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Former Directors and Advisers

John Richardson was a World War II paratrooper, Wall Street lawyer (Sullivan & Cromwell) and investment banker (Paine Webber), CEO of Radio Free Europe, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational & Cultural Affairs, CEO of Youth for Understanding (home-stay exchanges for high school students), founding staff member of the U.S. Institute of Peace, founding board member and Chair of the National Endowment for Democracy, and board member of many other educational and service organizations. He served on the board of the Council for a Community of Democracies, the International Rescue Committee, American Forum for Global Education, the Social Science Foundation at the University of Denver, and World Learning. He was a graduate of Harvard College and Law School.

Cynthia Hearn Dorfman served as a Director and Secretary of the Streit Council. Previously, she was Director of Youth for Federal Union and on the Federal Union/AUD Boards. She also wrote and edited publications for the organization contributing to Freedom & Union magazine. She was the Co-Director of the Europe/America Youth Conference in 1976 and served on the Executive Committee of the United States Youth Council in 1977-78. She earned a master's degree in international relations from International College. She was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2001. A recipient of the Vice President's "Reinventing Government," Cynthia is currently an executive with a U.S. government agency.


Don Dennis, Vice-President, was the Executive Director of Federal Union from 1946-49, the Executive Director of the Atlantic Union Committee from 1949-53, and the Vice President of the Foreign Policy Association from 1953-1986. He was a member of the US Delegation to NATO's Atlantic Congress in London in 1959. He has served continuously as a Board member of Federal Union, which became the Atlantic Union Committee, and now is the Streit Council, since 1956. He published Foreign Policy in a Democracy, The Role of the Foreign Policy Association (2003). Dennis has been recognized as a world leader in a publication of Who's Who in the World.

Hon. Paul Findley was a Member of Congress from Illinois from 1961-83. As a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he focused on advancing the project of transatlantic federation. He served as assistant editor for Freedom & Union magazine in 1948-49, and has been a long-serving member of the Boards of Federal Union/AUD/Streit Council.  Hon. Findley has been a newspaper publisher and is the author of several books. He has been recognized for his accomplishments in Who’s Who in America.

Erik Johnson was on the staff of AUD and the 21st Century Foundation from 1992-94. In 1995, he became an AUD Board member and Chair of the Frank Fund Committee. From 1996 to 1999, Johnson was Director of Policy Studies at the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of National Endowment for Democracy. He joined the World Bank in 1999, and has focused mainly on the issues of knowledge management, capacity building and community-driven development. He is author of several publications on knowledge management, the role of think-tanks, and civil society in policymaking.

Jane Elligett Leitner joined Federal Union and served continuously on the Boards of Federal Union/AUD/SC from the 1950s onward. In 1989 Jane initiated and coordinated the AUD project that drafted the Illustrative Constitution for a Union of the EC, NATO, OECD, and OSCE Democracies. She served as Chair of the AUD Board of Directors from 1991 to 1992, and also worked as a school administrator.


Henry Luce III was a supporter of Streit's ideas from 1948 on, and served on the Boards of AUD/SC from 1983 to 1988, and from 2003 to 2005. He served as president of the Henry Luce Foundation from 1958 to 2001, and was publisher of Fortune magazine from 1968 to 1969, and of Time magazine from 1969 to 1972. His accomplishments are highlighted in Who's Who in America.

George Modelski, Ph.D., was on the Streit Council's Advisory Board. A Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle, he was Polish-born and educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he received a B.Sc. in Economics. He earned a Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of London. His principal appointments were at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Australian National University, Canberra, and since 1967, at the University of Washington, where he taught International Relations and World Politics. His visiting and research appointments included those at the University of Chicago, Princeton University (Center of International Studies), Harvard University (Center for International Affairs), the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, Stockholm University, and University of Catania. Among the books he authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited were Principles of World Politics, Long Cycles in World PoliticsSea power in global politicsDocumenting Global Leadership, A Theory of Foreign PolicyLeading Sectors and World Powers, World System History, and World Cities. His research interests included evolution of global politics, world system history, and democratization. The current project is "Globalization as an Evolutionary Process." He was a member of the Seattle Committee for a Community of Democracies.

Richard C. Olson had been a journalist, congressional aide and business executive. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from the University of Arizona in 1950, he became a reporter and editor for the Tucson Daily Citizen. In 1955, he opened a public relations firm in Tucson and, collaterally, managed the congressional district office of Rep. Stewart L. Udall of Arizona. In 1961, he joined the staff of Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona as Legislative (later Executive) Assistant. In 1971, he was named editor of the Living Wilderness and Director of Information of the Wilderness Society. In 1976, he returned to the House of Representatives as Special Assistant to Majority leader Jim Wright of Texas, where he served as Chief of Staff for the House in a seven-month conference to produce the Energy Security Act of 1980. In 1982, he was named Director of Corporate Government Relations for DynCorp, a diversified technical services company, and later served as Vice President for Public Affairs. Mr. Olson served for more than 20 years on the board of the Association to Unite the Democracies, where he sponsored the Initiative for World Security, which then became the Next Century Initiative.


Charles Patrick served as President of AUD from 1991 to 1994. Earlier in his career he was Assistant to the President of Rutgers University, New Jersey and Director of Public Information and Education at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has been an artist throughout his career establishing art galleries in the United States and overseas. Presently he is a Professor of Marketing at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Neal Potter has been a member of Federal Union/AUD/SC continuously since 1940, serving as chief volunteer in the Federal Union national office in 1942-45, and as editor of Federal Union World in 1943-45. Neal took part in forming United World Federalists (WFA) in 1947, and became an AUD Board member in the early 1990s. Neal has also served as chief Executive of Montgomery County (MD), 1990-94, and as a County Council member, 1970-90 and 1994-98. As an economist, Neal headed the Income Analysis Section of the Office of Price Administration 1940-45 and was Assistant Professor of Economics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1946-47) and Washington State College (1947-50). As Research staff at the Resources for the Future (1955-70), Neal authored three books, on U.S., world, and Antarctic resources.

Edward Rawson, Vice Chair, was a supporter since the initial meeting that founded Federal Union in New York in 1939. In 1947, he also took part in forming United World Federalists. Rawson joined the State Department as Director for the Yugoslavia Relief Program in 1949 and subsequently served as Economic Attaché in the Embassy in Belgrade. During the mid-1950s, he was Program Operations Officer for Korea and Philippines with the International Cooperation Administration (ICA), the predecessor to the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In 1958, he returned to Washington as Special Assistant to the Deputy of Administration of the ICA, and in accordance with a presidential request, served as the liaison officer between the US government and Project Hope. Following a tour with ICA 's office for International Relations, Rawson was administrative coordinator for AID's program outsourced to other government agencies until his retirement in 1976. He served as Treasurer-Administrative Director of the World Federalist Association from 1976 to 1997. He became an AUD Board member in the 1990s. He was the Executive Vice President of the Campaign for UN Reform and President of the Capital Investment Association, as well as President of Rawson Family Enterprises.

Miller Upton, Ph.D., served as CEO and Chairman of the Federal Union/AUD Boards from 1976 to 1980. He was the first CEO to follow Clarence Streit in that position. He was also an Associate of the Council for a Community of Democracies, and was President Emeritus of Beloit College (Wisconsin). He served as Chairman of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO from 1971 to 1975, and as Chairman of the U.S. Delegation at the 18th UNESCO Biennial Conference in 1974. He taught at Lake Forest College, Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis, where he served also as Dean of the School of Business. Dr. Upton was also a former President of the American Finance Association.

Randall G. Upton graduated from Beloit College in 1966 and earned his JD and LLM degrees from Georgetown University in the 1970s.  As a State Department Foreign Service Reserve Officer assigned to the US Department of Commerce, he served on numerous delegations to international organizations of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland .  He also served as the Senior Commercial Consul in Australia assigned to the US Consulate General in Sydney. Following his assignment in Sydney, he remained in Australia for 24 years with the American Chamber of Commerce and several national businesses.  A sports enthusiast, he managed his own sports consulting firm for 18 years.  Randall returned to the USA in 2003 to take up his current position at Beloit College where he works in the office of External Affairs and where he serves as an international education advocate and liaison for the College.

Don Dennis
Paul Findley
Erik Johnson
Jane Elligett Leitner
Richard C. Olson
Charles Patrick
Neil Potter
Edward Rawson
Miller Upton
Randall G. Upton
Henry Luce III
George Modelski
Cynthia Hearn Dorfman
John Richardson
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