Public Service and Education, A - E
Elliot Ackerman, F03
Decorated United States Marine Corps Veteran and novelist focusing on Middle Eastern and Southwest Asian affairs
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., History & Literature, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa 2003; MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 2003
Awards & Honors: Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for Infantry Excellence
Biography: Elliot Ackerman is a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan wars and a writer. His novel Green on Blue, written from the perspective of an Afghan orphan during the war and published in 2015 by Scribner, has been critically acclaimed for its skilled prose, moral complexity, and empathy. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic, among others. He served as a White House Fellow in the Obama Administration in 2012, and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Mr. Ackerman served eight years in the military as both an infantry and special operations officer with multiple tours of duty in the Middle East and South West Asia. He earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a rifle platoon in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah, an engagement considered to be the grisliest battle of the Iraq War. He also holds a Bronze Star for Valor, recognizing his leadership in Afghanistan as a Marine Corps Special Operations Team Leader responsible for a 700-man Afghan commando battalion. In addition, he led a 75-man platoon that aided in relief operations in post-Katrina New Orleans. Mr. Ackerman has completed many of the U.S. Military’s most challenging special operations training courses and finished his officer training as the number one ranked lieutenant out of more than 200 Marine Corps Officers. He is the recipient of the Major General Edwin B. Wheeler Award for Infantry Excellence.
Dr. A. Bolaji Akinyemi, F65, F66
Former External Affairs Minister of Nigeria who made significant contributions to Nigerian foreign policy and promoted the tools of dialogue, negotiation, and mediation
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1965; MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1966
Other Degrees: B.A., cum laude, Temple University, 1964; Ph.D., Oxford University, 1969
Awards & Honors: University of Cambridge Fellow of International Relations, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Social Sciences and the Commander of the Federal Republic (third highest Nigerian national honors)
Biography: With a long career as a Professor of Political Science, Dr. A. Bolaji Akinyemi has held many prestigious positions at world-class universities. He has served as an instructor in the Politics of Developing Nations at Northeastern University, a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, and a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, among other posts. In 1975, he became the Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, the nation’s foreign policy development and formulation center. As Director-General, he conceived of the idea of “Dialogue” to broaden the base of foreign policy consultation. He organized and presided over a number of high-level dialogues between Nigeria and other countries, including the United States in 1978, the Soviet Union in 1978, and China in 1979 and 1982. In 1985, he was appointed Honorary Minister of External Affairs, Federal Republic of Nigeria. During his period as the Foreign Affairs Minister, he was involved in negotiating the cease-fires in the Chad-Libyan War and in the Mali-Burkina Faso War. Notably, he devised and implemented the concept of the Concert of Medium Powers during the Cold War, which aimed to bring together states of mid-level power and leverage their collective bargaining power to mediate disputes within the international system. He further introduced the Technical Aid Corps Scheme, which sought to restructure the Nigerian foreign assistance program away from monetary disbursement to skilled personnel placement. Since leaving office, he has continued to accept critical national assignments. He was a member of the Nigerian Presidential Electoral Reform Committee, 2007; Member, Presidential Committee for the Resolution of Conflict in Nigeria, 2013; and Deputy Chairman, Nigerian National Conference, 2015.
Kow Nkensen Arkaah, A52
1927 - 2001; Former Vice President of Ghana who was known for his controversial politics and individuality
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., Economics, 1952
Other Degrees: MBA, Harvard University, 1954
Biography: Mr. Kow Nkensen Arkaah was a Ghanaian politician and former Vice President of Ghana during the Fourth Republic. He was also a chief of Senya Breku. Mr. Arkaah became the leader of the National Convention Party before the 1992 Ghanaian presidential elections. His party formed an alliance with the National Democratic Congress of Jerry Rawlings and Every Ghanaian Living Everywhere. Mr. Arkaah ran alongside Rawlings as a Vice Presidential candidate. In 1996, Mr. Arkaah became the leader of the Convention People's Party as a result of a merger between the NCP and the People's Convention Party. Mr. Arkaah stood against his own government in the 1996 Ghanaian presidential elections and lost. For his convictions and willingness to go against the grain, Mr. Arkaah has nicknamed himself “the stubborn cat”. He is also known for his immaculate dressing and love for bow ties.
Medea Benjamin, attended 1969
Human Rights Activist and Co-Founder of CODEPINK and Global Exchange
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Tufts Degrees: Attended, 1969
Other Degrees: M.A., Public Health, Columbia University; M.A., Economics, The New School
Awards & Honors: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee; 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize Recipient; 2012 US Peace Memorial Peace Prize
Biography: Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange, as well as the author of eight books. She has been a tireless advocate for social justice for more than 20 years. Described as "one of America’s most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. During the 1990s, Medea focused her efforts on tackling the problem of unfair trade as promoted by the World Trade Organization and placed the issue of sweatshops on the national agenda. Since 9/11, Medea has been working to promote a U.S. foreign policy that would respect human rights and gain allies instead of contributing to violence and undermining America’s reputation. Her latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control, part of her campaign to stop the use of killer drones. Her direct questioning of President Obama during his 2013 foreign policy address, as well as her recent trips to Pakistan and Yemen, helped to expose the killings of innocent people by US drone strikes. CODEPINK, which Ms. Benjamin co-founded, is a “women-run, women-led peace organization”, whose activities range from personal meetings with members of Congress to dressing in pink surgical scrubs and handing out “prescriptions for peace.” In June of 2005, Ms. Benjamin was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize collectively, on behalf of the millions of anonymous women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize in 2011 from the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the 2012 Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.
C. Fred Bergsten, F62, FG69
American economist, author, and political adviser dedicated to international economic policy
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., Fletcher, 1962; M.A.L.D., Fletcher, 1963; Ph.D., Fletcher, 1969
Other Degrees: B.A., Central Methodist University; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Central Methodist University
Awards & Honors: Meritorious Honor Award, Department of State, 1965; Exceptional Service Award, Treasury Department, 1981; Legion d’Honneur, Government of France, 1985; Honorary Fellow, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 1997; Distinguished Alumni Award, Fletcher School, 2010
Biography: Dr. C. Fred Bergsten has been deeply involved in US foreign economic policy since the early 1960s. From the late 1960's into the 1970's he was a deputy to Dr. Henry Kissinger at the National Security Council where he coordinated US foreign economic policy. For four years starting in 1977, Dr. Bergsten was the assistant secretary for international affairs of the US Treasury. In 1981 he founded the Institute for International Economics, which has since been renamed the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Dr. Bergsten remains the director of this institution, which has been voted "Top Think Tank in the World." He has authored forty books on a wide range of international economic issues. Currently, Dr. Bergsten is a member of the President’s Advisory Commitee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). He is co-chairman of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the US-India Trade Policy Forum and the Advisory Committee to the Export-Import Bank.
Tufts Degrees: B.A., History, 1981
Other Degrees: J.D., Boston College, 1985
Awards & Honors: Army Commendation Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Public Servant of the Year Award, United Chamber of Commerce
Biography: Scott Brown is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts. He won the 2010 U.S. Senate special election to serve the remainder of the term vacated by the late Ted Kennedy. In doing so, Mr. Brown became the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in more than forty years. Prior to this election, he served as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, first in the State House of Representatives (1998–2004) and later in the State Senate (2004–2010). Mr. Brown has been active in the National Guard for more than 30 years, where he currently holds the position of Lieutenant Colonel. He served as the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s head senior defense attorney. He was also a practicing attorney and concentrated on real estate law. Mr. Brown is a leading advocate for veterans’ issues, and he has served on the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee, the Hidden Wounds of War Commission, and the Governor's Task Force on Returning Veterans during his career as a legislator.
Matthew J. Bryza, F88
Nominated U.S. Ambassador whose 22 year diplomatic career has put him at the forefront of Eurasia’s most volatile issues
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Tufts Degrees: MALD, 1988
Other Degrees: B.A., International Relations, Stanford University
Awards & Honors: Fletcher Young Alumni Award, 2004; Order of the Golden Fleece, Georgia, 2009; Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, Fourth Class, Republic of Estonia, 2010
Biography: Matthew Bryza is a U.S. diplomat and has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. In this role, Mr. Bryza was responsible for policy oversight and management of U.S. relations with countries in the Caucasus and Southern Europe. He also led U.S. efforts to advance peaceful settlements of the separatist conflicts of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia. Mr. Bryza and worked with European countries on issues of tolerance, social integration, and religious issues, and coordinated U.S. energy policy in the Black and Caspian Sea regions. He joined the National Security Council Staff in 2001 as Director for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for coordinating U.S. policy on Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Caspian energy. Mr. Bryza has recently been nominated as the United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan and is currently going through the confirmation process. Since joining the United States Foreign Service in 1988, he has fought for economic and political reform in numerous Eurasian countries, especially during his tour in Poland from 1989 to 1991.
Samuel Capen, AG1898, H21
Former University of Buffalo chancellor and leader in education reforms
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1898; M.A. 1898, H.L.H.D., 1921
Other Degrees: M.A., Harvard University, 1900; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1902; LL.D. Lafayette College, 1920; LL.D. University of Chicago, 1932; LL.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1933; LL.D. McMaster University, 1938; LL.D. Syracuse University, 1944 ; LL.D. Alfred University, 1946; LL.D. Colgate University, 1949; L.H.D. Hobart College, 1925; Litt.D. Clark University, 1937; Sc.D. George Washington University, 1927; Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Rennes, France, 1948; Dc.L. University of Buffalo, 1950
Awards & Honors: Ballou Medal, Tufts University, 1948; Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1952; Chancellor's Medal, University of Buffalo, 1951; Phi Delta Kappa Key, 1950
Biography: Samuel Capen began teaching at Clark University in 1902 and soon developed an interest in education administration. After serving on the local board of education, he researched different teaching methods and the results led him to advocate for various educational reforms. His arguments garnered a significant amount of attention and he was soon appointed to the U.S. Bureau of Education in 1914. As a member of the U.S. Bureau of Education, he focused on conducting statistical analyses of teaching methods and systems for faculty review among U.S. universities and colleges. In 1917, he was asked to serve as the executive secretary of the Committee on Education established by the Council of National Defense to coordinate higher education to further war-related projects. In 1922, Mr. Capen became the first full-time, salaried Chancellor of the University of Buffalo. He was credited for developing new degree programs as well as uniting the university system under a single central administration. The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk, named for Mr. Capen, began in 2002. This 24-garden showcase takes visitors through the neighborhoods surrounding the University at Buffalo’s South Campus. Now in its 9th year, the Garden Walk is a free self-guided tour of more than 60 private gardens and carefully nurtured public spaces. It is designed to encourage neighborhood beautification and to build community among neighbors.
Dante Caputo, F67, H89
Academic, diplomat and politician who has dedicated his career to promoting global peace and democracy
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1967; LL.D., 1989
Other Degrees: B.A., Political Science, University del Salvador, 1966; Ph.D., Sociology, University of Paris, 1972
Biography: The Honorable Dante Caputo is currently the Assistant Secretary for Political Affairs for the Organization for the American States. He has been a major presence in international politics since he began working as a consultant for the Organization of American States in 1968. In 1973 he was appointed Director of the Contra for Social Investigations on States and Administration in Argentina. From 1983 until 1989, he served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina under President Raúl Alfonsín. During this term, Mr. Caputo negotiated the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1984, a settlement ending the Beagle Channel conflict between Argentina and Chile. In 1988 he presided over the 43rd session of the UN General Assembly. Mr. Caputo currently is a member of the Council of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights of Argentina and continues his work at the Organization of American States as a sub-secretary. Mr. Caputo has also taught at numerous universities, including University del Salvador, University of Paris, University of Quilmes and University of La Plata.
Sean B. Carroll, SK83
Award-winning scientist, author, and educator who is at the forefront of the evolutionary developmental biology field
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Tufts Degrees: Ph.D., Immunology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, 1983
Other Degrees: B.A., Washington University; HSc.D., University of Minnesota, 2009
Awards & Honors: Stephen Jay Gould Prize, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2010; The National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award; Shaw Scientist Award, The Milwaukee Foundation; Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Distinguished Service Award, National Association of Biology Teachers; “One of America’s Most Promising Leaders under 40,” TIME magazine, 1994
Biography: Sean Carroll is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Carroll is making great achievements in the field of evolutionary developmental biology. His research focuses on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Major discoveries from his laboratory have been featured in TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, Discover, 60 Minutes, and Natural History. His newest book Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species was named as one of five finalists for the 2009 National Book Award for non-fiction. Dr. Carroll has authored two other books: Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and the Making of the Animal Kingdom and The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution in which he argues for the irrefutable existence of natural selection. NOVA featured a two-hour program in December 2009 called “What Darwin Never Knew,” which was based on these books. Dr. Carroll served as a scientific consulting producer for the TV special. He also writes a monthly feature, "Remarkable Creatures," for the New York Times Science Times, and he is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers. Dr. Carroll is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sasha Chanoff, F04, N04
Refugee relief activist and co-founder and executive director of RefugePoint, a non-profit dedicated to shaping refugee resettlement policy and practice and devising solutions for refugees in life-threatening situations
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Tufts Degrees: MAHA, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, 2004
Other Degrees: B.A., Wesleyan University
Awards & Honors: 2015 Active Citizenship and Public Service Award, Tufts University Alumni Association; Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize
Biography: Sasha Chanoff has worked for two decades in refugee rescue, relief, and resettlement operations in Africa and the United States. He is the founder and executive director of RefugePoint, a humanitarian organization that advances lasting solutions for refugees through expanding resettlement and local integration opportunities. Prior to starting RefugePoint, Sasha consulted with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya and worked with the International Organization for Migration throughout Africa and at the Jewish Vocational Service in Boston. He has received social entrepreneur fellowships from Ashoka, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and Echoing Green, and is a recipient of the Charles Bronfman Humanitarian Prize, Harvard’s Gleitsman International Activist Award, and a 2015 World Refugee Day White House Champion of Change. He is an advisor on human rights to the Leir Foundation, sits on the steering committee of the New England International Donors, and served as a refugee camp advisor to the Warner Bros. film The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon, about the resettlement of the Sudanese Lost Boys. Mr. Chanoff also helped to establish the philanthropic affiliate of the film, The Good Lie Fund. He is currently writing a book to be published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in 2016 about defining moral moments in leadership based on his experience during a U.S. rescue mission in the Congo.
Erin Conaton, F95
Foreign policy and defense expert and former United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
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Tufts Degrees: MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1995
Other Degrees: B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown, 1992
Biography: Erin C. Conaton is currently the President of Conaton Strategies, LLC, where she consults with a variety of clients in the national security field. Ms. Conaton recently left government service after serving three years as a Senate-confirmed appointee from 2010 to 2012, first as Under Secretary of the Air Force and later as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Prior to that, Conaton spent nine years on the professional staff of the House Armed Services Committee, including stints as minority staff director and staff director. She possesses 15 years of experience in defense policy, programs and budgeting, military strategy, and military personnel policy and readiness. As Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, she served as the senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense on all matters concerning recruitment, career development, military healthcare, and pay and benefits for nearly 3.5 million active military personnel, Guard and Reserve personnel, and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians. She was also responsible for overseeing the overall state of military readiness and for managing the DoD’s relationship with the Department of Veterans Affairs. As Under Secretary of the Air Force, Ms. Conaton was responsible for training, equipping, and providing for the welfare of the Air Force’s 680,000 members and their families. Ms. Conaton’s earlier positions include her role as research staff director for the U.S. Commission on National/21st, also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission. The commission was charged by the Secretary of Defense to design a national security strategy for a changing global environment through 2025 and to recommend plans for implementing this strategy.
Seldon Connor, A1859
1839-1917; American soldier, banker, and politician who became Maine’s 35th Governor
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Tufts Degrees: B.A., 1859
Biography: Seldon Connor entered the military service as a private in the 1st Vermont Infantry in May 1861. This time period marked the beginning of the American Civil War. He served as the lieutenant colonel of the 7th Maine Infantry in 1861 and rose to the rank of colonel in January 1864. Mr. Connor later joined the 19th Maine Infantry and was severely wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. After this injury, he was commissioned as a brigadier general of volunteers. Following the war, Mr. Connor entered the political arena, becoming an assessor of the Internal Revenue Service and the regional collector of internal revenue in 1874. In 1875, Mr. Connor ran as a candidate for the Republican gubernatorial race of Maine and won the election. During his time in politics, Mr. Connor advocated for civil service reform and a free public school system. He stepped down from office in 1879. He then served as a States pension agent from 1882-86. Mr. Connor was active in veterans’ affairs, and in 1890 became president of the Society of the Army of the Potomac. From 1896-99, he was the senior vice-commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. In 1897, he was again appointed as a pension agent. Mr. Connor remained a prominent figure in Maine politics, and also served as president of the Northern Banking Company. He was a member of the first board of overseers at Tufts and participated in its first meeting in October 1899.
Dr. Pamela Cox, F76, F77, FG84
Former Senior Vice President for Change Management at the World Bank with over 30 years’ experience in tackling the challenges of poverty through innovative financing and infrastructure investments
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1976; MALD, Fletcher, 1977; Ph.D., Development Economics and International Development, Fletcher, 1984
Other Degrees: B.A., International Studies and Economics, Reed College, 1975
Biography: Pamela Cox has had an illustrious career in international development, with over 30 years’ experience at the World Bank specializing in international project finance, trade, and economic development. She held a number of senior management positions during her tenure, engaging with private sector investors and client governments at the highest levels. Most recently, she served as the Senior Vice President for Change Management. In this role, she reported directly to the Bank’s President and was responsible for leading the Group’s reform efforts, coordinating and sequencing all change initiatives, and handling overall internal and external communications around the change agenda. Until 2012, Ms. Cox was Regional Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, where she oversaw a portfolio of over US$30 billion in loans, grants, credits, and trust funds and supervised more than 900 staff. In that position, she led the World Bank’s strategy in the region to address four shared challenges: natural disasters; poverty and equality; infrastructure and urbanization; and making governments work for people. She also led the Bank’s re-engagement with Myanmar. Before her appointment to East Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Cox served as Regional Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from 2005 to 2011. In LAC, Ms. Cox guided a strategic shift to reposition the Bank as a key development partner in confronting the challenges of poverty reduction and inequality while increasing economic growth and improving infrastructure. Most notably, she led the Bank’s response to the 2009 financial crisis in LAC and managed its response to the Haiti earthquake. Earlier in her career, she was a Bank economist working on agricultural and environmental issues. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Cox was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Vice President for Africa. She also served as Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland from 1996 to 2000. Currently, Dr. Cox is a member of the Fletcher Advisory Board on Latin America. She also serves on the boards of Partners for Democratic Change, and the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, F92
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Four Star General in the United States Marine Corps
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1992
Other Degrees: B.A., Saint Michael's College, 1977; United States Army War College Graduate; Ranger School Graduate; Amphibious Warfare School Graduate; M.A., Government, Georgetown University
Awards & Honors: Four Star General; Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit
Biography: General Joseph Dunford is a four-star general who is completing his service as the 36th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. In 2015, President Obama nominated him to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a prestigious role considered to be the highest-ranking position in the Armed Forces. General Dunford is the second Marine general in history to assume this title. Confirmed by the Senate and scheduled to assume the position on September 25, 2015, he will serve in an advisory role to the president and the defense secretary while coordinating with the chiefs of each branch of the military. Prior to his current post as Commandant, the General served as the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan (2013–2014) and oversaw the drawdown of US/NATO forces and the transition of Afghanistan’s security apparatus to the Afghani forces. His assignments also include service on the Joint Staff as the Vice Director for Operations. General Dunford has served as an infantry officer at all levels. Among his myriad assignments are his roles as Chief of Staff, 1st Marine Division; Platoon and Company Commander, Co K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines; and Commander, 5th Marine Regiment during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. A highly decorated General, his awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He is recognized for his exemplary record of service in Iraq and Afghanistan and demonstrated expertise in military leadership and strategy. When nominating General Dunford, President Obama remarked: “I know Joe, I trust him. He’s already proven his ability to give me his unvarnished military advice based on his experience on the ground.”
J. Adam Ereli, F89
United States Ambassador to Bahrain and accomplished public diplomacy expert
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Tufts Degrees: M.A., International Relations, 1989
Other Degrees: B.A., History, Yale University, 1982
Biography: Ambassador Joseph Adam Ereli has served in the United States Foreign Service since 1989 and has held various positions in American embassies in the Middle East. Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ereli worked as a journalist and human rights activist in France. Currently Ambassador Ereli is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Bahrain.
Ambassador Ereli began his career with the Foreign Service in Cairo, Egypt, as a junior officer. Ambassdor Ereli served as Program Officer in Damascus, Syria, Cultural Affairs Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Public Affairs Officer in Sanaa, Yemen. In Washington, Ambassador Ereli served as Director of the Office of Press and Public Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and as Director of the Office of Press Relations in the Bureau of Public Affairs. From 2000 to 2003, Ambassador Ereli was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. In 2003 Ambassdor Ereli was appointed Deputy Spokesman of the State Department and later served as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy for Overseas Communications in London. As Deputy Spokesman, he oversaw the Office of Press Relations, Office of Regional Media Outreach, Office of Broadcast Services, the website, the Foreign Press Centers, and the Press Office at USAID. In his position as Senior Advisor, Ambassador Ereli oversaw regional communications hubs in Brussels and Dubai, and the Arab Media Outreach Center in London.
Ambassador Ereli was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2007 as Ambassador to Bahrain. In May, 2008, Ambassador Ereli arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, to serve as Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy. He resumed his post as Ambassador to Bahrain in 2009.