Mission of the Honorary Board of Advisors, US:

  • Act as a channel for LIFE with Washington policymakers.
  • Help promote awareness of Lebanese culture and values as embodied by the 16 million diaspora (with emphasis on American-Lebanese).
  • Support LIFE’s “Connect” and “Nurture” missions of establishing stronger bonds among American-Lebanese and nurture the next generation by both helping their careers throughout network and instil in them the importance of public service and engaged citizenship.

Selection guidelines:

  1. Senior leadership policy role:
    • Minimum one term for senator
    • Minimum two term for congressmen
    • Secretary level member of previous administration
  2. Lebanese Descent
  3. Demonstrated interest in matters relating to Lebanon and/or its diaspora
  • Secretary Spencer Abraham
    Chairman and CEO
    The Abraham Group

    Secretary Spencer Abraham is Chairman and CEO of The Abraham Group, an international strategic consulting firm focused on the energy sector and based in Washington, DC and is a Senior Advisor at Blank Rome Government Relations.
    Secretary Abraham served as U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2001-2005. In this role, he helped President Bush devise America’s first national energy plan in over a decade and oversaw its implementation.
    Prior to being named a Cabinet Member, Secretary Abraham served as an effective and highly productive U.S. Senator from Michigan for six years.
    Secretary Abraham is also a member of the Board of Directors of several companies, including Occidental Petroleum, NRG Energy and PBF Energy. He holds a law degree from Harvard University, where he co-founded the Federalist Society, and is a native of East Lansing, Michigan.
  • Congressman Charles Boustany Jr.

    Dr. Charles Boustany, Jr. is the president of the Association of U.S. Former Members of Congress and Counselor at the National Bureau of Asian Research, a former Congressman (R-LA) and prominent heart surgeon, and a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC. During his 12 years in Congress, Dr. Boustany served on the influential House Committee on Ways and Means, where he was Chairman of the Subcommittees on Tax Policy, Oversight, and Human Resources. As a Ways and Means Committee member, Dr. Boustany established himself as an expert and leader on tax, trade, health care, entitlement policy and energy policy. Dr. Boustany is a leader in trade assistance and enforcement issues and has led seminars on the conduct of legislative oversight for members of parliament from emerging democracies. He has authored numerous opinion pieces on health care, energy, trade and foreign policy in Politico, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, and in the peer-reviewed journal Asia Policy. For 14 years, Dr. Boustany had a private practice of medicine in the field of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • Congressman Darrell Issa
    Former Congressman
    Nominated President of USTDA

    Darrell Edward Issa is an American businessman and Republican politician. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2019, representing districts primarily covering north San Diego County, California. From January 2011 to January 2015, he served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa served as CEO of Directed Electronics, which he co-founded in 1982. Issa announced on January 10, 2018, that he would not seek reelection for his House seat. On September 19, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Issa to be Director of the United States Trade and Development Agency.

  • Senator George Mitchell
    Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

    Senator George Mitchell has had a long and distinguished career. He served for several years as Chairman of DLA Piper, now Chairman Emeritus. Before that he served as a federal judge; as Majority Leader of the United States Senate; as Chairman of peace negotiations in Northern Ireland which resulted in an agreement that ended an historic conflict; and most recently as U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East. In 2008 Time Magazine described him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Senator Mitchell is the author of five books. His most recent books are a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life, published in May 2015 and A Path To Peace, published in November 2016.
  • Senator John E. 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.