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IFP Board of Directors

Ambassador Donald McHenry, Chair
Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas
Victor J. Goldberg
Karen A. Holbrook
Jeannie Oakes
Barron M. Tenny
Darren Walker

Donald McHenry

Donald McHenry served as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 1981. He also served as a member of President Carter's Cabinet, and as Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N. Security Council. He has studied, taught and worked in the fields of foreign policy and international law and organizations. He is the author of Micronesia: Trust Betrayed (Carnegie Endowment, 1975) and numerous articles published in professional journals and newspapers. Currently, Ambassador McHenry is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and president of the IRC Group, an international consulting firm. He received his B.A. from Illinois State University, his M.A. from Southern Illinois University and has done post-graduate work at Georgetown University.

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Victor J. Goldberg

Victor J. Goldberg is an independent business consultant. He retired from IBM in 1993 as a corporate vice president after 34 years during which time he worked as president of a manufacturing and product development division, president of a marketing division, and head of three different corporate staffs. Mr. Goldberg joined the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education in 1979. He is a Vice Chairman of the Board, and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee, and the boards of the Mental Health Association of Westchester County, New Alternatives for Children, and Education Through Music. Mr. Goldberg received both his B.S.B.A. and his M.B.A. degrees from Northwestern University. 


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Karen A. Holbrook

Dr. Karen A. Holbrook was appointed the 13th president of The Ohio State University on October 1, 2002 after serving in several previous capacities at the University of Georgia, including Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Dr. Holbrook has also held the posts of Associate Chairman and Professor of Biological Structure and Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, as well as Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is on the Board of Directors of ACT, the Institute of International Education, ACGME (National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) and NASULGC (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). She has been deeply involved in national and regional efforts to strengthen graduate education in America and has been active in economic development partnerships at both the community and state levels. Dr. Holbrook earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After teaching biology at Ripon College, she earned a Ph.D. in biological structure from the University of Washington, School of Medicine in 1972 and pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Dermatology.

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Jeannie Oakes

Jeannie Oakes is Director of Educational Equity and Scholarship at the Ford Foundation in New York. Until Fall 2008, she was Presidential Professor in Educational Equity at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, where she directed UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and the University of California’s All Campus Consortium on Research for Diversity. Jeannie Oakes’s own scholarship examines the impact of social policies on the educational opportunities and outcomes of low-income students of color. She is the author of twenty scholarly books and monographs and more than 125 journal articles, book chapters, and research reports. Her book Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality has been honored as one of the twentieth century’s most influential books on education and an updated 20th anniversary edition was released in 2005. A second book, Becoming Good American Schools: The Struggle for Civic Virtue in Education Reform , won the American Educational Research Association’s Outstanding Book Award. Professor Oakes is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

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Barron M. Tenny

Barron M. Tenny served as executive vice president, secretary and general counsel of the Ford Foundation from 1996 through 2011.  He joined the Foundation in 1983 as special assistant to the President and was made vice President, secretary, and general counsel in 1984. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Tenny spent nine years at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, a community development organization in Brooklyn, New York. He started as a staff attorney in 1974 and was made general counsel in 1975, followed by general counsel, vice president and assistant secretary in 1977. From 1970 to 1974 he was an attorney with the New York law firm of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst. Mr. Tenny is Vice Chair of the Foundation Center and chairs the Finance and Investment Advisory Committee (FIAC) on the IFP Board. He also serves on the boards of the New York Community Trust, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Mr. Tenny is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and earned his bachelor's degree in history and science from Harvard College. 

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Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas

Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in 2005 with the rank of Career Minister, following four decades of service. Her varied overseas assignments have taken her to Greece, Turkey, France, Belgium, Senegal, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire. Ambassador Elam-Thomas has been the recipient of four honorary doctorates, from Simmons College in Boston, the American University in London, Suffolk University in Boston and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She holds a B.S. degree in International Business from Simmons College in Boston and a M.S. in Public Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Formerly the Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida, Ambassador Elam-Thomas directs a new Diplomacy Program at the University. She is a Member of The American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the Board of The Institute for International Education, The Cultural Academy for Excellence and the Board of Cooperators at Simmons College. Ambassador Elam-Thomas was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She and her husband Wilfred J. Thomas reside in Central Florida.

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Darren Walker

Darren Walker is the President of the Ford Foundation. Prior to his appointment in September 2013, he led the Foundation's Education, Creativity, and Free Expression Program. As Vice President of one of the Foundation's three major programs, he spent three years guiding grant making in public education reform, higher education, arts, media, sexuality reproductive health and religion. Previously, he was Vice President for foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation, where he oversaw a broad range of programs in the United States and internationally. Darren also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a community organization in Harlem, and was involved in two of Harlem's largest privately financed commercial projects the area has seen in the past 30 years. He oversaw the development of the first public school in New York City built by a community organization, and has taught housing, law, and urban development at the NYU School of Law and the Robert Wagner School of Public Service. Mr. Walker is a Fellow at the Institute for Urban Design.

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