Director - John D. Gardner, Lieutenant General, US Army (retired). Jack Gardner served in command positions in Europe, Latin America, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq and numerous locations in the US. In his final assignment he served as the Deputy Commander of U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. A native of Columbus, Ohio and a life-long Ohio State football fan, he lives in Alexandra, Virginia. His current focus is on two areas - how to link public education to the evolving workplace and define contemporary paths to the middle class, and how to conduct a virtual dialog on specific topics using algorithms, natural language processing and speech recognition/synthesis. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a Masters degree from Georgetown University and completed a Fellowship at Harvard University.


Jean-Paul Duvivier. Jean-Paul currently advises startups in the U.S. and overseas on growth and risk management strategies, particularly in the area of financial technology. Previously, “J.P.” managed counter financial crime programs and projects at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC and Commerzbank AG in New York and served 12 years with the U.S. Treasury Department. During his government career, J.P. worked as a Compliance Officer, Sanctions Investigator, Senior Policy Advisor, and Diplomat. He engaged extensively with both U.S. and foreign government agencies and the financial sector. His overseas postings included China, Germany, and Colombia. Jean-Paul received his B.A. from Connecticut College and M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Bruce Mamont. Software development and engineering manager with over twenty years of experience in software and simulation development, system engineering, operations research/system analysis, and project management. Retired as Senior Manager, Boeing Software Development team, KC-46 Tanker program, 2013. Other Boeing engineering management positions on C130 Avionics Modernization Program, Joint Tactical Radio System, Future Combat Systems, National Missile Defense. MS, Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MS, Operations Research and Systems Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology; BS, Mechanical Engineering and BA, Psychology, California State University, Long Beach. U.S. Army (retired), 1977-1997.

Thomas Meyer. Thomas directs the veterans service program at The Philanthropy Roundtable, where his work focuses on developing strategies for philanthropists seeking to initiate or increase effective giving in the veterans services field. Prior to joining the Roundtable, Thomas completed a Fox Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where he researched and published on junior military officer decision-making in counterinsurgency war and networks for interstate weapons trade. He has been conducting qualitative field research with U.S. and U.K. military officers since 2010. Thomas has also held several roles at Dwight Hall at Yale, the center for public service at Yale University, where he led the executive committee and managed a portion of the organization’s endowment. He graduated with distinction from Yale University in 2011, majoring in sociology with a concentration in political science.

Advisory Group

Jim Mahoney – Professional educator, leader, and speaker. Previous positions include Founder and Executive Director, Battelle for Kids; Superintendent, Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center; Principal, Maysville Local Schools; Teacher, Lawrence Elementary School.


Mary Jo Meisner – Senior Boston community leader, journalist, and former publishing company executive. Previous positions include VP, Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation; Editor and Vice Chairman, Community Newspaper Co, Needham, MA; City Editor, The Washington Post.


Dr. David Steel – Expert in global public relations, corporate strategy, and business development. Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Samsung Electronics.