G. Philip Hughes was elected Chairman of ADST in February, 2015. In 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.
A partner at the Livingston Group, she leads the international and education, non-profit practices providing strategic counsel to domestic and international clients –foreign governments, US and foreign corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and industry associations. She has represented over 20 countries and many corporations to support issues including normalizing diplomatic relations, lifting trade sanctions and facilitating investment. She designs and implements strategies to increase market share, secure funding, promote development, open new markets, enhance brand recognition, create an enabling regulatory/legislative/policy environment and improve networks and visibility. Fitz-Pegado has facilitated foreign direct investment in the US from the gas, renewable energy and mining sectors valued at over $10 Billion.
Fitz-Pegado previously served as an Assistant Secretary of Commerce during President Clinton’s administration. She managed 130 offices overseas and 90 in the United States facilitating services to help small and medium sized companies export and advocating for major US companies competing for foreign contracts. Working with Secretaries Ron Brown, Mickey Kantor and William Daley, she established Commercial Centers in international Big Emerging Markets, in Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS); headed the Department’s Africa task force; integrated the overseas and domestic field operations to improve service to the business community and supported and led countless trade missions.
Experienced in executive level management positions, Lauri Fitz-Pegado led the Global Gateway Management and Corporate Affairs and Communications departments for Iridium, LLC. A Motorola creation and pioneer of its time, the global satellite and paging company benefited from her trade and negotiating ability to develop and maintain key relationships with domestic and foreign entities essential to regulatory approvals and operations. Fitz-Pegado managed relationships with investor companies, facilitated regulatory approval requirements, secured permits and licenses and later managed investor and media relations. She was a managing director at Hill and Knowlton and an executive at Gray and Company for over a decade. For several years, Lauri Fitz-Pegado served as a Foreign Service Information Office. As a United States diplomat in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, she managed cultural events, education exchanges, and media relations. Fitz-Pegado was a Federal Junior Fellow at the US Information Agency and at the Voice of America.
Currently the only female partner at The Livingston Group, Lauri Fitz-Pegado is a champion for development and the career advancement of women. A director on the DC board of the International Women’s Forum, she has served as a Corporate Ambassador for Vital Voices and is a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. Ms. Fitz-Pegado provides advisory and mentoring services to several educational organizations including the University of Denver’s International Career Advancement Program at the Aspen Institute, the Ron Brown Scholars Program, the Jones-Haywood Dance School and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project. She is on the board of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Vice Chair of the Board of Global Communities, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington Government Relations Group.
Fitz-Pegado graduated cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Vassar College before earning her Master of Arts in International Affairs from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
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.
Harold 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.
Richard Hecklinger had a 34 year career in the Foreign Service. He was Ambassador to Thailand, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Canadian Affairs, and Deputy Chief of the US Mission to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). After retiring, he served for five years as Deputy Secretary General of the OECD. Upon his return to the U.S., he joined the Office of the Inspector General where he led inspections of our missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and India, among others. Throughout his career, he worked to strengthen the institutions of diplomacy. He played an active role in the establishment of the National Endowment for Democracy, the creation of the Dissent Channel and Open Forum at State, the revamping of State’s public affairs function, the building of momentum for the negotiation of the Foreign Service Act, and for many years, the strengthening of the economic function in the Department and Foreign Service.
Ambassador Hecklinger has degrees from Harvard Law School, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and St. Lawrence University. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, the Ambassadors’ Advisory Panel of the Executive Council on Diplomacy, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Jerry 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.
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.
Robin 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.
Peter R. Reams
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. Reams served in a wide range of policy and management positions in Washington and overseas through a career of nearly thirty years. His early assignments included tours as political officer at the U.S. Mission to the European Communities in Brussels, where he had lead reporting responsibility for EC ministerial meetings and summits, and in London, where he again covered European Community issues, as well as Northern Ireland and US-UK cooperation against terrorism. His domestic assignments included tours as a Secretariat Staff line officer, traveling in support of Secretary Kissinger and President Ford; country desk officer (United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sweden, and Namibia); special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs; and career development officer in the Bureau of Personnel. His senior management responsibilities included service as deputy director for intermediate-range nuclear force and chemical weapon negotiations in the Office of Theater Military Policy in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs; director of the Office of Intelligence Liaison in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research; and deputy chief of mission in Antananarivo and Abidjan. On his retirement in June 2000, Mr. Reams had just concluded three years as director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs and of the Haiti Working Group in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
After retirement, Mr. Reams served as a consultant to the Bureau of Human Resources, where he was responsible for bringing Foreign Affairs Manual provisions on mandatory retirement into conformance with the Foreign Service Act of 1980 and for codifying and implementing Secretary Powell’s criteria for the career ambassador selection process. In recent years, Mr. Reams has conducted extensive research on the role of the Foreign Service and its leadership during World War II, drawing in part on the direct experiences of his parents, who both were U.S. delegation members at the 1945 Potsdam Conference and the 1946 Paris Peace Conference and who served on the immediate staffs of Secretaries of State James F. Byrnes and George C. Marshall.
Mr. Reams graduated from the University of Nevada in 1970 with a degree in political science and served as a U.S. Army Reserve officer from 1970 to 1978.
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.
American Academy of Diplomacy – Ronald E. Neumann
Former Board Chairs
James T.L. Dandridge II, 2005-2015