Board of Directors
Samuel "Sandy" Berger
Immediate Past Chair
Hon. George McGovern
Hunter Biden is a partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a New York based-law firm. Mr. Biden is a member of the bar in the state of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden serves as a Director on a number of not-for-profit Boards including the WFP USA and Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. From 2006- 2009 Mr. Biden served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving as Vice Chairman from 2007-09. Previously, he was a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP, served in the U.S. Government having been appointed by President Clinton to serve at the United States Department of Commerce as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America Bank, N.A. Mr. Biden was also honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Mr. Biden received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School and is married and has three daughters, Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy.
Bonnie Raquet served as Cargill’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs from 2000 until her retirement in 2011, after 29 years of service. In that role she led Cargill’s worldwide corporate affairs activities, including government relations, public relations, brand management, marketing services, government sales and corporate social responsibility, as well as representing Cargill’s global policy interests.
Raquet joined Cargill in 1982 as an attorney in its Minneapolis headquarters. After serving as an attorney for Cargill International, S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland from 1985-1987, she returned to Minneapolis and was named senior attorney, leading the international trading, business conduct and maritime legal practices. From 1996-2000, she managed the company’s government and international relations office in Washington, D.C., and also served as president of Cargill Technical Services, Inc., the company’s international economic development subsidiary.
Raquet was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the USTR to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in 2008. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The World Food Program – USA, Raquet currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, and TechnoServe, Inc. She also serves as vice-chair on both the Board of Directors of Valparaiso University and the Board of Trustees of The Luther Seminary Foundation. She has served on committees of numerous trade associations and on the boards of community organizations.
Raquet received a bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in American history from Cleveland State University and her J.D. (cum laude)from the University of Minnesota Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
Samuel "Sandy" Berger is Co-Chairman and co-founder of Stonebridge International, LLC. He is involved across nearly all the firm's engagements and regions, with a particularly strong focus on Asia, Russia and Central Asia and the Middle East.
Mr. Berger has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. As former National Security Advisor, Mr. Berger was pivotal in shaping America's role in the post-Cold War era. Through his efforts to build relations with China, managing financial crises in Asia and Latin America, driving critical peace negotiations in the Balkans and the Middle East, and expanding foreign trade, he worked closely with leaders around the world.
Mr. Berger's extensive relationship and knowledge of global issues is further strengthened by his corporate background with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm's international trade group. Earlier, Mr. Berger served as Deputy Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay and Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Harold Hughes (Iowa) and Congressman Joseph Resnick (N.Y.).
Randy Russell was born and raised in Virginia. Russell attended George Mason University, where he did his undergraduate work in public administration and graduate studies in economics. Since completing his formal education, he has served in a number of agricultural policy positions both inside and outside of government.
Among the positions he has held are the following:
President and partner in the agricultural and food consulting firm of Russell & Barron, Inc. (1986-present)
Chief of staff for Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block (1985 - 1986)
Deputy assistant secretary for economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (1984)
Vice president for agriculture and trade policy, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (1982 - 1984)
Director of government relations for The Pillsbury Company (1982)
1981 Farm Bill coordinator for the USDA, serving as assistant to Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block (1981)
Agricultural legislative assistant to Sen. Rudy Boschwitz (R-Minn.) (1979 - 1980)
Economist for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (1979)
Russell and his wife Beth live in McLean, Va., and have five children. Randy has been actively involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Northern Virginia. He has served as a Big Brother for 10 years and has served as president, vice president and treasurer of the Northern Virginia Council of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for WFP USA, which raises awareness and funding in order to end global hunger. The Russells are co-founders of The Golden Phoenix Foundation, which is focused on addressing the issue of childhood abandonment around the world.
Khaliah S. Ali is an experienced entrepreneur, television personality, model and social activist with a broad range of business, communications and social project credits to her name. She is currently the spokesperson for Program for Life, an advisory board member for Project Sunshine and an international spokesperson for Wildlife Warriors. She recently published the book “Fighting Weight,” which details concepts essential to promoting good health and weight loss for individuals at all fitness levels and is active in fighting childhood obesity. She also acted as the Allergen spokesperson for the “Moment of Truth” campaign, focusing on solutions to the national obesity problem. In 2004 she launched a clothing line with the Home Shopping Network.
In addition to her work for various media, fashion and sports outlets, Ali has contributed to many community service and social causes. She has served as a board member and public relations consultant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and as a consultant and spokesperson for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Her community service background includes work with the Salvation Army, HELP USA, the Friends of the Statue of Liberty Foundation, We Are Family Foundation, and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Barbara Belmont served as CEO for the School Nutrition Association (SNA), and executive director of the School Nutrition Foundation and the Global Child Nutrition Foundation until her retirement in July 2011. SNA, a 501(c)(4) association with approximately 55,000 members, was founded in 1946 to ensure that all children have access to nutritious meals during the course of a school day. The National Harbor, Maryland-based association represents all segments of K-12 school foodservice, including directors, managers, employees, nutrition educators and industry.
Before SNA, she served as senior vice president of marketing, SMART HOUSE, a for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), from 1991 to 1993. Belmont worked for NAHB from 1978 through 1991 as a staff vice president of marketing, association services, membership and special industry councils.
She is a past chairman of the board of directors for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is the past chairman of the board for the Latin American School Feeding Network.
Belmont is the recipient of the Association TRENDS 2002 Association Executive of the Year and the 2001 FAME Silver Friend of Child Nutrition Award, and she is a past recipient of the GWSAE Award of Excellence in Education, the ASAE innovative programs education award and two ASAE Gold Circle Awards.
She holds an M.A. in American history and a B.A.in Social Sciences from the University of Colorado. She has been a Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1986.
Jonathan Blum is Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM). YUM is the world’s largest restaurant company, with nearly 36,000 restaurants and 1.3 million employees in over 100 countries. YUM is the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food.
Jonathan reports to the Chairman/CEO, and serves on the Partner’s Council that sets the corporation’s overall strategy. He also serves on the company’s Compliance Oversight Committee, leads its Nutrition Policy Committee, and co-leads its Food Safety Committee and Quality Assurance Task Force. His global portfolio includes public policy issues management, internal and external communications, corporate social responsibility, community diversity, government affairs, community relations and philanthropy. Jonathan was Vice President of Public Affairs for Taco Bell Corp. before PepsiCo spun-off its restaurant companies in 1997.
Before joining the company, Jonathan served as Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Ogilvy & Mather Public Affairs. He also was Managing Director for Ogilvy’s public affairs offices in Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. He held a Congressional Internship, served in the Carter White House and later assisted the President with his transition to the private sector.
Jonathan is an Executive-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School, where he regularly lectures on integrated marketing communications and organization development. He serves as a Director of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND), a leading health services company. Additionally, he serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Muhammad Ali Center (Executive Committee and Past Chairman), Fund for the Arts (Executive Committee), YUM Foundation (Vice Chairman) and Discovery Science Center of California (Emeritus) and is also on the board of Business Leaders in Education and Ad Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the George Washington University (Dean’s List) and his Juris Doctorate at the Western New England College School of Law. He and his wife, Jennifer, have twin teenage sons and reside in Anchorage, Kentucky. He enjoys golf, tennis, sailing, skiing, historic architecture, horology, and traveling with his family.
Hon. Robert Dole is special counsel in Alston & Bird LLP’s Washington, DC, office. A renowned statesman, Sen. Dole was elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968. He gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1972. In 1976, President Gerald Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate. Elected Senate Majority Leader in 1984, Sen. Dole set a record as the nation’s longest serving Republican leader. He resigned from the Senate in 1996 to pursue his campaign for the presidency of the United States.
Dole is national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign and the former chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in former Yugoslavia. Following Sept. 11, he joined former President Bill Clinton in helping to raise over $100 million as co-chair of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which enables families of victims to attend a college or trade school of their choice. Dole also serves as president of the influential Federal City Council in Washington, DC, and is honorary co-chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a part of the USA Freedom Corps.
In 1997, Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the president to persons deemed to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. His other celebrated honors include the American Legion’s prestigious Distinguished Service Medal; the Horatio Alger Award from Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.; the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award; and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Theodore Roosevelt Award.
Dole’s record of public service includes numerous distinguished appointments, including advisor, U.S. delegation to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979; member, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1977; member, National Commission on Social Security Reform, 1983; member, U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1970, 1973; advisor, U.S. Delegation to Study the Arab Refugee Problem, 1967; and advisor, President’s Delegation to Study the Food Crisis in India, 1966.
His personal history of service includes active duty in World War II, during which he was gravely wounded and received for heroic achievement two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster.
Marsha Dubrow, Ph.D. is CEO of The Dubrow Group, a strategic consulting and leadership development firm. For over 20 years, she was president and CEO of Technolog Consulting Services, a global IT and management consulting organization serving clients in the telecommunications, computer, healthcare and financial services industries, as well as national, not-for-profit organizations. Clients have included IBM, Verizon, AT&T, Citibank, CSC, United Healthcare, National March of Dimes Foundation and the American Jewish Committee.
An early woman entrepreneur, Dr. Dubrow was appointed a mentor in the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Women Business Ownership, where she advocated for women’s economic empowerment and lectured nationally on entrepreneurial success. She also served on the New Jersey governor’s Commission on Business and Higher Education. Former president of the New Jersey Women’s Forum and active member of the Women’s Forum of New York, she has served on many boards, including the Leadership Foundation of the International Women’s Forum and the Greater Newark Conservancy. She currently serves on the board of the Actors Shakespeare Company in residence at New Jersey City University, among others.
Dr. Dubrow is a resident scholar at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, adjunct professor at New York University and spiritual leader and cantor of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Jersey City, N.J. She earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. from New York University and an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Hon. Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization established to develop and promote bipartisan solutions that can attract public support and political momentum in order to achieve real progress. He was also chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., (MPAA) from 2004-2010. The MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries. Its members include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., NBC Universal and Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Prior to joining the MPAA, Glickman was the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002-2004). He also served as senior advisor to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC.
Glickman served as U.S. secretary of agriculture March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food-safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.
Before his appointment as secretary of agriculture, Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.
Before his election to Congress in 1976, Glickman served as president of the Wichita, Kan., school board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and The District of Columbia Bars.
Glickman serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Hain-Celestial Corp., Communities in Schools, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), National 4-H Council, the William Davidson Institute and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement. He is also a member of the Genocide Prevention Task Force, chaired by former Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Bill Cohen; the Council on Foreign Relations and the Kansas Bioscience Authority. In addition, Glickman serves as The Chicago Council on Global Affairs co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Project (with Catherine Bertini). He is a former member of the international advisory board of The Coca-Cola Co. He has been a senior fellow and part-time instructor in the public policy departments at Georgetown University and Wichita State University and is a lecturer on public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Matthew Harrington, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations, has more than 20 years experience in public and financial relations, counseling both U.S. and international companies. He is president of the U.S. operations and is a specialist in corporate positioning and reputation management. Expertise includes crisis communications, merger and acquisition activity, initial public offerings, and the establishment of investor relations programs for companies in a variety of industries.
Currently, Matthew provides corporate and/or issues management counsel to a range of clients, including, GE, Brown Brothers Harriman, Charles Schwab & Company, Samsung, Starbucks and UPS.
In 1996, he managed crisis communications for Odwalla, Inc. during a recall of their apple juice throughout seven states and British Columbia. Based on the work for Odwalla, Matthew was awarded the Silver Anvil for Crisis Communications from The Public Relations Society of America. This program also received the Silver Anvil for “Best Communications Program for 1996” and the International Public Relations Association’s Golden Award.
Prior to joining the San Francisco office, Matthew was vice president and director of Investor Relations in Edelman’s New York Corporate and Financial Communications divisions. In New York, he counseled Fleet Financial Corp., Visa International, Fleet Mortgage, Medco, Perkin-Elmer, American Medical Response, Inc., The Putnam Companies, and other financial services and industrial companies. Previously, he was with an international financial communications consultancy, where as vice president, he managed investor relations and corporate communications programs for U.S. and non-U.S. companies, including Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, The Zweig Funds, Alliance Capital and Nestle.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts (English literature) from Denison University and is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and the Public Relations Society of America. He is a board member of the New York Harbor Conservancy and the Classic Stage Company. He and his family live in Bronxville, New York.
Marshall Matz, Esq. is a partner with the law firm of Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC in Washington, DC. Before entering private practice, Matz spent seven years working with Congress, and he developed a specialty in the area of food, nutrition and agriculture. He served as general counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs for five years and then worked for two years as special counsel to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Matz is currently on the steering committee of the Child Nutrition Forum. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and for the Congressional Hunger Center. Matz is a frequent speaker on the politics of food and nutrition issues.
David Novak is Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is the parent of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food with more than one million employees. Novak shapes the company’s overall strategic direction, including four key growth drivers: build leading brands across China in every significant category; drive aggressive international expansion and build strong brands everywhere; dramatically improve U.S. brand positions, consistency and returns, and drive industry-leading, long-term shareholder and franchisee value. Prior to Yum! Brands, Novak was president at both KFC and Pizza Hut. He also held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola Company, including chief operating officer and executive vice president of marketing and sales.
A Director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Yum! Brands Foundation, The WFP USA, and The Business Council, Novak also devotes considerable personal support to the United Nation's World Food Programme and Dare to Care Food Bank hunger relief. Novak is addressing the global hunger epidemic through the Company’s World Hunger Relief efforts, the largest public-private sector initiative of its kind that has raised $36 million in just two years. Last year, the company mobilized associates around the world to contribute five million volunteer hours in local communities. At the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative, Novak committed to raise and donate $80 million over five years to help the World Food Programme and others provide 200 million meals for hungry school children in developing countries; generate 20 million hours of hunger relief volunteer service; and, $200 million in prepared food to hunger agencies in the U.S. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
Carl Stern is vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in September 2011.
Prior to joining the firm, Carl spent 37 years with the Boston Consulting Group, where he served as president and chief executive officer from 1997 to 2003 and chairman of the board from 2004 to 2011. He served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1971.
Carl serves on the boards of World Food Program USA and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center and is a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Carl earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1974 and an AB from Harvard College in 1968.
Hon. George McGovern was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956, where he represented South Dakota. He served in the House until 1960, when President Kennedy appointed him the first director of the U.S. Food for Peace Program and special assistant to the president. First elected to the Senate in 1962, he was re-elected in 1968 and 1974. He served on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. He was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, which developed the highly regarded Dietary Goals for the American People.
In 1972, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President. In 1976, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford as the delegate to the 31st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. He was subsequently appointed by President Jimmy Carter as a delegate to the United Nations in 1978 for the Special Session on Disarmament. In July 1991, McGovern became president of the Middle East Policy Council, an educational organization founded to promote better understanding of the Middle East. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the United States ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.
McGovern also envisioned and led an effort, in collaboration with longtime colleague Senator Robert Dole, to establish a U.S. government global school feeding program. Named the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in honor of their efforts, this program now provides school meals to approximately 5 million children worldwide. McGovern currently serves on World Food Program USA’s Board of Directors and also serves as the World Food Program’s Goodwill Ambassador.
McGovern has served as a professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University and as a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, The University of New Orleans, American University, The George Washington University, the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Free University of Berlin. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles for leading journals and magazines.
As a pilot of a B-24 bomber in the European Theater during World War II, McGovern flew 35 missions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.