Our Board of Associates


Dr. Akwasi Aidoo is a Senior Fellow at Humanity United, working to deepen HU’s understanding of African philanthropy and strengthen advocacy to African inter-governmental institutions. Before that, he was the founding Executive Director of TrustAfrica, a grant-making foundation dedicated to securing democratic governance and equitable development in Africa. Akwasi has extensive experience in philanthropy in Africa. His previous positions include the head of IDRC’s health and equity program for West and Central Africa, head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa. He currently chairs the Boards of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Africa Regional Board of the Open Society Foundations, and the Fund for Global Human Rights; and previously served as a trustee of several international organizations, including OXFAM America, Resource Alliance, the Crime Prevention Centre of South Africa, AfriMAP, and the Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University. Dr. Aidoo was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He writes poetry and fiction in his spare time.

CHF International (Retired)

John Chromy retired as Vice President and Special Advisor to the President at CHF International, an organization dedicated to working with communities abroad to help them to identify their greatest needs and to obtain those goals, whether it be preventing HIV/AIDS or providing credit for families to improve their homes. An experienced and effective administrator, John has held senior positions in government and private organizations, both domestically and internationally. John has broad understanding and experience in managing programs designed to help low-income people on the community level. He has extensive experience in organizational development, structuring and staffing of human service organizations, program design, grant management, mobilization of financial resources, and training of adult participants. John has developed a special expertise and impressive record in fundraising and redesign and/or overhaul of major programs or organizational sectors which have outlived their functional effectiveness.

John also has extensive experience in non-profit management, organizational development in international settings, sustainability, and fundraising in the private sector. He has conducted 110 adult training workshops and seminars, 9 multinational conferences, and 12 national level conferences in a variety of cross-cultural settings. John has significant overseas experience including five years residence in India, two years in the Eastern Caribbean and official representations to Lebanon, Jordan, Serbia, Montenegro, Angola, Kosovo, Sudan, Cameroon, Gambia, South Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti, West Bank/Gaza, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.

John received a B.A. with Honors from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.

Rutgers University

Richard M. O’Meara is a retired Brigadier General, US Army and trial attorney who presently teaches global studies in the graduate program at Rutgers New Jersey and Genocide studies in the Genocide Studies program at Richard Stockton College. He serves as an Adjunct faculty in the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, which has caused him to teach rule of law and human rights subjects in such diverse locations as Cambodia, Rwanda, Ukraine, Slovenia, Moldova, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Chad, Thailand, Peru and El Salvador. He is active in a number of NGOs including Lawyers Alliance for Justice in Ireland, Human Rights First, and the International Justice Mission.

National Defense University

Jay M. Parker, Ph.D. (Colonel, United States Army, Retired), is Professor and Chair of International Security at the College of International Security Affairs of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was Visiting Associate Professor and Chair of International Relations and Security for the Master of Science in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Also at Georgetown, he served as Visiting Associate Professor in Georgetown's Department of Government, where he taught security studies, international relations, and media, and foreign policy.

Prior to retiring from the United States Army after 26 years of active duty service in 2005, he served for eleven years as Professor of Political and International Affairs and Director of International Relations and National Security Studies, Department of Social Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point. During the period ranging from the post-Cold War to the aftermath of 9/11, he was responsible for curriculum development and course supervision for the undergraduate international relations program—consistently one of the Academy’s most popular majors.

For more than five years, he served as Chair of the USMA Scholarship Committee, selecting, certifying, and preparing West Point Cadets to compete for Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Fulbright, Gates, and other post-graduate fellowships. During his tenure on the committee, West Point graduates were awarded 58 prestigious fellowships. He also oversaw the preparation and presentation of analytical support on national security issues provided to the Department of the Army.

Col. Parker earned masters' degrees in political communication and public affairs from Arizona State University, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University. He is a graduate of the Naval War College and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University's Center of International Studies, and a Japan Society US-Japan Leader Fellow.

Col. Parker has served as executive vice president of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and as advisor and center liaison to the Iraq Study Group. He was a member of the defense policy team and the veterans' advisory group for the Obama presidential campaign and the subsequent transition agency review team. He also served on advisory councils for programs at the Museum of Television and Radio and he appeared in the Emmy nominated PBS documentary Reporting America at War. He is a member of the editorial boards for the journals "Media, War & Conflict," and "Pacific Focus." He is a former chair of the International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association and served on Governing Councils of the Foreign Policy, Film and Politics, and International Security and Arms Control sections of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Parker has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University and George Washington University, and has lectured at colleges, universities, and policy studies centers in the US, Japan, and Great Britain.

In the course of his Army career, Col. Parker served in a variety of command and staff positions in infantry and psychological operations units. He took part in operational planning for RESTORE HOPE and other humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping missions. COL Parker’s previous civilian experience includes service as a congressional aide and as a political campaign consultant. He is a Japan Society US-Japan Leadership Fellow and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Col. Parker is also a Truman National Security Project Fellow and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.


April Pedersen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of DemocracyInAction. For the past 10 years, April has worked in the nonprofit sector as an online campaign strategist, writer, and organizer. She launched several new innovative projects and tools for organizing online, created online communities and managed online communications and grassroots lobbying for a coalition of 20 national environmental advocacy organizations. She continues to provide guidance and strategic advice to the nonprofit community on online activism and outreach best practices. April is a devoted human rights and social justice advocate. April graduated from Friends World College of Long Island University, with a concentration in global economics and Latin American studies.


Anil Soni has spent the last decade building and scaling two leading organizations in global health. He left McKinsey & Company in 2002 to serve as chief of staff to the first Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing its operational model, recruiting its talent and raising its first $5B. After founding the Fund's "Friends of the Global Fight" satellite in Washington, Anil joined the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2005, where he led a string of deals with pharmaceutical companies to lower the prices of AIDS drugs. He expanded the scope of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) with a $500M five-year deal with UNITAID to expand pediatric AIDS treatment; that program dropped drug and diagnostic prices by 90% and has treated 350,000 children to date. Anil was appointed CEO of CHAI in 2008. Under his tenure, he helped the organization manage its growth - to more than 500 staff and $200M in annual spending; establish itself as an independent nonprofit; and strengthen its donor and external relations. Anil decided to leave CHAI to move back into the private sector. During his transition, Anil served as senior advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and to the Business Leadership Council for a Generation Born HIV Free (BLC). In 2013, Anil joined Mylan, one of the world’s largest generic and specialty pharmaceutical manufacturers, where he serves as the global commercial leader for its work in HIV/AIDS and infectious disease.

Windrem Law Firm

Peter F. Windrem received his B.A. degree in 1965 from Raymond College at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He attended law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he received his law LL.B. in 1968. During his law school, Mr. Windrem served on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of International Law.

Following law school, Mr. Windrem served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala before returning to his home town to open his private law practice in Lakeport, California, where Marla Ruzicka was born and raised.