Advisory board and honorary ambassadors

Advisory Board

William Early, Founder and Contributor, Global Envision

Bill Early conceived the Global Envision partnership with Mercy Corps on a visit to Mercy Corps' micro-lending programs in China with Ells Culver, Co-Founder of the organization. He began his world travels on a Navy training cruise in 1955, and he has continued to be an engaged global citizen ever since. Bill was a '58 graduate of Stanford University in History, and received his law degree from Harvard University in '64. His career with Jeld-Wen, Inc., a manufacturer of windows and doors, has spanned over thirty years. During that time, he has focused on the company's international operations in more than 20 countries. Bill is a leader and philanthropist, and he serves his community and church in numerous activities. Bill accepted an invitation to join The Bretton Woods Committee, a bipartisan, non-profit group organized to build public understanding of international financial and development issues and the role of the Bretton Woods institutions in the global economy. He joins Jeffrey Garten, Yale School of Management professor and Global Envision Honorary Adviser, in this group of 600 prominent citizens. He also serves on the Board of Ambassadors for Mercy Corps, and is the Oregon Co-chair for the Initiative for Global Development (IGD), a nationwide alliance of private sector leaders who are working to make global poverty alleviation a high priority among national policymakers.

Bill Conerly, Economist, Conerly Consulting

Bill Conerly’s 20+ years helping business managers better understand the economy have made him one of the best-known economic consultants in the Pacific Northwest. His projects have ranged from electronic commerce, to strategic planning, to public policy. He was previously Senior Vice President at First Interstate Bank, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. Bill is co-author of Thinking Economics, a high school textbook in multimedia format. He has been quoted in Fortune Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, and interviewed on The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour. Bill is chairman of the board of Cascade Policy Institute.

Marcus Ingle, Ph.D., Professor of Public Administration and Program Director of International Public Service

Dr. Marcus Ingle is Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government and Director for Global Public Service for the Executive Leadership Institute at Portland State University. Dr. Ingle has extensive international experience, having recently directed the USAID Regional Infrastructure Program for Water and Sanitation in Southeast Europe with Booz Allen & Hamilton. He has worked with government, non-profit and business organizations around the world. Dr. Ingle is a specialist in leadership capacity building and management, including participatory and sustainability techniques for local government, infrastructure, and environmental programs. Dr. Ingle received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

David McNamee, Chair of the BS in Business & Leadership program, Marylhurst University

David McNamee is an Associate Faculty and Chair of the BS in Business & Leadership program at Marylhurst University in Marylhurst, Oregon. Previously, he was Director of the BS in Business program at Concordia University. Mr. McNamee's experience includes stints as a manager with the State of Oregon, a small business owner, middle school teacher, elected public official, and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Mr. McNamee earned a BA in Communication at the University of Portland, a M.S. in International Relations at Syracuse University and is a PhD Candidate at Gonzaga University.

Erin Thomas

From 2005-2007 Erin managed the overall operations of the Global Envision website for Mercy Corps. She has a BA in International Development from The George Washington University and an MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was a member of the Rotary Peace Fellow inaugural class. Her diverse career includes education program management with Mercy Corps, experience in charitable giving for Federated Department Stores, coordination of political campaigns, and a half decade working in Latin America in both government and NGO positions. Erin has served as a Community Builder Fellow for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, as an Urban Community Development Volunteer for Peace Corps in Ecuador and she received a Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations Fellowship where she worked on community banking issues. She currently works for the Jubitz Family Foundation as a member of the War Prevention Initiative team, and manages the Rotarian Action Group for Peace.


Honorary Ambassadors

Jeffrey Garten, Juan Trippe Professor in the Practice of International Trade, Finance, and Business, Yale School of Management

Jeffrey Garten teaches at the Yale School of Management, and formerly served as the School's dean for a decade, from 1995-2005. Previously, he held senior positions in four presidential administrations, and was managing director of Lehman Brothers and the Blackstone Group. Earning a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, Garten went on to serve in the 82nd Airborne Division and the U.S. Special Forces. Garten is also chairman of Garten Rothkopf, a global consulting firm which he co-founded in October 2005. The company’s focus is on helping global companies and organizations deal with major transformational trends, such as new pressures on natural resources; strains on the environment; the expansion of multinational companies from emerging market economies; and the pressures of growing indebtedness in the West and Japan. Garten Rothkopf has a special focus on translating policy trends and decisions into commercial implications for senior business leaders, as well as building scenarios for unexpected developments of significant magnitude. Garten is married to Ina Garten, who hosts Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa."

June Arunga, Open Quest Media CEO and Filmmaker

June Arunga is the founder and CEO of Open Quest Media LLC. In 2010, she was named in the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. She is a founding partner, and for a period was Director of Corporate Affairs, of Black Star Line SA: a technology solution provider in the fields of cell-phone based payments and money transfer with a strong focus on the African market. She remains an equity partner. Ms. Arunga has produced four documentaries exploring trade, migration, property and wealth in Africa, as well as participating in numerous television and radio programs on a variety of related public policy issues. She also serves on the advisory committee of University of the People is an advisory board member of Moving Picture Institute, and is a fellow at the International Policy Network (London, UK) and Istituto Bruno Leoni (Milan, Italy). The common thread running through these efforts is her linking of the need for a robust protection of property rights in Africa to ensure justice and African empowerment.

Lael Brainard, U.S. Department of the Treasury's Under Secretary for International Affairs

Lael Brainard serves as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Under Secretary for International Affairs, a position for which she was confirmed by the United States Senate. She served as the Deputy National Economic Adviser and Deputy Assistant to the President on International Economics during the Clinton Administration. Most recently, Brainard was Vice President and Founding Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where she held the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in International Economics and directed the Brookings Initiative on Competitiveness. Previously, Brainard was an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Brainard also worked at McKinsey & Co. and separately on microfinance in West Africa. Brainard received masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from Harvard University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She graduated with highest honors from Wesleyan University. She is also the recipient of a White House Fellowship and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.​

Richard Pipes, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University

Richard Pipes is a specialist in Russian history, particularly with respect to the Soviet Union. He taught at Harvard University for four and a half decades until his retirement in 1996, and during that time served as director of Harvard's Russian Research Center for five years. Richard is now Baird Professor Emeritus of History at Harvard University. During his career, he has served as a senior consultant at the Stanford Research Institute, an advisor to Washington Senator Henry M. Jackson, and as a member of the National Security Council, holding the post of Director of East European and Soviet Affairs under President Ronald Reagan. Richard belongs to the Council of Foreign Relations, and has an extensive list of honors and writings.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is a global peace activist, passionate critic of injustice and religious leader. Hailing from South Africa, Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1999, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. He is a prolific writer and speaker, and currently serves as chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights.

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