Board of Directors:
Claude Fontheim, Non-executive Chairman and Co-founder
Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC where he advises clients regarding global corporate social responsibility (CSR) and public policy. He has 37 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners.
Mr. Fontheim has advised some of the world’s leading consumer brands in addressing CSR challenges. His firm develops customized strategies regarding such challenges, including in labor and human rights, based upon adherence to legal and international norms, partnership with credible and independent stakeholders, and sound business principles.
Mr. Fontheim’s public policy work focuses on international trade and foreign policy, including work on numerous trade negotiations, and every major piece of trade legislation since 1981. He has served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and the US Trade Representative’s Advisory Committee on Africa.
Mr. Fontheim has published numerous articles, including on international trade, corporate social responsibility, and labor policy.
Mr. Fontheim has served as an advisor on trade, economic and foreign policy to Presidential and Congressional campaigns.
Mr. Fontheim’s nonprofit activities include the following:
- American Leadership Initiative (program supporting values-based global leadership), Founder
- GoodWeave International (child rights NGO), Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
- Center for International Private Enterprise (democracy capacity building CSO), Executive Committee, Board of Directors
- Alliance to End Hunger, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
- NewDEAL (national organization of state and local elected officials), Board of Directors
Mr. Fontheim received his J.D., M.P.P., and B.A. from the University of Michigan, where he was Managing Editor of Michigan’s international law publication.
D. Holly Hammonds, Co-founder
D. Holly Hammonds is a Co-founder and Board member of GlobalWorks Foundation, a Senior Advisor of Fontheim International, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Holly has extensive experience, as a government official and as an adviser to businesses and nonprofit organizations, in the areas of global trade, labor and human rights, gender equity and inclusive development. She has worked in many capacities on opportunities and challenges at the intersection of these issues, across a range of sectors worldwide, including textiles and apparel, communications and technology, financial services, and food and agriculture.
Holly has served on the senior staff of the White House National Security and National Economic Councils, as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economic Affairs, as a presidential appointee to the Board of Conciliators of the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, as a trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, as a partner and managing director of Fontheim International LLC, and as an attorney in private practice.
Holly has degrees from Yale Law School (JD) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (MPA). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has held fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations, World Resources Institute, and Progressive Policy Institute.
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.
Jim Wallack is the Director at Goulston & Storrs. Jim heads up the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring group, with extensive experience in complex Chapter 11 reorganizations, workouts and transactions involving distressed assets. A primary focus of his practice is representation of private equity firms and their underperforming portfolio companies. Jim is also known nationally for his industry expertise involving the acquisition and disposition of troubled real estate assets and retail and consumer products companies. Recognized by Chambers USA as “brilliant and tenacious” and “one of the best lawyers in the area…A practical lawyer with a great deal of experience and wisdom who is highly respected in Court,” Mr. Wallack represents debtors-in-possession, secured lenders, unsecured creditors’ committees, investors and bankruptcy fiduciaries in bankruptcy proceedings in New England, New York and throughout the U.S.
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.