Board

Chair: Robert G. Liberatore

Rob 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

Mepkin Abbey

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

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

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.

Tom Allen

Photo from Stephen Voss Photography

(Photo from Stephen Voss Photography) 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

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

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.