Our Board

Board of Directors

Robert J. Abernethy

President, American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company; Managing Director, Metropolitan Investments, LLC

Robert J. Abernethy is President of American Standard Development Company and Self Storage Management Company and Managing Director of Metropolitan Investments, LLC. For well over two decades, Robert served as a director of Public Storage, where he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee and has been a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties since 1988. He is a member of the Self Storage Association’s Hall of Fame and was Director of the Self Service Storage Association where he served as Past National Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and Past Regional President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. He is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International. He has been licensed as a California General Building Contractor since 1975.

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Robert is a trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University, a trustee of Davidson College, and a trustee of Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of the Truman National Security Project, a member of the Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Advisory Council for the Center for Synergy, Innovation, and Bioengineering, and the Aspen Institute Society of Fellows. He is a member of the Harriman Society, Harvard Partners, Human Rights Watch, the UCLA Chancellor’s Cabinet and UCLA Arts Board of Visitors and on the Advisory Council of the School of Advanced International Studies Washington and Bologna. He serves on the executive committee and as Vice Chairman of the Atlantic Council and the Pacific Council on International Policy as well as a member of the chairman’s forum of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a board member of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Brookings Institution, the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Music Center of Los Angeles County, the Hollywood Bowl and the Peabody Conservatory.

Robert received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, certificates in Real Estate and Construction Management from UCLA and was formerly employed by Hughes Aircraft Company as Controller of its Technology Division.

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Miriam Buhl

Pro Bono Counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Miriam Buhl is Pro Bono Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP and has coordinated the Firm’s award-winning worldwide pro bono program since 2005. Weil’s pro bono work covers a wide range of issues including human rights, economic development, corporate governance, political asylum and environmental protection. Miriam co-teaches the Externship on Pro Bono Program and Design at Columbia University Law School. In addition to the IRAP board, she is a member of the board of the Scherman Foundation. Miriam is a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel and serves on the Innocence Project’s Development Committee, the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee, the PILnet Pro Bono Council, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Public Service Council, and the New York City Bar Association Pro Bono & Legal Services Committee.

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Prior to joining Weil in 2005, Miriam was State Director for the Greater New York Chapter of the March of Dimes, one of the largest nonprofits in the U.S. Between 1999 and 2004, she was Executive Director of The New York Women’s Foundation. From 1997 to 1999, she was Founding Director of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Public Service Network, a program to link volunteer attorneys with public service organizations. She also served as Executive Director of the fair housing agency Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. from 1993 to 1997 and was Staff Attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.

Miriam is a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University School of Law and lives in Manhattan.  She is a jazz buff and plays Irish traditional fiddle.  

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Taryn Higashi - Board Chair

Executive Director, Unbound Philanthropy

Taryn Higashi is the Executive Director of Unbound Philanthropy. Prior to working at Unbound, from 1997 to 2008, Taryn managed the migrant and refugee rights portfolio at the Ford Foundation and served as Deputy Director of the human rights unit from 2001-2008. Previously, Taryn was a Program Officer at The New York Community Trust; a staff attorney for Safe Horizons in New York City; and an associate at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers. Taryn is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Roberts W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking, one of philanthropy’s highest honors, which she shared with her colleague Geri Mannion of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Taryn currently serves on the Advisory Board of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations and the Steering Committee of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle. She is a former Co-Chair of the Board of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

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Mike Jacobellis

Chief Investment Officer, New Holland Capital

Mike Jacobellis is the Co-Chief Investment Officer for New Holland Capital, a firm that manages roughly $20 billion in absolute return strategies for a handful of institutional clients. Mike is responsible for investment research, portfolio management and portfolio risk activities. Additionally, Mike oversees NHC’s Environmental, Social and Governance activities to ensure that NHC’s investments are consistent with the desires of our pension stakeholders.

Mike graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Applied Economics and Management and is a CFA charterholder. He lives in New York City with his wife and two young children. The Jacobellis family is passionate about motocross.

Amed Khan

Founder, Elpida Home; Founder & President, Zaka Khan Foundation

Amed Khan is a human rights advocate, political activist, and philanthropist. Amed has a vast range of experience working in conflict zones and humanitarian assistance. He is the founder of Elpida Home, an innovative non-profit in Thessaloniki, Greece, which has helped thousands of Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan refugees access the humane international protection and dignified essential services they deserve. As the Founder and President of the Zaka Khan Foundation, he supports reconstruction projects in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

Amed also seeks to raise awareness about complex emergencies and human rights violations through international campaigns, media appearances, and creative projects. He has collaborated with leading musicians and artists on efforts to bring attention to the world’s most vulnerable people. 

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Amed held several positions in the United States Government. He served as Deputy Director of Administration for the 1992 Presidential transition team. As Special Assistant to the U.S. Peace Corps Director, he oversaw policy and administrative matters. In 1997, he was Director of Operations for the G-7 Summit of Industrialized Nations.

Shortly after the Rwandan Genocide, Amed went to work for the International Rescue Committee as Chief Administrative Officer at the Ngara Refugee Camps in Tanzania. Amed also worked at the Baghdad Zoo just after the tragic 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

His political experience includes Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Clinton/Gore 1996 Presidential Campaign; Chief Operating Officer and Director of Administration, 1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee; and several leadership positions in the 1992 Clinton Presidential campaign.

Amed is a member of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science Department. Previously, Amed was Senior Advisor to the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership and also a member of the International Advisory Council for the International Crisis Group. Amed received a B.A. in American Foreign Policy and American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Subhi Khudairi

Founding Managing Partner and President, Khudairi Group

Subhi Khudairi is a native of Baghdad, Iraq and currently lives in Dubai where he serves as a Founding Managing Partner and President of Khudairi Group. As President, Subhi is responsible for the development of the company’s strategy and corporate governance. This includes oversight over offices in Houston, Dubai, Amman, Baghdad, Basrah, Erbil, and Sullaymania. His P&L oversight covers the FMCG and the Machinery Business Units. Furthermore Mr. Khudairi proudly supports philanthropic causes in each territory of operation for Khudairi Group.

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In 2012, Subhi successfully established the regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to strengthen Khudairi Group’s global network of suppliers and partners. Prior to starting the family business in 2003 with his father and brother, Subhi was an Associate Equity Trader at AIM Investments.

In 2000, Subhi received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Subhi received his Master’s in Business Administration from the Jesses H. Jones School of Management at Rice University and was awarded the Jones Citizenship Award. At Rice University, Subhi was the President of the International Management Club at the Jones School and was a member of the Student Forum at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Subhi is married and has two daughters and one son.

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Michael Madnick

CEO, Mountain Philanthropies

Michael Madnick leads all program, partnerships, and operations of Mountain Philanthropies, in direct collaboration with its funders, referred to as Partners. For many years, Michael advised a range of donors, foundations, companies, nonprofits and governments in support of various social impact outcomes.

Previously, he served as deputy executive director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, deputy director for global health policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and senior vice president of the United Nations Foundation. Michael also serves on a number of boards and committees.

David Nierenberg

Founder and President, Nierenberg Investment Management Company (NIMCO)

David Nierenberg is Founder and President of Nierenberg Investment Management Company (NIMCO) of Camas, Washington, which manages The D3 Family Funds.  The funds seek long term capital gain, principally through investment in a concentrated portfolio of undervalued micro-cap public equities.

Before founding NIMCO in 1996, David was a General Partner at Trinity Ventures for a decade, where he invested in turnarounds, financial services, and healthcare, and usually served as a corporate director. In 1987 he led an investor group which contracted with the U.S. government to recapitalize a bankrupt S&L named Far West Federal Bank. After the FDIC broke the contract, David as Board Chair led litigation which won the investors six court victories, culminating in a 7-2 win at the Supreme Court.

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From 1978–1985 David worked at Bain & Company in San Francisco, Boston, and London. He led strategy, acquisition, and cost reduction consulting projects for CEO clients.  His internal Bain responsibilities included recruiting and personnel. He led Bain’s Western U.S. healthcare and banking practices. He was a Bain partner from 1982 –1985.

David was a director of Peace Health Southwest Washington Medical Center from 1997–2009, Vice Chair from 2002–2008, and co-chaired its $50 million capital campaign. David now serves as a director of Rosetta Stone (RST) and Riverview Bancorp (RVSB).  Previous public boards include Natus Medical (BABY) and Electro Scientific Industries (ESIO). He was a Trustee of Whitman College from 2009– 2016 and oversaw investment of its $500M endowment. David chaired the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington from 2009–2012. He serves on the Washington State Investment Board, which oversees $120 billion of public employee retirement and other funds. David chairs The Ira Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, a world leader in corporate governance. Previously he was Vice Chair of the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance at Yale. David chairs the Research Advisory Committee for Glass-Lewis, the second largest global proxy advisor.  He is a director of The National World War II Museum and STAND for Children. From 2006-12 he was one of eight original national finance chairs of Romney for President.

Locally, David chaired the Evergreen School District Foundation, led and raised funds for Evergreen bond and levy campaigns, and was a director of the Confluence Project (the Lewis & Clark bicentennial commemoration, which featured landscape architecture by Maya Lin). David and his wife Patricia were designated Philanthropists of the Year in Southwest Washington.

David earned a B.A. with Distinction in History, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 1975 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978. He is a retired member of the Massachusetts Bar. He has served on dozens of not for profit, public, and private for profit boards since 1985.

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Samantha Power

Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and William D. Zabel Professor of Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School

Ambassador Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School.

From 2013 to 2017, Ambassador Power served as the 28th U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. In this role, she became the public face of U.S. opposition to Russian aggression in Ukraine and Syria, negotiated the toughest sanctions in a generation against North Korea, lobbied to secure the release of political prisoners, helped build new international law to cripple ISIL’s financial networks, and supported President Obama’s path-breaking actions to end the Ebola crisis.

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From 2009 to 2013, Ambassador Power served on the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, where she focused on issues including atrocity prevention, UN reform, LGBT and women’s rights, the protection of religious minorities, and the prevention of human trafficking.

Before joining the U.S. government, Ambassador Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School.

Ambassador Power’s book, “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and many other awards. She is also author of the New York Times bestseller Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (2008) and the editor, with Derek Chollet, of The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World (2011). Her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, was published in 2019. She began her career as a journalist, reporting from places such as Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe and has twice been named to Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list.

Ambassador Power earned a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She immigrated to the United States from Ireland at the age of 9 and today lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband Cass Sunstein and their two children.

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Carl Reisner

Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Carl Reisner has a diverse mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance practice and provides counsel to a varied and long-standing client base, helping companies through all stages of the corporate life cycle. He has represented start-up companies seeking venture capital, growing companies in a wide variety of acquisitions and financings, and restructurings of financially troubled enterprises. Carl is recognized as a leading Private Equity Buyouts lawyer by Chambers USA and by Legal 500. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. Carl serves as IRAP’s corporate counsel and as Vice Chair of the Board, and has served as a supervising attorney representing IRAP clients.

Zainab Salbi

Founder of Women for Women International, Media Host and Author

Zainab Salbi has frequently been named as one of the women changing the world by leading publications ranging from Newsweek to People Magazine. Most recently, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of “100 Leading Global Thinkers”.

At the age of twenty-three, Zainab founded Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization dedicated to women survivors of wars. Under her leadership (1993–2011), Women for Women International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to helping more than 420,000 women and distributing more than 100 million dollars in aid.

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Zainab is the author of several books, including the bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny; Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (with Laurie Buckland); The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope; If You Knew Me You Would Care (with photographs by Rennio Maifredi); and Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World.

She is also the Executive Editor and Host of the #MeToo, Now What? series on PBS, The Zainab Salbi Project with Huffington Post and AOL, and The Nida’a Show with TLC Arabia. She is currently the Editor-at-Large for Tina Brown’s Women in the World.

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Edward Shapiro

Managing Trustee for The Shapiro Foundation and President of Shapiro Investment Company, LLC

Edward Shapiro is the Managing Trustee for The Shapiro Foundation and President of Shapiro Investment Company, LLC.

From 1997-2016, Edward Shapiro was a Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager at PAR Capital Management, Inc., a Boston-based investment management firm.

Mr. Shapiro has served on the board of United Airlines since April 2016. He previously served on the boards of Global Eagle Entertainment (2013-2019), US Airways (2005-2008), Web.com (formerly Interland, 2001-2005), Suddenlink Communications (2003-2012), and Lodgenet Interactive (2009-2013).

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At the end of 2016, Mr. Shapiro retired from PAR Capital Management in order to devote his attention to his family’s charitable foundation (The Shapiro Foundation, www.theshapirofoundation.org) and philanthropic activities, with an emphasis on refugee relief and resettlement.

Prior to joining PAR Capital, Mr. Shapiro was a Vice President at Wellington Management Company (1990-1997), an analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York and Los Angeles (1986-1988) and Kayne Anderson Investment Management in Los Angeles (1989-1990).

He also serves on the nonprofit boards of RefugePoint and Social Finance and previously served on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Rashi School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Wharton Undergraduate board. He co-chairs the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Mergers & Acquisitions Talk Force, and serves on the Budget & Finance committees of The Rashi School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Ed is actively involved with nonprofits including: UNICEF, The International Rescue Committee, the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative, Choose Love, Southern New Hampshire University, Duet, WUSC, HIAS, The HOME Project (Greece), Unitaf (Israel), Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, MOAS, The Karam Foundation, Jewish Vocational Services, Temple Beth Elohim, YearUp, and IsraAID.

Mr. Shapiro earned his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1986 and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management in 1990.

He lives in Needham, MA with his wife Barbara, son Joshua (20), and daughter Samantha (19).

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Tali Farhadian Weinstein

Prosecutor, Professor, & Criminal Justice Reform Advocate

Tali Farhadian Weinstein is a prosecutor, professor, and a proven criminal justice reformer. She is also an immigrant, a daughter, a wife, and the mother of three girls. Tali came to America as a child on Christmas Eve 1979, having fled the violence and anti-Semitism of revolutionary Iran. Tali, in turn, has dedicated her career to standing up for those who face vulnerability and violence in their lives, and to fighting for safety, fairness, and justice for all.

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After earning degrees from Yale College, Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Yale Law School, Tali was a Law Clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Throughout Barack Obama’s presidency, Tali worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, and then as a federal prosecutor. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Tali investigated and prosecuted cases ranging from gun violence and murders to public corruption, tax and other frauds, and national security matters. And most recently, Tali served as the General Counsel of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, which, under the leadership of Eric Gonzalez, is regarded as a national model of progressive prosecution, and which has kept crime – especially violent crime – at record lows for the borough.

She has taught immigration law and policy at Columbia Law School, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at NYU Law School. Tali is a national expert on the transformation of local prosecution happening around the country today.

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Advisory Board

Michael Breen

President and CEO, Human Rights First

Walt Cooper

President, Cortica Healthcare

Stephanie Cornell

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Lara Finkbeiner

Public Interest Director, University of Michigan Law School

Patricia A. Gruber

Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Jill Iscol

President, IF Hummingbird Foundation

Zach Iscol

Executive Director, Headstrong Project; Founder and CEO, Hirepurpose

Steven M. Miska

Founder, SLC Consulting, Inc. Colonel (Retired) U.S. Army

John Oliver

Comedian & Host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Robert Raben

President and Founder, The Raben Group

Abbas Ravjani

Privacy and Public Policy Manager, Facebook

Neal E. Rickner

COO, Makani, X

Thomas A. Russo

Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs & Government Affairs, American International Group, Inc. Retired.