On April 11, 2016, Prof. Geoffrey Cowan hosted the annual Master in Public Diplomacy reception for current students and special guests. The guests shared their experiences in public diplomacy and engaged in small-group discussions with the students about the global role of Los Angeles, possible careers, and overcoming hardship and discrimination.
Anita DeFrantz was the first American woman and first African American to serve on the International Olympic Committee in 1986. She won a Bronze medal in rowing at the 1976 Games in Montreal. Ms. DeFrantz also served on the Board of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) from 1976 to 1984, on the staff of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee in 1981, and will continue to serve as a member of the USOC Board of Directors until her term ends in 2032. She served as president of the LA84 Foundation from 1987 to 2015.
David Huebner is a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he is an arbitrator in international disputes. Previously, he was President Obama’s Ambassador to New Zealand and to Samoa from 2009 to 2014. He was known for his whole-of-society outreach, social media work, and efforts in youth engagement. He was also the first openly gay ambassador in the Obama administration and the third such in U.S. history. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a distinguished international legal career.
Vilma Martinez is president of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. From 2009 to 2013, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina under the Obama Administration. She has had a distinguished legal career in civil rights, having served as President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1973 to 1982 and as litigator and partner at Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles from 1982 to 2009. Currently, in addition to her work at the Los Angeles Harbor Commission, she serves on the Boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy and The LBJ Foundation in Austin, TX.
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