List updated January 2022
Lieutenant Colonel Jordan Becker
Director, Social Sciences Research Lab, United States Military Academy
Lieutenant Colonel Jordan Becker is an assistant professor of international relations at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, where he teaches courses in international security, international relations, and comparative politics in the Department of Social Sciences. Additionally, he serves as director of the Social Sciences Research Lab. Becker’s research focuses on the political economy of security, European politics, and transatlantic security. He has published articles on transatlantic burden-sharing, the political economy of European security, and China-Europe-U.S. strategic interactions. Becker holds a Ph.D. in war studies from King’s College London and master’s degrees from Sciences Po and Columbia University. He is also a research fellow at the Brussels School of Governance and the Ecole Militaire and Sciences Po in Paris.
Chief Financial Officer, Epstein Family Foundation
Julie Bronstein is an experienced nonprofit leader and education advocate. A graduate of Scripps College with a master’s degree in public administration from USC, Bronstein has spent the past three decades working in non-profit organizations focused on health, education, and community improvement. As executive director of development at UC San Diego, she manages the Health Board of Advisers and fundraises for health sciences. Bronstein also serves as an elected trustee for the San Dieguito Union High School District, which includes six middle schools and four high schools. In addition, Bronstein is a volunteer adviser for the Autism Tree Project Foundation.
Senator Elizabeth Dole
Chair of the Board, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Senator Elizabeth Dole graduated with distinction from Duke University, earned a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a M.A. in teaching from Harvard University. She served as deputy to the special assistant for consumer affairs during the Nixon administration. Her resume includes six years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission and two years as assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison. In 1983, she became the first woman to be appointed U.S. Secretary of Transportation. She later served as U.S. Secretary of Labor. In 1991, Dole became only the second woman since founder Clara Barton in 1881 to serve as president of the American Red Cross. Following the Red Cross, she sought the Republican nomination in the 2000 United States presidential election. Elected in 2002, Dole became the first woman to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate. In 2012, she founded the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to raise awareness and support for military and veteran caregivers, the spouses, parents, and loved ones caring for America’s wounded warriors at home.
Executive Chairman and Founder, The ConAm Group
Dan Epstein is the founder of The ConAm Group, headquartered in San Diego. The ConAm Group is among the top privately owned apartment management/ownership/development firms in the country and presently operates approximately 50,000 apartments throughout the United States. In addition to its management activities, ConAm is developing apartments and mixed-use projects in the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles. Epstein serves on the board of trustees for the University of Southern California (USC), the board of councilors of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and he serves as chairman of the advisory committee of USC Viterbi’s Epstein Department of Industrial and System’s Engineering. Epstein is also on the board of trustees for Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Foundation, and the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Foundation Board. CSUSM recently awarded Epstein with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He has received USC Viterbi’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the USC Alumni Association’s Alumni Service Award, and the USC Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award. Ernst & Young named him San Diego’s Entrepreneur of the Year for the real estate industry. He is a member of UCSD Rady School Dean’s Advisory Council and a member of the Chief Executives Organization and the Young Presidents Organization. He graduated from the Viterbi School at USC in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Secretary Chuck Hagel
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense
Secretary Chuck Hagel served as the 24th Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015. He is the only Vietnam veteran and enlisted combat veteran to serve as Secretary of Defense. He represented the state of Nebraska in the U.S. Senate for two terms from 1997 to 2009. In the Senate, Hagel was a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and Intelligence Committees. Previously, Hagel was co-chairman of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration, a distinguished professor at Georgetown University, chairman of the Atlantic Council, chairman of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration Advisory Committee, co-chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Corporate Council, president and CEO of the USO, president and CEO of the Private Sector Council, and co-founder of Vanguard Cellular Systems, Inc. Hagel serves on the RAND Corporation’s board of trustees, among other current commitments including senior adviser to GALLUP; distinguished statesman at the Atlantic Council; centennial scholar, Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service; distinguished scholar, University of Nebraska at Omaha; board of directors of the Public Broadcasting Service; advisory board member of Corsair Capital; director and founding member of the American Security Project; and advisory board chairman of the HillVets veterans organization. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Major General Anthony “Tony” Jackson
Major General, United States Marine Corps (Ret)
Major General Anthony “Tony” Jackson is past board chair of the California State University San Marcos Foundation. Most recently, he served as the director of California State Parks and Recreation from November 2012 through June 2014. Previously, he retired from the United States Marine Corps on January 1, 2012, after more than 36 years of service. As a staff officer he generally worked in operations duties from infantry battalion to the Pentagon, where he was a senior emergency action officer in the National Military Command Center. As chief of staff, Third Marine Division, from 2002 to 2003, he served concurrently as chief of staff, Joint Task Force 555 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Philippines. As the G5 plans officer, First Marine Expeditionary Force, he deployed to Iraq for Operation Enduring Freedom II in March 2004. His first assignment as a general officer was as deputy commander for Marine Forces Central Command. He served in that assignment from 2005 to 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Horn of Africa. His next assignment was as the first director of operations (J-3) and logistics (J-4), U.S. Africa Command. He served in that capacity from September 2007 to August 2009. In that assignment, he continued to support Operation Enduring Freedom, Horn of Africa, and Operation Enduring Freedom, Transahel. His last assignment prior to retiring was commanding general, Marine Corps Installations-West. In that capacity, he oversaw the operation of six Marine Corps Bases and Stations in California and Arizona. Jackson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Jose State University. In May 2011, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (H.C.) from the trustees of the California State University and San Jose State University. His education includes attending The Basic School, Quantico, VA; Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College (via correspondence); The Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA; The Army War College, Carlisle, PA; National Defense University, Capstone, Washington, D.C.; and the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in National Security, Harvard, MA. Jackson is married to the former Susan Gail Steinbach of Lafayette, CA. They reside in Fallbrook and have two sons, Brian and Blaine Jackson.
Chief Executive Officer, Wounded Warrior Project
Michael Linnington serves as chief executive officer of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). He brings 35 years of military experience and leadership to the organization. Prior to joining WWP, Linnington was the first director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, following retirement as a lieutenant general from the U.S. Army. He served as the military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense (personnel and readiness) from 2013 to 2015 and as commanding general, Military District of Washington and commander, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region from 2011 to 2013. Linnington held flag officer positions as deputy commanding general, Fort Benning, Georgia; commandant of cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; and in Kabul, Afghanistan. His combat experience includes command of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Linnington graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1980. He is married with two grown children and two grandchildren.
Cofounder, Bob Woodruff Foundation
Lee Woodruff is the co-author of the New York Times best-seller, In an Instant, the chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing on national television and as keynote speakers since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation to assist injured service members and their families. To date, the foundation has raised more than $80 million and invested in grassroots organizations and programs around the country that are helping veterans reintegrate into their communities. Woodruff has been a contributing reporter for ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Her best-selling book, Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress, was followed by her first novel, Those We Love Most, which became a New York Times best-seller. A freelance writer, Woodruff has penned numerous personal articles. She is the mother of four and an alumnus of Colgate University.