Government and Public Service

Meredith Brenalvirez
Meredith Brenalvirez

President,
Military Women in Need
'80

Meredith Brenalvirez

Following successful career tracks in advertising and commercial real estate, Meredith Brenalvirez shifted her focus to family and Military Women in Need. A board member since 1994, Ms. Brenalvirez has been a part of the growth of the organization from a small housing facility to a nationally recognized nonprofit.

Military Women In Need seeks to empower female veterans and survivors of veterans (widows) to live their lives with independence and dignity. Through housing assistance, emergency subsidies, resource and referral services, and home visits, Military Women In Need serves those who sacrificed for our freedom. Today, the organization serves female veterans and survivors of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Professional
  • Military Women in Need, President
  • Military Women in Need, Treasurer
  • AZGreen Magazine, Director of Sales & Marketing
  • The Uhlmann Offices, Inc., Director of Properties
  • Della Femina, Travisano & Partners, Account Executive
Leadership
  • North Star Leadership Group, Charity President and Consultant
Service
  • Military Women in Need (Project Snowman), Speaker
Education
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Economics and Political Science



Stephen C. Bullock
Stephen C. Bullock

Governor, State of Montana
'88

Stephen C. Bullock

Mr. Bullock is Montana's 24th governor. He began his career in public service in 1996 as chief legal counsel to the Montana Secretary of State. He went on to serve four years with the Montana Department of Justice, first as executive assistant attorney general, and later as acting chief deputy from 1997 to 2001. From 2001 to 2004, Bullock practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm of Steptoe & Johnson. While there, he served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. Bullock moved back to his hometown of Helena, Montana, in early 2005 and opened his own law firm. He was elected as Attorney General in 2008, and announced his candidacy for Montana's Governor in September 2011. He has been in the governor's office since January 2013.

Professional
  • State of Montana, Governor
  • State of Montana, Attorney General
  • Bullock Law Firm, Owner
  • Steptoe & Johnson, Attorney
  • George Washington University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
Leadership
  • Aspen Institute, Rodel Fellow
  • Conference of Western Attorneys General, President
  • National Association of Attorneys General, Executive Board
Service
  • Jobs for America's Graduates Board
  • Montana Youth in Government Advisory Board
Education
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Politics, Philosophy and Economics



Abdlatif Al-Hamad
Abdlatif Al-Hamad

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development
'60 P'89

Abdlatif Al-Hamad

Mr. Al-Hamad is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development. This is the regional development institution in the Arab World. It was created in 1973 to help the poor countries in the region to develop their economies through grants and soft loans. The Fund has so far financed more than 700 major projects in a number of fields such as power, irrigation, agriculture, roads, schools, universities and housing in 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


Professional
  • Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Chairman
  • Kuwait, Minister of Finance & Minister of Planning
  • Kuwait Investment Company, Director
  • United Bank of Kuwait, Ltd., London, Chairman
Leadership
  • Morgan Stanley, International Advisory Board
  • Marsh McLenon, International Advisory Board
  • AIG, International Advisory Board
  • BlackRock, Board of Directors
  • Task Force to Evaluate the Multilateral International Development Institutions, Chairman
  • United Nations Committee of Development Planning, Chairman
  • G30, Member
Service
  • Claremont McKenna College, Trustee
  • Jordan University, Trustee
  • Kuwait University, Trustee
  • Al-Akhwain University, Trustee
  • University-Morocco, Trustee
  • American University of Beruit, International Advisory Board
  • Per Jacobson Foundation, Trustee
  • Arab Planning Institute, Trustee
  • The Earth Council, Trustee
  • Green Cross International, Trustee
Education
  • Harvard University, M.A., International Affairs
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., International Affairs



Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy

Chaplain, United States House of Representatives
'72

Pat Conroy

Mr. Conroy is a Catholic priest and a member of the Oregon Province of Jesuits. He is the 60th Chaplain to the United States House of Representatives.

Professional
  • U.S. House of Representatives, Chaplain
  • Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon, Teacher
  • Georgetown University, Campus Minister
  • Seattle University, Campus Minister
  • St. Michael's Mission, Inchelium, Washington, Pastor
Leadership
  • Georgetown ESCAPE Program, Director
Service
  • Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon, Board of Trustees
  • St. Andrew Nativity School, Portland, Oregon, Board of Trustees
  • Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon, Board of Members
  • Seattle Preparatory School, Board of Members
  • Gonzaga Prep, Spokane, Washington, Board of Members
  • Bellarmine Prep, Tacoma, Washington,Board of Members
Education
  • St. Louis University, J.D.
  • Regis College, University of Toronto, S.T.M.
  • Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, M. Div.
  • Gonzaga University, M.A. Philosophy
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Political Science



Hugh Hallman
Hugh Hallman

Mayor, City of Tempe, Arizona
'84

Hugh Hallman

Mr. Hallman was the mayor of Tempe, Arizona, from 2004 to 2012. He was first elected by voters in March 2004 and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2008. He also served on the City Council from 1998 to 2002. He is currently running for Arizona state treasurer. He has served as headmaster at Tempe Preparatory Academy, a public school serving grades 6 through 12. He is also a business law attorney, specializing in domestic and international finance and taxation.

Professional
  • City of Tempe, Arizona, Mayor
  • Tempe Preparatory Academy, Headmaster
  • East Kazakhstan State University, Professor
  • Arizona State University, Lecturer
Leadership
  • City of Tempe, Arizona, City Council Member
Service
  • East Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Assistance for Independent Living
  • Tempe Community Action Agency
  • Tempe Aviation Commission, Chairman
Education
  • University of Chicago, J.D.
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A. Economics and Political Science



Trustee Thomas C. Leppert
Trustee Thomas C. Leppert

Chief Executive Officer, Kaplan, Inc.
'77

Trustee Thomas C. Leppert

Mr. Leppert served as mayor of Dallas, Texas, from 2007 to February 2011. In 2011-12, he ran for one of Texas' Senate seats. Previously, he served as chief executive officer of The Turner Corporation from 1999 to 2006.

Professional
  • United States Senate Candidate
  • City of Dallas, Mayor
  • The Turner Corporation, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
  • Castle & Cooke Properties, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer
  • McKinsey & Co., Principal
  • Pacific Century Financial Corp. and Bank of Hawaii, Vice Chairman and Subsidiary CEO
  • Campbell Estate, Trustee
  • Trammell Crow Company, National Partner
Leadership
  • White House Fellow (White House and Treasury)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Former Chairman and Member of Executive Committee
  • Baylor Healthcare System, Board of Directors
  • Aecon Group Inc., (Canada), Former Director
  • Leighton Group (Australia), Former Director
  • Service
    • Claremont McKenna College Board of Trustees
    • Harvard Business School Alumni Board, Former Member
    • Bishop Museum, Former Chairman of the Board
    • West Dallas Community School, Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees
    • Hawaii Business Roundtable, Former Chairman
    Education
    • Harvard University, M.B.A.
    • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., Economics and Accounting



    Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
    Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

    Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    '72

    Dr. Surin Pitsuwan

    Dr. Surin Pitsuwan was the Secretary-General of ASEAN from January 2008 to December 2012. His leadership brought prominent world leaders, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. President Barack Obama, China Premier Wen Jiabao and numerous others to the 19th ASEAN Summit for closer cooperation. To bring ASEAN closer to the people, he personally visited numerous universities, business communities, and the civil society. He also supported outreach activities through ASEAN Cultural Show and Exhibition, Rickshaw Run, Culinary Festival and Fun Bike. Dr. Surin continues to help unify ASEAN Member States seen through his recent visit to Cambodia where he met with H.M the King Norodom Sihamoni, senior government officials, and stakeholders. He is a native of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Southern Thailand. A graduate in political science from Claremont Men's College in Political Science (cum laude), Dr. Surin holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University supported by the Winston S. Churchill Association and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships.

    Professional
    • Thailand Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-2001)
    • Thailand Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister (1992-1995)
    • Thailand Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Interior (1988)
    • Member of the Thai Parliament (1986 – 2007)
    • Thailand Secretary to the Speaker of the House of Representatives (1986)
    • Congressional Fellow in the Office of US Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro and for the Senate
    • Republican Conference (1983-1984), Washington, D.C.
    • Columnist for the Nation Review and the Bangkok Post (1975-1992)
    • Professor and Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at Thammasat University (1975-1986)
    • Correspondent and analyst for the ASEAN Forecast
    Leadership
    • Secretary-General of ASEAN (January 2008–December 2012)
    • Deputy Leader of the Thai Democratic Party
    • Chair of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting and the Chair of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) (1999-2000)
    Service
    • Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees
    • Oxford University International Academic Advisor of the Centre for Islamic Studies
    • The Asia Foundation Board of Trustees
    • Islamic Development Bank's 1440 A.H. (2020) Vision Commission under the leadership of Tun Dr. Muhammad Mahathir, former Prime Minister of Malaysia
    • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Advisory Board in New York
    • International Crisis Group (ICG) International Advisory Board
    • UN Human Security Trust Fund Advisory Board
    • Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, International Academic Advisor
    • Leaders Project, a conference arm of the Cohen Group of former US Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen Washington, D.C., Advisor
    • The "Wise Men Group" member under the auspices of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) in Geneva (2002-2004)
    • ILO's World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization (2002-2004)
    • Commission on Human Security of the United Nations, Member (2001-2003)
    • The International Commission on Intervention, Advisor (1999-2001)
    • National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), charged with bringing peace and security back to Thailand's deep South
    Education
    • Harvard University, M.A and Ph.D., Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies (1974 and 1982)
    • Claremont Men's College, B.A., Political Science (cum laude)