Honorary Board of Advisors, US
The mission of the Honorary Board of Advisors 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
The Honorable Spencer Abraham
Chairman and CEO
The Abraham GroupSecretary 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.
The Honorable George J. 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.