Meridian Global Leadership Council

The Meridian Global Leadership Council is a network of leaders and advisors in Washington and around the country who believe in our mission of strengthening U.S. engagement with the world through the exchange of leaders, culture and ideas. Council members are committed to broadening the depth of our important work through their financial support and engage in Meridian’s curated programs throughout the year.

From discussions on foreign policy issues at intimate salon dinners to lively cultural diplomacy receptions, these programs focus on cultivating relationships with the diplomatic community and impactful exchanges of ideas and culture from around the world. 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

Meridian Global Leadership Council Levels and Benefits

  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
    • Select cultural and regional programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Priority access to purchase individual tickets
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum (2 invites)
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit  (2 invites)
    • Select cultural and regional programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites to 4-6 events throughout the year)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Meridian Ball Committee (2 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner and 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)
  • PROGRAMS: Invitations to the following:
    • Meridian VIP and Board events and receptions featuring distinguished global leaders
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum (4 invites)
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit  (4 invites)
    • Select cultural and regional programs of interest
  • SALON DINNER SERIES - ENTRÉE TO DIALOGUE: Intimate curated dinners with special guests, intended to promote thoughtful conversation (2 invites to 4-6 events throughout the year)
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Inclusion in the Terrace Ball Committee (4 tickets to the Meridian Ball and Ambassador-hosted Dinner and 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, please contact merdevelopment@meridian.org for more information on benefits, in addition to Meridian Global Leadership Council membership and events.
  • EVENTS: Invitations to the following:
    • Annual Meridian Diplomacy Forum
    • Annual Meridian Global Leadership Summit
    • Select cultural and regional programs of interest
  • MERIDIAN BALL: Exclusive 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.

Upcoming Council Events


Recent Council Events

Council Members

NameTitle
Farinaz AhkavanFounder & CEO @ numberF
Dadi Ahkavan
Bassima AlghusseinCEO @ Alghussein Global Strategies
Rhonda Anderson
Suzan Aramaki
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
Dr. Niteesh BhararaDirector of Regenerative Medicine @ Virginia Spine Institute
Judith Bishop
Janet Blanchard
Amanda Bowker
Nell BreckenridgeBoeing
Bethany Aquilina BrezSenior Policy Advisor, Department of Policy and Evaluation @ Millennium Challenge Corporation
Patrice BrickmanFounder and Managing Director @ Inspire Capital, LLC
Brooke BroganPresident @ Brogan Public Relations
Fritz Brogan, IIIManaging Partner @ The Mission Group
Emily BurnsChief of Staff @ Office of Congressman John Garamendi
Jane Cafritz
Calvin Cafritz
Megan CapiakProgram Manager- Strategic Planning and Operations @ Salesforce
Martin CargasSenior Advisor @ Food & Agriculture, McLarty Associates
Beth Celestini
Timothy A. ChorbaPresident @ Council of American Ambassadors
Alexander ChristoffConsulting Associate Professor @ Stanford University’s Washington, D.C. campus
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
Ashley DavisFounding Partner @ West Front Strategies LLC
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
Claire DwoskinFounder @ Children's Medical Safety Research Institute
Marjan EhsassiDirector @ Program Impact & Learning at Global Communities
Akram R. EliasPresident and CEO @ Capital Communications Group, Inc.
Audrae EricksonVice President Global External & Public Affairs @ Reckitt Benckiser LLC
Alice FarmerLegal Officer @ United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Mark FeiersteinSenior Advisor @ Center for Strategic and International Studies
Stephanie FischerCOO @ NeverMissed, Inc.
Lawrence P. Fisher, IIPresident @ Chevy Chase Trust
Heather V. FlorancePhilanthropist
Andrew C. FlorancePresident and CEO @ CoStar Group, Inc.
Stephenie FosterPartner @ Smash Strategies
Lindsay FranceJournalist
Joel FrushoneFounder @ Crescent Consultants, LLC
The Honorable Alonzo L. FulghamPresident @ Galileo Energy Partners, BV.
The Honorable Laurie S. Fulton
James Gale
Shelly Galli
Joseph GalliExecutive Vice President @ The Bernstein Companies
Dr. Andrea R GiacomettiDiagnostic Radiologist @ Kaiser Permanente
The Honorable Mark GilbertUnited States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (2015-2017); Vice Chairman, Private Wealth Management, UBS
The Honorable Marc Ginsberg
Mae Greer
Stephen GreerChairman and CEO @ Sonco Worldwide
Mae GrennanAttorney and Chief Counsel @ Franklin L. Haney Company
The Honorable Carlos M. GutierrezAlbright Stonebridge Group
Edilia Gutierrez
Karina GutierrezAccount Executive @ Entercom
Salim HaddadAwards Limo
Benjamin HaddadResearch Fellow @ Hudson Institute
Patrick HallahanPolitical Consultant
The Honorable Fay Hartog-LevinUnited States Ambassador to the Netherlands (2009-2011); Distinguished Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Barbara HawthornPresident and CEO @ Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
Holidae HayesSenior Vice President of Wealth Management @ UBS
Ian HerbisonCo-founder and CEO @ SpeysideGroup
Gwen HollidayThe Advisory Board Company @ VP Marketing Communications
Edward Hughes
Paula Hughes
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
Manisha KapaniPresident @ Kapani Family Foundation
Roy KapaniFounder and Chairman of the Board @ ECS Federal, LLC
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
Steve LeblingOwner @ The Lebling Companies
Michael LedeckyManager, Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives, Sports and Entertainment @ EverFi
Randi Levine
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
George LundChairman @ Torch Hill Investment Partners
Kristen LundPhilanthropist
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
Shaila ManyamSenior Vice President, Public Affairs and Crisis Communications @ Burson Cohn and Wolfe
Campbell MarshallVice President, International Market Development and Public Policy @ Omnispace
Kathryn MartelCEO @ TI People
Christophe MartelCo-Founder @ TI People
Lauren MasonCOO @ The Kleinman Family Office
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
Jodie McLeanCEO @ EDENS
Alexandra MigoyaCo-Founder and Director @ Isabella & Ferdinand
Sandra MissmarCOO @ Abram Bison Investments
Tom MonahanManaging Partner @ Norton Street Capital
Richard Morrissey
Pilar O’LearyFounder and President @ PFO Advisory Group
Maureen OrthSpecial Correspondent @ Vanity Fair
Coco PannellPublic Policy and Government Relations @ Google
Jared ParksExecutive Director, Advocacy and Public Affairs @ U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Ambassador John PhillipsFounding Partner @ Phillips & Cohen, LLP
Robin PhillipsProfessional Speaking Coach @ Creative Resources LLC
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
Joel SafersteinExecutive @ American Park Network
Rhonda K. SchmidtleinCommissioner @ United States International Trade Commission
Ambassador Theodore SedgwickCommissioner @ WWI Centennial Commission
Smita ShahFounder and CEO @ SPAAN Tech, Inc.
Hemal ShahDirector of International Policy @ U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC)
Rina ShahFounder @ Women's Public Leadership Network
Raisa SheynbergDirector, Public Affairs @ APCO Worldwide
The Honorable Alan D. SolomontAmbassador to Spain and Andorra (2009-2013); Dean, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University
Karen SonnebornCo-founder and CEO @ Honored
Jessica SpringsteenAssociate @ Clifford Chance
Karen St. JohnFormer Group Vice President, Environment @ International Association of Geophysical Contractors (IAGC)
The Honorable Ann StockFormer U.S. Assistant Secretary of State @ Educational and Cultural Affairs
Robert SwopeSpecial Assistant @ Department of Defense
Rock TonkelPresident and CEO @ Arlington Asset Investment
Jill Tonkel
Annie Simonian TotahFounder and President @ Sami and Annie Totah Family Foundation
Jessica R. TowheyCEO @ 2e Communications
David VannierInternational Monetary Fund
The Honorable Toni VerstandigExecutive Vice President @ Center for Middle East Peace
Jayne VisserFounder and CEO @ ADEPTA
Josh WachsPresident @ Wachs Strategies
Marc WachtenheimPresident @ W International
Miriam WarrenVice President @ DCI Group
Robb WattersManaging Partner @ The Madison Group
Ruth M. WimerPartner @ Winston & Strawn
Aaron Wodin-SchwartzBrand USA
David Bruce Wollman
Mei XuFounder & CEO @ Chesapeake Bay Candle®, a Newell Brands Company
Xin YuanNational Fisheries Institute
Rima Zeitouneh

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