Board of Directors
Larry Hanauer is the vice president for policy at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, a nonprofit association that promotes effectiveness and efficiency in the U.S. intelligence community through robust public-private partnerships. Previously, Larry worked at the RAND Corporation, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Booz Allen Hamilton and Burson-Marsteller.
Hanauer received his Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Ms. Liswood is the secretary-general of the Council, which is composed of women presidents and prime ministers.
From 1992 to 1996, she interviewed 15 current and former women presidents and prime ministers, chronicled in her book and documentary, “Women World Leaders.” From 2001 to 2015, Liswood was managing director, global leadership and diversity for Goldman Sachs, and became a senior advisor. After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Liswood became a reserve police officer in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department. She retired as a sergeant and has focused on the Council of Women World Leaders and diversity training. Her latest book, “The Loudest Duck,” challenges traditional workplace diversity efforts and provides strategies to create inclusive organizations.
She earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, San Diego and a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law.
Nora Gardner is managing partner of McKinsey’s Washington, D.C., location. Gardner focuses on organization and strategy across private, public and social sectors, including health care, pharma, scientific agencies, and defense and security clients. She also founded and leads the office’s social impact group, which connects consultants to pro bono work at local nonprofits.
Nora holds a doctorate in biochemistry from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Carolina State University. Prior to joining McKinsey, she held postdoctoral fellowships from the American Cancer Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Cynthia McCabe is Chief of Staff for Exelon Utilities. She oversees corporate communications strategy and alignment in support of Exelon’s six utilities, serving more than 10 million customers nationwide, including Pepco customers in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Delaware.
Prior to coming to Exelon in 2017, she worked at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees representing the organization with the White House and U.S. Department of Labor, as a reporter at various newspapers, and at Harper’s Bazaar magazine in New York.
Today, McCabe continues to write, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post and Washingtonian. She has also appeared as a guest on NPR, MSNBC and international radio. McCabe is a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Immediate Past Chair
Cindy Lewin is a partner and chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group at Venable LLP. Prior to Venable, Lewin served as general counsel at AARP, the National Wildlife Federation, and Volunteers of America. Before that, she was in private practice specializing in representing nonprofit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Save America’s Forests and other environmental organizations.
Lewin served on the ethics and accountability advisory group for Independent Sector, on the board of directors and executive committee of the nonprofit National Human Services Assembly and served as chair of the National Adjudicatory Council for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Lewin has won numerous awards, including receiving the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Corporate Counsel-National Capital Region in 2018.
She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.
David Bell is a senior financial executive with a track record advising C-suite and boards of public and private companies in technology, aerospace & defense, and energy industries. David helped lead Deloitte’s Professional Practice Network serving as accounting consultation partner and chief of staff.
Bell is a graduate of Harding University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting. He is a licensed certified public accountant, with licenses in Illinois and Virginia, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Eric is an experienced software executive and an internet pioneer, having either founded or served as a senior executive for early-stage internet companies since 1996. Koefoot is a co-founder and the CEO at PublicRelay, a market-leading enterprise software company. Before that, he was the founding CEO and publisher of U.S. News Ventures, and the co-founder and CEO of Five Star Alliance, a successful e-commerce startup in Alexandria, Virginia, which became the largest independent booker of luxury hotels worldwide.
Before that, Koefoot worked at Washingtonpost Newsweek Interactive, the Ford Motor Company, Deloitte Consulting, and founded a startup company, PrimeSource, which provided financial and strategic consulting services to Fortune 500 clients.
Koefoot has an engineering degree from MIT and a Master of Business Administration from the Sloan School at MIT.
Barbara Lang is managing principal and CEO of Lang Strategies. She manages the overall brand of the organization and oversees each of its practice areas: business development, political strategy management, executive leadership and business tactical planning, assessment and problem solving. Prior to her current role, Ms. Lang was president and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for the operations and overall strategic direction of the organization. Before joining the Chamber, Lang worked for Fannie Mae and IBM.
Lang serves on the Board of Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE:PDM), Sibley Hospital Foundation and the Red Cross of the National Capital Area. Lang is the former chair of the Workforce Investment Council, the former co-chair of the DC Business Coalition, and was appointed by Washington Mayor Vincent Gray to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in 2012.
Lang holds numerous awards for her distinguished leadership in the greater Washington community, including Washingtonian magazine’s 150 Most Powerful People in the Washington region (twice) and the Lifetime Legacy Award from the Washington Business Journal.
Lotte I. Lent
Lotte Lent is the assistant director of the George Washington University’s museum education program in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She has taught and mentored hundreds of students, who now hold positions in art, history, natural history, and children’s museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, and science centers, across the country and internationally.
With degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University in history and the University of Western Australia in natural resource management, she draws on over 20 years of expertise as a practitioner to champion compelling opportunities for lifelong learning. Lent’s career spans time as a park ranger, developing Australia’s first solar-powered educational drive trail, creating award-winning interpretive signage at the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and serving as president of Interpretation Australia.
In addition to her academic role at George Washington University, Lent is a certified interpretive trainer with the National Association for Interpretation. She has been a regularly invited facilitator for the Future of Learning Summer Institutes at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
John Lettieri is co-founder, president and CEO of the Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan research and policy organization committed to advancing solutions that foster a more dynamic American economy. Prior to EIG, Lettieri was the vice president of public policy and government affairs for a leading business association, the Organization for International Investment. Before that, he worked for a global aerospace manufacturer, and as a foreign policy aide to former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. John’s commentary and research have been cited in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, The Economist, Financial Times, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other leading national and regional publications.
Lettieri is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and serves on the board of regents at The Fund for American Studies, and the Lincoln Network. Lettieri is a graduate of Wake Forest University.
John Mina is the CEO of Risk Strategies Company. Based in the Washington metro area, Mina has overall responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the company’s 72 offices and approximately 2,000 employees throughout the United States.
During his career, Mina has served large public, small private and not-for-profit institutions. Prior to joining Risk Strategies, Mina worked for 25 years with Willis Towers Watson in a number of leadership roles. He is a graduate of Dowling College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.
David Mork is currently Assistant Vice President at Zurich North America. Prior to this, Mork worked as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. Mork is a graduate of Notre Dame University with a BA in Political Science and Government.
Wyndee Parker is the National Security Advisor for the Office of the Speaker of the House. Her responsibilities include advising the Leader on national security and international affairs matters, and overseeing the activities of the Armed Services, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees, and their Appropriations Committee counterparts. Prior to joining the Speaker’s office, Parker was the Deputy Staff Director and General Counsel of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Earlier in her career, Ms. Parker served as an assistant state prosecutor, and as an attorney at the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Parker holds a BA from Duke University and a JD from Ohio State University College of Law.
Alonford James Robinson, Jr.
Alonford James Robinson is the founder and CEO of Symphonic Strategies™ Inc., a research, training and consulting firm that specializes in solving collective action challenges. The company serves leaders in the public and private sectors, including on the public sector side the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and more. On the private sector side, his clients have included AIG, Bank of America, BMW, Caterpillar, Clinique, CVS, Delta Airlines, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Heineken, IBM, Kauffman Foundation, Marriott Hotels, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Pepsi, Tyson Foods, Volvo, Walt Disney Resorts & Parks, Warner Brothers Studios and more.
Robinson also serves as an adjunct professor at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at the George Washington University and as a lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Robinson began his career as a global faculty member for the Corporate Executive Board and the Children’s Defense Fund. Robinson has been a consultant to the Public Broadcasting Service show “Frontline,” served as a staff writer on the Encarta Africana Encyclopedia of the Black Diaspora, and was a member of the Heinz Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Advisory Board
Robinson holds a doctorate in government from Harvard University and dual bachelor’s degrees in social psychology and political science from Stanford University.
Joyce Rogers is the Vice President of US Policy and Public Affairs at Pfizer. Previously, Joyce was the Chief Government Affairs Officer for Advocate Aurora Health (AAH). Before that, Joyce served as the senior vice president of government affairs at AARP, as a partner at the Williams & Jensen law firm, and for two Members of Congress, including House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer. She serves on the Board of the Franklin Center Policy Exchange. Joyce is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Brian Sands is a Principal/SVP with the Advisory Services practice at HKS, where he is a strategic advisor and thought leader with expertise in the business of leisure/hospitality, mixed-use, and sports/entertainment. Sands prioritizes teamwork, client goals, and robust analyses and knows how to optimize projects to increase return and reduce risk. Clients include private developers/operators, not-for-profits, and public agencies, with a focus now mainly across North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Besides serving on the board of Conservation Nation, Sands is also Treasurer of the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), and serves on the Ad Hoc Stormwater Utility and Flood Mitigation Advisory Group for the City of Alexandria (Virginia). In addition, he is a member of numerous industry organizations, including American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Alliance of Museums (AAM), American Planning Association (APA), International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and IAAPA Certified Attraction Executives (ICAE), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and World Waterpark Association (WWA), and regularly speaks at major industry events, and frequently contribute to and/or is quoted in industry publications and public media outlets. Sands was also the long-time coordinator of global production of the Theme Index and Museum Index – Global Attractions Attendance Report, the leading industry report produced annually by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and its partner company, and was primarily responsible for the North American and Latin American commercial attraction figures.
Yelberton “Yebbie” Watkins has served as the Chief of Staff at Office of Majority Whip US House of Representatives for 28 years. Watkins is a Liberty Fellow for the Aspen Global Leadership Network and he earned his BA from Duke University and his JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Brian Sands is currently a Principal at HKS, a global design firm. Previously Brian served as a principal with the economics practice at AECOM and has worked in the global real estate and development industries for more than 25 years, with expertise in the areas of leisure/culture and mixed-use development.
Sands serves as treasurer on the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association. He received a BA from Arizona State University and a Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.