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The Senior Advisory Board

The Senior Advisory Board is made up of distinguished men and women from around the world who provide big picture advice and guidance. They include:

Bill Drayton, Founder, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public

For Bill's entire life he has been a social entrepreneur. An alumnus of Harvard, Yale Law and McKinsey, he has a long an impressive career in the private, public and citizen sector. Under Bill's leadership over the last twenty-five years, Ashoka has invested in over 1,700 social entrepreneurs from 60 countries around the world. Bill's visionary support for the citizen sector has earned him numerous awards ranging from being elected one of the early MacArthur Fellows to his most recent distinction as one of America's Best Leaders by the US News & World Report and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership. By working with Bill at Youth Venture/Ashoka, Scott has gained a valuable relationship and ongoing inspiration. It was Scott's relationship with Ashoka, and the insights of Ashoka Fellows in India, that led to the idea of Atlas Corps.

David Bornstein, Author, How to the Change the World

Mr. Bornstein is the author of How to Change the World, which tells the stories of people around the globe who are solving many of the world's most intractable problems. These individuals, from doctors to lawyers, from engineers to journalists, are successfully demonstrating that one person with a powerful idea and the drive to succeed can bring positive changes to the lives of thousands or even millions. By continuing to advise Atlas Corps, Mr. Bornstein once again throws his support behind the power of individuals to change the world.

Dawn Rittenhouse, Director, Sustainable Development at DuPont

Dawn Rittenhouse is Director, Sustainable Development for the DuPont Company. She joined DuPont in 1980 and has held positions in Technical Service, Sales, Marketing, and Product Management within the Packaging and Industrial Polymers business. In late 1993, she began working in the corporate organization to assist DuPont businesses in integrating sustainability strategies into their strategy and business management processes. She is also involved with the United Nations' Global Compact and she leads DuPont's efforts at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She leads the corporate recognition program for Sustainable Growth Excellence. In 2001 and 2002 Ms. Rittenhouse served a co-chair of the GEMI working group that developed the SD Planner. She has a double major in Chemistry and Economics from Duke University.

Dr. Isabel Londoño, Ed.d, Fundación Mujeres por Colombia /Educational Coaching

Dr. Londoño is an active leader in the education and citizen sector in Bogotá, Colombia. She was the Director of Community Development for the City of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. She was part of the Mayor's cabinet, and played a prominent role in the development of public policies concerning women and youth issues. In addition, Dr. Londoño was Chief of Staff for the First Lady of Colombia, Ana Milena Munoz de Gaviria. Dr. Londoño was also General Consul of Colombia for New England, serving a community of more than 60,000 Colombian immigrants across six states. She has been a consultant with the InterAmerican Development Bank, World Bank, Creative Associates, and USAID. She created and directed the Foundation COLFUTURO, awarding more than 1000 graduate scholarships for Colombian professionals abroad, and managing an endowment of more than $20 million dollars. She also created the Foundation Women for Colombia, and was a founder for the Foundation for the Reconciliation. Recently she was an executive liaison of the office of the President of the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. Isabel Londoño earned a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in 1980 from the Business School of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She has a Master of International Education, and a Doctorate degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ed Freel, University of Delaware

Ed has a long career in government, politics, academia and the citizen sectors. He began his career in state government, but in early 1979, he joined the Carter administration as Special Assistant to the Director for Community Action of the U.S. Community Service Administration. In the fall of 1979, he was asked to develop and manage anew $500-million program designed to help the poor and elderly cope with rising energy costs. He managed the program's expansion to $1.85 billion and in 1981 received an award for outstanding program management. In 1982 Mr. Freel managed the Delaware State Treasurer Thomas Carper's successful campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as Chief of Staff for the Congressman for nine years before leaving to serve as political director in the 1992 Carper gubernatorial campaign.

Mr. Freel directed Governor-Elect Carper's transition team and then served as Chief of Staff until July 1994 when he was appointed Delaware's Secretary of State. In addition to his responsibilities with the Institute for Public Administration, Mr. Freel serves as the Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper. He is also a Trustee of the Delaware Historical Society.

Dr. Isabel Londoño, Founder, Colfuturo. Dr. Londoño was the Director of Community Development for the City of Bogotá, capital of Colombia. She was part of the Mayor's cabinet, and played a prominent role in the development of public policies concerning women and youth issues. In addition, Dr. Londoño was Chief of Staff for the First Lady of Columbia, Ana Milena Munoz de Gaviria. Dr. Londoño was also General Consul of Colombia for New England, serving a community of more than 60,000 Colombian immigrants across six states. She has been a consultant with the Interamerican Development Bank, World Bank, Creative Associates, and USAID. She created and directed the Foundation COLFUTURO, awarding more than 1000 graduate scholarships for Colombian professionals abroad, and managing an endowment of more than $20 million dollars. She also created the Foundation Women for Colombia, and was a founder for the Foundation for the Reconciliation. Recently she was an executive liaison of the office of the President of the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. Isabel Londoño earned a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in 1980 from the Business School of the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She has a Master of International Education, and a Doctorate degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Geri Critchley, International Education and Service Leader

Geri Critchley has been involved in community organizing and the international field for more than 25 years. After returning from the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, Geri worked with international students at Crossroads International Student Center at the University of Chicago and then in international education exchange as the director of The Experiment in International Living's (EIL)/World Learning Washington, DC office and later the director of the Canadian office. Each year, she hosts the EIL DC Ambassadors - scholarship recipients - who go abroad each summer. Geri also served as an escort for international visitors through the U.S. State Dept. After moving to Rochester, Minnesota, Geri founded and directed a community-based international center which fostered educational cross cultural links within the community. Grants from USIA and the Mayo Clinic launched the center which served 12,000 participants in the first year. In Toronto, Canada, Geri worked in Cross Cultural Communication in the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture creating their first cross cultural training resources library. She has been involved with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) organizing many events such as a Presidential campaign benefit in support of Bill Clinton's vision of community service - bringing the world back home. She served on the National Review Committee of the Corporation for National and Community Service and assisted at Camp Shriver and at the Special Olympics World Games in addition to raising funds for African athletes to participate. International Career Roundtables were created by Geri at TransCentury which she facilitated then expanded into a network throughout Washington, DC. In Dublin, Ireland, Geri served as the Director of The Irish American Partnership which promotes peace and prosperity in Ireland both North and South and raised funds for students from N Ireland the Republic of Ireland to participate in a Peace Institute in DC. She led student groups to Mexico, France and Ireland, led an art tour to France; studied on scholarships in France and Ireland (James Joyce) and in Mexico, and traveled from China to the North Pole to Timbuktu often writing travel articles. Geri worked in international development at MSI (www.msiworldwide.com), took a two year sabbatical and is now consulting for World Learning/The Experiment in International Living, career advising on international humanitarian service and writing. Recently she organized a benefit with Peter Yarrow for the Alliance for Peacebuilding. She will be cycling 20 miles in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Challenge with TEAM SARGE at the Washington Monument in appreciation of the Shrivers' lifelong legacy of service. Geri has a Masters in International Education and Training, and her family is profiled in The Giving Family by the Council on Foundations and in Congressman Tony Hall's Changing the Face of Hunger.

Joshua J. Marcuse, Founder and Chairman, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Joshua J. Marcuse is the founder and chairman of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders. He advises individuals and institutions on how to engage young professionals in the foreign policy community, and frequently speaks to students and recent graduates about careers in international affairs, leadership, management, entrepreneurship and civic participation. Marcuse chairs the YPFP Board of Directors and oversees an all-volunteer staff of more than 150 emerging leaders around the world who manage YPFP’s communications, finances, global operations, membership, programming, public service and technology.

Marcuse is a senior consultant in the Modeling, Simulation, Wargaming & Analysis division of Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm. He currently works in the Pentagon supporting clients in the Office of the Secretary of Defense with the development of strategies for working with international and interagency partners to address shared national security challenges. Previously, he worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Marcuse serves on the Board of Advisers of Next America, a project of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, is a Truman Security Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Next America Fellow, and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Marcuse was an Aspen Scholar at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival and is a member of the Aspen Socrates Society.

Marcuse graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with honors in government. His thesis, The Arsenal of Democracy in the Age of Terror: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Military Assistance as a Counterterrorism Strategy, received the Chase Peace Prize.

After national security, his true passion is cooking. Marcuse is from New York City.

Mark V. Vlasic, Government-Nonprofit-Military Leader

Mark V. Vlasic has served as a soldier, a lawyer, a professor, and a diplomat, and has worked for the United Nations, the White House, the Pentagon, and a large international law firm. He currently serves at the World Bank Group, where he works on a presidential initiative to help countries recover looted assets from grand corruption cases.

In June 2006, Mr. Vlasic was one of only 14 professionals appointed to serve as a 2006-2007 White House Fellow. As part of his nonpartisan fellowship, Mr. Vlasic served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, where he focused on U.S. foreign policy, bilateral relations, and assistance to the President's Special Envoy to Sudan. In recognition of his contributions to the Department, including being a "valuable member of Secretary of Defense's official delegations to Europe, Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East, and to NATO Defense Ministerial meetings," Mr. Vlasic was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert M. Gates.

Prior to becoming a White House Fellow, Mr. Vlasic was an Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where he practiced in the firm's Public Policy, Banking, International Trade, and Business Crimes & Investigations Practice Groups. Before entering private practice, Mr. Vlasic served as a prosecution attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, where he was a member of the Slobodan Milosevic and General Radislav Krstic (Srebrenica) trial and investigative teams, and focused on the genocide in Bosnia. As a U.S. Army officer, he has been attached to reserve units on Capitol Hill and at the Defense Attaché Office at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague. He has also served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

A Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Institute for International Law & Politics, Mr. Vlasic has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and has lectured at numerous academic institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Oxford University, Yale Law School, the NATO School, the U.S. Military Academy, the Baltic Defense College, and the Danish Center for Human Rights. Recognized as an expert in international law, Mr. Vlasic was one of a small team of international lawyers selected to help train the Iraqi judges that tried Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Vlasic has provided legal commentary to CNN, CBS, FOX News, NPR, CTV, bloggingheads.tv, Voice of America, The Washington Post and USA Today, and been published by Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, The Tax Lawyer, USA Today, Legal Times, the Toronto Star, the Ventura County Star, and the Sudan Tribune. He is a member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo, Italy, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Humanity in Action Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Atlas Service Corps, the International Advisory Council of the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology, is listed in Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law, and was profiled as an "International Lawyer" in Esquire magazine. In 2006, Mr. Vlasic was awarded the Frank Wheat Award for his leadership and dedication to pro bono and community service, and the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.

After attending public schools in California, Mr. Vlasic studied business, theology and government at Georgetown University while on an Army ROTC scholarship, and received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy of International Law and conducted post-doctorate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. Mr. Vlasic is a member of the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Raj Kumar, President, DEVEX

He's been a part of nine presidential campaigns, from the Orange Revolution to the referendum to recall Hugo Chavez. But nothing gets Raj's competitive juices flowing like the opportunity to change the world through social enterprise and new media. Our founding President, he saw the world-shaping potential of Devex while a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School and promptly dropped out to build it.

Raj began his career organizing campaign events for President Clinton as part of his national advance team. Later he became Principal and Political Director at Penn, Schoen & Berland, the political strategy and polling firm that served Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, Tony Blair, Bill Gates, and dozens of other elected and corporate leaders.

He took a detour from politics and polling during the dot-com days, co-founding SmartPortfolio.com, a financial information website that he and his partners sold to TheStreet.com in 2000. With a lifelong interest in the developing world (he spent part of his childhood in Kerala, India and is the nephew of two development economists who took him on field visits as a kid), Raj enrolled in graduate school to enter the world of global development. The rest is Devex history.

Raj is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and has worked, studied, and traveled in 50 countries. He writes and speaks about global development, and appears as a guest analyst in the media (including on Devex of course!). As President of Devex, Raj has been profiled in Forbes, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and theWashington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. You can find him on a plane, often alongside his wife Maria Teresa Kumar, dreaming up the next Devex innovation.

Ramesh Bajpai, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce, India

Mr. Bajpai is the Founder and Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) chapter in India. AMCHAM- India was founded in 1992 and now boasts over 300 members. Since its inception, AMCHAM has played a significant role in reforms in the banking sector, in reducing the tariff for medical equipment and devices, in advocating for a greater role for US defense companies towards meeting India's defense requirements, and in reducing duties in the IT sector. Mr. Bajpai joined forces with Scott Beale to organize two conferences on Corporate Responsibility in India and continues to be an invaluable advisor to Atlas Corps.

Senator Harris Wofford, Co-founder of Peace Corps, former Senator of Pennsylvania

Senator Wofford has been a long-time proponent of a “Reverse Peace Corps” since he helped start the Peace Corps with Sargent Shriver in 1960. Senator Wofford was an early student of Gandhi, traveled extensively in India when he was young, and this experience led him to a life of service and an advocate for civil rights. Senator Wofford attended law school at Yale and Howard University and served in the Air Force in World War II. His public service career began as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He became active in the civil rights movement and was a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

He worked on John Kennedy's presidential campaign, during which he persuaded Kennedy to call King's wife and offer his support - a move that helped shift the African American vote decisively in Kennedy's favor. Kennedy appointed him as a Special Assistant to the President on civil rights and helped found the Peace Corps, serving as a special representative to Africa and director of operations in Ehtiopia. Wofford became active in Pennsylvania politics and was appointed Senator in 1991 after the death of John Heinz and shortly thereafter won the special election. After his time in the Senate, Wofford served as chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps) until 2001. Since his retirement he has served on many nonprofit Boards including America's Promise, Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. He was recently a fellow at the Case Foundation.

Shankar Venkateswaran, Executive Director, America India Foundation-India

Mr. Venkateswaran brings 20 years of experience in the corporate and citizen sectors to Atlas Corps. Prior to joining the America India Foundation, he was the Chief Executive of Partners in Change, a pioneer nonprofit organization in the field of corporate social responsibility in India. He also held various positions in a UK based international CSO, Action Aid and was involved in appraising, building capacities and monitoring the work of its partner CSOs. Mr. Venkateswaran is a graduate of IIT Madras and IIM Calcutta.

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