Secretary of State Clinton Appoints New Members to East-West Center Board of Governors


HONOLULU (Jan. 10, 2012) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed five new members to three-year terms on the East-West Center’s Board of Governors.

The new members are: UN Foundation CEO Kathy Bushkin Calvin, Clinton advisor and former USAID official Margaret Carpenter, Three Oaks Investments CEO and former White House National Economic Council senior counselor Ginger Lew, Mapleton Investments Chairman Marc Nathanson, and former U.S. Ambassador to Fiji and other Pacific island nations M. Osman Siddique.

Outgoing board members are Lori Forman, Theodore Lee, Patricia Saiki, S. Linn Williams, and Michael Young.

The EWC Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the U.S. secretary of state, five appointed by the governor of Hawai‘i, five members from Asia and the Pacific who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawai‘i, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawai‘i, or their designees.

The other current board members include:

Appointed by the Governor of Hawai‘i: George Ariyoshi, Corianne W. Lau, Puongpun Sananikone (Chair), R. Brian Tsujimura, Richard Turbin. Board-elected members: Tarun Das, India; Daniel R. Fung, Hong Kong; Il SaKong, Korea; Tadashi Yamamoto, Japan; Tun Daim Zainuddin, Malaysia. Ex-Officio Members: Hawai‘i Gov. Neil Abercrombie (designee: Barbara Tanabe), U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock, University of Hawai‘i President M.R.C. Greenwood.

About the new Board of Governors appointees:

Kathy Bushkin Calvin is the Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation.  Previously, she served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation, America Online Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Senior Managing Director at the Hill and Knowlton global public relations company, Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report and press secretary for Senator Gary Hart. She has served on the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, Share Our Strength, and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. In 1999 she and Art Bushkin founded the Stargazer Foundation to provide free online tools for nonprofits. She is a graduate of Purdue University and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and philanthropy.

Margaret Carpenter has served as Assistant U.S. Coordinator for Refugee Affairs at the U.S. State Department, Deputy Director of the Joint Voluntary Agency (American refugee program) in Thailand, Director of Public Affairs for The Asia Foundation, Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), founding Executive Director of the Pacific Pension Institute, Special Assistant to the Counselor of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and Associate Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House.  In 2009-10, she served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on political appointments. She has also worked extensively with nongovernmental organizations in international affairs, including InterAction (a consortium of over 160 U.S.-based foreign-aid NGOs), Global Rights: Partners for Justice and Amnesty International USA.  She is currently a director of the USAID Alumni Association.   Ms. Carpenter has a BA in history and an MA in political science from the University of California at Berkeley.  She also received a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and an Executive Management Certificate in International Finance and Global Markets from Georgetown University.

Ginger Lew is CEO of Three Oaks Investments LLC, a consulting company.  For the last several years, she was the Senior Counselor to the White House National Economic Council, where she provided economic policy advice on small business, financial policies, procurement reform, commercialization and technology transfer, and women’s economic security issues.  Ms. Lew was Co-Chair of the White House Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group and Chair the Interagency Regional Innovation Cluster Group.  Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she was a venture capitalist making investments in early stage communications companies.  Under the Clinton Administration, she was the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and she previously served as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She also worked with Assistant Secretary Richard Holbrooke as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia. Ms. Lew was the Co-Chair of the NASDAQ Listing Council and has served as an advisor and board member to publicly traded and private companies and nonprofit organizations.

Marc Nathanson is Chairman of Mapleton Investments and Falcon Waterfree Technologies.  Mr. Nathanson serves on the Board of Directors at the Pacific Council on International Policy, is currently Vice Chair of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and was founding Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) for Los Angeles.  Previously, he founded and served as Chairman and CEO of Falcon Cable TV and was Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors during the Clinton and Bush Administrations.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, the Skirball Cultural Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Democracy Institute and the USC Annenberg School of Communications. He is also a member of the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), the Albanian Enterprise Fund and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador M. Osman Siddique served as the United States Ambassador to Fiji, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu from 1999-2001. He was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of ITI/Travelogue, Inc., a corporate travel management company he founded in 1976. In the course of his career, Ambassador Siddique was twice named as a finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition, Ambassador Siddique has served on the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism and the First Hemispheric Trade and Commerce Forum. He also served as a member of the National Democratic Institute’s International Observer Delegation to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Elections in 1996. He has served on boards and advisory committees of numerous organizations, including Bryant College, Partners for Development and the National Center for New Americans. Ambassador Siddique was born in Bangladesh, and received his M.B.A. from Indiana University.