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  

Natalie Jones, Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Upcoming Council Events

Meridian Global Leadership Council Levels and Benefits

  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian's network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan and Cultural Celebration on June 7, 2018
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 12, 2018
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Priority access to purchase individual tickets
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian's network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders and engagement with relevant international visitors
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan and Cultural Celebration on June 7, 2018 (2 invites)
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 12, 2018 (2 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Meridian Ball Committee (2 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner on October 12, 2018, invitation to the Host Committee Reception)  
  • ANNUAL MERIDIAN DELEGATION TRIPS: Invitation to travel abroad as a member of Meridian’s annual cultural leadership delegation (2 invites; airfare, lodging and other travel expenses are additional costs)
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders and engagement with relevant international visitors and delegations
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions featuring distinguished global leaders
    • Meridian Diplomacy Forum on Japan and Cultural Celebration on June 7, 2018 (4 invites)
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit on October 12, 2018 (4 invites)
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Terrace Ball Committee (4 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner on October 12, 2018, invitation to the Host Committee Reception)
  • ANNUAL MERIDIAN DELEGATION TRIPS: Invitation to travel abroad as a member of Meridian’s annual cultural leadership delegation (2 invites; airfare, lodging and other travel expenses are additional costs)
  • For individuals interested in supporting Meridian at the $25,000 level and above, in additional to Meridian Global Leadership Council membership and benefits, tailored programs can be customized to align with a supporter’s interests and goals.
  • MEMBERSHIP: Membership in Meridian’s network of diplomatic, philanthropic, corporate, and public-sector leaders
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:
    • Select cultural, regional and issue-related programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Priority access to purchase Young Professional Meridian Ball tickets (limited availability)

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 Natalie Jones, SVP of External Affairs at (202) 939-5591 or njones@meridian.org.

Recent Council Events

Council Members

NameTitle
Farinaz AhkavanFounder & CEO @ numberF
Dadi Ahkavan
Bassima AlghusseinCEO @ Alghussein Global Strategies
Lauren AliCOO @ The Kleinman Family Office
Brian AliManaging Director @ Corvest Capital
Rhonda Anderson
Carmiel ArbitDirector of Strategic Engagement @ AIPAC
Deborah Taylor Ashford, EsquireSenior Partner, Washington, DC @ Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Lisa BarryRetired Corporate Executive and Board Member
The Honorable Stuart Bernstein
Wilma Bernstein
Tracy BernsteinSenior Advisor @ Meridian
Judith Bishop
Janet Blanchard
Amanda Bowker
Nell BreckenridgeBoeing
Brooke BroganPresident @ Brogan Public Relations
Fritz Brogan, IIIManaging Partner @ The Mission Group
Victoria Butler**
Jane Cafritz
Calvin Cafritz
Megan CapiakProgram Manager- Strategic Planning and Operations @ Salesforce
Martin CargasSenior Advisor @ Food & Agriculture, McLarty Associates
The Honorable Timothy Carney**
Beth Celestini
Timothy A. ChorbaPresident @ Council of American Ambassadors
Robert B. ColeProgram Manager @ Department of Homeland Security
Tammie L. Collins
Bob Coonrod
John CpinPartner @ Avenue Strategies
The Honorable Walter L. CutlerFormer Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Didi CutlerPhotographer @ Isabel “Didi” Cutler Photography
Aaron CutlerPartner @ Hogan Lovells
Zanes CypressMorgan Stanley
John DanielsonPresident and CEO @ Chartwell Education Group
Nathan DaschlePresident and COO @ The Daschle Group
Anastasia DellaccioDirector, Community and Career Engagement, Creator Awards, Public Affairs @ WeWork
Marc Duber
Nancy Duber
Philip DufourCEO and Founder @ Dufour & Co Productions
Caroline DuttonCEO, Lead Planner & Designer @ Caroline Dutton Events
Marjan EhsassiDirector @ Program Impact & Learning at Global Communities
Akram R. EliasPresident and CEO @ Capital Communications Group, Inc.
Alice FarmerLegal Officer @ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Stephanie Fischer
Lawrence R. Fischer, II
Heather V. FlorancePhilanthropist
Andrew C. FlorancePresident and CEO @ CoStar Group, Inc.
Stephenie FosterPartner @ Smash Strategies
The Honorable Alonzo L. FulghamPresident @ Galileo Energy Partners, BV.
The Honorable Laurie S. Fulton
James Gale
Shelly Galli
Joseph Galli
The Honorable Mark GilbertFormer Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa
The Honorable Marc Ginsberg
Stephen GreerChairman and CEO @ Sonco Worldwide
Mae GrennanAttorney and Chief Counsel @ Franklin L. Haney Company
The Honorable Carlos M. GutierrezChair @ Albright Stonebridge Group
Edilia Gutierrez
Salim HaddadAwards Limo
Benjamin HaddadResearch Fellow @ Hudson Institute
Patrick HallahanPolitical Consultant
The Honorable Fay Hartog-Levin
Holidae HayesSenior Vice President of Wealth Management @ UBS
Ian HerbisonCo-founder and CEO @ SpeysideGroup
Gwen HollidayThe Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Dr. Richard JonasDivision Chief of Cardiac Surgery @ Children’s National Health System
Cindy Jones
Evan Jones
The Honorable James R. JonesChairman @ Monarch Global Strategies, LLC
Allison Laudicina KahlDirector of Design @ OTJ Architecture
Dr. James R. KanskiRetired Endocrinologist @ Buffalo Medical Group
Andy KeiserPrincipal @ Navigators Global
The Honorable Tom C. KorologosStrategic Advisor @ DLA Piper US, LLP
The Honorable Ann Mclaughlin KorologosFormer Secretary of Labor
Andrew KovalcinAdvanced Advocacy
Bruce LaneCo-Founder @ The Meridian Group
Leslie Lane
Bonnie Larson**National Arts Council Member @ Meridian International Center
Steve LeblingOwner @ The Lebling Companies
Christina Lepore
Molly LevinsonPresident @ Levinson Group
Beth Libow
Stanley S. LitowVice President, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs & President @ IBM International Foundation
HongXia LiuAssociate Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations @ New York University (NYU) Shanghai
Natalia LuisCOO and Founder @ M. Luis Construction
Cidalia Luis-AkbarCEO and Owner @ M. Luis Construction
Karyl Charna LynnSenior International Correspondent and contributing editor @ Opera Now Magazine, London, UK
Ainsley MacLean
Shahin MafiFounder and CEO @ Home Health Connection
Shaista Mahmood
Ray Mahmood
Princess Ariana Austin MakonnenPhilanthropist, Filmmaker, Writer
Prince Joel Makonnen Haile SelassieCorporate Counsel @ Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies
Jeffrey MalinakManaging Principal @ Analysis Group Inc.
Michele A. Manatt
Nadia Nicolova ManuelBulgarian Television Correspondent
Campbell MarshallVice President, International Market Development and Public Policy @ Omnispace
Kathryn MartelCEO @ TI People
Christophe MartelCo-Founder @ TI People
Keith MasonSenior Advisor @ Oaktree Capital Transportation Infrastructure Investing
April McClain-DelaneyWashington Director @ Common Sense Media, Inc.
John McElroySenior Manager @ Enterprise Solutions Engineering
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-HunterCEO @ Pace Communications
Allyson McKithenSenior Operations Manager, Office for Trade Promotion @ Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Sandra MissmarCOO @ Abram Bison Investments
Tom MonahanManaging Partner @ Norton Street Capital
Richard Morrissey
Pilar O’Leary
Maureen OrthSpecial Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Laura PattenDirector of Foreign Risk Management @ U.S. Department of Energy
Ambassador John PhillipsFounding Partner @ Phillips & Cohen, LLP
Michael PickrumExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer @ Cengage
Lauren PillsburyReal Estate Agent @ TTR Sotheby's International Realty
Jan Du PlainRonald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Kaitlin PuccioBent Frame
Amy P. RaskinChief Investment Officer @ Chevy Chase Trust
Reem SadikAssociate @ King & Spalding
Ambassador Theodore SedgwickCommissioner @ WWI Centennial Commission
Smita ShahFounder and CEO @ SPAAN Tech, Inc.
Raisa SheynbergDirector, Public Affairs @ APCO Worldwide
The Honorable Alan D. SolomontDean @ Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University
Karen Sonneborn
Jessica SpringsteenAssociate @ Clifford Chance
Karen St. JohnFormer Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
The Honorable Ann Stock
Robert SwopeSenior Director of Global Network Operations @ Visa
Rock TonkelPresident and CEO @ Arlington Asset Investment
Jill Tonkel
Annie Simonian Totah
Jessica R. TowheyCEO @ 2e Communications
David VannierInternational Monetary Fund
Toni Verstandig
Josh WachsPresident @ Wachs Strategies
Marc WachtenheimPresident @ W International
Miriam WarrenVice President @ DCI Group
Robb WattersThe Madison Group
Ruth M. WimerPartner @ Winston & Strawn
Aaron Wodin-SchwartzBrand USA
David Bruce Wollman
Timothy Wyman**
Mei Xu

** Member of Meridian National Arts Council