Our Staff

Our Board

Board Officers

Jeffrey Tindell, Co-Chair
Maureen White, Co-Chair
Darya Nasr, Vice Chair
Amb. L. Craig Johnstone, Secretary

Board Members

Joy Lian Alferness
Sarah Hogate Bacon
Sophal Ear
Elizabeth Galvin
Anne-Marie Grey
Amb. L. Craig Johnstone
Elena Kvochko
Erika Lee
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
Tom Malinowski
Kati Marton
Darya Nasr
H.M. Queen Noor
Augustin Ntabaganyimana
Elizabeth Stern
Jeffrey Tindell
George Valanos
Ai Weiwei
Maureen White

Former Presidents

Kenneth H. Bacon, President 2001-2009
Michel Gabaudan, President 2010-2017
Eric P. Schwartz, President 2017-2022
Lionel A. Rosenblatt, President Emeritus


Sue Morton

Directors Emeriti

Farooq Kathwari, Chair Emeritus
Eileen Shields-West, Chair Emeritus
Natacha Weiss, Chair Emeritus
Dr. James Cobey
Matt Dillon
Charlene Engelhard
Mary Louise Fazzano
Marianne Gimon
Tom Getman
Susan Goodwillie Stedman
Alan G. Hassenfeld
Michael Hawkins
Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Amb. Betty King
Lady Malloch-Brown
Tatiana Maxwell
Judy Mayotte
Constance Milstein
Charles Monat
Sue Morton
Sally Paridis
Peta Roubin
Tom Sadoski
Sandra Sennett Tully
George Soros
Sam Waterston
Jan Weil
Amb. Frank Wisner

Washington Circle Chair

Mariella Trager

Our Advisory Council

J. Brian Atwood

Senior Fellow for International Studies and Public Affairs, Thomas Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
Former Under Secretary of State for Management, U.S. Department of State

Daniel Benjamin

Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State
Director, The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

Chris Beyrer MD, MPH

Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Former UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict

Ryan Crocker

Diplomat in Residence, Princeton University
Senior Fellow, Yale University
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, and Lebanon
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Arthur “Gene” Dewey

Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Erika Feller

Professional Fellow, Melbourne University School of Government
Former UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees

Victoria K. Holt

Distinguished Fellow, Henry L. Stimson Center
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Abdi Iftin

Author, Call Me American

Tun Khin

President, Burmese Rohingya Organization UK

Lucy Kiama

Country Director, HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya

David J. Kramer

Senior Fellow, Vaclav Havel Program on Human Rights & Diplomacy, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Mark Lagon

Chief Policy Officer, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Andrea Lari

Senior Protection Adviser, The ProCap Project
Former Director of Programs, Refugees International

Mark Malloch-Brown

Former Administrator, UNDP
Former UN Deputy Secretary General

Kati Marton

Author, journalist, and human rights advocate
Former Chief Advocate, Office of Special Representatives for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations

Elisa Massimino

Visiting Professor of Law and Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Georgetown University Law Center
Senior Fellow, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Former President and CEO, Human Rights First

Juan Mendez

Professor of Human Rights Law in Residence and Faulty Director, Anti-Torture Initiative, American University
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment

William L. Nash

Major General, U.S. Army (retired)

Tara Nathan

Executive Vice President, Digital Solutions for Development, Mastercard

Augustin Ntabaganyimana

Deputy Executive Director, Maryland Department of Human Services
Former State Refugee Coordinator for Maryland

Thomas Pickering

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan, and El Salvador, and the United Nations
Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Anne C. Richard

Adjunct Professor, Institute for the Study of Migration, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Former Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

Hiram Ruiz

Former Director of Refugee Services for the State of Florida

Hala Al-Saraf

Executive Director, Iraq Health Access Organization

Paul Spiegel

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University
Professor, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  

Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development and Director of the Critical Issues Poll, University of Maryland

Joan Timoney

Senior Director of Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission

Maureen White

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

David Whippman

President, Hamilton College

Featured Image: Refugees International’s Yael Schacher interviews the shelter director of Casa de la Esperanza in Sasabe, Sonora.