Board of Directors | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

Board of Directors

Clovis Maalouf
American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF) Treasurer

Clovis Maalouf is the General Counsel at AUIS, reporting directly to the AUIS President on all internal and external legal matters pertaining to the University. In addition to his law responsibilities, Clovis is an assistant professor of business law and business management courses at AUIS.

Prior to joining AUIS, Clovis was a Director at a boutique CEO business advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. Before that, he practiced law at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick - a litigation law firm based in Washington, D.C. - where he focused his efforts on corporate transactions. 
 
Clovis is US bar certified in the states of New York and Wisconsin. 
 

Eric Brown
Senior fellow at Hudson Institute
 

Eric has directed a wide-range of research and analysis projects on Asian and Middle Eastern affairs, international security and development, and alternative geopolitical futures.

Brown’s current work is on re-tooling international assistance to vulnerable countries and on strategies for enhancing public security in weak and contested states.


Jake Cusack
Managing partner and co-leads CrossBoundary LLC

Jake Cusack is co-managing partner of CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment advisory firm, as well as its adjunct investment platform, CrossBoundary Energy. Mr. Cusack holds joint MPP/MBA degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Honors Program. Prior to CrossBoundary, Mr. Cusack served as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq and worked at Abraaj Capital, an emerging market private equity firm. He also worked in Kurdistan in 2011 advising OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) on their portfolio of investments in the region. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc. Magazine.

He is Chairman of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association’s Frontier Market Council, Board Member of Invest Africa US, Presidential Leadership Scholar, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Aspen Ideas Fellow.


John Paul Schnapper-Casteras
Founder, Schnapper-Casteras PLLC
 

Schnapper-Casteras founded the first student exchange program between Stanford University and postwar Iraq in 2004.  He is the founder of Schnapper-Casteras PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C., as well as a National Security Crisis Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.  Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

He received his J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University.


Kyle Long
Content Director at Hanover Research

Kyle A. Long is Content Director for Hanover Research’s higher education practice. His forthcoming book The Emergence of the American University Abroad explores the development of the global field of independent, American-modeled higher education institutions. He has visited more than a dozen such institutions in seven countries on three continents. He previously served the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in multiple senior administrative roles, including Director of the U.S. Office and Director of Communications & Institutional Development. Kyle has consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, and for organizations that strengthen higher education governance and student learning outcomes.

He holds a Ph.D. in International & Comparative Education from Columbia University (NY), M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College (MD), and a B.A. in Classics from Wabash College (IN). 


Marie Labrosse
Senior Lecturer, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Since 2011, Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse has taught in the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. While there, she was instrumental in the formation of the department, serving as the founding Chair. She translates classical and contemporary Kurdish poetry, hosts readings with regional poets, and introduced the annual translation workshop. She received her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and her M.Ed. in English Education and B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. She was awarded the Richard A. Meade Award for Excellence in English Education, honored as a member of the Raven Society, and was an Echols Scholar.
 
She has been published in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, The Fair Observer, and 91st Meridian. She compiled and edited SoJust: An International Art Festival, an anthology of translations and interviews from American and Iraqi artists.
 

Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.
Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Halvorson is a retired partner of Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law; federal tax litigation; state tax law; exempt organizations and trade associations law; criminal law; and general litigation. He was an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia in the civil, grand jury, and felony trial sections from 1983 to 1985, and an associate independent counsel under the Ethics in Government Act from 1987 to 1990. Halvorson is a former trustee and chairman of the board of The Potomac School; former director and chairman of the board, and current officer and member of the audit and investment committees, of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; a trustee and member of the executive committee, and former chairman of the board, of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; former president of the Cleveland Park Historical Society; former senior warden and member of the Vestry of Christ Church, Georgetown; and trustee and member of the finance committee of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (Decorah, Iowa).

He received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the Board of Student Advisers. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1961 to 1967. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.


Michael Gfoeller
United States Ambassador, Retired
 
Ambassador Michael Gfoeller served for 26 years as a U.S. diplomat including service in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Poland, and Belgium. He retired from the State Department with the rank of Ambassador in 2010.
 
After his diplomatic service, Amb. Gfoeller was the head of Middle East and North African (MENA) affairs at ExxonMobil’s International Government Relations Department from 2010 to 2012.
 

Steve Lutes
Vice President, Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
 
Steve Lutes is responsible for managing the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative, and serves as executive director for each. In this capacity, Lutes is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. business opportunities and investment in Egypt, Iraq, and the GCC. He works closely with Chamber member companies and business and government leaders to advance and broaden commercial relationships.  
 
Lutes came to the Chamber from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) where he was a senior legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. He focused on educating members of Congress on the benefits of trade and foreign direct investment and on advancing the Administration’s trade agenda on Capitol Hill.
 

Frank Blake
General Manager for Outside Sales and Service for The Home Depot

Frank Blake is currently the General Manager for Outside Sales and Service for The Home Depot. He is responsible for leading the nationwide professional sales force as well as leading the company's B2B services efforts. Since joining The Home Depot in 2004 as part of the Store Leadership Program, Frank has held positions of increasing responsibility, including Store Manager, District Manager and General Manager.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Frank served as a Captain in  the U.S. Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He is also an accomplished angel investor and serves as General Partner of his own early stage investment fund, and as Limited Partner within several investing groups. 

Frank is a passionate philanthropist and serves on the board of many local and global non-profits. He and his wife Jennifer live in Atlanta, Georgia with their three children.


Rachel Bronson
President and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Rachel Bronson is the president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. She oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear risk, climate change and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, Bronson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management.

Prior to moving to Chicago, Bronson served as senior fellow and director of Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Earlier positions include senior fellow for international security affairs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and adjunct professor at Columbia University. Bronson’s book,Thicker than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (Oxford University Press, 2006), has been translated into Japanese and was published in paperback in June 2008.

Her writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. She has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television outlets, including National Public Radio, CNN, al Jazeera, the Yomiuri Shimbun, “PBS NewsHour,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” and “The Daily Show.” Bronson has served as a consultant to NBC News and testified before the congressional Task Force on Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, and the 9/11 Commission.

Bronson is a board director of the American University of Iraq Foundation and a board member of the Francis W. Parker School. She has served as co-chair of Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Producer Guild, and as a board member of the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Bronson was named by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine as one of 100 Women to Watch (2012), 20 Women to Watch by Crain’s Chicago Business (2008), a Carnegie Corporation Scholar (2003) and a Glamour Magazine “Wow Woman” (2002). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of Chicago and the Pacific Council. She earned a BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania and a MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University in 1997.