Board of Directors

 

Chair

Charles DeSantis serves as Associate Vice President for Benefits and Payroll and Chief Benefits Officer for Georgetown University.

Before joining Georgetown in 2006, Mr. DeSantis was Vice President for Operations and Chief Operations Officer at PacAdvantage, a non-profit company providing health care benefits to small businesses in California. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director of Benefits Services at Stanford University, Senior Director of People Services at Gap Inc., and worked with the Federal Reserve for 12 years.

Mr. DeSantis’ distinguished history of service to charitable organizations includes serving on the Board of Directors for Stepping Stones Growth Center, which serves the developmentally disabled, as well as the Georgetown University employees’ credit union. 

Mr. DeSantis is active in raising funds and creating programs for underserved children and families in Africa, particularly in Kenya.  He developed an arts education program for high school-age AIDS orphans in Nairobi’s Kibera slum, the largest in Africa; served on the board of Nyumbani, a Kenyan orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS; and also served as an advisory board member for the Children of Kibera Foundation. 


Vice Chair and Secretary

Kathleen Newland is a Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where she directs the organization’s programs on Migrants, Migration, and Development and Comprehensive Protection for Refugees. She is also the Founding Director of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), a partnership among MPI, the US State Department, and US Agency for International Development.

Previously, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she was a Senior Associate and then Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program.  She serves on the Boards of the International Rescue Committee, the Foundation for The Hague Process on Migrants and Refugees, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Stimson Center.  She is a Chair Emerita of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children.

Formerly, Ms. Newland worked as an independent consultant for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Bank, and the office of the Secretary General of the United Nations. She was also a member of the international relations faculty of the London School of Economics and the staff of United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Newland is the author or editor of eight books, 11 shorter monographs as well as numerous articles and book chapters.


Treasurer

L. Craig Johnstone serves as the Managing Director of jSolutions.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices and Refugees International.

Prior to joining jSolutions, Mr. Johnstone worked within the private sector, government, and the non-profit community. From June 2007 until November 2009, he served as Deputy UN High Commissioner for Refugees, testifying before Congress on the plight of Iraqi refugees; and also highlighting the growing problem of climate displacement.

His experience in government service includes USAID and US Foreign Service Assignments in Vietnam, Canada, Jamaica, the Sinai and France.  He also served as a Deputy Staff  Director for Secretary of State Henry Kissinger;  US Ambassador to Algeria, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America, and as Director (Assistant Secretary) for Resources Plans and Policy during the Clinton administration. 

Mr. Johnstone’s private sector experience includes five years as Vice President and General Manager, Europe for the Boeing Company; Senior Vice President for International Affairs at the Cabot Corporation in Boston; and President of Cabot Plastics International based in Brussels, Belgium.  He was also Senior Vice President of the US Chamber of Commerce. He was the Founder and Chairman of the US Center for Corporate Citizenship.