IFES Elects Four New Board Members

Publication Date: 
31 Jul 2014

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Former Sen. Wayne Allard, Thomas A. “Tad” Devine, Amb. William Eacho and Dr. Peter McPherson Bring Shared Excellence in Public Service and Foreign Policy to the IFES Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 30, 2104 — The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) is pleased to announce the election of former Senator Wayne Allard, Thomas A. “Tad” Devine, Ambassador William Eacho and Dr. Peter McPherson to its board of directors. The additions bring the total number of board members to 23.

“These four remarkable individuals bring an impressive wealth of expertise and perspectives on foreign policy, diplomacy and public service to our board of directors,” said IFES President and CEO Bill Sweeney. “They will play an important role in shaping IFES’ strategic direction as we strive to remain competitive in the ever-changing and challenging democracy promotion space.”

“Senator Allard has been a decisive voice on critical policy debates; Devine has deep knowledge of strategic media relations; Ambassador Eacho has sound diplomacy skills; and Dr. McPherson has a longstanding history of commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy and IFES was honored to present him with a Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award in 2010,” said Sweeney.

“I also take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to former board member Sean Cleary, who recently stepped down from the IFES board of directors, for his dedication to the IFES mission over the course of his six-year tenure on our board. His insights and strategic thinking will be missed,” added Sweeney.

About Wayne Allard
Former United States Senator Wayne Allard has served in public elected office for 26 years. He served in the U.S. Senate for 12 years (1997-2009), the U.S. House of Representatives for six years (1991-1997), and eight years in the Colorado Senate (1983-1991). As a Colorado Representative, Allard served on the Joint Committee on Congressional Reform, which recommended many of the reforms included in the Contract with America. These reforms became some of the first to be passed by the Republican controlled Congress in 1995 and were the key to their platform. He kept his voluntary term limit pledge in each instance. As a member of Congress he made a number of delegation visits to NATO countries and participated in NATO policy debates.

About Thomas A. Devine
Tad Devine is an American political consultant. Devine was a senior adviser in Al Gore's 2000 and John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaigns. He has worked on ten winning campaigns for presidents and prime ministers around the world and 17 winning U.S. Senate races. In October 2010, he was recognized as one of "the nation's most respected media consultants" by USA Today. Devine’s international experience includes his work as a strategist and media consultant for winning campaigns in Colombia (President Andrés Pastrana, 1998), Israel (Prime Minister Ehud Barak, 1999), Peru (President Alejandro Toledo, 2001), Bolivia (President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, 2002), Ireland (Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, 1997, 2002 and 2007), Honduras (President Mel Zelaya, 2005), and Ukraine (Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, 2006 and President Yanukovych, 2010). Devine is currently the president of Devine Mulvey Longabaugh, a Washington D.C.-based media consulting firm.

About Ambassador William Eacho
William Carlton Eacho, III is the former United States Ambassador to Austria. Eacho was nominated by President Barack Obama in June 2009. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in in August 2009. Eacho received a Master’s degree in Business Administration with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1979. Prior to attending Harvard, he was a Financial Analyst in the Corporate Finance department of Hornblower & Weeks, Hemphill-Noyes, Inc., in New York. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where he majored in law and the economy. Most recently, Eacho managed a diverse portfolio of public equity, private equity, and real estate investments as CEO of Carlton Capital Group, LLC in Bethesda, MD. Eacho also serves as a member of the Webster University Vienna Advisory Board. Following a longstanding tradition established by previous U.S. ambassadors, he is also an ex officio member on the board of directors of the Salzburg Global Seminar. Eacho continues his work as a successful business manager and entrepreneur with a history of active civic engagement.

About Peter McPherson
Peter McPherson was a special assistant to President Gerald Ford, head of USAID under President Ronald Reagan, deputy secretary of the Treasury Department, president of Michigan State University from 1993 to 2004, and chairman of Dow Jones. Dr. McPherson served as chair of the Lincoln Commission that was created by Congress to consider ways to greatly increase the number of students who study abroad. Peter McPherson is currently president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Prior to joining APLU, Dr. McPherson was president of Michigan State University where he built one of the largest study abroad programs in the country. McPherson also recently completed the chairmanship of a commission created by Congress to consider ways to greatly increase the number of students who study abroad.

McPherson has been honored with the U. S. Presidential Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the Department of Treasury’s Alexander Hamilton Award, the UNICEF award for “outstanding contribution to child survival,” the 1983 Humanitarian of the Year award from the American Lebanese League and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award in 1998.


As the global leader in democracy promotion, IFES advances good governance and democratic rights by providing technical assistance to election officials; empowering the underrepresented to participate in the political process; and applying field-based research to improve the electoral cycle. Since 1987, IFES has worked in over 135 countries, from developing democracies, to mature democracies. For more information, visit www.IFES.org.