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Advisory Committee

Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She is also the Deputy Director of ADVANCE UNM, an NSF-funded effort to boost faculty and student diversity at the University of New Mexico. Mala is a leading scholar on diversity issues in the field of political science. Her work has been published in the American Political Science ReviewPerspectives on Politics, and Politics and Gender. She is a member of the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.

Clarence “Larry” Irving, Jr. is President and CEO of the Irving Information Group. From 2009 to 2011, he was Vice-President of global government affairs for Hewlett-Packard Company. Larry is a 1976 graduate of Northwestern University and he received his law degree from Stanford University, where he was elected class president. Larry currently serves on the Board of Directors of PBS and as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. 

Adam Karr is Managing Director of Orbis Investment Management (US), LLC, and a director of its parent company, Orbis Investment Management Limited. Adam is a 1992 honors graduate from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Adam currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sponsors for Education Opportunity (SEO) and as a Trustee of Northwestern University.

Joanna Mountain is Senior Director of Research at 23andMe, where she is responsible for overseeing research projects, ensuring the protection of research participants, and developing ancestry product offerings. She received both her undergraduate and PhD degrees from Stanford University. Prior to joining 23andMe, Joanna served on the faculties of the Anthropological and Genetics Departments at Stanford University, where she received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and authored more than 50 academic papers.

Brian Posner is the founder and President of the Point Rider Group LLC. From 2005 to 2008, he was the CEO, President, and co-Chief Investment Officer of ClearBridge Advisors LLC, which is one of the largest mutual fund companies in the United States. Brian received his BA in history from Northwestern University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a Trustee of Northwestern University.

Paula Pretlow is a former senior vice president of The Capital Group, a $1.4 trillion-dollar privately held investment management firm. She received both her BA in political science and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. Paula currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Kresge Foundation, the Board of Governors for the San Francisco Symphony, and the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University.

Mario Vela is the Director of Employer Relations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Co-Founder of the Amanecer Taco Shop of Evanston, Illinois. Mario previously served as Director of Members Services for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. Mario holds a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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