Board of Directors

Clovis Maalouf
The American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF) Treasurer
Director, Laurel Strategies

Clovis is a Director at the Washington D.C. based consulting firm Laurel Strategies. An attorney by trade, his experience in Iraq has included work as an international business consultant and as a Public and Government Affairs Advisor for ExxonMobil. Mr. Maalouf previously worked as an attorney for the boutique litigation law firm Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel. Mr. Maalouf received his law degree (JD) from Marquette University Law School and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut. He is fluent in English and Arabic. 


Eric Brown
Senior fellow at Hudson Institute

Eric has directed a wide-range of research and analysis projects on Asian and Middle Eastern affairs, international security and development, and alternative geopolitical futures. Brown’s current work is on re-tooling international assistance to vulnerable countries and on strategies for enhancing public security in weak and contested states.

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Jake Cusack
Managing partner and co-leads CrossBoundary LLC

He is managing partner and co-leads CrossBoundary's advisory business as well as its adjunct investment platform, CrossBoundary Energy. Mr. Cusack holds joint Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Honors Program. Mr. Cusack’s work has included leading market intelligence and transaction support across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Prior to CrossBoundary, Mr. Cusack served as a Marine Corps officer, receiving the Bronze Star for actions in Iraq, and worked at Abraaj Capital, an emerging market private equity firm. In addition to spending 2005-2008 as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq, Mr. Cusack worked in Kurdistan in 2011 advising OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) on their portfolio of investments in the region. He has written for The New Republic, The New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc. Magazine. 

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John Paul Schnapper-Casteras
Special Counsel for Appellate and Supreme Court Advocacy

Schnapper-Casteras founded the first student exchange program between Stanford University and postwar Iraq in 2004.  Presently, he is National Security Crisis Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center and a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.  Schnapper-Casteras is also a practicing attorney, focusing on appellate and Supreme Court litigation.  Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He received his J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University.

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Kyle Long
Ph.D. candidate in the International and Comparative Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University and Visiting Scholar in the Social Sciences Division at NYU Abu Dhabi.

His research explores the growth of American-style universities abroad. Between 2010-2014 Kyle held numerous positions for the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), including Director of the U.S. Office and Director of Communications and Institutional Development. While at AUIS, Kyle was also an adjunct instructor in the English Department and the head coach of the men's basketball team. He has served as a consultant for colleges and universities on issues concerning institutional governance and assessment of student learning outcomes. Kyle has graduate and undergraduate degrees from St. John's College (MD) and Wabash College (IN).

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Marie Labrosse
Senior Lecturer, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Since 2011, Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse has taught in the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. While there, she was instrumental in the formation of the department, serving as the founding Chair. She translates classical and contemporary Kurdish poetry, hosts readings with regional poets, and introduced the annual translation workshop. She received her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and her M.Ed. in English Education and B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. She was awarded the Richard A. Meade Award for Excellence in English Education, honored as a member of the Raven Society, and was an Echols Scholar. She has been published in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, The Fair Observer, and 91st Meridian. She compiled and edited SoJust: An International Art Festival, an anthology of translations and interviews from American and Iraqi artists.

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Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.
Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Halvorson is a retired partner of Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law; federal tax litigation; state tax law; exempt organizations and trade associations law; criminal law; and general litigation. He was an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia in the civil, grand jury, and felony trial sections from 1983 to 1985, and an associate independent counsel under the Ethics in Government Act from 1987 to 1990. Halvorson is a former trustee and chairman of the board of The Potomac School; former director and chairman of the board, and current officer and member of the audit and investment committees, of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; a trustee and member of the executive committee, and former chairman of the board, of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; former president of the Cleveland Park Historical Society; former senior warden and member of the Vestry of Christ Church, Georgetown; and trustee and member of the finance committee of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (Decorah, Iowa). He received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the Board of Student Advisers. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1961 to 1967. He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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Michael Gfoeller 

He served for 26 years as a U.S. diplomat including service in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Poland, and Belgium. He retired from the State Department with the rank of Ambassador in 2010. After his diplomatic service, Amb. Gfoeller was the head of Middle East and North African (MENA) affairs at ExxonMobil’s International Government Relations Department from 2010 to 2012.

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Steve Lutes
Vice President, Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steve is responsible for managing the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative, and serves as executive director for each.  In this capacity, Lutes is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. business opportunities and investment in Egypt, Iraq, and the GCC.  He works closely with Chamber member companies and business and government leaders to advance and broaden commercial relationships.  Lutes came to the Chamber from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) where he was a senior legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.  He focused on educating members of Congress on the benefits of trade and foreign direct investment and on advancing the Administration’s trade agenda on Capitol Hill.

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