BOARD OF MANAGERS
President, Columbia University
Lee C. Bollinger, Honorary Chairman
Alan BrinkleyAllen Nevins Professor of History, Columbia University
Director, The Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange
Gerald W. Adelmann
Since 1988, Gerald W. Adelmann has served as Executive Director of Openlands, a regional land conservation organization founded in 1963 to protect and enhance open space within the three-state Chicago metropolitan area. Under his leadership the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 4,000 miles of greenways and trails, and many other important conservation projects have been realized. Adelmann first joined the staff of Openlands in 1980 to coordinate a special program focused on the Des Plaines River Valley. This led to his founding of the Canal Corridor Association in 1982 and his leadership efforts to create the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor in 1984. The Heritage Corridor was the first federal land designation of its kind. Today there are 40 federally designated heritage areas across the United States. Adelmann serves on many boards and commissions and has worked in sustainable development in Yunnan, China since the early 1990s.
Norma F. Flender
Norma Flender is a board member of the Musicians Foundation and former vice president of the American Composers Orchestra. Over the last 30 years she has been a vital force in the advancement of music and the interests and welfare of professional musicians.
Geraldine S. Kundstadter
Geraldine Kunstadter is the chairman of the Albert Kunstadter Family Foundation, a private foundation actively engaged in both domestic and international projects. She brings to this foundation a background in languages, international affairs, and many years of public service. In her work with the Foundation, she spearheaded the funding of programs in Central America, southern Africa, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Kunstadter is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Center for U.S.-China Arts Exchange and also serves on the Advisory Council for the East Asian Studies Program of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Overseas Development Council, the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and the Peace Links Leadership Network.
David M. Lampton
David Lampton is Dean of Faculty at the School of Advanced International Studies and a Professor of Chinese Studies at Johns Hopkins University. A specialist in Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, his articles have appeared in numerous major publications. In addition to his academic post, Lampton is a Senior International Advisor on China for Akin Gump and a member of the Executive Committee of both the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as the National Committee's President from 1988 to 1997. Lampton received his Ph.D. from Stanford University as well as an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Far Eastern Studies.
Terrill E. Lautz
Terrill Lautz is Vice President, Secretary and directs the Asia Program and the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs at the Luce Foundation in New York City. He writes and teaches on China and U.S.-China relations. Lautz is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Board Chairman of the Yale-China Association, and Secretary of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Robert A. Levinson
Mr. Levinson is President and CEO of Carlyle Industries, Inc., a publicly-owned manufacturer of threads, buttons, crafts, and gifts. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Levinson is also on the Board of Overseers of the Hood Museum and Hopkins Performing Arts Center at Dartmouth, and a member of the New York-Beijing Sister City Advisory Committee. He is a board member at the New School’s World Policy Institute and at the National Academy of Design Museum and School. Levinson formerly served as a Chairman of The National Dance Institute, Chairman Emeritus and board member of The Harlem School of the Art, and as a board member of the Brooklyn Museum from 1968 to 1994, serving as Chairman from 1972 to 1984.
Lin is an acclaimed violinist whose career has spanned the globe. A native of Taiwan, he studied violin in Sydney and New York City where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. Since his début at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart festival at the age of nineteen, he has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the world, including the Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He has over twenty recordings to his credit, ranging from the concertos of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, and Prokofiev, to Christopher Rouse and Tan Dun, as well as the chamber music of Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Ravel. His recording partners include Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas and Isaac Stern. His recordings have been critically acclaimed, winning several Grammy nominations and The Gramophone’s Record of the Year award. He has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1991.
Yo-Yo Ma, a virtuoso cellist, is also a highly accomplished musician on the piano, violin, and viola. Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Ma had a musical upbringing and began performing before audiences at the age of five. Ma studied at the Julliard School of Music with Leonard Rose and attended Columbia University before enrolling at Harvard. He has performed with most of the world’s major orchestras. A winner of 15 Grammy Awards, he has recorded over 50 albums with Sony Classical Music ranging from Bach’s Cello Suites to his Brazilian music crossover album. He is a recipient of the International Center in New York’s Award of Excellence. He is currently involved with his own Silk Road Ensemble, which brings together musicians from diverse countries all of which are historically linked via the Silk Road.
Douglas P. Murray, Ph.D.
Douglas Murray is President Emeritus of the Lingnan Foundation, a New York philanthropy supporting higher education in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. In 1998, he served as President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, an organization that he has been associated with since 1970. As a board member, he initiated a series of exchange projects and conferences on global environment, comprehensive security and sustainable development issues, and authored a summary report on "American Interests in China’s Environment." Murray is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the Yale-China Association. He formerly held several positions related to Asia: Director of the U.S.-China Relations Program at Stanford University (1975-81); Vice President of the East-West Center in Honolulu (1981-84); Executive Secretary of the Committee on International Relations Studies with the PRC; and as President of China Institute in America (1986-88).
Russell A. Phillips, Jr.
Russell Phillips is a retired Executive Vice President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where he served as a Program Associate in Education, Assistant to the President, Corporate Secretary and Vice President. A graduate of Duke University and Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk for two years in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal. He later worked as a Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Finance in Northern Nigeria, and as an Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax for East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania). From 1966-68, he was Law Associate at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering. Phillips is an Emeriti Trustee of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction and a Life Trustee of the Asian Cultural Council.
Arthur H. Rosen
Arthur Rosen is a retired President of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Michael I. Sovern
Michael Sovern is President Emeritus of Columbia University in New York City. Appointed to this position in 1980, he tripled Columbia’s endowment, recruited many prominent faculty members, and presided over the opening of the University’s main undergraduate division, Columbia College, to women students. Sovern stepped down as President in 1993 and returned to the faculty. He currently serves as Chancellor Kent Professor of Law at Columbia’s Law School. Outside of law and academia, Sovern is Chairman of Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. and sits on numerous boards of directors, including Comcast Communications. He has served on the board of trustees of the Asian Cultural Council, formerly the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund, based in New York and in Asia. He also served as a board member and juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.
Audrey Topping is a freelance photojournalist and author and a specialist in China affairs. She has written and illustrated a number of books about China and her articles have been published in many magazines and newspapers. She was the first to write a story, illustrated with her photographs, about the discovery and excavation of the underground army of China's first Emperor for National Geographic and Horizon. Her photographs include portraiture, landscape, architecture, street scenes, and people at work, play, and celebrating.