John Monahan has been a leader in global public health and foreign policy for decades. He has wide-ranging expertise deployed across government, academia and policy institutions
John Monahan is the Senior Advisor to Georgetown University’s President John J. DeGioia, a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, and a Senior Scholar with Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law.
Previously, Mr. Monahan served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State as well as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Global Health Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Monahan was the founding Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He was Senior Fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at US Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Monahan served on the Obama-Biden and Clinton-Gore transition teams, and he has worked on numerous campaigns.
He has focused on managing complex health, social service, and development issues and programs affecting low-income and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Monahan earned a B.A. in Government and Economics as well as a J.D. in Law from Georgetown University.
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s long and distinguished career in the foreign service brings to USCRI’s Board of Directors an inside perspective on global affairs.
A member of the Career Foreign Service, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs. Prior to this appointment, she served as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s 34-year Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia and foreign postings in Switzerland, Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. Her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining the Department of State, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield taught Political Science at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania.
Her lifelong career in American diplomacy and her commitment to Africa’s continent-wide growth and development bring invaluable assets to USCRI and the refugee community at large.
Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield earned a B.A. from Louisiana State University and an M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she also did work towards a doctorate.
Sam Udani has been involved with the immigration community in the USA for most of his career spanning three decades, involving immigration politics and immigration policy and covering all manner of immigration into the USA, including refugees. He has been a tireless advocate for enlightened immigration laws for the USA since ACWIA, AC21/ACTA and continuing from then on.
Mr. Udani currently serves as the Law Publisher and CEO of ILW.COM and Immigration Daily, a position he has held for over twenty years. As Publisher, he directs all activities of the website and newspaper with over 50,000+ pages of free information on immigration law that receives 250,000 visitors per month. Under Mr. Udani’s direction ILW has conducted 600+ CLE seminars, published over two dozen immigration law books and conducted hundreds of immigration events in over a dozen countries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Udani founded an advertising agency and a small company in international trade.
A hallowed name for refugees, and generally for the entire immigration field, is Edith Lowenstein who served as Editor of Interpreter Releases, the first (and for half a century the only) periodical reporting on developments in immigration/refugees – Interpreter Releases was housed within USCRI’s predecessor entity for its formative decades. Today’s Immigration Daily is in direct descent of Interpreter Releases, Mr. Udani is always reminded of this when before Edith Lowenstein’s image in USCRI’s board room.
USCRI’s Board member Scott Wu is a corporate leader with a unique background in finance and investments as well as global poverty and education.