New Advisory Council Members to Lend Unique Perspective, Expertise

WASHINGTON, DC, July 9, 2013 – 100,000 Strong Foundation President Carola McGiffert announced today the addition of four new members to its diverse and distinguished Advisory Council.
The new members include Kris Balderston and Reta Jo Lewis, both of whom recently left the State Department where they served as senior advisors to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Also joining the Advisory Council are prominent business leaders George Lee and Dominic Ng.
Balderston, now senior partner and Washington director at public affairs firm Fleishman-Hillard, served as special representative for global partnerships and managed the Global Partnership Initiative at State. He is a veteran of both the Clinton White House and the US Congress. Lewis, an attorney, served as the special representative for global intergovernmental affairs at the State Department. She has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, a diplomat and a senior advisor to American and international political leaders.
Lee is the executive vice chairman, CEO and president of MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc., the only overseas Chinese bank based in Houston that is publicly traded. Ng is the CEO of EastWest Bank, a Chinese-American bank based in California with more than 120 branch locations in the US and China. Ng is also chairman of the Committee of 100.
“We are honored to have Kris, Reta Jo, George and Dominic on the Foundation’s Advisory Council,” said McGiffert. “The Foundation operates at the intersection of business and politics, and this group brings deep experience to the table. They understand the strategic importance of the US-China relationship, and that we must invest in its future through study abroad.”
Other Advisory Council members include Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman, New York University President John Sexton, former US Trade Representative Carla Hills and Committee of 100 Co-Founder Henry Tang, among others. The Advisory Council provides strategic direction to support the Foundation’s mission.
The 100,000 Strong Foundation, a partner of American University in Washington, DC, aims to strengthen the US-China strategic relationship through study abroad. The Foundation was born out of the Obama administration’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” which is also supported by the Chinese government.

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