Meridian Global Leadership Council

The Meridian Global Leadership Council is a network of individuals who support Meridian’s commitment to strengthening U.S. engagement with the world; providing neutral forums for international dialogue and collaboration and preparing public and private sector leaders for a complex global future. Council members engage in Meridian’s year-round programming to create a more stable, peaceful and prosperous world. Members:

  • Gain knowledge and build networks by interacting with Meridian’s diverse network of foreign and domestic government officials, the diplomatic corps, corporate partners, emerging leader program participants, and leaders from the business, NGO, and cultural communities;
  • Participate in critical discussions on current public affairs, issues relevant to the United States and foreign diplomatic communities, and business and international policy trends;
  • Advance Meridian’s mission of non-partisan diplomacy in the United States and abroad.

Each member has the opportunity to engage in Meridian communities of interest including the Meridian Global Women’s Initiative, Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and other regional and issue focused programs. Specific benefits are outlined below.

Contributions to the Meridian Global Leadership Council are tax-deductible as allowed by United States law.

Become a Member  

Amy Selco, Vice President, Development | (202) 292-2288 |

Council Members

Natasha-Christina Akda*Attorney
Amy Alvarez*Executive Director, International External Affairs @ AT&T
Carmiel Arbit*Director of Strategic Engagement @ AIPAC
Deborah Taylor Ashford, Esquire*Senior Partner, Washington, DC @ Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Meredith Attwell Baker*President & CEO @ CTIA
Lisa Barry
Janet Blanchard*
Theresa Bowman*Associate @ Law Offices of Charles H. Camp
Victoria Butler**
Honorable Timothy Carney**
María-Elena CarriónManaging Partner @ Multicultural Capital LLC
Beth Celestini
Tammie L. Collins*
Didi Cutler*Photographer @ Isabel “Didi” Cutler Photography
Robin Diamond*
Bettina Duval*President and Founder @ CaliforniaLIST
Dorothy Dwoskin*Senior Director of Global Trade Policy and Strategy @ Microsoft
Marjan Ehsassi*Founder and President @ Black Fish Advocates
Randa Fahmy*President @ Fahmy Hudome International
Samia Farouki*Founder and CEO @ HAIFinance Corporation
James Gale
Jennifer Ganten*Manager for International Government Affairs @ Chevron
Patricia de Stacy Harrison*President & CEO @ Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Gwen Holliday*The Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Robert J. Hotes, AIA**
Kate Irvin*Group Director, Diplomatic Relations @ The Coca-Cola Company
Daniel Kauffman
Cathryn Keller*Senior Communications Advisor @ Friends of Florence Foundation
Bonnie Larson**
Stephen O. Lesser**
Shannon Lewthwaite*Founder and CEO @ 2000 Rivers
Michele Lynch*Public Policy & Government Affairs @ Google
Shahin Mafi*Founder and CEO @ Home Health Connection
Marlene Malek*President @ Friends of Cancer Research
Michele A. Manatt*
Nadia Nicolova Manuel*Bulgarian Television Correspondent
Karen Maples*President and Founder @ Myutiq LLC
Marcia Mayo*President @ The Mayo Charitable Foundation
April McClain-Delaney*Washington Director @ Common Sense Media, Inc.
Erin McGrain*Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Allyson McKithen*Senior Operations Manager, Office for Trade Promotion @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Donna McLarty*Founding Member and Board Co-Chair @ Vital Voices Global Partnership
NeAnna Roane McLean*Founder @ Women's Global Impact Initiative
Noa Meyer*Vice President of Corporate Engagement @ The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
Lisa B. Nelson*Chief Executive Officer @ American Legislative Exchange Council
Claire O'Connor*Managing Director and Head of Loan Capital Markets @ Barclays
Mary O’Connor*
Maureen Orth*Special Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Mary M. Ourisman*Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados & Eastern Caribbean
Megan Pollock*Strategic Communications Director @ Samsung Electronics America
Dina H. Powell*Director of Global Corporate Engagement @ Goldman Sachs Group
Judithe Registre*Program Director @ Plan International USA
Aili Tran Reome*Corporate Social Advocacy Manager @ Caterpillar Inc.
Marie Thérèse Royce*Senior Director, International Affairs @ Alcatel-Lucent
Reem Sadik*Associate @ King & Spalding
Karen St. John*Former Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
Betty Ann Tanner*President @ Betty Ann Tanner Accessories
Jessica R. Towhey*CEO @ 2e Communications
Ann Townsend*Founding President @ The Museum Exchange
Jill Cooper Udall*Consultant @ National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution
Kim Watson*
Timothy Wyman**

* Member of Meridian Global Women’s Initiative
** Member of Meridian National Arts Council

Meridian Global Leadership Council Benefits and Privileges

In recognition of our Council Members’ generous support, we are pleased to offer the following benefits and privileges.


Young Professional

(open to members under age 40)
  • Invitation to a Rising Leaders Salon Dinner
  • Priority access to Young Professional-priced Meridian Ball tickets (only 150 available each year)
  • Periodic engagement with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • Invitations to select communities of interest cultural, regional and issue-related programs at Meridian
  • Public Recognition in Meridian’s Annual Report, other printed materials, and Council web site


All of the above, plus

  • Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • Invitations to select communities of interest programs and events throughout the year
  • Invitation to an annual Meridian Global Leadership Council reception featuring distinguished guests including the diplomatic corps, U.S. Government representatives, and business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders
  • Recognition in the Meridian Annual Report, printed materials, and Council web site


All of the above, plus

  • Two complimentary tickets to the Meridian Global Leadership Summit
  • Invitations to Meridian Cultural Diplomacy celebrations and programs


All of the above, plus

  • Invitation to attend a Global Perspective breakfast with Meridian’s CEO, Ambassador Stuart Holliday
  • Invitation to the elegant annual Meridian Member Dinner featuring distinguished guests including the diplomatic corps, U.S. Government representatives, and business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders


All of the above, plus

  • Private, curator-led tours of cultural exhibits produced by the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy
  • Priority seating at the Meridian Pre-Ball Dinners (Meridian Ball tickets must be purchased separately)
  • Invitations to Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions, featuring distinguished global leaders
  • Once-a-year facility rental discount (30%) at the Meridian House in Washington, DC


All of the above, plus

  • Opportunity to partner on a Global Dialogue Salon Dinner facilitated by Ambassador Stuart Holliday (additional costs may be incurred for food and beverage)
  • Recognition in the Meridian Global Leadership Summit and Meridian Ball programs
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Meridian Ball

Individuals seeking to make a major investment in Meridian or a specific program or project can do so through our major gift program or the Linden Legacy Society. We are happy to create a customized set of benefits and naming opportunities aligning Meridian’s capabilities and your priorities. For more information, please contact Amy Selco, VP of Development at 202-292-2288 or