served on many corporate boards in the U.S. and in Europe. He also has served and continues to serve on a number of not-for-profit boards. He is an avid outdoorsman and lives in upstate New York.

Nancy Ellison

Nancy Ellison is a celebrated photojournalist and portrait photographer. Her portrait subjects have ranged from world leaders to icons of popular culture. Besides celebrity portraiture, her photojournalism has included photo essays on British forces in Central America, the Mosquito Indians of Honduras and Belize and headhunters in Borneo. Ms. Ellison's photography has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the London Times. Gallery exhibitions include Mary Boone, Taglialatella, Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Holden Luntz Gallery. In 1995 The World Press Organization honored her for her portraits of American Ballet Theatre dancers from the book, American Ballet Theatre, Portraits by Nancy Ellison. Her photographs (as well as her paintings) are in both museum and private collections. Nancy Ellison's books of her photographs include Wagner’s Eternal Ring, In Classic Style, In Grand Style, Vineyard Days, Vineyard Nights, Starlet, Barbie Live, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, The Ballet Book, and Becoming a Ballerina. Her photo exhibitions include: Taglialatella Galleries New York and Palm Beach 2014-5. “Altered Ego” a retrospective of material covering 40 years as a photographer beginning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center (Spring and Summer 2013) and traveling to Houston, Miami and New York City over the course of the next year. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County selected Ms. Ellison as one of the “Top 10 artists and authors” spring of 2013, “In Classic Style”, May 2008, “In Grand Style”, Sotheby’s, May 2006, “Vineyard Days…Vineyard Nights,” 2003; "Vacancies", 2001; a One Man Show, 2000, at the Mary Boone Gallery; "Photographs: An Overview", 1999; Nancy Ellison: Starring Role, 1996; World Press Photo Awards Exhibition in Amsterdam, 1996, which traveled internationally through March, 1997; "Body and Grace", An American Ballet Theatre Exhibit, Produced by American Ballet Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The World Financial Center and The Metropolitan Opera House. Ms. Ellison has also turned her interests to Broadway. Her first Broadway venture was as co-producer of 3 Penny Opera, starring Sting. Her credits have included Inherit the Wind, Coram Boy Seafarer, Thurgood and Country Girl. Ms. Ellison was Deputy Commissioner General for the Expo 2000 World's Fair where she created, along with her husband William Rollnick, the program “America’s Voices”. She is a Board Member of the National Trust for the Humanities. Ms. Ellison along with her husband, Bill Rollnick, chaired the International Red Cross Ball for three years. She is a former Director of American Ballet Theatre, The Drawing Center and of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and a former Commissioner of the Presidential Scholars. Ms. Ellison is Co-Director of the William D. Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick Foundation, which was established for the support of the Arts.

Carlton W. Fulford, Jr.

General, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) 

General Fulford presently consults with U.S. government and other private organizations on security matters. He served as Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a Department of Defense regional center, from 2003-2006.

James G. Gidwitz

Board Member 

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Patrick W. Gross

Board Member 

Pat Gross is chairman of The Lovell Group, a business and technology advisory and investment firm he formed after stepping down as chairman of the executive committee of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS) in 2002. AMS is a billion dollar revenue consulting and IT services firm which he founded with four colleagues in 1970. He currently serves as Senior Advisor to the firm assisting with major client engagements and relationships.

James Hauslein

Board Member 

Mr. Hauslein is currently Managing Director of Hauslein & Company, Inc., a private equity firm and was previously, until May 2001, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunglass Hut International, Inc. From 1987 to 2001 Mr. Hauslein was a principal shareholder and from 1991-2001 served as Chairman of the Board of Sunglass Hut International, Inc., the world's largest specialty retailer of non-prescription sunglasses and significant retailer of popular price point fashion watches, with almost 2,000 company-owned Sunglass Hut, Watch Station, Watch World and combination stores in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand.

Michael V.  Hayden

General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)  

General Michael V. Hayden (USAF Ret.) served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America’s adversaries, producing timely analysis for decision makers, and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the United States. Before becoming Director of the CIA, General Hayden served as the country’s first Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence – and was the highest-ranking intelligence officer in the armed forces. Earlier, he served as Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency, Director of the Joint Command and Control Warfare Center, Director of the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005, and Chief of the Central Security Service. General Hayden graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1967 and a master’s degree in modern American history in 1969. He was a distinguished graduate of the university’s ROTC program, and began his active military service in 1969. General Hayden is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group in Washington DC.

Bruce Hoffman

Board Member 

Professor Bruce Hoffman has been studying terrorism and insurgency for more than thirty years. He is currently a tenured professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Washington, DC. Professor Hoffman previously held the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and was also Director of RAND’s Washington, D.C. Office. From 2001 to 2004, he served as RAND’s Vice President for External Affairs and in 2004 he also was Acting Director of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy.

Michael E. Kavoukjian

Michael E. Kavoukjian is a partner of the international law firm White & Case and chairman of the firm's Global Private Clients Group. The Firm played a central role in the privatization of Eastern Europe after the Cold War. Mr. Kavoukjian represents leading families and financial institutions worldwide in estate planning and fiduciary litigation. From 1994 to 1998 he was on leave to the U.S. government, where his duties included acting as special adviser to the U.S. Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kavoukjian holds an AB from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Timothy Keating

Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) 

Admiral Timothy Keating is a highly decorated, retired Admiral in the U.S. Navy and the former Commander of the United States Pacific Command (CINCPAC), where he worked to preserve the security of our nation across the Asia-Pacific region. Previously he served as Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), responsible for protecting the United States homeland and providing support to federal, state and local officials in times of crisis. During this same time, he also served as Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), providing aerospace warning, air sovereignty and defense for the United States and Canada.

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland

Board Member 

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland ( is FOX News’ National Security Analyst. She appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News. Ms. McFarland anchors DEFCON3 and writes a regular column for She is also the weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows. Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations: as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the NSC Staff (1970-76); member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff (1981); Senior Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PA) and Pentagon Spokesman (1981-84). Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan Administration (Distinguished Service Award, 1985). She ran as a Republican candidate for the US Senate from New York (2006). Ms. McFarland is a graduate of George Washington University (BA), Oxford University (BA, MA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD program, all but dissertation) with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. She received Graduate Fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Hubert Humphrey Fellowship). She is a board member of The Jamestown Foundation, a Distinguished Advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is married to Alan Roberts McFarland, founding member of McFarland Dewey & Co. They have five grown children and five grandchildren. The McFarland’s reside in Long Island.

William B. Richards

Board Member 

William B. Richards is Managing Partner of WBR Advisors LLC, which provides strategic advice to financial firms. He has a 40-year career on Wall Street that began in 1973. Mr. Richards has been involved with hedge funds since 1983, when he met Julian H. Robertson, Jr. of Tiger Management. Most recently, he managed relationships with hedge funds for a global investment bank. In addition to his finance and hedge fund work, he is also Professor with Distinction in the Masters of Finance program at I.E. University in Madrid, Spain, which is ranked third highest in the world. Mr. Richards served as an Infantry Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. He spoke Vietnamese and was an advisor to the Vietnamese military on the border of Cambodia.

William D. Rollnick

William D. Rollnick is the former chairman of Mattel, Inc., board director, member of their Executive Committee and chairman of their Audit Committee. He is also the former chairman of Genstar Rental Electronics, and has worked as an executive in the aerospace industry and founded and served on the board of directors of a number of computer and computer-peripheral firms. He was a board member of the Metropolitan Opera Association, New York and the National Trust for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.; the former Vice Chairman of the White House Endowment Fund; former board and executive committee member of the American Ballet Theatre in New York and of the San Francisco Opera. Mr. Rollnick was a trustee of the University of San Francisco and a trustee of Pitzer College. He is co-director of the William D. Rollnick and Nancy Ellison Rollnick Foundation, which was established for the support of the arts. As a supporter of the arts and humanities, William Rollnick created with his wife Nancy Ellison Rollnick the program America's Voices, which took place in Berlin, Germany, June through October, 2000; and he was the Special Envoy and Personal Representative of the President of the United States in connection with the Expo 2000 World's Fair, held in Germany. William Rollnick has been a Broadway Producer/Investor for a number of years. His Off-Broadway credit is Adult Entertainment and his Broadway credits include Fortune’s Fool, Sly Fox, Spamalot, Woman in White, Color Purple, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Inherit the Wind, Coram Boy, Sea Farer, the London Productions of Scrooge and Dr. Dolittle and Journey’s End which won a Tony for Best Revival in 2007.

Clinton I.  Smullyan

Board Member 

Clinton I. Smullyan is the Chairman and CEO of Mosbacher Properties Group LLC, which is involved in real property development, ownership and management.

Robert Spring

Board Member 

No further information.

Michelle Van Cleave

Board Member 

Michelle Van Cleave, a member of Jamestown’s Board of Directors, served as the National Counterintelligence Executive under President George W. Bush. As the head of U.S. counterintelligence, she was responsible for providing strategic direction to and ensuring the integration of counterintelligence activities across the federal government. She has also held senior staff positions in the Congress, including staff director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information, Minority Counsel to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, and professional staff member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; and in the White House, where she was Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. A lawyer and consultant in private life, she is currently a principal with the Jack Kemp Foundation, helping to establish and manage programs to develop, engage and recognize exceptional leaders.

Arthur  Waldron

Board Member 

Arthur Waldron has been the Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, since 1997. He works mostly on the history of Asia, China in particular; the problem of nationalism, and the study of war and violence in history. Educated at Harvard (A.B. ’71 summa cum laude Valedictorian, PhD ’81) and in Asia where he lived for four years before returning to Harvard. He previously taught at Princeton University, the U.S. Naval War College (Newport, RI) and Brown University. His publications include The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth (1989) also in Chinese and Italian; The Modernization of Inner Asia (1991); How the Peace Was Lost: The 1935 Memorandum "Developments Affecting American Policy in the Far East" Prepared for the State Department by John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1992) also in Japanese; From War to Nationalism: China’s Turning Point, 1924-1925 (1995) also in Chinese, and (with Daniel Moran) The People in Arms: Military Myth and National Mobilization since the French Revolution (2003). His latest book, The Chinese should appear in 2015. In addition he has fourteen articles in peer reviewed journals, ten chapters in books, and two edited volumes in Chinese, as well numerous scholarly and popular reviews and journalistic essays. In government, he served as one of twelve members of the highly-classified Tilelli Commission (2000-2001), which evaluated the China operations of the Central Intelligence Agency. He was also an original member of the Congressionally-mandated U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2001-2003). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.. A regular traveler, he has visited some fifty countries, in Asia and beyond. He has lectured all over the worlds, including Europe, Russia (in Russian), Japan, and Australia. Born in Boston in 1948 Professor Waldron married the former Xiaowei Yü (Born Beijing) in 1988. With their two sons they live in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania.

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General Counsel, Secretary





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