Sushma Palmer

Member, Board of Trustees at Freedom House, Inc.

Sushma Palmer

Sushma Palmer

Member, Board of Trustees at Freedom House, Inc.

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Board of Trustees: Member Biographies

D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Acting Chair
Jeff Hirschberg is Vice Chairman of The Northeast Maglev, LLC (TNEM), a U.S.-based company working to deploy high-speed maglev service in the Northeast Corridor of the United States. Mr. Hirschberg’s career includes 35 years of senior executive management, strategic advice, crisis management, government affairs and parallel proceedings. Mr. Hirschberg sits on a number of board of directors or board of trustees, including the U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship, the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

Peter Bass, Treasurer
Peter Bass worked for more than 10 years in senior positions at the State Department and the White House, including as executive assistant to the national security adviser. He also served as deputy assistant secretary of State for Energy, Sanctions, and Commodities. Immediately prior to joining Promontory, Mr. Bass was a vice president at Goldman Sachs, where he was responsible for international political and regulatory matters.

Carol C. Adelman
Carol Adelman is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute where she lectures, writes, and consults on economic growth, foreign aid, global philanthropy, and international healthcare issues as well as publishes an Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances which is the sole comprehensive source of private giving to the developing world. Earlier in her career, Dr. Adelman was a career foreign service officer with USAID. She also served as a consultant for the American Red Cross and served as assistant administrator at USAID in charge of all foreign aid programs to Asia, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. Dr. Adelman is also president of an executive leadership training company and teaches leadership at the Wharton Business School.

Zainab Al-Suwaij
Zainab Al-Suwaij is a co-founder and Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress, a non-religious civic organization that challenges negative perceptions of Muslims by advocating responsible leadership and interfaith understanding. Previous to this she was teaching at Yale University. The granddaughter of a leading cleric, Ms. Al-Suwaij was one of the few women to join the 1991 uprising against Saddam Hussein. She fled Iraq and eventually became an American citizen. Among other awards, Ms. Al-Suwaij was named an “Ambassador of Peace” by the Interreligious and International Peace Council. She has co-authored a guidebook for policy makers in the Middle East and US on how to efficiently push for women rights in the Middle East.

Goli Ameri
Goli Ameri is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Under Secretary for Humanitarian Diplomacy at the International Federation of Red Cross. Ms. Ameri was a Representative to the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and served as a Public Delegate to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

Stephen E. Biegun
Stephen E. Biegun is vice president of International Governmental Affairs for Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Biegun served as national security advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Before joining the Senator’s staff, Mr. Biegun worked in the White House from 2001-2003 as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. Prior to that, Mr. Biegun served for 14 years as a foreign policy advisor to members of both the House and the Senate. During this time, he was also Chief of Staff of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and was the Committee's senior staff member for European affairs. From 1992-1994 Mr. Biegun served as Resident Director of the International Republican Institutes democracy assistance program in Moscow, Russia.

David E. Birenbaum
David Birenbaum retired as a partner from the law office of Fried, Frank after more than thirty years with the firm and upon his retirement became of counsel. He served for two years as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN for UN Management and Reform, was a public member of the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Conference on Human rights in Geneva, served as Associate General Counsel of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, and was a Senior Scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He founded the Emergency Coalition for U.S. Financial Support of the UN and served as its chair for more than ten years. He also serves on the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.

Ellen Blackler
Ellen Blackler is Vice President, Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to joining Disney, she was Executive Director, Public Policy at AT&T. Previously she was Special Assistant to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC, worked at the New York Public Service Commission, and the New York State Legislature where she focused on energy policy issues, consumer protection, and the development of competitive telecommunications markets.

Dennis C. Blair
Dennis Blair is the Chairman and CEO of Sasakawa Peace Foundation, USA. He is the former U.S. Director of National Intelligence. He served 34 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2002 as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Command. During his naval career he held commands afloat and ashore and served in budget and policy positions on major Navy staffs and the National Security Council. He has held academic research chairs in national security and was President of the Institute for Defense Analyses from 2003 to 2006.

Paula J. Dobriansky
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky is a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in National Security Affairs for over 25 years. She served from 2001-2009 as the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and from 2007-2009 as the President's Special Envoy to Northern Ireland, receiving the Secretary of State's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal for her work. Currently, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University JFK "Future of Diplomacy Project," she is also Vice Chair of the National Executive Committee of the US Water Partnership.

Jørgen Ejbøl
Jørgen Ejbøl is Chairman of the Jyllands-Posten Foundation. His distinguished journalism career includes his former position as Chairman of the Board of JP/Politiken Newspapers Ltd. as well as serving as editor-in-chief and managing director of various leading newspapers in Denmark. He previously served as a member of UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Prize and was a co-founder of the prestigious European Press Prize.

Martin Etchevers
Martin Etchevers is the Head of Communications of Argentinian media firm, Grupo Clarin, where he began his career in 1993, first as a journalist and later in Institutional Relations. In his current role, he oversees all institutional communication strategy for domestic and international institutions and is in charge of the Noble Foundation, named after the founders and major shareholders of Grupo Clarin. Mr. Etchevers holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and an MBA from Universidad del CEMA. He is an active member of the board of several institutions related to freedom of expression, transparency, and accountability in Argentina and Latin America.

David L. Fogel
David L. Fogel is Co-Founder and President of IndexIQ, an innovative issuer of exchange-traded funds and a subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Co. since its acquisition in 2015. His extensive experience in the financial services industry also includes serving as the former Vice President of Groton Partners; helping to launch the private equity firm Circle Peak Capital; and co-founding SmartPortfolio.com, which was sold to TheStreet (NYSE: TST) in 2000. He began his career as a corporate attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Fogel also serves on the Board of Advisors to the McDonough School of Busines

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Trustee at Freedom House, Inc.

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President & Co-Founder at Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Treasurer & Director at Center for Science in the Public Interest

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President & Executive Director at Center for Science in the Public Interest

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Executive Director at Freedom House, Inc.

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Director, Center for Global Prosperity at Hudson Institute, Inc.

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Trustee at Freedom House, Inc.

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Former Vice President at American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

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Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.

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Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.

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Center for Science in the Public Interest provides nutrition health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. The company was founded in 1971 by Michael Jacobson and James B. Sullivan and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

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2008

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.

$10K - $25K
2007

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.

$5,000 - $10K
2004

Freedom House, an independent nongovernmental organization, supports the expansion of freedom in the world. Freedom is possible only in democratic political systems in which the governments are accountable to their own people; the rule of law prevails; and freedoms of expression, association, and belief, as well as respect for the rights of minorities and women, are guaranteed.Freedom ultimately depends on the actions of committed and courageous men and women. We support nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and we stand in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free. Freedom House functions as a catalyst for freedom, democracy and the rule of law through its analysis, advocacy and action.

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