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Leadership Matters – Biographies of Key Program Leaders

Georgianna Bishop, President, The Public Sector Consortium

Georgianna (Georgie) Bishop is the President and a founding member of the Public Sector Consortium a non-profit dedicated to assisting leaders create and sustain high performance public organizations. The Consortium partners with leaders and citizens to re-invent the practice of public leadership. Georgie served for over twenty years as the Director of Human Resources Development for the New England Office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she worked to develop cutting-edge learning opportunities, incentive award programs, performance systems, and work force development plans.

She has extensive experience in working with public organizations to design and deliver learning programs and organizational interventions. She delivered ongoing leadership/management training for EPA supervisors and senior executives for over ten years. She has been recognized nationally for her ability to build teams that can learn and work together to achieve quality outcomes. She currently serves as President and faculty for the Consortium and has provided internal consultancy and training to Rhode Island Leaders, Municipal and Academic Leaders in Prince William County, VA. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, NASA, the Department of Education, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Government Accounting Office, the Security and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Security Agency, the EPA and so forth.

As a part of the nationwide Federal Government Re-Invention efforts she was selected to lead a nationwide EPA team tasked with making recommendations to the EPA Administrator on building workforce performance capacity for the future. She also served as a member of a national team that advised the Clinton/Gore White House on how to ensure workforce performance capacity for the Federal Government. She helped to conduct a management analysis of the Polish Ministry of the Environment for the World Bank and EPA shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Georgie served as the Chair of the American Society of Training and Development’s program committee for the 2004 international conference. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College and Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Psychology and Education.

Jill Hobson Kassis

Jill Kassis has been a leader in international development, education and cultural exchange through a career developing and managing nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and overseas, working with education and development institutions, and public and private international and U.S. funding organizations. She has extensive international work and life experience worldwide, and lived in several countries in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. Jill’s executive roles include: Country Director, America Mideast Education and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST), Vice President, International Executive Service Corps (IESC), Executive Director, The King Hussein Foundation International, chaired by HM Queen Noor, and Executive Vice President, Aid to Artisans. Her work covers the gamut of international education and cultural exchange, economic and women’s development, democratization, and civil society. In recent time, she has consulted for a number of U.S. colleges who sought assistance in developing international programs and institutional relationships.

Jill is skilled in organization governance having served on several nonprofit organization and educational institution boards including Wilson College, A Better Chance (ABC), The Trickle Up Program, America Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), and AIESEC, the largest student organization in the world. She currently is First Vice President of the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, and is Vice President, Board of Directors, the Newport Council for International Visitors. In addition, Jill and her husband have been civilian sponsors for three international officers attending the Navy War College. Jill earned a BA in Sociology from Wilson College and completed MA coursework in Educational Psychology from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

James M. Ludes, Ph.D.

Dr. James M. Ludes (Jim) is the Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. From July 2006 to August 2011, Dr. Ludes was the Executive Director of the American Security Project (ASP), a think-tank in Washington, DC. After the election of President Barack Obama, Dr. Ludes was a member of the President-Elect’s Transition Team for the Department of Defense. From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Ludes was Legislative Assistant to Senator John Kerry for defense and foreign policy. Prior to his work in the Senate, Dr. Ludes was Editor-in-Chief of National Security Studies Quarterly (NSSQ), a defense and national security journal. He is editor of, and contributor to, Iraq Uncensored (2009) and previously co-edited two books: Attacking Terrorism (2004) and Twenty-First Century Proliferation (2001). He earned his Ph.D. in history from Georgetown University and received his bachelor’s degree in history and modern languages from Providence College in 1993.