Board of Directors

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Richard T. Arndt, Ex-Officio
See biography below.

Lee T. Feldman, Executive Director
Lee Feldman has served as a scientific consultant to private and public agencies, the World Health Organization, not-for-profit organizations, large multinational corporations and private equity firms for 30+ years. Lee has been on the Board of NPF since 1992.

In addition to his role at NPF, Lee is also Chief Scientific Officer of Scian – The Institute for Scientific Policy Analysis. Scian is a not-for-profit education and research project that is building upon the policy analysis work Lee began in 1977 following his post doctorate studies in immunochemistry and physics. This work resulted in Feldman’s development of the Scian Methodology, a process and tool that helps decision-makers apply quantitative fact finding methods to integrate the scientific, technical, and ethical aspects of policymaking. A particular emphasis of Lee’s work is on methods for quantifying uncertainty to increase appreciation of risks that derive from the unexpected and unknown. Scian and NPF have been frequent collaborators, working with both grass-roots organizations and public/private policymakers as they wrestle with the stakes, facts and values influencing their decision-making. By promoting a high integrity process that includes key stakeholders, Scian and NPF support the goal of rational decision-making, especially where there are significant public interest implications.

Lee’s work has been applied to many different fields and subjects, including business development, community building and problem solving, food and nutrition, as well as a wide variety of health policy matters. He has undertaken projects for organizations such as the World Health Organization, European Parliament, Sanofi-Aventis, Santech Institute, the Government of Namibia, Siemens, Medtronic, the Government of Canada, the Provinces of Alberta and Nova Scotia, numerous health enterprises, Internet companies and several investment banks and venture capitalists.

As a member of international observer teams for a number of emerging-nation elections, Lee developed models and techniques used to identify election fraud and abuse – a critical aspect of international certification of elections. Lee continues his research activities related to the application of pattern recognition, multi-objective evolutionary optimization and game-theory algorithms to the policymaking process. He is also developing methods to optimize patient adherence and health improvement approaches as a core strategy for healthcare reform. He has specific domain expertise in healthcare IT systems, pharmaceutical and biological technologies, emerging infectious disease policy, food and nutrition, information services, communications technology, banking and finance, and international development.

Sarah Harder, President
Sarah Harder has worked for thirty years on issues involving women at grassroots, national and international levels. She serves as President and Board Chair of the National Peace Foundation in Washington DC, where she also co-chairs the National Women's Conference Committee and serves on the National Council of Women's Organizations. As the president of the American Association of University Women (1985-89), she chaired its $46 million Education Foundation. She served as vice-president of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) based in Geneva. Her study and action guide, "Women's Future, World Future: Education for Survival and Progress" is used by IFUW affiliates in 68 countries. She is Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she served for 34 years as administrator and faculty member. Through the National Peace Foundation, Harder has worked since 1991 on civil society, peace building and social partnership projects involving NGOs, their communities and their government in the Russian Federation.

Catherine Sultan
Cathy Sultan, a native of Washington, D.C. lived in Beirut, Lebanon from 1969 to 1983. Her memoir A Beirut Heart: One Woman's War, published by Scarletta Press in November 2005, recounts her family's survival during the Lebanese civil war. In her second book Israeli and Palesetinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sides, also published by Scarletta Press, Cathy attempts to open eyes to the human realities of life in Israel-Palestine through interviews she conducted in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Cathy brings her expertise to NPF where she coordinates programs designed to educate NPF members about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In Spring 2008 Cathy led a group of delegates on a two-week study tour as part of NPF's Eyewitness Program to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This journey, sponsored in part by Interfaith Peace Builders, offered participants a unique experience of daily life in Israel and Palestine. In previous years, Sultan has worked with Partners for Peace, a Washington-based NGO, to co-sponsor "Jerusalem Women Speak: Three Women, Three Faiths, One Shared Vision," a program that worked with the Bereaved Family Circle to bring Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones to the conflict to the US for speaking tours and citizen dialogues.
 

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