Board of Directors
Hon. Paula A. Cox CBE, Chair, is the former Premier of Bermuda who currently serves as Corporate Counsel of ACE Limited. She has been the leader of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party (PLP) since 28 October 2010. She was appointed as the first PLP Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Public Safety. Following the July 2003 General Election, she was appointed as Attorney-General and Minister of Education. She served in this dual portfolio until January 2004. While serving in various roles she was named in the Bermudians’ Best of Bermuda Gold annual listing as the most effective politician for 2001. This accolade was repeated in 2006 in her capacity as Minister of Finance. Premier Cox previously worked as Vice President and in the Bermudians’ Best of Bermuda Gold annual listing as the most effective politician on three occasions, in 2001, 2003, and 2006. Previously, she worked as Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel of Global Funds Services at the Bank of Bermuda Limited. Hon. Paula Cox earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University in Canada, and a post-graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Manchester. She trained as a Solicitor at the College of Law, Chancery Lane, London, and was called to the Bermuda Bar in January 1992. In 2011, she received the Caribbean region’s “Woman of the Year Award.” In 2012, she received a “Women Who Make A Difference” Award from the International Women’s Forum. Hon. Paula Cox was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for public service in Bermuda.
Dr. Michael T. Nettles, Vice Chair, is Senior Vice President of the Educational Testing Service’s Policy Evaluation & Research Center, where he oversees ETS’s public policy research program. He is also ETS’s Edmund W. Gordon Chair for Policy Evaluation & Research, a position created by the ETS Board of Trustees in 2004. His history with ETS dates back to 1984 when he first joined as a Research Scientist. He left ETS in 1989 to assume the position of Vice President for Assessment of the University of Tennessee System. Before returning to ETS in 2003, Dr. Nettles also served for 12 years as a tenured professor of education at the University of Michigan. He served as the first Executive Director of the Fredrick D. Patterson Research Institute of the United Negro College Fund from 1996 to 1999, where he published the three-volume African American Education Data Book series and Two Decades of Progress—the most comprehensive reference books ever produced about the educational status and condition of African Americans in the United States. From 1978 to 1984, he worked as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission where his work included academic program review and college and university performance funding. He is a former trustee Trustee of the College Board on which he served on the Executive Committee, and a former member of the National Assessment Governing Board where he served as Vice Chairman. Dr. Nettles is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) and the National Advisory Board for the Center for Research on Educational Standards and Testing (CREST) at UCLA. He received his B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and an M.S. in Higher Education, an M.A. in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Higher Education, all from Iowa State University.
Jamaal Finkley, Treasurer
Jamaal Finkley is CEO and Executive Producer of BlackTree TV, one of the premiere distributors of online urban entertainment content and lifestyle information. In that capacity he has produced a news portal which garners more than 15 million unique visitors each month and half a billion video views worldwide. Mr. Finkley launched BlackTree TV in 2007 under the umbrella of BlackTree Media, which he founded in 1996. In 2002, he formed a media partnership with BET Networks to provide additional coverage of their premiere events. This relationship helped set the stage to expand BlackTree’s brand and provide viewers with exclusive content. Through the years he built his cult-like following of online supporters by keeping himself integrated into every facet of the company in order to stay on the pulse of current trends. He has produced news segments for Hollywood’s top awards shows and red carpets, such as the Academy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, Grammy Awards and Fashion Week. At the same time, he enjoys getting in front of the camera to interview A-list celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Monique and Will Smith. Prior to becoming a full-time entrepreneur, he began his entertainment career as a production assistant for the legendary Spike Lee during the production of the movie Get On the Bus. Mr. Finkley studied biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and mass communications at Dillard University.
Reta Jo Lewis is a Senior Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Previously, she was appointed Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs by the Secretary of State in January 2010. Ms. Lewis led the negotiations and engagement efforts that established the first collaboration frameworks for the U.S.- China, U.S.- Brazil, U.S.- India, and U.S. – Russia Memorandums of Understanding to Support Subnational Cooperation. She was the principal negotiator between U.S. and China on the establishment of the first U.S. – China Governors Forums that have resulted in four U.S. – China subnational bilateral exchanges, including one conducted by Vice President Joseph Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February 2012. Formerly, she was a partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Ms. Lewis holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia, an M.S.A.J. from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Ms. Lewis also served in the Clinton White House from 1993-1995. As Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs, she was the senior domestic political advisor for the Summit of the Americas, and as principal staff coordinator for the White House Task Forces on the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and the 1994 FIFA World Cup of Soccer.
Dr. Loren J. Blanchard is Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at California State University, a post to which he was named in January of 2015. Previously, Dr. Blanchard served as the provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. During his tenure, Xavier earned an international reputation for student success. The historically black university ranks first in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to African American students in the sciences and in the number of graduates who go on to complete medical school. Dr. Blanchard is credited with enhancing the academic support model significantly impacting student progression and completion rates; implementing a faculty awards program highlighting teaching, scholarship and service; and crafting mission-driven academic programs to respond to the changing academic needs of students and the workforce. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in speech pathology education with a minor in psychology from Xavier University, a master’s of education in educational administration and supervision from McNeese State University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia. He is widely published and is known for his research and scholarly articles addressing teacher education and educational strategies to support the success of students of color.
Dr. Hilary Landorf is the Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and an associate professor in the College of Education at Florida International University. She is responsible for overall management and supervision of the development, design and implementation of Global Learning for Global Citizenship, FIU’s 10-year strategic plan for implementation of an integrated curriculum and co-curriculum global learning requirement for over 34,000 undergraduates at FIU. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters on international education, has been an internationalization consultant to several colleges and universities, and given over a hundred presentations and workshops on the development, implementation, leadership, and assessment of international teaching and learning in K-20 settings. Dr. Landorf has a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in English with Honors from Stanford University. She has served as Director of Secretariat of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), where she was responsible for overall management of all aspects of CIES, the largest of 35 comparative and international academic societies in the world, with over 2500 academics, practitioners, and students, and approximately 1000 institutions.
Dr. Henry M. Levin is the William Heard Kilpatrick Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is Director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, a non-partisan entity www.ncspe.org and Co-Director of the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education, (www.cbcse.org). He is also the David Jacks Professor of Higher Education and Economics, Emeritus, at Stanford University where he served from 1968-99 after working as an economist at the Brookings Institution in Washington. From 1978-84 he was the Director of the Institute for Research on Educational Finance at Stanford, a federally-funded R. & D. Center. From 1986-2000 Dr. Levin served as the Director of the Accelerated Schools Project, a national school reform initiative for accelerating the education of at-risk youngsters encompassing about 1,000 schools in 41 states. He has held Fulbright Professorships in Barcelona and Mexico and is on the Guest Faculty at Beijing University and an Honorary Faculty Member at Beijing Normal University. He has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Russell Sage Foundation. In 1992 the New York Times named him in its special issue on educational reform as one of “nine national leaders in education innovation.” Dr. Levin has been the Editor of the Review of Educational Research and the President of the American Evaluation Association and a winner of its Gunnar Myrdal Award. He is also a recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award of the American Educational Finance Association and an elected member of both the National Academy of Education and the International Academy of Education. Dr. Levin is a specialist in the economics of education and human resources and has published 20 books and about 300 articles on these and related subjects. Dr. Levin holds a B.S. in Marketing and Economics from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University
Dr. C. Kent McGuire is president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a public charity headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. SEF focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States. Previously, he served as Dean of the College of Education, and a tenured professor in the Educational Administration Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Temple University. Prior to that Dr. McGuire was a senior vice president at the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, where his responsibilities included leadership of the Education, Children and Youth Division. From 1998-2001, Dr. McGuire served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he was the senior officer for the department’s Research and Development Agency. As the education program officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts from 1995 to 1998, he managed Pew’s K-12 grants portfolio. From 1991 to 1995, Dr. McGuire served as education program director for the Eli Lilly Endowment. His current research interests focus on education administration and policy and organizational change. He has written and coauthored various policy reports, monographs, book chapters, articles, and papers in professional journals. Dr. McGuire received his doctorate in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his master’s degree in education administration and policy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Françoise Vergès is currently Chair, Global South(s) at the College of Global Studies, Paris. She also serves as Consulting Professor at the Center for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, and president of the Comité pour la Mémoire et l’Histoire de l’Esclavage (France). She has written on vernacular practices of memories, on slavery and the economy of predation, the ambiguities of French abolitionism, French republican colonialism, colonial and postcolonial psychiatry in the French colonial empire, Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, French postcolionality, postcolonial museography, and the routes of migration and processes of creolization in the Indian Ocean world. She has worked with filmmakers and artists Isaac Julien, Yinka Shonibare, Arnaud Ngatcha. She was a project advisor for Documenta 11 in 2002 and has contributed to 2012 Paris Triennial. Her most recent publication is Lives That Matter, in Okwui Enwezor, Intense Proximity, Paris Triennial Catalog, 2012 and L’Homme prédateur. Ce que nous enseigne l’esclavage sur notre temps, Paris 2011. Between 2003 and 2010, Dr. Vergès was Head of Scientific and Cultural Development and Program of Maison des civilizations et de l’unité réunionnaise where she developed the notions of “Museum without Objects” and of “Six Worlds:” African, Malagasy, European, Hindu, Muslim, Chinese, which have made the Indiaoceanic world.
Dr. José Vicente, ADC Distinguished Counselor for Latin American Diaspora Relations, is the founder and President of the Instituto Afrobrasileiro de Ensino Superior (Afro-Brazilian Higher Education Institute). He is also the dean of the Zumbi dos Palmares University. Inspired by American Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), he founded Zumbi in 2003. In 10 years the university has grown from 300 students to roughly two thousand. Dr. Vicente is a lawyer, sociologist, and a member of the Brazilian Presidential Council for Social and Economic Development. Dr. Vicente has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Education from the Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba. Dr. Vicente sits on the Board of Directors of various organizations in Brazil, most notably Afrobrás, the AfroBrazilian Society for Social and Cultural Development, a non-governmental organization which he founded, that works toward the socioeconomic development of Afro-Brazilians.