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.
Ms. Palmeri manages a number of projects at GlobalWorks Foundation, and she advises the Foundation on its ongoing activities.
Ms. Palmeri brings diverse work experience to her role at GlobalWorks Foundation. She previously worked for The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges, Inc., a women’s rights NGO in New Zealand. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Palmeri worked in the finance sector at Akre Capital Management, LLC, a mutual fund company.
While attending graduate school at the University of Virginia, Ms. Palmeri worked in Albemarle County’s Office of Management and Budget where she gained knowledge and experience in public sector management.
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Palmeri earned her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Ms. Palmeri holds a B.A. in Literature, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies from Connecticut College, where she was Captain of the College Equestrian Team.
Ms. Palmeri is proficient in Spanish.
Before joining GlobalWorks Foundation, Mr. Buchman worked on a number of different political campaigns in the state of Michigan. During the 2014 election cycle, he worked for candidates seeking seats in the Michigan State House of Representatives, serving as Communications Director for Gretchen Driskell, Campaign Manager for Sharon Wimple, and as Field Director/Co-Manager for Mary Kerwin. In the 2013 cycle, Mr. Buchman served as Assistant Communications Director for Maureen Brosnan’s campaign for Livonia City Council.
During college, he served as a research assistant at the Social Science Data Analysis Network, where he researched issues such as health insurance coverage, the foreign born population, voter turnout, and immigration into the United States. Additionally, Mr. Buchman interned with Hon. Wayne Easter, a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons.
Mr. Buchman holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.