Philip French
Executive Director
Philip C. French
Philip C. French retired as a senior career diplomat after 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, in addition to two tours in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C.  Following a tour in Madrid as Consul General, Mr. French was assigned in 2001 to San Salvador as Deputy Chief of Mission and later served there as acting Chief of Mission.  He was posted to Caracas as Deputy Chief of Mission in 2007 before his final assignment as Team Leader for the Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Fallujah, Iraq in 2008.  A graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Mr. French spent the 1996-97 academic year as Diplomat in Residence at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.  He can be reached at
Charlotte M. Ponticelli
Adviser / Program Director
Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli

Charlotte M. (Charlie) Ponticelli is an international consultant and adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America.  Charlie has 23 years of US Government experience, serving most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues at the US Department of State.
Previously she also served as Senior Advisor for State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Director of Human Rights in State's Bureau for International Organization Affairs; Congressional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Director of Congressional Correspondence in the Legislative Affairs Office of the White House.
Charlie is a member of several boards and organizations, including the Bayat Foundation, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council.   She is a founding partner of Disaster Logistics Relief, a humanitarian organization specializing in telemedicine and disaster-relief technologies.  
She received her B.A. (Spanish Literature) from Hood College and her M.A. through New York University's program in Madrid, Spain.

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