Board of Directors

G. Philip Hughes was elected Chairman of ADST in February, 2015In professional life, he is a Senior Director of the White House Writers Group, which he joined in 2000.  There he has supported clients in the fields of defense, energy and agro-business and in several international engagements.

In government, he served through the entirety of the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations in a series of assignments: Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs; Director for Latin American Affairs on the National Security Council staff; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs; Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement; Executive Secretary of the National Security Council; and, finally, Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Prior to joining the Reagan Administration, Ambassador Hughes served as a defense analyst at the Congressional Budget Office, as Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution; and as Assistant Director for Intelligence Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

A past President of The Philadelphia Society, Amb. Hughes also serves as Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Council of American Ambassadors; Program Chairman and Board member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; Vice President of the Foreign Policy Discussion Group; and Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy at the Institute of World Politics, among other roles.  He holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and a B.A. from the University of Dayton.


Robert M. Beecroft retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2006 as a Career Minister-Counselor.  Between 2009 and 2016, he returned to the State Department as a Supervisory Senior Inspector, leading inspections of U.S. diplomatic operations in Kuwait, Syria, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and four bureaus at Department headquarters.  In 2011, he produced a report for the American Academy of Diplomacy on the professional education and training of American Foreign Service Officers.  In 2015, he and Ambassador Princeton Lyman co-authored a paper for the U.S. Institute of Peace, analyzing the roles and effectiveness of U.S. special envoys in American diplomacy. From 2004 to 2006, Robert Beecroft was a Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College in Washington.  In 2001-04, he served in Sarajevo as Ambassador and Head of the OSCE Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a staff of 800 civilian and military personnel from thirty countries.  In 1996-7, he also served in Sarajevo as U.S. Special Envoy for the Bosnian Federation and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy.  Other diplomatic assignments included: the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels; the SALT TWO nuclear arms negotiations in Geneva; NATO military headquarters (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium; and Embassies Paris, Bonn, Cairo, Ouagadougou and Amman, the latter two as Deputy Chief of Mission.  In Washington, he was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, Officer-in-Charge of Federal German Affairs, and a nuclear arms control specialist in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. 

He is the recipient of six Department of State Superior Honor Awards. Amb. Beecroft served in the U.S. Army Reserve (1965-70) as a medical corpsman and Civil Affairs officer.  His nonprofessional interests include music, travel, and U.S. Civil War history.  He is married to the former Mette Louise Ording Ottesen, Ph.D.  As both a volunteer and an employee, Mette has worked to safeguard and improve the quality of life of Foreign Service employees and their families worldwide.  She has received a Superior Honor Award and other citations for her work.  Their two grown children, Christopher and Pamela, are also active in international affairs, with a focus on human rights and economic development.


Max Paul Friedman holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a BA from Oberlin College. He is Professor of History and Affiliate Professor of International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. He specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations.

His first book, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Herbert Hoover Prize in U.S. History and the A.B. Thomas Prize in Latin American Studies. His second book, Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He is co-editor, with Padraic Kenney, of Partisan Histories: The Past in Contemporary Global Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005). He has published many articles on diplomatic, political, social, transnational, and cultural history in academic journals, and has been a commentator for newspapers and broadcast media in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Argentina, Mexico, and Australia. Friedman has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others. The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations awarded him the Bernath Article Prize and the Bernath Lecture Prize for excellence in scholarship and teaching in the field of U.S. foreign relations. In 2014, American University named him Scholar-Teacher of the Year.


geisel 2Harold W. (Harry) Geisel spent 30 years in the Foreign Service in senior management roles at US embassies in Bern, Bamako, Rome, Bonn and Moscow.  He also served as Consul General in Durban South Africa.  In the Department, he was executive assistant to the Undersecretary for Management, Senior Negotiator for Burden Sharing, Acting Inspector General and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Management – Acting Chief Information Officer.  He was Ambassador to Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros.

After retirement from the Foreign Service, he returned to the Department as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Logistics Management.  He led a team that negotiated a Conditions of Construction Agreement with the Peoples Republic of China that led to the building of new embassies in Beijing and Washington.  In June, 2008, the Secretary appointed him as Acting Inspector General.  He served in that position, under three Secretaries of State until September 2013.  He has also been a long-time officer of the Board of Directors of the State Department Federal Credit Union.  He is the recipient of various awards from the Department of State including the Distinguished Honor Awar.  He received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.


FullSizeRender (1)F. Allen “Tex” Harris:  Regarded by many as a “diplomat’s diplomat,” Tex Harris served with distinction during a 35-year Foreign Service career. Beginning in 1965, his posts were varied and often dangerous, such as Venezuela just as a Fidel Castro-supported insurgency was breaking out, Argentina at the height of the “dirty war” and South Africa in the 1980s during the transition from apartheid. Harris also served in Australia and as an associate administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He earned the Distinguished Honor Award, the State Department’s highest, for his work in Argentina in the late 1970s exposing the fate of the 15,000 citizens clandestinely killed by the military junta. Harris also served in the Bureau of Economic Affairs, as an attorney for the White House, and between 1974 and 1977 as an environmental assistant who drafted the first international call for controlling the release of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to protect atmospheric ozone. Consistently a courageous advocate of the professional interests of FSOs, in 1970 he joined Tom Boyatt in leading the transformation of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) into a strong advocate of employee interests. Serving twice as AFSA president, Harris became known to his colleagues as “Mr. AFSA.” Following his retirement in 1999, he continued his close involvement with that organization and in 2000 AFSA’s governing board established the “Tex Harris Award” for creative dissent by a Foreign Service specialist in his honor.


Kenton KeithKenton Keith retired from USIA with the rank of Career Minister. At the time of his retirement, Ambassador Keith was Director of USIA’s Office of North African, Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, managing field operations, public diplomacy activities and budget for the Agency’s largest geographical bureau. From 1992 to 1995 he served as Ambassador to the State of Qatar. Previous assignments were Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs in Cairo, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer in Paris and various posts in the Near East and Brazil. In 1996 Ambassador Keith served as USIA representative to the inter-agency planning team charged with designing the reorganization of foreign affairs agencies.  Ambassador Keith currently serves as a team leader for the Office of Inspector General of the Department.

Ambassador Keith received two Presidential service awards and several individual and group superior and meritorious honor awards, including one for his work at the 1991 Middle East peace conference in Madrid. He is a Chevalier in the French Order of Arts and Letters, an honor conferred by the French government in recognition of his contribution to cultural and educational exchange between France and the U.S. Ambassador Keith serves as vice chairman of the Alliance for International Cultural and Educational Exchange, is on the board of the International Development Conference and is a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Keith is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a major in International Relations. Ambassador Keith served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He is married to the former Mireille Luc and has two grown children.


JWL 00Jerry W. Leach is an educator, author, speaker documentary filmmaker and Foreign Service Officer. He was a professor and director at the Prince Alwaleed Center for American and Global Affairs, American University in Cairo from 2006-11. He also served as National President of the World Affairs Councils of America from 1996-2006 and was the Peace Corps Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Soviet Republics, Middle East, Asia, and Pacific from 1989-93.  His degrees include: Ph.D. and M.A., Cambridge University; M.A. University of California at Berkeley; and B.A. Emory University. Dr. Leach has authored Presidential Directives and concluded several Executive Agreements for the State Department.  He was awarded the Emory Medal for Distinguished Public Service with his wife Marianne, as well as commendations from Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush and the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for blocking Soviet acquisition of militarily sensitive technology.


John K. Naland ’s 29-year Foreign Service career included service in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico (as Principal Officer at U.S. Consulate in Matamoros), and Iraq (as leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Basra).  Washington assignments included the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff, the White House Situation Room, and the Bureau of International Organization Affairs.  He was ADST Executive Director from 2010 to 2011 and earlier in his career had other detail assignments as a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the U.S. and in a corporate exchange program working at Caterpillar, Inc.  He served twice as President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) and has had nearly 100 essays published in the Foreign Service Journal.  He is currently the AFSA Retiree Vice President and President of the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.  He is co-editing the third edition of Career Diplomacy:  Life and Work in the US Foreign Servicepublished in 2017 by Georgetown University Press.  A former U.S. Army cavalry officer who served in West Germany during the Cold War, he is a graduate of the Army War College.  He received numerous Army and Department of State performance awards and was named an “Honored Citizen” by the Arlington County (VA) School Board.  He is married and has two daughters in college.


Anne Patterson was the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and North African Affairs at the Department of State (2013-2017).    She served as Ambassador to Egypt (2011-2013), to Pakistan (2007-2010), to Colombia (2000-2003) and to El Salvador (1997-2000).    She recently retired with the rank of Career Ambassador after more than four decades in the Foreign Service.   Ambassador Patterson also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, among other assignments.     She is currently a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale and a member of the Commission on National Defense Strategy.  



Anthony C.E. Quainton has been a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence and professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at American University’s School of International Service since 2003, teaching courses on Diplomatic Practice, Public Diplomacy and International Communications, Demography and Public Policy, Analysis of U.S Foreign Policy, and U.S Policy in the Middle East.  Originally from Canada, Ambassador Quainton has degrees from La Roche College, LHD, Oxford University, B. Litt; Princeton University, BA (Magna cum Laude in History in 1955).  Ambassador Quainton joined the Foreign Service in 1960 and served as ambassador in the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait and Peru.  He also served as Director of the Office of Combating Terrorism, Deputy Inspector General, and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security. He finished his career with the Department of State as the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in 1997. Following his distinguished Foreign Service career, he was President and CEO of the National Policy Association and Executive Director of the Un Chapman Cox Foundation.  He has been a member of a number of foreign affairs related associations boards.  Ambassador Quainton, a published author, enjoys spending time with his wife, their three children and seven grandchildren.  


raphel3Robin Raphel has served for four decades in U.S. foreign policy agencies, including as Ambassador to Tunisia and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia. She was the Senior Advisor for Pakistan, Coordinator for U.S. Development Assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Trade in Baghdad, Vice President of the National Defense University and Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, among other assignments. Ambassador Raphel has also been a guest lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University. Educated at the University of Maryland, Cambridge and the University of Washington, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.




Virginia A. Weil “Vicki” joined The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) in 1996, establishing its first Washington office, and retired in 2013 as Senior Managing Director. She developed and chaired programs with U.S. and foreign government officials, focusing on issues and policies that confront American companies operating globally.   She designed and facilitated commercial training courses delivered within the State Department, at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center (Foreign Service Institute) and at regional meetings of the U.S. Commercial Service for all levels of Foreign Service officers. From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Weil was Assistant Vice President for Government Liaison in the Washington office of Edison Mission Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International and one of the largest global independent power producers.

From 1990-1995, Ms. Weil was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International, responsible for international government relations for the firm’s industry groups.  While at the firm, Ms. Weil designed and piloted commercial training for State Department officers, in conjunction with BCIU.  

Ms. Weil previously served in the Finance Department of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) where she was responsible for all phases of project lending to U.S. private sector investors in emerging markets.  Prior to her work at OPIC, Ms. Weil was a financial analyst at Sears World Trade, Inc.

Ms. Weil earned an MBA in Finance from George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College, MA. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Prevent Cancer Foundation and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College, MA.  She is member of the board of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the Preservation Foundation of the Metropolitan Club of Washington, and of BCIU.  She sits on the Foreign Affairs Council and the National Trust Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

She has previously been a board member of Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C. and served on the advisory boards of the Center for International Business and Education and Research (CIBER) at Georgetown University and of OEF International, an organization that funded microenterprise assistance to women in developing countries.

 Susan Rockwell Johnson is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with over three decades of distinguished service and serves as the President of ADST.  She served in a broad range of bilateral and multilateral assignments in and out of the State Department including in Bosnia as Deputy High Representative and Supervisor of Brcko District, in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad as the Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’affaires in Romania and Mauritius, as well as in Russia, Cuba, Pakistan, the United States Mission to the United Nations, several assignments in the State Department, on the Hill and with the National Endowment for Democracy. As the elected President of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) from 2009 to 2013, Ms. Johnson focused on the Foreign Service labor-management issues key to the Foreign Service. Following her two terms as AFSA President, Ms Johnson was detailed to the American Academy of Diplomacy as a Senior Advisor to provide her expertise and work on the Academy’s recently released report “American Diplomacy at Risk”.

Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ms. Johnson worked in the private sector in the areas of strategic planning, international marketing and joint venture negotiation.  She has a B.A. in History (Summa cum Laude) from Principia College and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS).  She is married to Ambassador Riaz M Khan, retired Pakistani diplomat and former Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.  She serves on the Boards of the Diplomacy Center Foundation and the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association in Boston, Massachusetts.


Honorary Board

Hillary Clinton
Condoleezza Rice
Colin L. Powell
Madeleine K. Albright
James A. Baker III
George P. Shultz
Henry A. Kissinger


Advisory Council

Thomas Boyatt
R. Nicholas Burns
Sue Cobb
Diana Lady Dougan
Gloria Hamilton
William C. Harrop
Richard Lugar
Edward M. Rowell
Arthur Schneier
Abelardo Valdez

Ex Officio

American Academy of Diplomacy – Ronald E. Neumann
AAFSW – Joanna Athanasopoulos
Assoc. of Black American Ambassadors – Edward Perkins
AFSA – Barbara Stephenson
Council of American Ambassadors – Timothy Chorba
DACOR – Jim Benson
Senior Seminar Association – Michael Lekson
UAA – Carol Peasley
Una Chapman Cox Foundation – Lino Gutierrez

Former Board Chairs

James T.L. Dandridge II, 2005-2015
Patricia Gates Lynch Ewell, 1998-2005
Herbert J. Hansell, 1992-1998



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