Chairman: Phil Cassidy

Mr. Phil Cassidy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Business Council in November 1991.  The Business Council, based in Washington, DC, is a global association of the chief executive officers of many of the most successful companies in the world. Mr. Cassidy retired from The Business Council at the end of 1993. He is currently a consultant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of The Cassidy Group, Inc.


Vice President: Carol Steenland

Ms. Carol Steenland worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Richard Gephardt.   After leaving the Hill, her career included working for a small family foundation and as a lobbyist for the financial services industry. She and her husband are currently involved with MicroCredit Enterprises (MCE) as guarantors. Married to Douglas Steenland (former President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest and current Board Chairman of AIG), they have two children.


Director: Jack Barry

Mr. Jack Barry joined Pillsbury in their restaurant division after graduating from college and culinary school. He managed the operations of restaurants in Toronto, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. He began his career in finance at Citibank in their institutional derivatives group and moved on to similar positions at Westpac and Prudential. He then joined Clinton Group, as a partner, to expand their global marketing reach. Jack is currently a partner at White Oak Equity Partners, a private equity firm, based in New York City.   


Director: Tom Richey

Mr. Tom Richey is a Global Executive at DXC Technology (formerly Computer Sciences Corporation). Tom brings a unique combination of government, industry, and political leadership skills and accomplishments.  Prior to joining CSC, Tom worked with IBM, Dell, and Microsoft. Experience over a 30+ year career includes strategic planning in industry; congressional affairs; executive-level sales; and military (U.S. Coast Guard) service.


Director: Tony Cianci

Mr. Tony Cianci is a thirty year veteran of the enterprise software industry and has spent the last twenty-five of those years focused on supply chain management.  He has been a sales executive with Manhattan Associates for the past thirteen years and works mostly with large Retail clients in North America.  Tony has been on the Dog Tag board for three years and lives in Philadelphia area with his wife and three children.


Director: Peter Grossman

Mr. Peter Grossman is an attorney who represents the principals of Ogden CAP Properties, LLC and the Seymour Milstein Family. He has served in this capacity for the Family since 2002. Prior to his representation of the Seymour Milstein Family, Peter spent ten years at the J.P. Morgan Chase Private Bank (and its predecessor institutions Chase Manhattan Bank and Chemical Bank), first as a Vice-President and then as a Managing Director. Peter Grossman has also practiced law in two New York City firms, specializing in the area of trust and estates. Peter graduated with a B.A. from Columbia College; a J.D. (with distinction) from Hofstra University School of Law and a LL.M in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.


Director: Gail Lione

Ms. Gail Lione is a senior executive, having served until May 2011 as President of The Harley-Davidson Foundation and until May 2010 as EVP, Secretary and General Counsel of Harley-Davidson, Inc. She is an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Georgetown University Law School and previously taught at Marquette University Law School. Ms. Lione is a Senior Fellow of the Governance Center of The Conference Board and she currently serves as a director of 3 public and private for profit companies including Sargento Foods Inc since 2006, Badger Meter, Inc (NYSE:BMI) since February 2012, and The F. Dohmen Co. since 2013. From 2000 to 2010, Ms Lione served as a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. She is presently a member of the board of trustees of the University of Rochester, the International Senior Lawyers Project, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Milwaukee Ballet. In 2011 she was appointed as a member of the MillerCoors Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council in recognition of her commitment to diversity and inclusion; and the National Women's Leadership Council of United Way USA in recognition of her years of service as a co-chair of the Milwaukee Women's Initiative Council. She received her BA degree from the University of Rochester and her JD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is married to Barry Grossman, an Administrative Patent Judge on the US PTO Trial and Appeal Board and they reside in Washington DC.


Director: Kevin Schmiegel

Mr. Kevin M. Schmiegel is vice president of corporate relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Schmiegel meets with CEOs and senior executives of domestic and international corporations to discuss the Chamber’s role as the world’s largest business federation and to secure their leadership participation on issues facing the business community. Previously, Mr. Schmiegel founded and served as executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in hundreds of cities across America.


Director: Tim Sullivan

Tim Sullivan is a successful entrepreneur with a 20-year track record of building emerging technology companies, specializing in cybersecurity. Tim currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Syncurity. Most recently Tim served as VP of FireEye, Inc.’s Enterprise Forensics group. As CEO of nPulse Technologies, Tim has leveraged his industry knowledge and relationships to lead the company from a focus on providing packet capture technology to a position in cybersecurity as the premier provider of network forensics for the world’s fastest networks. Tim is a former U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Platoon Commander.


Director: Brian Roemer

Brian Roemer is Vice President, General Counsel, and a member of Abt's Management Advisory Group. He is responsible for advising the company on legal risk, managing the company’s legal matters, and overseeing partnerships with external legal counsel. Before joining Abt in 2013, Roemer served as corporate counsel at gategroup GmbH, a global airline services company. He worked with the executive team to address global issues including multi-jurisdictional regulatory issues, commercial contracts, and corporate social responsibility. Prior to this, he practiced law at Crowell & Moring LLP. He advised clients on issues such as ethics and compliance, federal regulations and government procurement, and competition. In the past, he worked for several years at a federal government contractor. Additionally, Roemer served as a Naval Flight Officer in the United States Navy.. Roemer holds a J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law, a M.P.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.


Director: Karen-Marie Hyland

Karen-Marie Hyland serves as Senior Director of Political and Civic Programs at BP America. Prior to joining BP America in late summer 2008 as Director, Public Affairs, Ms. Hyland worked as an independent media and public relations consultant with a variety of corporate clients. Her experience includes serving as a Management Analyst and (Acting) Program Manager in the Center for Intelligence Training (CIT) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. She is a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, supervising the writing and delivery of press releases and reports for the public and the military, training military officers before they reach the public and the news media. She also has more than seven years' experience supervising news reporting and photojournalists staffs at the Fox News station WTTG in Washington, DC, the Orange County News Channel in Santa Ana, California and the Media General's WCBD in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Ms. Hyland has also completed four month deployment to Jordan and a one year military recall in Baghdad, where she served as the Public Affairs and Legislative Affairs Officer to the Commanding General of all U.S. Forces in Iraq.


Director: Jay C. Farrar

Jay C. Farrar is the manager of government affairs, and the Washington, D.C. office at Bechtel. He was elected principle vice president in 2011. Jay creates and participates in strategic advocacy at the Federal level, and represents Bechtel in political and policy matters. Prior to joining Bechtel, Jay served as senior vice-president for government relations at another global firm in the engineering and construction industry. Jay also held the position of senior vice president for external relations at The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In addition, he was the deputy assistant secretary for legislative affairs at the Department of Defense, director of legislative affairs for the National Security Council at the White House, and legislative assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jay served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he specialized in public affairs and political/military affairs. During his Marine Corps tenure, he also taught at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a recipient of the Department of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service. Jay is a graduate of Marquette University and has a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.


Director: Michele Seiver

Ms. Michele Seiver is a pillar among the Washington society. In 2014, Michele was the recipient of the Georgetown Citizens Association Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Historical Preservation and Improvement of Georgetown. Previously she served as the Development Director at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Special Events Coordinator at Woodward & Lothrop. Michele has served on many boards such as: Mayor Muriel Bowser Transition Team, Education Committee, Fords Theater, Washington, D.C., Board of Visitors, Children National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., The Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington, D.C., Meals on Wheels, Washington, D.C.


Director: Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon Jr., U.S. Army, Retired

General David H. Huntoon, Jr. is the President of D2H Leadership Consulting.  He recently completed a forty year career as an officer in the US Army serving as the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Some of his senior leadership assignments include service as the Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, US Army, Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, and the Director of the Army Staff in the Pentagon. He has an MA in Government from Georgetown University, and is a Trustee of the Center for Excellence in Education.


Director: Gregory S. Ledford

Mr. Gregory S. Ledford currently serves as the Managing Director of The Carlyle Group LP. as head of Carlyle's Industrial & Transportation team.  He serves on several for profit boards, to include Gemini Air Cargo, Inc., Greater China Intermodal, ADT Korea, Greater Industrial China, Veyance Technologies, and AxleTech International. In addition, Mr. Ledford served as a Director of HD Supply Holdings, Inc. and HD Supply, Inc. from January 2011 to January 12, 2015. He served as a Director of Capital Leasing at MCI Communications Corporation, where he was responsible for more than $1 billion of leveraged lease financing. His other past board positions include the Boards of Horizon Lines, Inc., Genesee & Wyoming Inc., Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., and The Hertz Corporation. He served as Chairman of the Board at Aircargo Communities Inc., and LCC International, Inc.

In addition to serving on several for profit boards, Mr. Ledford also currently serves on several nonprofit boards,  to include MCE Social Capital, Honor Flight-CapitalRegion, and the Virginia Athletic Foundation.  He was the Vice President of the Foundation Board of University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. Mr. Ledford is also an adjunct professor at the McIntire School of Commerce for the University of Virginia.

Mr. Ledford received an M.B.A. from Loyola College and is a graduate of the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.  He and his wife Nancy currently reside in Georgetown, are both Northern Virginia natives and have two adult children.


Director: Vivian Greentree, Ph.D.

Vivian Greentree, Ph.D., joined First Data as a Senior Vice President and Head of Military and Veteran Affairs in February 2014. In this role Vivian created First Data Salutes, a company-wide military engagement strategy to provide the military community with access to career opportunities and best-in-class education resources, while offering premier business solutions to veteran-owned businesses. Before joining First Data, Vivian helped to found Blue Star Families, the largest chapter-based military support organization in the country, where she most recently served Director of Research and Policy. Vivian served as a Supply Corps officer in the Navy, on active duty and in the Reserves. After serving in the Navy, she used her G.I. Bill to attain her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy from Old Dominion University, where she earned several awards, including Ph.D. Outstanding Student of the Year, Phi Kappa Phi, The Pindur and the Ted Constant Scholarships, and a University Fellowship. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College and undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Public and International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Vivian is married to a Naval Officer and they have two little boys, ages 9 and 12.


Director: Giovanna Cinelli

Giovanna M. Cinelli is a partner with Morgan Lewis and serves as co-lead of International Trade, National Security, and Economic Sanctions practice. She is a leader in the Firm’s representation of defense and high technology clients facing national security issues covering export controls, CFIUS and investigations. Giovanna has counseled clients for the past 25 years on a broad range of issues affecting national security, including complex export compliance matters, cross-border due diligence and classified investigations. For over two decades, she has conducted complex export related investigations (both civil and criminal), transaction due diligence for export and regulatory requirements, export policy and negotiation and settlement of export enforcement actions before the Departments of State, Commerce, Treasury and related agencies.

Outside of her legal career, Giovanna served as a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer specializing in former Soviet submarine platforms and national security and intelligence issues. In addition to her law degree from the Catholic University of America, she holds an MA in international relations from the College of William & Mary and an Executive Education certificate in national security and international security from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is fluent in French and Italian and resides with her family in Virginia.


Director: Mark Handwerger

Mark R. Handwerger is President and Founder of Bedrock Management Company, specializing in developing and operating businesses in the restaurant industry including Buffalo Billiards, CarPool, and James's Mackey's. He has a history of entrepreneurship, founding several businesses including TipQuick Solutions, Cap Clip Baseball, and Baseball Odysseys. He earned his M.B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. In 1988, he was Shortstop for Unique Giants, a professional baseball team located in Almere, Holland. Today he lives in Washington DC with his wife Kristin and their five children.