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The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' Board of Advisors was established in 1954 to provide a dialogue between external audiences and the school's Dean and faculty. The activities and interests of the Board include all areas of the school's work. The Board's diverse membership includes University Trustees, alumni, and friends from corporations, foundations, private organizations, and those with specific interests in the school's research, education, and professional practice programs.
The relationship between the deans and faculty of the school and the members of the Board of Advisors has been a unique and catalytic one. The Board of Advisors has worked with the school to create new programs, to support key initiatives, and to offer critical advice and counsel on the wide variety of efforts.
 
 
Johns Hopkins SAIS Board of Advisors
Mission
 

The Board of Advisors serves as a critical source of periodic advice and counsel to the Dean in setting the overall course for the School’s future. Membership is international in scope and is comprised of University trustees, SAIS alumni, business and public sector leaders, and community members who share a commitment to international affairs and to preparing leaders in this field. Members serve as ambassadors for the School, promoting its programs to external constituencies and working with the School’s leadership to ensure its strength and advancement.
 

Structure
 
The governance structure of the SAIS Board of Advisors consists of a Chair and Vice Chair, nominated by the membership committee and appointed by the Dean.  At the present time, the following committees and taskforces have been formed:

  • Academic Affairs Committee
  • Communications and Marketing Taskforce
  • Development Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Membership Cmmittee
  • Student Services Committee

The Board of Advisors meets in plenary session three times each year to address pertinent issues relating to furthering the mission of SAIS at The Johns Hopkins University. Members are nominated by the membership committee and appointed by the Dean for a three-year term and may serve two consecutive terms. The Board will always include two Johns Hopkins Trustees to help facilitate dialogue between Johns Hopkins SAIS and the University leadership.
 
 
Board Member Expectations

  • Work to enhance the image, standards and resources of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University
     
  • Stay informed on issues relating to international affairs and the advancement of  Johns Hopkins SAIS
     
  • Provide constructive feedback to the school’s leadership on issues such as advancement objectives, strategic planning, curriculum development, student recruitment and career development for graduates
     
  • Attend at least two board meetings in person per year
     
  • Actively engage in the work of or chair at least one board committee
     
  • Support the school financially based on idividual capacity through personal and corporate resources, with a suggested minimum $25,000 annual gift and consideration of a multi-year pledge of a major gift and estate gift during their term 
     
  • Assist in developing new partnerships and enhancing established partnerships between the school and corporations and foundations and international organizations
     
  • Assist in the identification and recruitment of new board members
     
  • Identify and facilitate access to new sources of financial support


     



Johns Hopkins SAIS Advisory Board



Todd A. Fisher [3] ’91, CHAIR
Chief Administration Officer
KKR & Co. LP


Kathleen M. Pike [4] B’81, JHU’82, JHU’83, VICE-CHAIR
Professor of Psychology
Executive Director and Scientific Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program
Columbia University
 
Robert J. Abernethy [5] JHU’62
President
American Standard Development Co.
 
David H. Bernstein [6] JHU’57
Consultant
Carisam-Samuel Meisel Inc.
 
Ludovico Feoli [7]
Executive Director
Center for Inter-American Policy & Research
Tulane University
 
Pamela P. Flaherty [8]’68 
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Citi Foundation
 
Peter A. Flaherty [9]  B’67, ’68 
Managing Director
Arcon Partners, LLC
 
Louis J. Forster [10]JHU’82, ’83 
Partner
Green Visor Capital

Jesse Friedlander [11] '02
Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer
DesVoeux Partners 
 
David T. Fuhrmann [12] ’82
Partner/Owner
Glenwood, LLC
 
Richard P. Gildea B’83, ’84
Former Managing Director (Retired)
J.P. Morgan
 
John Graham [13] ’79
Chief Executive Officer
Liminal Partners Ltd.
 
Timothy J. Jennison [14] '91
Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Edward P. Joseph [15] '81
Senior Fellow and Professional Lecturer
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 
Lee S. Kempler [16] ’91
Chief Operating Officer for Investments
BlueMountain Capital Management

Joanne Leedom-Ackerman [17] JHU’69
Writer
 
Deborah M. Lehr [18]
Chief Executive Officer
Basilinna

Joseph E. Lipscomb [19] ’91
Co-Founder and Partner
Arborview Capital

Elizabeth Madigan Jost [20] B'97, '98
Chief Operating Officer
Morgan Stanley Latin America
 
Jill McGovern [21]
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
 
Richard R. Nijkerk [22] '89
Director
Nijvest Asia, Nijkerk Group
 
L. Peter O’Hagan [23] ’87
Managing Director
The Carlyle Group


Sarah B. O'Hagan [24] '86
Co-Chair
International Rescue Committee

Ned S. Offit [25] JHU’87, ’93
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital


Frank Savage [26] ’64
Chief Executive Officer
Savage Holdings, LLC
  
George Siguler [27]
Managing Director
Siguler Guff & Company LP
 
Gary M. Talarico [28] ’83
Managing Partner
Cora Street Partners
 
Thomas B. Tesluk [29] B’81, ’82
Owner and Managing Director
Sequent Consulting, LLC


Michael D. White [30] '76
Former Chairman and CEO
DIRECTV
 

List of Board of Advisor Committees
 

Academic Affairs Committee

Chair: Peter O'Hagan
Staff Liaison: Peter Lewis, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Khadija Hill, Associate Director of Development


Communications & Marketing Committee

Chair: Joseph E. Lipscomb
Staff Liaison: Lindsey Waldrop, Director of Communications & Marketing
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Jordi Izzard, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations

 

Development Committee

Chair: Jill McGovern
Staff/Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Kenna Barrett, Director of Development
 


Finance Committee

Chair: Lee Kempler
Staff Liaison: Bart Drakulich, Director of Finance and Administration
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Maya Shih, Associate Director of Development

 

Membership Committee

Chair: Pam Flaherty
Staff/Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Kim Morton, Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations

 

Student Life Committee

Chair: Gary Talarico
Staff Liaison: Noemi Rice, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Jean-Amiel Jourdan, Director of Global Careers
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Michael Bumbry, Associate Director of Development



 

Board of Advisors
Academic Affairs Committee

 
Chair: Peter O'Hagan
Staff Liaison: Peter Lewis, Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Khadija Hill, Associate Director of Development
 
Members:
Peter O'Hagan, Chair
Todd Fisher
Pam Flaherty
Tim Jennison
Deborah Lehr
Kathleen Pike
Ludovico Feoli

 

Purpose: The Academic Affairs Committee is responsible for implementing the academic vision for SAIS; faculty recruitment, retention and professional development; long-range academic planning; academic policies, procedures and systems; and the assessment of academic programs. The Committee will develop a perspective on and provide input to Dean Lewis on the two important programs currently being reviewed: “Energy, Resources and the Environment” and “American Foreign Policy”. The Committee will also focus on aspects of the practical implementation and delivery of the academic curriculum to address such issues to include, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • The student employment market place perspective on SAIS curriculum;
  • Identifying analytical skills that complement subject matter expertise;
  • Building faculty awareness of the importance of integrating complementary skills/experiences with curriculum.


 

Board of Advisors
Communications & Marketing Task Force Committee


Chair: Joseph E. Lipscomb
Staff Liaison: Lindsey Waldrop, Director of Communications & Marketing
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Jordi Izzard, Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Members:
Joseph E. Lipscomb, Chair
David H. Bernstein
Kathleen M. Pike

 

Purpose: The reputation of SAIS is extremely strong in conventional foreign policy circles that are familiar with the School. What is needed is to broaden awareness about the school and its strengths: an influential alumni network, a robust group of faculty practitioners who are leaders in their fields of study, and an unparalleled quality of training for future international relations experts. In a world where information is instantly available and communications channels continue to proliferate, we must expand outreach within the Johns Hopkins and SAIS communities, and to new audiences. Developing an integrated brand marketing strategy inclusive of all stakeholders will help attract the best students and support the school’s philanthropy goals. Promoting the school’s events, research centers, and institutes, such as the Foreign Policy Institute and the recently established Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, will provide an opportunity to target new audiences. This committee is looking to identify concrete steps SAIS can take to raise its profile. Board members, through their own networks, can support this drive by identifying new partners for publicizing SAIS and its strengths.

Board of Advisors
Development Committee


Chair: Jill McGovern
Staff/Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Kenna Barrett, Director of Development


Members:
Jill McGovern, Chair
Peter Drittel
Sarah O'Hagan
Todd A. Fisher (Board Chair)
Louis J. Forster
Richard Nijkerk
George W. Siguler, Sr.
Thomas B. Tesluk

 

Purpose: The Development Committee assists the SAIS Development department in the design and execution of engagement and fundraising strategies to raise private resources, and to keep alumni productively engaged with the school as consistent annual fund donors. Members work in a variety of ways to support and promote SAIS development efforts – serving as ambassadors within the Board of Advisors and externally – by identifying and reaching out to prospects, encouraging others to give to SAIS, and providing staff with feedback on ongoing initiatives, focused on the following areas:

  • Expand the school's endowment
  • Grow current-use funds to meet immediate needs
  • Secure large gifts
  • Strenthen connections with alumni and friends of Johns Hopkins SAIS
Board of Advisors
Finance Committee

 
Chair: Lee Kempler
Staff Liaison: Bart Drakulich, Director of Finance and Administration
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Maya Shih, Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations
 
Members:
Lee Kempler, Chair
Todd Fisher
Louis Forster
Rick Gildea
Joe Lipscomb
Elizabeth Madigan Jost
Peter O’Hagan
Gary Talarico

 

Purpose: To advise and support the Dean and the SAIS business and development departments in meeting the financial needs and goals of the school. Members provide staff with feedback and guidance on current initiatives. Committee members also serve as a liaison to the Board of Advisors on SAIS’s finances and, as needed, work with external audiences to encourage affiliated and non-affiliated donors to support SAIS’ priority needs, including making the case for unrestricted support and building SAIS’s endowment to enable the School to move forward. The committee will advise on opportunities to grow revenue including new executive and other programming and tuition adjustments, as well as the facilities and infrastructure needs of the school. In 2016, a Facilities and Capital sub-committee of the Finance Committee will examine SAIS’s facilities challenges and work with the University to devise a plan to meet those needs.



 

Board of Advisors
Membership Committee


Chair: Pam Flaherty
Staff/Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Kim Morton, Associate Dean of Development

Membership Committee:
Pam Flaherty, Chair
Joe Lipscomb
Todd Fisher (Board Chair)
Jill McGovern
Sarah O’Hagan
Kathy Pike
George Siguler, Sr.

 

Purpose: The Membership Committee will be responsible for identifying and nominating prospective board candidates who bring the professional and personal skills and affiliations with particular value to SAIS. SAIS seeks an active Board that blends alumni, non-alumni, and organizational leaders with diverse perspectives for the SAIS Board of Advisors. The Committee will evaluate current members as requested by the Dean, Chair and Vice-Chair, and also regularly reviews the membership roster to determine the possibility for term renewal for members, based on a three-year term cycle. The Committee will also develop recommended guidelines and policies to advise the Dean in governing the SAIS Board of Advisors.

Board of Advisors
Student Life Committee
Chair: Gary Talarico
Staff Liaison: Noemi Rice, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Jean-Amiel Jourdan, Director of Global Careers
Development & Alumni Relations Liaison: Michael Bumbry, Associate Director of Development

Members:
Gary Talarico, Chair
Robert Abernethy
Ludovico Feoli

Peter Flaherty
Richard Gildea
John Graham
Edward Joseph
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
Ned Offit
Peter O’Hagan
Frank Savage

 

Purpose: To support and promote a superior student experience at SAIS, from admissions through career counseling, interactions with employers, and graduation. The Committee works closely with the offices of Admissions, Students Affairs, and Global Careers at SAIS to support diverse programming that enhances the student experience, professional and leadership training, and develops student voice. The Committee also advises and assists in enrollment strategies that will attract the most academically talented and competitive candidates, while also aspiring to attract students with a diversity of experiences. The Committee will seek to enhance student-centered services and support in the areas of financial aid, global career services and technology. The Committee will serve as a voice of the larger SAIS community in articulating the strengths and challenges facing SAIS alumni in the workforce upon graduation, and work with SAIS staff to enhance formal and informal offerings that best position alumni for success upon completion of their degree.

SAIS: Leading with Purpose

 

Today, the world is undergoing a seismic shift unseen since the school’s founding in 1943.   Now, devastating conflict in the Middle East, uncertainty of the future of the European Union, the reassessment of American energy policy and its impact on climate change, and the reevaluation of international cooperative agreements like NAFTA and NATO are issues that demand a new way of thinking about international relations.  Current events illustrate an urgent need for the strategic study of key challenges such as human security and migration, cyber policy and national security, and trade agreements and labor movements.   The thought leadership of leading scholars at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an  independent academic environment  for rigorous analysis of these issues, makes SAIS uniquely qualified to play an important role in this moment of global transition.

In addition to the deep resources of regional and functional concentrations that have traditionally characterized study at SAIS, this moment calls forth new areas of investigation and impact:

  • Technology and Foregin Policy
     
  • Humanitarian Crises and Global Security 
     
  • Women's Leadership
     
  • Environment and Natural Resources


How to Help
Johns Hopkins University SAIS is committed to raising support to attract, sustain, and further empower students, faculty, and researchers – who through their work improve the lives of millions. Alumni and friends can have a tremendous impact on strengthening the mission of the school to educate tomorrow's leaders by providing financial support for faculty recruitment and research and student fellowships.  The school prepares innovative thinkers and problem-solvers with the economic, cultural and global expertise to operate across national boundaries and in complex international settings. We invite you to share our vision and support tomorrow's global leaders.

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

 

Kimberle (Kim) Morton
Associate Dean, Development and Alumni Relations
kmorton3@jhu.edu [31]

Sonya Holmes

Senior Administrative Coordinator   
sonyath@jhu.edu [32]

 
 
Development
Alessandra Adami
Administrative Assistant  - Bologna
aadami@jhu.edu [33]


Anna Lemberger
Development Coordinator  - DC
anna.lemberger@jhu.edu [34]


Open
Assistant Director of Development - DC
 
Gabriella Chiappini
Director of Development - Bologna
gchiappini@jhu.edu [35]


Elizabeth (Liz) Levine
Senior Associate Director of Development - DC
liz.levine@jhu.edu [36]


Sean Maloney
Associate Director of Development - DC
smaloney@jhu.edu [37]


Elise Moylan
Associate Directgor of Corporate & Foundation Relations - DC
emoylan@jhu.edu [38]


Open
Senior Director of Development - DC
 
Clarissa Ronchi
Development Coordinator - Bologna
cronchi@johnshopkins.it [39]


Emily Spencer
Director of Development - HNC
ekessler@jhu.edu [40]


Hugh Sullivan
Assistant Director of Development - HNC
hugh.sullivan@jhu.edu [41]


Alumni Relations
Mary Evans
Special Events Coordinator - DC
mevans49@jhu.edu [42]


Margaret Frondorf
Director of Alumni Relations - DC
mfrondorf@jhu.edu [43]


Jordi Izzard
Senior Associate Director of Alumni Relations - DC
jizzard1@jhu.edu [44]


Francesca Torchi
Alumni Office Assistant and Alumni Events Coordinator - Bologna
ftorchi@jhu.edu [45]