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Advisory Groups

We are fortunate to be guided by a robust group of local and global practitioners able to provide insight and advice on the school’s teaching and research enterprise.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board was formed in 1986 to aid the dean in achieving the vision and mission of the school. Members provide counsel on current issues that affect our role as an established leader in the region. A list of current and emeritus members is listed below.

2022–23 Members

Lisa Larroque Alexander, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Sempra

Arindam Bhattacharya, Senior Partner and Director, BCG Henderson Institute, The Boston Consulting Group

Bill Bold, Chief Strategy Office, Palomar Holdings Inc.

Carlos Casasus, Director General, Corporacion Universitaria para el Desarollo de Internet, A.C. (CUDI)

M. Javade Chaudhri, Partner-in-Charge Middle East/Africa Region, Jones Day

Shawn Covell ’12, Head of ESG Strategy and Global Leadership, Lam Research

Charles H. Dallara, Advisory Partner and Chairman of the Board, Partners Group USA

Ambassador Diana Lady Dougan, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Phyllis Epstein, Community Volunteer

Wain Fishburn, Partner, Cooley

Caroline Freund, Dean, UC San Diego

David Graham, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Carlsbad

Jay Hanson ’96, Chief Operating Officer, Inxeption

Robert "Bob" Hormats, Managing Director, Tiedemann Advisors

Jason Kim ’12, U.S. Army War College Fellow Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University

James Lambright, Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Export-Import Bank

Zhong Yuan Li, Chairman, Manfield Chemical Holdings Ltd.


David Michael, Managing Partner, Anzu Partners

Diana Villiers Negroponte, Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center

Henry "Hank" Nordhoff, Chairman and CEO, Banyan Biomarkers

Kyota Omori, Chairman, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.

Scott Park '90, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Doosan Bobcat

Brooke Partridge '91, CEO and Founder, Vital Wave Consulting Inc.

Rafael Pastor, Former Chairman of the Board and CEO, Vistage International

Alex Rogers, President Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL) and Global Affairs, Qualcomm Inc.

Donald J. Rosenberg, Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm Inc.

Sachio Semmoto, Executive Chairman, RENOVA Inc.

Andrew "Drew" E. Senyei, Managing Director, Enterprise Partners Venture Capital

John So, Managing Director and Head Asia Pacific, Metropolitan Real Estate

Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, President & CEO, BrazilFoundation

Ricardo Tavares, Head of Public Policy - Brazil at ByteDance

Robert Thomas, Jr., Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (retd.)

Manuel Weinberg, President, Finteco

Yiru Zhou '93, Vice President of China Operations, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Emeritus Members

Nicholas B. Binkley, Partner, Forrest Binkley & Brown

Aaron Feldman, President, Sunroad Enterprises

Frances Hesselbein, Chair, Leader to Leader Institute

Bill Huang, CEO, CloudMinds

Susan Lew, President, S. Lew & Associates

Jeff Rector '97, Co-founder and CEO, Millennium Microgrid

Lawrence B. Robinson, President, La Jolla Investment Co., LLC

Hans W. Schoepflin, President, Panta Rhea Foundation

Richard N. Sinkin, General Partner, InterAmerican Group

Kwan L. So, President, EVG Enterprises Inc.

R. B. Woolley, Jr., President, Girard Capital

Civic Leadership Council

The Civic Leadership Council was established in 2018 to provide guidance on the training provided by GPS’s public policy program and advise on what skills are most marketable in the regional public sector. The council creates an open dialogue designed to build relationships, strengthen capacity and enhance community partnerships. 

Council Members

Jason Anderson, President and CEO, Cleantech San Diego

William A. Bold, President and CEO, Bold Global Strategies

Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, EDC

Rafael Castellanos, Commissioner, Port of San Diego 

Melanie Cohn, Director of Regional Policy & Government Affairs, BIOCOM

Peter Cowhey, Dean, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Joel Day, Director (Boards and Commissions), City of San Diego

David Graham, Chief Innovation Officer (Co-Chair), City of Carlsbad

Zoli Hajnal, Professor of Political Science (Co-Chair), UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Shana Hazan, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Jewish Family Services

Catherine Hill, Public Affairs Manager, League of California Cities – San Diego County

Jo Dee Jacob, Former CEO, Girl Scouts of San Diego

Victoria Joes, Director of Policy, City of San Diego, District 1 - Barbara Bry

Sean Karafin, Neighborhood Investment Manager, City of San Diego

Lani Lutar, President, Responsible Solutions

Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel, Circulate SD

Omar Passons, Director (Department of Integrative Services), County of San Diego

Teresa Penunuri, Public Affairs Supervisor, San Diego County Water Authority

MaryAnne Pintar, Chief of Staff, US Congress – 52nd – Scott Peters

Katie Rast, Director, Community Impact, San Diego Foundation

Johanna Schiavoni, Board Member, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority; Attorney

Dan Skopec, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, SDG&E and SoCalGas, Sempra Utilities

Deanna Spehn, Policy Director for Senate President pro tempore Toni Atkins, CA State Senate, 39th District

Victoria Stackwick, Government Affairs, SANDAG

Almis Udrys, Deputy Chief of Staff for Innovation & Policy, City of San Diego – Mayor's Office

Pedro Villegas, Director of Community Relations, SDG&E

GPS Alumni Board

Members of the board are elected by the alumni and meet throughout the year to establish, in collaboration with the dean and UC San Diego Alumni, the goals and objectives for the school. The board assists the staff in the implementation of programs for more than 3,000 alumni worldwide annually.