Advisory Board - Donors

Vin Ryan is a Founder and Chairman of Schooner, a firm which he started in 1971. He serves as a Director of Iron Mountain, a $5 billion global records management company; a former Director of Continental Cablevision; and a founder of both National Hydro and Arch Mobile Communications. In 1996, Mr. Ryan created the Schooner Foundation, which supports a number of not-for-profit causes globally, with a particular emphasis on human rights.  

Clara Brillembourg is an associate in Foley Hoag LLP's Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Brillembourg specializes in advising sovereign States in international disputes with other States, foreign investors, and U.S. plaintiffs. She has appeared before the Court in more than seven cases in the last eight years. She chairs the Meridian International Center's Rising Leaders Council.

Alfonso Carrillo is a leading Guatemalan attorney and founding partner of one of Guatemala's largest and most well-respected firms, Carrillo & Asociados. He has dedicated his life to the rule of law and sustainable development in Guatemala. Mr. Carrillo was a Senior Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University. As a Senior Fellow, his work involved fighting impunity and exploring approaches to creating positive and sustainable change.

Michael B. Decker serves as a partner at Wingate Partners, LLP since 2000. Mr. Decker joined Wingate Partners, LLP in 1996 and also served as the Principal at the firm. Mr. Decker served as the Chief Operating Officer at Trammell Cow Company. Previously. Mr. Decker was the President of Huffco Group, Inc. He served as a consultant at Boston Consulting Group and worked as an Investment Officer for the World Bank.

Frank Islam is a successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader and thought leader. He heads the FI Invest Group, a firm that he established after selling the QSS Group, an IT firm that he founded, in 2007. Mr. Islam serves on numerous boards and advisory councils including the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Brookings Institution. He also serves on various boards and councils at universities including American University and George Washington University. 

Ashley Judd is a Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress and serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, is the Global Ambassador for Population Services International, and also for Polaris Project. She serves on the Advisory Boards of International Center for Research on Women, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is also Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom.

Peter Kovler is an investor and Chairman of the board of the Blum Kovler Foundation. He is the chairman of the Center for National Policy, a nonpartisan public policy organization dedicated to engaging the nation's leaders with practical policy solutions on global security. A former journalist, Mr. Kovler is the producer of several award-winning documentaries on Russia, China and the Holocaust.

Clara Krivoy heads Brown Rudnick's Ibero-America Private Clients practice. Ms. Krivoy provides legal advice and support to individuals, families, family offices and their holdings having interests in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as they maintain or look to establish a US, multi-jurisdictional or global presence. In addition to her practice, Ms. Krivoy provides legal advice on a pro bono basis to support philanthropic initiatives in the region.

Nelson Ortiz is presently the Vice-Chairman of IESA Venezuela business school. He is also a member of the board of directors of several private corporations in Latin America, Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Global Competitiveness and Leadership Program at Georgetown University, a member of the Dean's Council at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a member of the board of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and a member of the Group of Fifty.

Mario Valdivia is a Chilean business man and social entrepreneur who is working to promote the practice of philanthropy in Chile. He started his professional career in Chile, joining IM Trust & Co. in 1987. In 1991 he left IM Trust & Co. to co-found Excel Chile Servicio. From 1992 to 2006 Mr. Valdivia held board positions at several large Chilean corporations. In late 2009 Mr. Valdivia became a senior equity partner at Independencia Asset Management LLC.

Patricia Vos serves as Vice President at the Vos Foundation, where she manages foundation investments and awards to beneficiaries in support of the foundations mission to protect the environment and expand access to science education. Currently, the Foundation is working on a global tree-planting initiative with two-pronged objective of carbon sequestration and creating employment opportunities in developing regions.

Alejandro Weinstein is the Chief Executive Officer of CFR Pharmaceuticals and the Chairman of Fundación Genómika. He has a degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Weinstein is a member of several pharmaceutical companies’ Board of Directors. He is a Director of Educa UC, an initiative seeking to improve school education and offer equal opportunities in Chile. Mr. Weinsten is also a Director and Vice Chairman of Consorcio Tecnológico en Biomedicina, a company aiming to find solutions to the main pathologies affecting the Chilean population.