Chair: Robert G. Liberatore
Besides his role as Board Chair at FPI, he is a member of the Board of the National Democratic Institute which promotes democracy around the world, and of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council in Washington, DC. He also serve as a board member of Fiat Industrial SpA, a maker of trucks and agricultural construction equipment.
Vice-Chair: Amey Upton
Amey Upton was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland as the youngest of five children. Upton’s faith formation began in the Roman Catholic tradition, and has continued for the past 20 years in the Presbyterian Church. She married Fred Upton in 1983, who currently serves as the U.S. House Representative of the 6th District of Michigan. The couple has two children: Meg and Stephen Upton.
Secretary: Rev. Larry Hayward
Reverend Larry R. Hayward has served as Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Alexandria, VA, since 2004. Rev. Hayward is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and McCormick Theological Seminary. He is active in the National Capital Presbytery and has also served churches in Texas and Iowa.
Treasurer: Joyce Brayboy
Joyce is Vice President, Goldman Sachs Office of Government Affairs in the Washington, DC office. She joined Goldman Sachs in November 2009.
Co-Chair Emeritus: The Hon. Amo Houghton
Amo Houghton is Co-chair Emeritus on FPI’s Board of Directors and, with Congressman John Lewis, is namesake for the Lewis-Houghton Leadership Award. Houghton served as a United States Representative from the State of New York, 29th Congressional District, from 1986 until his retirement in 2004. The only former CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation to serve in the House, Houghton joined Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) in 1951 after graduating from Harvard University and serving as a Marine during World War II.
Co-Chair Emeritus: The Hon. John Lewis
Rep. John Lewis is Co-Chair Emeritus of FPI’s board and currently serves on the Institute’s Congressional Advisory Council. He is also, with the Hon. Amo Houghton, the namesake of the Institute’s Lewis-Houghton Leadership Award. Congressman Lewis was born in Troy, Alabama and educated at the American Baptist Theological Seminary and at Fisk University, both in Nashville, Tennessee. There he became active in the Civil Rights movement, rising to national prominence as chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). After leaving SNCC in 1966, Lewis worked with various community-oriented organizations and later became community affairs director for the National Consumer Co-op Bank in Atlanta. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council, and in 1986, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Often called “one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced,” John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls “The Beloved Community” in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress.
In April 2009, former Congressman Tom Allen joined the Association of American Publishers as its President and Chief Executive Officer. As President of the AAP, Mr. Allen seeks to foster the association’s ongoing mission of protecting copyright in the ever-changing landscape of the digital world and help publishers meet 21st-century challenges.
M. Kenneth Bowler
Ken Bowler is an Executive Vice President at Dow Lohnes Government Strategies where he provides government relation assistance to clients on health, tax and other federal policy matters. From June 2005 to September 2009, he was the Director of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Office of Public and International Affairs in Washington, DC. From 1989 to June 2005, he served as Vice President Federal Government Relations and as a Corporate Officer of Pfizer Inc. Beginning in 1975, Bowler served on the staff of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. He was deputy staff director of the Committee from 1985-1987 and staff director from 1987-1989. He was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Maryland Baltimore Country from 1970-1974.
Jerry Colbert, President of Capital Concerts, Inc., is the Executive Producer and founder of two television’s longest-running and multi-award winning live programs (32 years) commemorating America’s most important holidays. A Capitol Fourth, the national Independence Day celebration, is the top-rated program in primetime on PBS.The National Memorial Day Concert has become the nation’s premier tribute to our men and women in uniform and is the third-highest rated program in primetime on PBS.
Michael Collins currently serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. He joined the board of The Faith & Politics Institute in 2007.
Josephine S. (Jo) Cooper is chief executive of Josephine Cooper LLC, a Washington-based consulting firm which provides crisis management, public affairs and communications services to companies, trade associations and individuals. For almost 7 years, she served as group vice president for public policy and government/industry affairs for Toyota North America, playing a leadership role in public policy advances initiated by Toyota and the auto industry. In September, 2010, Ms. Cooper retired from Toyota and now leads her own consulting firm.
As president of the 4 million-member Alliance for Retired Americans, Barbara J. Easterling leads a grassroots organization that educates and mobilizes retirees for progressive campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels. Easterling led the Alliance’s successful efforts to pass the sweeping 2010 health reform law, a landmark act that will help millions of retirees better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription. Easterling became Alliance president in February 2009, succeeding George J. Kourpias. She was re-elected to a full four-year term in April 2010 at the Alliance’s national convention.
Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr.
Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. is the Executive Chairman of the Board of Lightbridge Corporation, a company which holds patents on a new type of nuclear power fuel based on thorium and which is located in McLean, Virginia. Lightbridge Corporation is a U.S. company listed on the NASDAQ, which has conducted its research and development work at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow.
Patrick Griffin is a partner in Griffin/Williams, a management consulting firm that helps public and private sector leaders navigate developmental transitions, organizational crisis and political challenges of Washington.
Daniel J. Keniry
Daniel J. Keniry is the Senior Vice President of Government Relations for TIAA-CREF, a national financial services organization dedicated to those who work in the academic, medical and cultural fields. Dan manages state and federal government advocacy efforts, as well as public policy development for the organization. In this capacity, he is responsible for relations with Congress, the White House and federal government agencies and officials, and leading public policy activities in Washington. He also manages a team of state government relations professionals and directs advocacy efforts with state legislatures, governors, treasurers and insurance commissioners.
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling is the Director of the Social Justice Organizing Program at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Prior to that he was the Executive Vice-President of Jewish Funds for Justice. Rabbi Liebling also served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation for twelve years and was a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations for that period.
Peter Madigan has more than 20 years of experience in Washington politics. Mr. Madigan has worked on Capitol Hill in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, and has years of experience representing clients before both branches of the U.S. Government. Mr. Madigan understands how Washington makes policy and how to tailor strategy to maximize our client’s business objectives.
Hon. Earl Pomeroy, Esq
Earl Pomeroy is an attorney with Alston & Bird LLP with a practice focused on regulatory and legislative issues, particularly in the areas of healthcare, employee benefits and financial services.
Florence Prioleau practices legislative advocacy before Congress and federal agencies on behalf of private companies, trade associations and municipal governments on such diverse issues as health care reform, transportation and public works, housing, agricultural commodities, copyright law, and environmental matters. Ms. Prioleau represents corporate clients in connection with a variety of commercial and business transactions.
Avideh Shashaani, Ph.D.
Avideh Shashaani is the founder and president of the Fund for the Future of our Children, established in 1993 focusing on youth leadership for peace. She is the 6th recipient of the “Waging Peace” award first given to George Clooney by President Jimmy Carter.
Robert W. Van Wicklin
Bob Van Wicklin currently serves as Director of Development for Health Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Van Wicklin has a long history of dedicated public service on Capitol Hill. He served as Chief of Staff for two members of Congress from western New York State, Representative Randy Kuhl and Kuhl’s predecessor, Representative Amo Houghton.