The mission of the Honorary Board of Directors is to:
- Keep Members of Congress and policymakers informed on political, economic, and social issues facing the Lebanese diaspora
- Foster a dialogue between political, business, civic, and social leaders in Lebanon and the United States
- Heighten awareness among the American public about the contributions and accomplishments of Lebanese-Americans in the field of finance
- Support LIFE’s mission of establishing stronger bonds and nurturing the next generation of Lebanese-American finance executives
Secretary Spencer Abraham
CEO of the Abraham Group
Spencer Abraham is best known for his highly productive tenure in political office, first as a Senator, representing the state of Michigan from 1995 – 2001, and as the Secretary of Energy during the first presidential term of George W. Bush.
A 1974 graduate of the Honors College of Michigan State University, Abraham continued his education at Harvard University, earning his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School with honors. Spencer Abraham was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, a position he held from 1983 – 1990. During that time, he built the financially struggling Michigan State Party into one of the strongest in the nation.
In 1994, Spencer Abraham was elected to represent the state of Michigan as a U.S. Senator. He served a six-year tenure in which he authored 22 pieces of legislation signed into law – unprecedented for a freshman senator. In 2001, he was appointed by President-elect George W. Bush to be the tenth Secretary of Energy of the United States.
Spencer Abraham is Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group. He is on the board of several public and private companies including C3 Energy, NRG Energy, Occidental Petroleum, PBF Energy and Two Harbors Investment Corp. In addition, he is the author of Lights Out: Ten Myths About (And Real Solutions To) America’s Energy Crisis.
Senator George J. Mitchell
Chairman Emeritus, DLA Piper
Senator George J. Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He is currently Chairman Emeritus of the international law firm DLA Piper. Previously, he served as a United States District judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that ended a historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. For six consecutive years he was voted the most respected member of the United States Senate by a bipartisan group of senior Congressional aides. After leaving the Senate he created a college scholarship fund for needy students which has since provided $11 million in direct assistance to 2,300 students.
Senator John Sununu
Senator John Sununu cut a unique path from the private sector to public office, serving for three terms in the House of Representatives and for six years as the youngest member of the United States Senate. Before entering public service, Sununu worked for emerging high-tech firms as an engineer, strategy consultant, and a Chief Financial Officer. In Congress, he put his expertise to work for the country, serving on Senate committees such as Commerce, Finance, Banking, and Foreign Relations.
A one of the few members of Congress with a technical background, Sununu rose quickly to earn a seat on the House Appropriations Committee and serve as Vice Chairman of the Budget Committee. During his term in the Senate, Sununu provided leadership in areas of finance and technology, figuring prominently in debates addressing funding for the National Science Foundation, telecommunications policy, and medical information technology.
In the Senate, John Sununu took a lead role in pressing for regulatory reform, writing legislation to reign in the risk-taking at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that was signed into law in 2008. He led the effort to protect the Internet from regulations, and negotiated a seven-year ban on Internet taxes. He was the author of the New England Wilderness Act, as well as legislation that ensured better protection for civil liberties under the PATRIOT Act.
From 2008-2009, Sununu served as a member or the Congressional Oversight Panel for the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Time Warner Cable, and Boston Scientific, a leading manufacturer of medical devices. Senator Sununu also serves as the Co-Chair of Broadband for America, a 300-member organization focused on broadband investment, deployment and access. He is a contributing editor for Bloomberg News, and writes a weekly column for the Boston Globe.
He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, leading delegations to monitor the Palestinian Presidential elections in 2005, and the Lebanese Parliamentary elections in June 2009. He served on the Mid-East Working Group at the U.S. Institute for Peace, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Senator Sununu holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MBA from Harvard University. He and his wife Kitty have three children.