The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) has established an Advisory Board to reflect the broad support and cooperative relationships the Foundation enjoys in fostering U.S.-Ukraine relations and in working with Ukraine to promote the country’s continued development. Members of the group represent all sectors of American society, including business, education and science. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide a reservoir of interested supporters who can assist in furthering U.S. support of Ukraine, help develop investment interest, and help inform the general American public about Ukraine. The Advisory Board also provides a ready resource of experts to whom Ukrainian partners can turn for information and with whom they can work to further the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.
In addition to their interest in Ukraine, many Advisory Board members have traveled to Ukraine and continue to maintain close contacts. Sean Walsh is a member of Wilson Walsh George Ross Consulting, who served in the White House under Presidents Reagan and Bush 41. “I am pleased to be a member of the USUF Advisory Board,” he says. “USUF has been working with U.S. and Ukrainian counterparts for over twenty-five years in furthering Ukraine’s political, economic and social goals. Ukraine is a special country, rich in human talent and natural resources, with a strategic location and the potential for great economic success. I look forward to being part of the efforts in helping Ukraine achieve its great potential. I have visited Ukraine many times and have always been impressed by the hospitality and generosity of the people and their resolve to build a better future despite the many challenges that they face.”
Paula Dobriansky, a former Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and currently a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government offers this assessment of the activities of USUF: “As an Advisory Board member, I have found that the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation serves a crucial role in connecting experts and friends of Ukraine with key policy-makers in Washington DC and Kyiv. Significantly, it has advanced thoughtful proposals which address key political, economic, military and humanitarian concerns confronting Ukraine.”
Jonathan Peri, President of Manor College in Philadelphia, is also a member of the USUF Advisory Board. He has been a key supporter in furthering U.S.-Ukraine relations and has reinvigorated Manor’s Ukrainian heritage through a number of programs. Manor was founded as an institution of higher learning geared towards Ukrainian-Americans but has now, under Dr. Peri, expanded its reach and mission without forgetting its roots. In April of this year he led a USUF strategy session discussion aimed at helping the Foundation establish new goals to address new challenges in Ukraine and to strengthen U.S.-Ukrainian relations. “USUF is doing God’s work in fostering stronger strategic relationships between the United States and Ukraine,” says Dr. Peri. “My role in facilitating the discussions for the organization’s next strategic plan has been to assist USUF in visioning its opportunities to expand upon its credible and measurable work in bringing the people of our democracies together to pursue the pathway of truth.”
Edward Chow is an international energy expert and has been a senior fellow in the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He had this to say about the activities of the Foundation: “I have always been impressed by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation’s longtime commitment to work directly with Ukrainian society and to leverage the best of what America has to offer to help Ukrainians transform and modernize their country. There is no doubt that Ukraine’s people have advanced in fundamental and profound ways in recent years, even as its politics and governance have lagged behind. It is my privilege to join the Foundation in its efforts to assist Ukraine and to foster the relations between our two countries, especially at a time when Ukraine faces external aggression from a common enemy.”
The other members of the USUF Advisory Board are Halyna Breslawec, Rusty Brooks, Brad Bunt, Michael Buryk, Tania Chomiak-Salvi, Alan Cohen, R. Scott Colson, Tamara Denysenko, Olya Duzey, Bohdan A. Futey, Ihor Gawdiak, Tom Gittens, Mark Howansky, John Jeanetta, Boris Lushniak, Robert A. McConnell, Leonard L. Mazur, Marilyn Pifer, Ann Olsen Schodde, E. Morgan Williams and Tamara Woroby.