The Pearson Institute maintains several Special Advisors to the Institute Director. The Advisors contribute to the mission of The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum by helping to engage those working directly in peace and conflict-related policy fields from the global public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Anne Richard

Anne C. Richard is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service.  She served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration in the Obama Administration (2012-2017).  Previously, she was Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (2004-12).  Earlier in her career, she served in other senior positions at the State Department, at Peace Corps Headquarters and at the US Office of Management and Budget.  She has lived overseas in Austria, Germany and France, enjoyed fellowships from Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Robert Bosch Foundation and was a Presidential Management Intern.  Ms. Richard is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.

Richard Fontaine

Richard Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009-2012 and previously as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years.  He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Mr. Fontaine served as foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and, following the election, as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee.  Prior to this, he served as associate director for Near Eastern affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2003-04.  He also worked in the NSC’s Asian Affairs directorate, where he covered Southeast Asian issues.

During his time at the State Department, Mr. Fontaine worked in the office of former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and in the department’s South Asia bureau, working on issues related to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Mr. Fontaine began his foreign policy career as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East and South Asia.  He also spent a year teaching English in Japan.

A native of New Orleans, Mr. Fontaine graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University.  He also holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, and he attended Oxford University.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  He also served as the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the United States.