Board of Directors
Ms. Adams serves as Vice President, Federal Government Affairs and Canada, Johnson & Johnson. She manages a team of D.C.-based federal lobbyists and political programs professionals as well as the J&J Canada government affairs team. Ms. Adams' experience in Washington, DC spans over 30 years in public health and biomedical research policy, patient advocacy and public affairs. Her outstanding contributions as a lobbyist earned her a spot on the 2018, 2019 and 2020 lists of the Hill Newspaper’s “Top Lobbyists”. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Affairs Council; the Bryce Harlow Foundation; the US Global Leadership Coalition; the Ford’s Theater Board of Governors; and the US Chamber Foundation.
Mr. Ahmed is the Head of Global Public Policy and Research at PayPal Inc. His work covers a variety of global issues including financial services regulation, innovation, international trade, and entrepreneurship. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School where he teaches a course on Fintech Law and Policy. Prior to PayPal, Mr. Ahmed worked at a number of policy think tanks in the Washington DC area focusing on good governance issues.
Mr. Ashton, Jr. is the Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The St. James, a leading developer and operator of performance, wellness and lifestyle brands, experiences, technologies and destinations. Prior to founding The St. James, Mr. Ashton was a founding member and Managing Director of Perella Weinberg Partners, a global boutique financial services firm. Mr. Ashton is a member of the Board of Directors of The Cronos Group (NASDAQ: CRON), an innovative global cannabinoid company, the Board of Trustees of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Board of Trustees of the National Urban League. He is also an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors and Foundation Board of the College of William & Mary.
Ms. Bush heads the company's government relations activities in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. News Corp is a global diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers throughout the world. Ms. Bush chairs the board of directors of The HistoryMakers and serves on the board of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Mr. Bynum serves as Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer for PNC Bank, where he leads PNC Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility; Community Development Banking; and Diversity and Inclusion. Bynum is an accomplished executive with 20 years of executive leadership experience, most recently serving as President of PNC Bank's Greater Washington Market. Bynum serves on the boards of numerous non-profits and civic organizations, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the United Way of the National Capital Area, and the Greater Washington Community Foundation.
Ms. Clark leads the strategic alignment and execution of policy development, government relations and market innovation in the quarter-billion-dollar organization, serving as the first female President in the institution's 107-year history. She also guides the strategic transformation of the Chamber’s policies and processes to best meet the 21st century needs of its more than 3 million member companies internationally. Clark sits on the Board of two public companies – AGCO and TransUnion. She is also a member of the Board of So Others Might Eat.
Formerly President of Riggs National Corporation and CEO of Riggs Investment Advisors, Inc. which managed assets of over $1 billion, Coughlin currently manages business development activities and is a member of Edgemoor’s Investment Selection Committee. He is Chairman of WETA Public Television and Radio and a Trustee of the Washington National Cathedral.
Ms. Dalwadi serves as the Metro DC Managing Partner for Baker Tilly. In her role, Ms. Dalwadi provides leadership, management and strategic direction for the firm’s metro D.C. market, including providing insight and advice to client engagement teams, fostering employee development and recruiting and driving growth. Ms. Dalwadi also serves on Baker Tilly’s national diversity and inclusion steering committee. She was a co-chair for the firm’s Talent Differentiation Task Force and also serves on Baker Tilly’s Growth and Retention of Women committee.
Under de Picciotto’s leadership, Octagon is regarded as a leader in talent representation, property ownership, event management and corporate marketing. He may be best known for building the brands and overseeing the careers of many of the world’s most recognizable athletes and celebrities, ranging from Super Bowl champions to Olympic gold medalists to royalty to network broadcasters.
Terri leads United Airlines' federal, state and local government engagement and is based in Washington, D.C. Before joining United, she served as vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Washington, D.C. office and led the company’s federal and state government affairs operation. In her 16-year tenure at Exxon Mobil, Terri advised the company’s senior leadership on key issues before Congress, the Executive Branch and state governments.
As the 17th President, Dr. Frederick’s goal is to enhance the Howard University legacy, ensure that the University maximizes its impact and that its students receive a well-rounded educational experience. Upon his return to Howard University, his academic positions included Associate Dean in the College of Medicine, Division Chief in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Cancer Center and Deputy Provost for Health Sciences. A distinguished researcher, surgeon, and author, Dr. Frederick has also received various awards honoring his scholarship and service. In January 2017, the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors elected Dr. Frederick to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s Baltimore Branch. In May 2016, President Barack H. Obama appointed Dr. Frederick to the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
Nora Gardner combines technical expertise with a passion for people as a client leader and sought-after mentor within McKinsey. Her PhD in biochemistry brings analytical rigor to her work with clients, where she focuses on human capital across private, public, and social sectors, including health care, pharma, scientific agencies, and defense and secuirty clients. She also leads the office’s social impact group, which connects consultants to pro bono work at local non-profits.
In 2021, Dr. Hartsock founded BuildWithin, Inc., a company designed to help increase the number of people completing apprenticeships. In 2013, Dr. Hartsock wrote a patent for connecting people to their lawmakers that was granted by the USPTO in 2021. She was named a 2017 Washington D.C. Tech Titan by Washingtonian Magazine, and made the Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 list in 2016 and 2017.
Amy Gilliland is president of General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics Corporation. GDIT is a $8.5B global technology enterprise with operations in 30 countries worldwide and 30,000 technologists and services professionals delivering critical mission capabilities across defense, civilian and intelligence agencies. Gilliland has more than 25 years of public sector experience including service in the U.S. Navy and nearly two decades in leadership positions at General Dynamics.
Prior to her current role as president, GDIT, Gilliland held a variety of leadership roles at General Dynamics including senior vice president of human resources and administration, chief of staff for the chief executive officer and staff vice president of strategic planning, and staff vice president of investor relations.
Before joining General Dynamics, Gilliland served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, Congressional Affairs Liaison Officer and Public Affairs Officer.
She earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s degree from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Gilliland is a Board of Director of BNY Mellon and for the Northern Virginia Technology Council. She is also involved in raising Rett Syndrome awareness through the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
Mr. Goldstein has received numerous national and regional awards for excellence in architecture, interior design, and product design. A sought-after spokesperson on the future of domestic and global design, he is often featured in prominent publications, and was named an industry leader by Building Design & Construction and the Washington Business Journal.
Ms. Unger is vice president of environmental, social and governance for Boston Scientific where she is responsible for driving business value for the company by anticipating, analyzing and influencing government and regulatory intervention in North America. She is the chair of the board of Urban Ventures, an organization focused on stopping the cycle of urban poverty in Minneapolis.
Joyce led Danaher’s $18B global, multi-industry portfolio of businesses. With Danaher’s 67,000 associates world-wide, he has strengthened Danaher’s focus as a leading science and technology company through the strategic acquisition of more than two dozen companies.
Prior to the formation of JBG SMITH, Mr. Kelly served as a Managing Partner of the JBG Companies and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Board of the MedStar Health Washington Hospital Center, Mr. Kelly's board service includes the Greater Washington Partnership, Urban Institute, and Halcyon. Mr. Kelly further serves on the Executive Committees and Boards of NAREIT, the Federal CIty Council, and the D.C. Policy Center while also serving as a member of The Real Estate Round Table and the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Knox is the Senior Vice President and Counsel at Aflac, joining the company in 2006. Mr. Knox leads and oversees the company's Federal Relations team. He also represents Aflac in legislative and regulatory matters with the federal government by providing policy direction, coordinating federal affairs initiatives and lobbying for the company’s interests in Washington, D.C. Knox is actively involved in the community serving on several boards including those of Meridian International Center, Congressional Award Foundation, Small Business Council of America, and Public Affairs Council. Additionally, he is co-founder of the Washington Heads of Office Leadership Council (WHOOLC) and was recently recognized as National Diversity Council’s 2021 Most Influential African Americans in Business.
Ms. Lea oversees all government and public policy work for Paramount globally, having two decades worth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge. She previously served as Viacom's Executive Vice President of GLobal Government Affairs since 2013. Currently, she serves on the Boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In 2019, Lea was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.
Ms. McLean is Chief Executive Officer of EDENS, one of the nation’s leading private owners, operators and developers of retail real estate. She is responsible for EDENS’ strategy to move the portfolio to major urban centers, creating a portfolio of assets that are the center of community life. She was named Chief Investment Officer in 1997, President in 2002 and CEO in 2015. Overall, Ms. McLean has been responsible for the development, redevelopment, acquisition and disposition of more than $15 billion in retail assets.
A surgeon for 30+ years, Dr. Newman guided the creation of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation to make children’s surgery less painful and invasive. He advocates for greater mental health access for children and influences national pediatric health through his board work with Children’s Hospital Association and Safe Kids Worldwide.
Mr. Pelletier has served as a trusted advisor at the highest executive levels of Congress, the White House, and the private sector. In 2000, he was tapped by President Bush to be the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs for the White House Office of Management and Budget. He currently leads the Alibaba team and manages all government and regulatory affairs activity in the US, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia outside of China at the national, regional, state and local levels.
The company Rabbitt founded in 1989 now yields annual sales nationally in excess of $300 million. Rand’s client-oriented, design-focused construction is consistently lauded. Ms. Rabbitt was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Class of 2016 and the Washington Business Hall of Fame, and has been named "Washingtonian of the Year".
Mr. Rozanski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., a global technology and consulting company that serves government clients and Fortune 500 corporations. Since 2012, he has led a strategic transformation of the firm, investing in innovation, advanced technology, and highly skilled talent, and reshaping its portfolio toward mission-critical, high-margin solutions. Mr. Rozanski joined Booz Allen in 1992 as a consultant to commercial clients, was elected vice president in 1999, and served as chief personnel officer, chief strategy and talent officer, and president and chief operating officer before becoming CEO. He also is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
Russo has been the CEO of GW Hospital since May 2016, previously serving as COO for more than seven years. Russo has received numerous accolades for her impact on health, including being named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Most Powerful Women in 2019. Russo holds a number of positions supporting healthcare efforts throughout the city, including serving as a voting member of the D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Commission on Healthcare Systems Transformation and Chair of the Board of the District of Columbia Hospital Association.
Samet leads a $5.7 billion regional healthcare delivery system—the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region. He serves on the boards of Greater Washington Partnership, Greater Baltimore Committee, United Way of the National Capital Area, and Goodwill of Greater Washington, and on the Executive Committees of Georgetown University and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. In addition to being a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League Achievement Award, Samet has also been inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame.
Peter L. Scher is Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Scher is the firm’s senior business executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region — one of the largest economic regions in the United States — and oversees the firm’s global Corporate Responsibility department, including its public policy efforts, the J.P. Morgan International Council and Morgan Health, a new business unit focused on improving the quality of healthcare for the firm’s employees and creating new models for employer-based healthcare.
With more than 20 years’ experience in change management, sales strategy and professional development, Ms. Schoppmann is focused on elevating talent, strategy, performance and client service across the Mid-Atlantic. Ms. Schoppmann serves as President of CBRE’s Mid-Atlantic markets, which include Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. She is a part of CBRE’s global Executive Inclusion Council, a senior leadership team committed to enabling CBRE’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy. She is a Founding Member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Chief, the only private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders.
Mr. Sweet’s long-time experience in the security and intelligence fields led to the co-founding of The Chertoff Group, where he oversees consulting with companies and governments on their own security and advises on mergers and acquisitions in the security industry. Prior to founding The Chertoff Group, Mr. Sweet served as the Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security to help manage one of the largest federal agencies with approximately 220,000 professionals and an annual budget of over $50 billion.
Prior to becoming CEO in September 2019, Julie served as chief executive officer of Accenture’s business in North America, the company’s largest geographic market. A leader on topics including innovation, technology’s impact on business, and inclusion and diversity, Julie serves on the Board of Directors for Catalyst, the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities - Bridges from School to Work. She is also a member of the TechNet Executive Council, the World Economic Forum's International Business Council, and the Business Roundtable (BRT), previously serving on the BRT Board of Directors and as chair of the Technology Committee. In 2019, she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “Most Powerful Women” for the fourth consecutive year.
Susan Tynan is the founder and CEO of Framebridge, a custom framing company which raised more than $82 million in venture financing from T. Rowe Price, New Enterprise Associates, Revolution Ventures, and SWaN, and is now owned by Graham Holdings. Before founding Framebridge in 2014, Tynan held product and business development roles at several consumer technology startups, including LivingSocial, Taxi Magic and Revolution Health. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Business School, she began her career at Accenture, and served as a management advisor on technology and customer service for the Obama White House. Tynan was honored as the Washington Business Journal’s 2019 CEO of the Year.
Mr. Vargas is the Vice President, Head of Global Public Policy at General Motors (GM). Prior to joining GM in August of 2021, Vargas held senior government relations roles with 3M, Praxair and PepsiCo. Earlier in his career, Vargas worked in Government Service as an appointee of President George W. Bush to the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served in a variety of capacities. He currently serves as co-chair of the Meridian Center’s Executive Committee and as a board member for Fiscal Note, Executive Institute Advisory Board.
Mr. Wirth is the Cofounder and CEO of Quorum, a public affairs software platform that enables organizations to launch grassroots advocacy campaigns, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor dialogue in Washington, Brussels, all 50 states, and thousands of cities around the U.S. Wirth sits on the Government Relations Executives Council, the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the Board of Directors of The Public Affairs Council, and the Board of Directors of the Forum for Youth Investment. Additionally, Wirth was an invited speaker at the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Forum for Democracy, SXSW, and TEDx Foggy Bottom.
Ms. Wright is a litigator concentrating in the area of white-collar criminal defense, with a specific focus on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and international anti-corruption laws; criminal antitrust; public corruption; government contracts matters; and complex civil litigation matters. As a litigator, Ms. Wright has represented individuals and corporations in state and federal courts throughout the country on a variety of criminal and civil matters. She is currently an independent director for the National Capital Bank of Washington, the oldest community bank in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Outside of work, Ms. Wright maintains active membership in various bar associations, currently serving as the Vice Chair of the National Bar Association Division – Minority Partners in Majority Firms as well as many other organizations.