National Advisory Board

Since its founding in 1995, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center has grown and its mission has expanded. The Center supports the teaching, research and outreach mission of the University of Connecticut through its growing human rights programs. The Center’s National Advisory Board provides a range of support that includes advice on programmatic directions and support in its development efforts. An effective partnership between the Dodd Research Center and a National Advisory Board encourages the growth of outstanding public outreach and policy initiatives on important human right issues for University, state, and national, and international audiences.



Ms. Helena Foulkes, Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Hudson’s Bay Company

Mr. Stephen R. Kinney, Vice-Chair
Partner, Gaffney, Bennett, and Associates, Inc.

Ms. Abaigeal Dodd, Secretary
Consultant, Oxford Strategic Marketing



Ms. Nina Bang-Jensen
Senior Peace Fellow, Public International Law and Policy Group

Dr. Eldon Bernstein
Professor of Marketing, Director of the CEO Forum, Lynn University

Mr. Charles F. Bunnell
Chief of Staff, Mohegan Tribe and Nation, External & Governmental Afffairs

The Honorable Sanford Cloud, Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Cloud Company, LLC

Senator Christopher Dodd
Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Mr. Justin Dodd
Portfolio Manager at Balyasny Asset Management, LP

Mr. Edward Downe
Private Investor

Mr. John Heffernan
Executive Director, Speak Truth To Power, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Mr. Peter G. Kelly
Founder, Director and Senior Principal, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.

Ms. Lee Reynolds
Founder, EMR Consulting LLC

Ms. Jody Shue
Executive Director, Age Friendly RI

Mr. James Wakim, Esq.
President and COO, The Simon Konover Company


Ex-Officio Members

Mr. Frank Gifford
Associate Vice President for Development, UConn Foundation

Dr. Glenn Mitoma

Director, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut

Ms. Rachel Rubin
Chief of Staff, President’s Office, University of Connecticut

Dr. Dan Weiner
Vice President for Global Affairs, University of Connecticut

Emeriti Members

The Honorable Barbara Kennelly
President and Founder of Barbara Kennelly Associates

William J. Rainer
Chairman, Shortridge Academy

Mr. Jonathan Sackler
Senior Vice President, Purdue Pharma, L.P.