Organizing Team

We are grateful for the service of our Board of Directors, Faculty Advisory Committee and Staff. 


Board of Directors


Ron Heifetz

Michael Koehler

Kirsti Samuels

President of the Board 

King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership.

Over three decades, Ron has advised heads of governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout the world. His book “Leadership without any easy answers” is considered a foundational textbook in the field. 

Secretary of the Board

Founding Partner, KONU

Michael Koehler works with clients to create and implement customized leadership development opportunities, supporting organizations address adaptive challenges. He has taught leadership at several universities, including the Harvard Kennedy School, M.I.T. Sloan, the European Business School (EBS) and Ruhr-University Bochum. 

Executive Director

Founder, KS Insight

Kirsti has over 15 years of experience as a mediator and peace builder. She has worked with leadership teams, ranging from Prime Ministers and CEOs, to armed rebel groups to solve complex challenges. She has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan and throughout America.

Jenny Gelber

Mitzi Johnson

Colin Jackson

Board Member 2016 -

Founder and President of Gelber Leadership Associates.

Jenny focuses on school leadership as a vector for influencing the next generation of thinkers, leaders and voters. Also a long-term adviser to corporate, government, and education executives, Jenny’s combination of expertise, pragmatism and humanity make her a valuable partner to organizations. Jenny was a founding member of the Adaptive Leadership Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Board Member 2018

Speaker of the House, Vermont Legislature. 

Mitzi Johnson was elected Vermont Speaker of the House on January 4, 2017. She is the 91st Speaker and third female Speaker of the House.  Her professional experience includes program and policy work for Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force. Mitzi was the ALN's first Executive Director. 

Board Member, Chair of Fundraising

Colin Jackson currently serves as Chair of Calgary on Purpose 150 as a board member of the National Theatre School of Canada, as the Executive in Residence at the Haskayne School of Business, on the University of Calgary Board, the Telus Spark Science Centre Board and as a member of the Ashoka Support Network. Colin is part of a number of cultural and justice enterprises.

Ian Palmquist

George Papandreou

Jamil Mahuad

Treasurer of the Board

Board Member 2016-2017, 2019 -

Ian Palmquist is Senior Director of Programs for Equality Federation. He leads an all-star team of experienced movement professionals to advance comprehensive nondiscrimination protections, improve the lived experience of all LGBTQ people. His programmatic work includes the Equality Federation Leadership Conference, executive leadership development, and building the movement in the South.

Honorary Board Member

Former Prime Minister of Greece

George is the Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International, a Member of the Hellenic Parliament and former President of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK). He served as the 11th Prime Minister of Greece from October 6, 2009 - November 11, 2011, after PASOK’s victory in the October 2009 national elections.

Honorary Board Member

Jamil Mahuad was President of Ecuador from 1998 to 2000. Pledging to bring fiscal discipline and political stability to the nation, Mr. Mahuad instituted economic reform policies, focusing on reducing government spending and improving tax collection mechanisms. Before becoming president, Mr. Mahuad served as Mayor of Quito for six years. As an IOP Fellow, Mr. Mahuad led a weekly study group on Latin American politics, leadership, and the effects of a global economy.

Grateful for Service


Jorge Rosenblut



Board Member 2016-2017

Jorge Rosenblut has led an accomplished career as an executive leader in private industry and government. He has developed and executed strategies with a global impact. He has been a trusted advisor to leading international and regional firms and nonprofits, and currently leverages his knowledge of Disruption and Business Transformation throughout the Americas to help organizations realize their full potential.



Faculty Advisory Committee


Sarah Chace

Farayi Chipungu

Juan Carlos Eichholz

Sarah Chace has been a student, teacher, and researcher of Adaptive Leadership since 2001. She has earned a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is now an assistant professor in the department of Leadership and American Studies at Christopher Newport University. She has published essays on Adaptive Leadership and Bion’s theory of group relations as lenses through which to read contemporary events. Farayi Chipungu is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also serves as faculty for the executive education program: The Art and Practice of Leadership Development which is a masterclass for professional trainers, educators and consultants working in leadership development. Farayi has also worked as a corporate lawyer, a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company and with Cambridge Leadership Associates. Juan Carlos Eichholz is Professor at the Business School of Adolfo Ibáñez University and author of the acclaimed book Adaptive Capacity. He is also the principal partner of CLA Consulting, an international top management consulting firm. Eichholz is the founding director of the Adaptive Leadership Center. He is one of the founders of the Young Leaders initiative in Chile and was appointed in 2006 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Maxime Fern

Alexander Grashow

Michael Johnstone

Maxime Fern is co founder and Executive Director of Vantage Point Consulting, an Australian company specializing in individual, organisational and leadership development. She consults to business and government in Australia, Asia, Europe and the US, working with senior executives, top teams and other groups of managers to link leadership, people, strategy and purpose. Her work ranges from year long intensive leadership programs to a variety of team, short programs and interventions. Zander is a renowned facilitator, speaker and counselor to leaders around the world. He has been a confidential advisor to presidents, activists and change agents in their most critical moments of transition. He co-authored “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership” with Ron Heifetz & Marty Linsky. Zander founded Good Wolf Group as the next evolution in leadership, business and personal development practice. He performs his work with a mix of logic, creativity, truth and grace. Co-Founder and Executive Director Vantage Point Consulting, Michael Johnstone, is a consultant, educator, facilitator, coach, and author with over thirty years’ experience in individual, organisational and leadership development. He is recognized as an innovator in experiential learning, particularly in developing Case in Point methodology. He facilitates several national and international executive leadership programs.

Kimberlyn Leary

Marty Linsky

Julia Fabris McBride

Kimberlyn Leary is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Leary is also a fellow at the Women and Public Policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School and with New America’s International Security program. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, she served as an advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls during the Obama Administration.

Marty Linsky was Co-Founder of Cambridge Leadership Associates and has been on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School for over 30 years. He is the author of over a dozen books and chapters, including Leadership on the Line, with Ron Heifetz. In the early 90s Marty was Chief Secretary and Counselor to then-Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. He has served as a Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, an Assistant Massachusetts Attorney General, and a reporter and editorial writer at the Boston Globe.


Julia Fabris McBride is Vice President at the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC), whose mission is to foster leadership for healthier, stronger, more prosperous communities. An ICF-certified coach, Julia is co-author, with Chris Green of Teaching Leadership: Case-in-Point, Case Teaching, and Coaching, and initiator of three professional certification programs for leadership developers. After a career in Chicago theatre, she taught leadership at the University of Chicago before joining KLC in 2008.

Tim O'Brien

Hugh O'Doherty

Stefan Reich

Tim O’Brien teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He completed his doctoral studies in human development and leadership education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to HKS, Tim was also a leadership consultant for INSEAD’s Management Acceleration Program. His teaching, training and consultancy practice is built on the fundamentals of his research – that all people and organizations can learn and develop with the right balance of support and challenge.

Hugh O’Doherty is an Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School. He has taught at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies, the University of Maryland, and HKS. At the University of Maryland, he directed the Ireland-US Public Leadership Program. In Northern Ireland, he directed the Inter-Group Relations Project. Hugh has consulted extensively with a wide variety of clients including the Irish Civil Service, the American Leadership Forum, the Episcopalian Clergy Leadership Program, and the Mohawk Community Leadership Program in Canada.

Stefan Reich is the director of the Adaptive Leadership Center in Peru and a professor of postgraduate studies at Adolfo Ibáñez University. He was part of the executive committee of the NGO Enseña Perú, which aims to improve the quality of education for Peruvian youth, and is currently a member of the Assembly of Transparencia. Stefan has worked as a consultant and a teacher in the USA, Chile, Peru and other countries of the world, both in the public and private sectors. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, which recognizes emerging leaders worldwide.

Dean Williams


Dean Williams is author of Leadership for a Fractured World and Real Leadership. He has been a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School since 1999. He is currently the faculty chair of the Global Change Agents executive education program at HKS. Dean has also consulted with governments and a variety of organizations all over the world, including Nigeria, East Timor, Madagascar, Myanmar, Australia and Singapore. He is president of The Leader’s Compass, and continues to write, teach, and advise on building leadership capacity.







Bryant Zuniga

Bryant Zuniga graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a Masters in International Affairs. Bryant has worked with the NY Delegation to the UN of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as well as a consultant for the UN Peacebuilding Fund within the Peacebuilding Support Office. He is also the UN Fellow for Meaningfulworld, a small NGO focusing on mental health, trauma outreach and prevention.