The SPIA Board of Visitors is an independent, self-governing body of advisors to the School of Public and International Affairs.
Acting individually and collectively, its members promote the best interests of the school, sharing high-level counsel and expertise with the Dean and with one another in a spirit of mutual respect, collaboration, and consultation. In its work, the Board takes into account the interests of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. It is focused on a strategic level, advocating for the school within the University community and the public sphere.
Board of Visitors members are alumni, parents, or friends of the School with a history of significant engagement. By joining the Board, they commit to supporting the school and to staying informed, just as the school commits to helping them stay informed. They agree to provide perspective in advising the Dean on how to identify and address both immediate challenges as they arise and long-term opportunities. They serve as ambassadors furthering the objectives of the Board of Visitors on behalf of the School of Public and International Affairs.
Ambassador David Adelman (AB, ’86)
Partner, Reed Smith, LLP
New York, NY
Ambassador David Adelman is a partner in the New York office of Reed Smith, LLP where his practice focuses on trans-Pacific trade and investment issues. Before joining Reed Smith, David served as Managing Director of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore, and from 2010 to 2013, he served as the 15th US Ambassador to Singapore. During his term as US Ambassador, David led eight trade missions to India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Previously, David also served eight years in the Georgia State Senate. In addition, David serves as an appointed member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Capital Markets Committee, and is a former member of the Executive Board of the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association. He is an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. David was an instructor in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia where he earned his bachelors degree. David received his JD from Emory University and a masters degree from Georgia State University. He is a frequent speaker on international affairs and infrastructure development.
Mr. Lee Culpepper (AB ‘84)
Vice President of Public Affairs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Lee Culpepper is the Vice President of Public Affairs at Walmart. He has previously held the roles of Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Vice President of Federal Government Relations. He joined Walmart in July, 2005. In his present role, Lee oversees corporate reputation research and advertising as well as issue management, advocacy and strategy. He oversees Walmart’s federal and state grassroots outreach programs. He also leads Walmart’s efforts with external stakeholder and constituent groups and is charged with the development and execution of strategy with key diverse organizations.Prior to joining Walmart, Lee worked for the National Restaurant Association for 12 years departing as their Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy. He spent more than eight years on Capitol Hill, handling legislative issues for members in both houses of Congress. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Lee currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. In January 2015, he was elected to the National Retail Federation Foundation Board of Directors and in 2016 was the recipient of the NRF Silver Plaque award for making a major contribution to the retail industry and for his outstanding leadership in NRF council and committee work. He also serves on the UnidosUS Corporate Board of Advisors. He has previously served on the Board of the National Immigration Forum where he served a term as Chair and on the Board of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Locally, Lee serves on the Steering Committee of EngageNWA and is active with several charitable organizations.
General (RET) Eugene E. Habiger (BS ‘63)
Distinguished Fellow and Policy Advisor,
Center for International Trade & SecurityFormer Commander in Chief, U.S. Strategic Command
San Antonio, TX
Eugene Habiger is a retired United States four-star General and the Chairman of the Board of Earthwater Resources. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Fisher House Inc of San Antonio, and a Senior Fellow at the Gorbachev Foundation of North America. In addition to serving in several prominent positions in the United States Air Force, he also previously served as the Commander in Chief of the United States Strategic Command, the United States Department of Energy Director of Security and Emergency Operations, President/CEO of the San Antonio Water System, and currently serves as a Distinguished Fellow and Policy Advisor for the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security. Ret. Gen. Habiger received his BS from the University of Georgia and his MS from George Washington University. He is the recipient of several honors including the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters. He currently resides in San Antonio, TX.
Mr. John Frank “Jack” Halper (MPA ‘77)
First Vice President – Investment officer
John Halper is a First Vice President and Financial Advisor for Wells Fargo. He is on the Board of Directors of the UGA Touchdown Club. He also formerly served as the co-president of the Friends of the Museum at the Georgia Museum of Art, President of the American Heart Association, President of Jennings Mill Country Club, board member of Southern Heritage Bank, and board member of the Coliseum Club of Georgia. He is a graduate of Leadership Athens and Former Chairman of the President’s Club Smith Barney Inc. Community Oriented Policing, Athens, GA. He previously served in several prominent positions including as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, communications consultant for Illinois Bell, branch manager for Robinson Humphrey/Smith Barney, and in the United States Army. He was a top graduate of Combat Leadership School Chu Lai. He received his BS from Loyola University, his MPA from the University of Georgia, and completed post-graduate work at the University of Georgia. He is the recipient of the Bonze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal commendations for his service in the Army. He currently resides in Athens, GA.
Mr. Joshua W. Jones (ABJ ’08, AB’08, MBA ’16)
Red Clay Communications, Inc.
Joshua W. Jones has provided strategic counsel to some of the world’s leading corporations, political candidates and associations. As the founder and CEO of Red|Clay Communications, Jones has consulted for more than 450 political and public affairs campaigns. His extensive experience in political advocacy, management and communications has translated into victories in nearly every state. During the George W. Bush administration, Jones served as a lead for the White House Office of Presidential Advance, where he was responsible for planning, organizing and executing presidential events. Jones has appeared on broadcast news networks, including NBC and ABC, and his work has been featured on cable news networks across the country. He is a frequent guest on syndicated talk radio. Jones received a degree in public relations and political science from The University of Georgia prior to returning in 2016 to earn his MBA from the Terry College of Business.
Terry represents the legislative and regulatory interests of major corporations from healthcare and pharmaceutical interests to mining regulations and transportation strategies and regional planning issues. Terry has been particularly successful in helping clients navigate the annual budget process and agency regulatory activities. In a poll of state legislators and political leaders published by James Magazine, Mathews & Maxwell has been named twice as Georgia’s most effective governmental affairs firm and has ranked in the top ten of most effective firms since the polls inception. Terry was also named to the Georgia Lobbyist Hall of Fame by James Magazine in the 2103 November/December edition. Before Mathews & Maxwell, Inc. was founded in 1997, Terry worked as a senior advisor to U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. He is widely known in Georgia for his many years of service to Senator Nunn having served as State Director traveling Georgia extensively monitoring public opinion and maintaining contacts with business, community and political leaders. He organized Senator Nunn’s last re-election campaign and was his key advisor on all political activities. Prior to his work for Senator Nunn, Terry served as an assistant to the Secretary of the Georgia State Senate. Terry was selected by the University of Georgia for the inaugural class of the Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses an award to businesses that are owned and operated by UGA Alumni. He is a member of the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs Board of Visitors, the UGA President’s Club, the Georgia Professional Lobbyist Association and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee. Terry, and his wife Margaret Park Mathews, live in Atlanta
Lora is an accomplished Senior Executive and with more than 20 years of success spanning banking, financial services, and housing. Her areas of expertise include strategic thinking, fundraising and resource development, program development and implementation, organizational development, and corporate social responsibility. Currently as a Diversity Consultant, Lora provides consulting services, tools, resources and training to private, public, and non-profit sector clients on policy and strategy development and implementation; program development and management; recruitment and advancement strategies; discrimination and harassment issues; communications, and outreach and engagement strategies.
Lora was most recently tenured as the Assistant Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where she was responsible for executing the strategic implementation of the Bank’s internal diversity programs, which included staff and management engagement, training and education, cultural awareness, and recruitment and advancement. She developed policies to improve workforce, supplier, and board diversity while engaging with multicultural community partners to advance economic development in their communities. Additionally, she oversaw supplier diversity initiatives to increase access to capital and business opportunities for minority and women-owned vendors through business opportunity fairs, capacity building, and partnership development. Lora also served on the Bank’s management council and developed, launched, and managed a communications strategy to advance enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion objectives.
Earlier in her career, Lora was tenured with the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Calvert Investments, McAuley Institute, and Fannie Mae. At NAR, she established and administered a $5 million grant fund, which created 52 sustainable workforce housing programs across the US. She also designed and implemented a multi-year series of national and regional policy forums to share successful strategies and best practices—promoting employer-assisted housing as an economic development tool. At Calvert, she led the company’s board diversity advocacy campaign and established an annual survey of corporate diversity practices of Fortune 500 companies. Lora was responsible for increasing the McAuley Institute’s grant funding from $1.5M to $3M annually and co-directing a research study on barriers to women’s homeownership. At Fannie Mae, she established a partnership between Fannie Mae and the National Urban League to provide $50M in affordable mortgage products, and she implemented Fannie’s national faith-based and women-headed households (WHH) initiatives bringing affordable lending products and services to two critically underserved communities.
Lora obtained her Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from the University of Memphis; her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Labor Law and Employee Discrimination from the University of Washington School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
Mr. James “Jim” P. McVaney, Jr. (AB ’92)
Senior Director, Federal Relations & Policy, Bayer Corporation
Jim McVaney is Senior Director, Federal Relations and Policy for Bayer Corporation. In this role he leads advocacy activities for the company’s plant biology, chemicals and environmental sciences businesses. Over the past two years Jim has led the outreach and political risk mitigation efforts in support of Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto, developing and executing strategies for engagement with Congress and the Executive Branches of the US government, including the Department of Justice, Treasury and Agriculture, as well as the inter-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Jim has spent nearly two decades representing companies and industries before the US government, focusing on energy and environmental policy matters. Before joining Bayer he served as the government affairs lead for an agrochemicals and alternative energy, director of government relations at the association representing US airlines, the chemicals manufacturing sector and retail grocers. Like many government relations professionals, Jim started his career as a staffer in Congress, working for John Linder of Georgia. Over the course of his career he has managed a political action committee, serval coalitions, multiple grass roots campaigns and served as treasurer and a board member of an association. Jim holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Masters in International Business from Georgetown University. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and son.
Ms. Harriet J. Melvin (ABJ ’86)
President, The Capitol Group
Harriet Melvin is a partner at Thorn Run Partners, a government affairs firm. She previously served in several prominent positions including founder of The Capitol Group, partner at Quinn Gillespie & Associates, Congressional staff member, Director of Federal Government Affairs for Circuit City, Legislative Representative for the National Federation of Independent Business, and member of the Presidential Review Board. She has served as an executive committee member of Women Impacting the Nation and the Value in Electing Women PAC. She graduated with an ABJ from The University of Georgia. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA.
The Honorable Powell A. Moore (ABJ ‘59)
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense
Powell A. Moore is the Representative of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, stationed in Vienna, Austria. He was appointed to this position on March 29, 2006. During the first term of the Administration of President George W. Bush, Mr. Moore was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. He was nominated for this position by President Bush on April 23, 2001 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on
May 1, 2001. On January 28, 2005, he received the Defense Department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service in recognition for his leadership in coordinating the relationship between the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress in waging the global war on terrorism. Active in public policy affairs in Washington for more than 40 years, Mr. Moore served as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs under President Reagan; on the White House staff under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan; and as Chief of Staff for Senator Fred Thompson of Tennessee. He began his Washington career in 1966 as Press Secretary to Senator Richard B. Russell of Georgia, for whom one of three U.S. Senate office buildings is named. Between government assignments, Mr. Moore has advised and represented a variety of clients in connection with their relationship with the United States government. In this capacity, he has worked for clients from Europe and Asia, as well as the United States. Most recently, he was Managing Director of Federal Government Relations for McKenna Long & Aldridge with offices in Washington, Atlanta, Brussels, Denver, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Mr. Moore was born in Milledgeville, Georgia, on January 5, 1938. He graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1959 after attending preparatory school at Georgia Military College in Milledgeville. After graduation, he was commissioned as an Infantry officer in the United States Army where he served for more than three years with tours in Baumholder, Germany, and Fort Benning, Georgia.
He and his wife, Pamla, reside in Vienna and have homes in the District of Columbia and Colorado. He has a daughter, Mrs. Frances M. Preston of Franklin, Tennessee; and a son, Allen Moore of Springfield, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Moore together have five grandsons and a granddaughter.
Mr. C. Randall Nuckolls (BSA ‘74, JD ‘77)
Partner, Dentons US, LLP
C. Randall Nuckolls is a partner at Dentons US, LLP (formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP). He serves on the Board of the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the Georgia 4-H Foundation as well as the Board of Governors of the Wesley Theological Seminary and is the Historian and former President of the Georgia State Society of Washington, DC. He has previously served in several prominent positions including Legislative Counsel for Senator Herman Talmadge and Chief Counsel and Legislative Director for Senator Sam Nunn. For more than 25 years, Randy has served as lobbyist and Washington Counsel for the University of Georgia. He is former President of the UGA Law School Council and Board member of the UGA Honors Program. He graduated with a BS from the University of Georgia and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. He has received multiple awards including the Association of Public and Land-Grant University’s Outstanding Achievement Award, the Friend of the Extension Award from National Epsilon Sigma Phi, and the Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Agriculture. He currently resides in Arlington, VA.
Major General Arnold L. Punaro (MA ‘76)
CEO, The Punaro Group
Major General Arnold L. Punaro is Chief Executive Officer of the Punaro Group, LLC, a Washington-based firm supporting fortune 100 companies with a wide-range of business services. He is currently Chairman of the Secretary of Defense’s Reserve Forces Policy Board and Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is consistently named by Defense News as one of the top 100 national security leaders. He also serves on the board of the Atlantic Council and the Georgia Institute of Technology Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. He has held prominent previous positions, including Marine Corps Major General, staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Director of National Security to Senator Sam Nunn and Executive Vice-President of SAIC. Major General Punaro holds a B.S. from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, an M.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia and an M.A. in national security studies from Georgetown University. He has received multiple awards throughout his career, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the 2014 Reserve Officers Association’s Minuteman of the Year award. He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.
Dr. Ralph E. Reed, Jr. (AB ‘85)
President, Century Strategies
Ralph E Reed, Jr. is the CEO of Century Strategies, a public affairs firm. He is also the founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and an advisory council member of SafeHouse Outreach. He has previously held several prominent positions including advisor to George W. Bush’s presidential campaigns, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, and executive director of the Christian Coalition of America. He graduated with his BA from the University of Georgia and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He was named by TIME as one of the 50 future leaders of America under 40 and has authored seven books. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Julie C. Smith (AB ’00)
Vice President of External Affairs
Julie Smith is vice president of external affairs for the south area for Verizon. She is responsible for managing Verizon’s philanthropic giving in the south as well as government affairs activities. Her territory includes Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Prior to joining Verizon, Julie worked for Fox News in New York. While at Fox, she served as the Audience Producer and helped Fox successfully launch their first nationally syndicated morning show. Before her work in television, Julie spent 4 years working for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as director of external affairs. In this capacity, Julie served as the Governor’s liaison to external groups and organizations throughout the state. She also planned and executed the Governor’s public events. Prior to Governor Perdue’s election in 2002, Julie was the deputy finance director for his campaign and helped him achieve the largest upset in gubernatorial politics in the country. Earlier in her career, Julie served in the Washington, D.C. offices of Georgia Congressmen Bob Barr and Nathan Deal. While working as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Deal, she advised him on public policy issues ranging from energy, environment, education, and immigration. Julie, a native Georgian, was born in Athens and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and was an officer and member of Delta Delta Delta. Julie serves on the Board of Visitors for UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs. She also serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for Fernbank Museum of Natural History. In 2011-2012, Julie served as an honorary commander at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.
Mr. L Henry Turner III (AB ’79)
Vice President, State Government Affairs,
Altria Corporate Services, Inc.
L. Henry Turner is the Vice President of State and Government Affairs at Altria. He was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Georgia Port Authority. He received his BA from the University of Georgia. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Joe D. Whitley (AB ’72, JD ’75)
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLC
Former General Counsel to the U.S. Department of
Joe D. Whitley is Chair of the Government Enforcement and Investigations Practice at the law firm of Baker Donelson. Joe serves as a Board Member of the Atlanta Police Foundation, the Washington Legal Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Chapter Federal Bar Association. Joe is a frequent speaker and lecturer on white collar, compliance and corporate governance issues. Before joining Baker Donelson, Joe held a number of key government positions to include Acting Associate Attorney General, the third ranking position at Main Justice, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and presidential appointments to serve as U.S. Attorney in the Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Ms. M. Elaine Bunn (AB ‘74)
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy
Office of the Secretary of Defense
United States Department of Defense
M. Elaine Bunn is a Distinguished Research Fellow and Director of the Future Strategic Concepts Program at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University. Before joining INSS, she held a number of policy management and analysis positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), served as Principal Director, Nuclear Forces and Missile Defense Policy, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction, and was a Presidential Management Intern. Ms. Bunn earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1974 and M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1980. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Neuchâtel 1974-5 and a member of the Class of 1988 at the National War College. Her awards include the Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service and the Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
The Honorable Valerie Caproni (JD ‘79)
Federal Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
New York, NY
The Honorable Valerie Caproni is a United States District Court Judge in the Southern District of New York. Judge Caproni was appointed by President Obama and took the bench in January 2014. She had a varied legal career prior to taking the bench, including serving as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Investigations at Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company, General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Regional Director of the Pacific Regional Office of the Security and Exchange Commission, and as chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. She previously was in private practice at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett and at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, two New York law firms. Judge Caproni earned in B.A. from the H. Sophie Newcomb College (merged with Tulane in 2006) and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. In 2009, she gave the inaugural Susette M. Talarico Lecture at the UGA Chapel in Athens. She currently resides in New York, NY.
The Honorable Wyche Fowler, Jr.
Former U.S. Senator, Georgia
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Term: April 2004 – June 2016
The Honorable Wyche Fowler previously served in several prominent positions including service in the United States Army, attorney, Atlanta City Councilman, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia, United States Senator from Georgia, and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Middle East Institute. He graduated with his BA from Davidson College and his JD from Emory University. He is the recipient of the Jefferson Cup from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and recently taught at UGA’s Oxford Program. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Ms. Eleni Pryles Kalisch (ABJ ‘83)
Vice-President, Federal Relations
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
Term: March 2010-November 2016
Eleni Pryles Kalisch currently serves as Vice President, Government Relations at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. After serving 12 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Washington, DC, Ms. Kalisch joined Royal Caribbean in 2007 as Vice President of Federal Relations where she is responsible for the development, planning and execution of Royal Caribbean’s policies and objectives involving federal legislative and regulatory matters. In 2014, Ms. Kalisch’s responsibilities were expanded to include government relations for all European nations, as well as for state governments in the U.S. Her title is now Vice President of Government Relations. Ms. Kalisch began her FBI career in 1995 as Assistant General Counsel at FBI Headquarters. In 2003, she was appointed Assistant Director of the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs to lead the FBI’s Congressional liaison program and ensure that the FBI’s national security and law enforcement missions, accomplishments, and operations were appropriately communicated to Congress. In November 2004, Ms. Kalisch was recognized by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive. Prior to joining the FBI, Ms. Kalisch served as Counsel to the United States Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, under the Chairmanship of Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. Prior to moving to the Washington, DC area, Ms. Kalisch served as an Assistant District Attorney in DeKalb County, Georgia and as a news writer at Cable News Network in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Kalisch earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Georgia State University. She serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs and on the Miami Advisory Board of The Posse Foundation.
Mr. Cecil M. Phillips
President, Place Properties
Cecil Phillips is the CEO of Place Properties L.P. He also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Atlanta Housing Authority and formerly was a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors. He has previously served in prominent positions including partner at Alston and Bird and Special Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Governor of Georgia. He received his BA from the University of Missouri and his JD from the University of Michigan. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Missouri and named a Friend of UGA by the University of Georgia Alumni Association. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Robert Stein
Robert L. Stein has served as President of The Regency Group since 2008 and as a Partner at Chartwell Capital since 1994. Mr. Stein has served as a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy since 2012. He was recently appointed to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, and is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a nonprofit organization that promotes economic growth in Florida. He previously served as a Chairman of the Defense Business Board, which advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on effective business practices for application to the Department of Defense. Mr. Stein received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina.