Board of Directors
+ Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, Ph.D., Chair & President
Dr. Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali is an unwavering advocate for the preservation and advancement of Persian culture. As an extension of this work, she also champions efforts to enhance inter-cultural communication, dedicating much of her professional career to establishing and supporting programs that improve understanding across geographies and ethnicities. Dr. Omidyar Mir-Djalali is also an accomplished author who has published works – and is fluent in – French, English, and Persian.
+ Pierre M. Omidyar, Director
Pierre Omidyar is the founder of eBay, which today enables more than 85 million buyers and sellers worldwide to connect and prosper. Starting from the premise that people are basically good, Pierre created a platform that gave people equal access to information, opportunity, and tools to pursue their goals. In 2004, Pierre and his wife Pam founded Omidyar Network to invest in nonprofit and for-profit efforts that enable people around the world to improve their lives and make powerful contributions to their communities. Omidyar Network has funded organizations in areas such as microfinance, social media, and government transparency. As an extension of Omidyar Network's work in microfinance, Pierre and Pam gave $100 million to Tufts University to create the Omidyar-Tufts Microfinance Fund, which aims to accelerate the growth of the microfinance industry. Today, Pierre is a member of American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves as a Trustee of Tufts University, Punahou School, and Santa Fe Institute, and as the Chairman of eBay.
+ Dorn C. McGrath, Jr. Ph.D., Director, Treasurer & Vice President
Dorn C. McGrath, Jr., FAICP, is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning and Geography. He retired from the George Washington University in 2003 after 33 years on the faculty, where he was founder of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Director of the Institute for Urban Development Research, Chairman of the Department of Geography and Regional Science, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and was one of the founders of the University's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Prof. McGrath also served as member of the adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins University , School for Advanced International Studies. From 1987-96 he served as Chairman of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City.
Currently he serves as an adjunct faculty member of Goucher College.
+ Jan Schneider, Esq., Director & Secretary
Jan Schneider, Esq. (born June 3, 1947) received her BA from Brown University; an MA in international affairs from Columbia University; and a JD and a PhD in political science from Yale. She has been a practicing lawyer, a law professor, an international civil servant, a businesswoman and a policy adviser. She is also the author of two books on international environmental law and numerous articles.
+ Virginia Hinshaw Ph.D., Director
As Chancellor of the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Emeritus Hinshaw serves as the chief executive officer responsible for providing both administrative and academic leadership to the flagship campus of the University of Hawai`i System.
Hinshaw is a renowned scientist with expertise in microbiology whose work over the past 25 years has aided in the understanding of the influenza virus and new approaches to vaccines. She has conducted research at different hospitals and universities, including Medical College of Virginia, University of California Berkeley, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Wisconsin Madison. Hinshaw's research has increased our understanding of various aspects of influenza viruses, such as important hosts in nature, transmission among humans, lower mammals and birds, genetic changes related to disease severity, the molecular basis of cell killing, and new approaches to vaccines. Her innovative and energetic teaching style, combined with her continual advocacy for research and education, has earned her national recognition and acclaim.
Prior to joining UH Mānoa in 2007, she served as the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of California, Davis, where she oversaw the campus's $2.3 billion budget and was responsible for the UC Davis Health System; campus operations; and strategic leadership in planning, coordinating, and implementing academic direction and programs.
Currently she serves as an adjunct faculty member of Goucher College.
Hinshaw received a bachelor's degree in laboratory technology in 1966 and a master's degree in microbiology in 1967, both from Auburn University. After working at the Medical College of Virginia as a clinical and research microbiologist, she returned to Auburn University and received a doctoral degree in microbiology in 1973. She is also a former Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
+ James J. Bickerton, Esq., Director
Jim Bickerton has been practicing law in Hawaii for more than 25 years and is a founding partner of the firm. Jim is widely regarded as one of the best trial attorneys in Honolulu and has been continuously listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and "Hawaii's A+ Attorneys" since 1993. In addition to the hundreds of individual clients Jim has successfully represented over the years, his client list has included such notables as Honolulu Mayor Frank Fasi, The New Yorker magazine, the NCAA, USA Today, developer Bruce Stark, hotelier Andre Tatibouet, the Hawaii State Campaign Spending Commission, Tokyu Corporation, the ownership of The Kahala Mandarin Oriental Resort, Simon & Schuster, and several past presidents of the Hawaii State Bar Association.
James Alatis is currently Dean Emeritus of the School of Languages and Linguistics, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Modern Greek; and Senior Advisor to the Dean of Georgetown College for International Language Programs and Research. In addition to serving as the President of the TESOL International Research Foundation (TIRF) Board, Dr. Alatis serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Joint National Committee for Languages and National Council for Languages and International Studies.
James E. Alatis: A Life in Language (Oral History):