Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on […]

Dr. Mark T. Esper

Dr. Mark T. Esper

Dr. Mark T. Esper became the 27th Secretary of Defense in July 2019 when he was confirmed 90-8 by the U.S. Senate. As Defense Secretary, Esper was responsible for ensuring the United States’ national security, protecting the American people at home and abroad, and advancing the country’s interests globally. In this capacity, he led one […]

Harry E. Sloan

Harry E. Sloan is a successful international media investor, whose entrepreneurial spirit has been a guiding force throughout his career, helping him identify key investment opportunities with significant returns for his partners. In the past two years alone, he has raised more than $500 million in the public markets to invest into the entertainment industry […]

Ambassador Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

Ambassador Josette Sheeran, a founding trustee of the McCain Institute, currently serves as Executive Chairman. In this role, Sheeran is overseeing a strategic evaluation of the Institute’s mission and programs with a goal of ensuring transformational impact in the U.S. and the global community through the vision of its namesake, Sen. John S. McCain. Sheeran […]

Dr. Rick Shangraw

Dr. Shangraw is the president of Cintana Education, a public benefit corporation headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. He works with universities around the globe to help them achieve scale and excellence. Cintana was founded in partnership with Arizona State University (ASU) Prior to Cintana, he spent 15 years as a senior executive at ASU, which U.S. […]

General David H. Petraeus

GEN David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.) is a partner with the global financial investment firm KKR and the Chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, a non-resident […]

Elisa Massimino

Elisa Massimino

Elisa Massimino is the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, focusing on human rights. She also recently served as a Senior Fellow with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as […]

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman

Now Senior Counsel at the law firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP in New York, Joseph I. Lieberman was for 24 years a member of the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. At the end of his service in January 2013, he was Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a senior member of […]

Senator Heidi Heitkamp

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp served as the first female senator elected from North Dakota from 2013-2019. Senator Heitkamp grew up in a large family in the small town of Mantador, ND. Alongside her six brothers and sisters, she learned the value of hard work and responsibility, leading her to choose a life of public service. During her six years […]

Sharon Harper

As president, CEO and co-founder of Plaza Companies, Sharon Harper, CRE, oversees all facets of company operations, including the ownership, development, leasing or management of more than five million square feet of Arizona’s medical office properties, senior living facilities and leading bioscience and biotechnology centers. Her forward-thinking commitment to commercial real estate has helped Plaza […]

Phil Handy

F Phillip Handy

Since October, 2001, F. Philip Handy has served as the chief executive officer of Strategic Industries, a portfolio of 15 companies in the diversified service and manufacturing businesses. All of the companies have been significantly restructured and taken globally, 13 have been sold. Until January, 2007, he served for six years as chairman of the […]

Frances Fragos Townsend

Frances Fragos Townsend is an executive vice president for worldwide government, legal and business affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc. She works across MacAndrew’s portfolio companies focusing on international, legal, compliance and business development issues. Prior to that she was a corporate partner with the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. From 2004 to […]