Board of Directors:
Claude Fontheim, Non-executive Chairman and Co-founder
Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC, where he advises global businesses and nonprofit organizations regarding global corporate social responsibility and public policy. He has over 35 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners.
Claude’s recent work includes developing and implementing strategies to address global labor and human rights, environmenntal sustainability, poverty and development issues for global businesses. He also advises cllients regarding foreign policy matters, including designing track II trade and investment exchanges for American state and local officials with China.
Claude serves on the boards of directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, Board of Directors; GoodWeave International (where he is Vice Chairman); Alliance to End Hunger (where serves on the Executive Committee); Women Thrive Worldwide; and NewDEAL. He also serves on the InterAction, Business Advisory Council; University of Michigan – Michigan in Washington Program Advisory Board.
Claude was previously a partner in a global law firm and served on several US government advisory boards, including the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Claude has served as an advisor on sustainable development, international trade and foreign policy to Presidential and Congressional candidates.
Claude received his J.D., M.P.P. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.
D. Holly Hammonds, Co-founder
Over twenty five years experience in international trade and economic policy, and related labor, human rights and environmental issues; Private, government and non-governmental sectors; Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; Former Special Assistant to the President of the United States; Senior Director for international economic policy and trade, National Security Council and National Economic Council; Trade lawyer; Extensive work negotiating and implementing the GATT/WTO and bilateral and regional trade agreements with Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa; Boards of numerous business and nonprofit organizations; Fellowships at Progressive Policy Institute, World Resources Institute, Council on Foreign Relations; Previously presidential appointee, Board of Conciliators, World Bank Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes; Member Council on Foreign Relations.
Joe Pelzman is Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law. Professor Pelzman received his B.A. in economics from Boston College and began his MA in Soviet Studies at Harvard University. His Ph.D. in Economics was completed at Boston College in 1976. Professor Pelzman also has a JD from George Washington Law School, which he completed in 1998. He is admitted to practice in the State of Maryland.
Prior to his work at George Washington University, Professor Pelzman worked as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of South Carolina.
Professor Pelzman has held appointments at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) as Fulbright Senior Scholar (1995-96); Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at Catholic University Law School (2001-05); Visiting Professor of Law at the Radzyner School Of Law, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel (2001); Research Associate, The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel (1988-97); Visiting Scholar and Fellow, The Russian Research Center, Harvard University (1991-92); and Visiting Professor of Economics and Lady Davis Fellow, Department of Economics and Soviet and East European Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1984-85).
Professor Pelzman has published articles in, among others, the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, European Economic Review, and Southern Economic Journal.
Elizabeth P. Gibbens, Vice President
Elizabeth P. Gibbens is Vice President of GlobalWorks Foundation. She brings 27 years of experience in communications, including 19 years in online communications and five years as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. Before joining GlobalWorks, Elizabeth worked at the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, where she led communications for the Better Work team and for the Gender Secretariat. While there, she headed strategic efforts in outreach via digital media and Bank-wide engagement.
Elizabeth has a broad range of communications experience, including writing and editing roles at AARP and The New York Times. As an entrepreneur, she worked with such clients as the Fannie Mae Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, WashingtonPost.com, and the Associated Press.
Elizabeth earned an MA in literature from the American University and has all-but-dissertation status toward a doctorate in English. Her field of study was early 20th-century literature with a thesis on gender-based analysis of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. She has a lifelong interest in the fashion industry, where she has also worked as a personal and print stylist and wardrobe consultant.
Eric Biel, Senior Adviser
Eric Biel is a Senior Adviser to GlobalWorks Foundation and Fontheim International, LLC.
Eric completed five years of service in January 2017 at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where as Associate Deputy Undersecretary he led ILAB’s work on a diverse set of projects, including global supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments and other stakeholders on a range of labor law and policy matters. Since leaving government he has worked on projects with business, law, and non-profit groups, while speaking at several law and public policy schools.
From 2000-11, Eric held a variety of positions outside of government, including Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel at Human Rights First; and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Fontheim International consulting firm.
Prior government service from 1990-2000 included Deputy Undersecretary for Trade Policy and heading the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and Trade Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee.
Before that, Eric was an attorney in private practice for five years. Since 2008, he has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law Center on “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility” that examines a range of business and human rights issues.
He has a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins and a joint J.D.-M.P.A. degree from Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.
Brittany Stubbs, Associate
Brittany Stubbs is an Associate of GlobalWorks Foundation and an Associate at Fontheim International, LLC where she engages in research and analysis regarding issues of corporate social responsibility and international trade policy. She also provides support for numerous projects with the Business Council on Global Development.
Before joining GlobalWorks and Fontheim International, Brittany worked at the United Nations in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General’s Economic, Social and Development Affairs Unit where she researched and presented on key trends in economic development. Prior to her time at the United Nations, Brittany completed stints at the White House, the U.N. Institute of Training and Research, and Doctors of the World USA (Médecins du Monde USA). Throughout her various roles, Brittany has interfaced with many high-level diplomats and political figures. She has also published several articles and essays on topics relating to international relations and human rights.
Brittany received her M.A. in International Relations from New York University, with concentrations in International Law and Human Rights. Her graduate thesis discussed the resolution of conflicts between freedom of religion and women’s rights. Brittany received her B.A. in International Relations and Spanish-Hispanic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Brittany is proficient in Spanish.