OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder and Chairman
Jayson is the Founder and Chairman of Veterans in Global Leadership. He formerly served a Presidential Management Fellow at The White House, Office of Management and Budget. Jayson is a U.S. Air Force and Iraq War veteran, a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Turkey, Defense Council Member at Truman National Security Project and a Carnegie New Leader at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Relations. Previously, he served as a Military Advisor to U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke and as an Adjunct Junior Fellow at the American Security Project. His analysis on national security and foreign policy issues has been published in numerous media and think tank organizations such as Asia Times, NPR, Carnegie Council, Foreign Policy Journal and Partnership for a Secure America. Jayson holds a Global Executive MPA from New York University and the University College London and was awarded 40 under 40 latinos in foreign policy from the Huffington Post in 2016.
Michael Stern is a philanthropist, accountant, and businessman. He currently serves as the President of the Big Wood Foundation, Board Member and Treasurer of Team Rubicon and a Chairman of Friends Without a Border, an organization focused on building hospitals in Southeast Asia. Michael previously served as Chairman and President of Stern Fragances and Parfums Stern. When not supporting various philanthropic causes, he can be found at the New York Metropolitan Opera or supporting various theater groups in New York.
Anita Kishore has coached hundreds of MBA students to find their dream jobs. She specializes in consulting, healthcare, and nonprofit careers as well as dual degree business / STEM students and career switchers. Dr. Kishore helps students establish goals, define a recruiting strategy, and refine interview skills to clearly express their interests. Dr. Kishore coaches MBA students with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), serving high-potential underrepresented minorities. Prior to her career as a coach, Anita worked in positions of increasing seniority in the healthcare industry. Dr. Kishore followed her passion to improve access to affordable medicines by serving pharmaceutical clients in both the private and public sectors. Early on, she developed skills as a consultant at Bain & Company, as a Director of Portfolio Management at Sandoz (a Division of Novartis), and as a Senior Director of Primary Care Strategy at Pfizer. Dr. Kishore transitioned to the public sector with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) leading the immunization supply chain logistics group, expanding the country scope from seven to nine countries across Africa and South Asia. Dr. Kishore holds a Bachelor of Science from Yale University, a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne, a PhD from the University of Georgia, and recently completed an executive Master of Public Administration from the NYU Robert Wagner School of Public Service. Dr. Kishore was also a Coca-Cola Scholar and a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow
Shannon O’Reilly is a communications and marketing executive at JPMorgan Chase. She joined the company in 2012 to help lead the firm’s military and veterans affairs strategy – and now runs communications for a consumer-facing business. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Shannon was the Director of External Relations at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a highly influential think tank in Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has also worked on several presidential campaigns as a communications expert. Shannon graduated summa cum laude from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in Government and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Most importantly, she’s the proud mom of two boys and the wife of a recently separated Green Beret.
Heather Ichord is an Associate with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. She previously spent 11 years as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving at the platoon, company, and battalion levels. She is a 2005 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and completed masters degrees at Boston University and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.