About the National Advisory Council
In accordance with the AIUSA By-laws, the Board of Directors established a National Advisory Council (NAC) in order to harness the wealth of institutional knowledge and organizational expertise of non-Board members to advise the Board and Chair when called upon.
Members of the NAC have a wide range of experience including national and international Amnesty experience as well as financial, governance, fundraising, and private sector expertise.
Since 2008, Ellen Dorsey has served as Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Wallace Global Fund, a private foundation that focuses on environmental protection, advancement of democracy and human rights, and corporate accountability.
Previously, Dr. Dorsey was Senior Program Officer in the Environment Program for the Heinz Endowments, Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Institute, and founder of the Human Rights and Environment Program of Amnesty International. Dr. Dorsey holds a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and she holds a Fulbright Scholarship in South Africa. She has published widely on issues of global human rights, environment and development. She has served as professor and adjunct professor of international relations at several universities.
Dorsey served as Board Chair of Amnesty International USA and she currently serves on Boards of US Human Rights Network and the Global Initiative for Economic and Social Rights.
Curt Goering currently serves as Executive Director of CVT, an organization which heals the wounds of torture on individuals, their families and communities, and works to stop torture worldwide. Previously, Mr. Goering was the interim Head of the Gaza office for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2009 and 2010.
Work at AIUSA: As Chief Operating Officer at Amnesty International USA, where he worked for nearly 30 years, Mr. Goering chaired a global policy team based on five continents, leading to new research and advocacy policies. Over his professional career, Goering led a dozen Amnesty International missions including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Tanzania. His other positions with Amnesty included: researcher, advocacy director for Europe and the Middle East, and Senior Deputy Executive Director.
Shahram Hashemi is the Chair of Amnesty International USA's National Advisory Council. He was elected to Amnesty International USA's Board of Directors in 2007, and has served as Board's Treasurer from 2008 to 2012 and Chairman of the Board from 2012 to 2013.
He has been involved in human rights activism for over a decade, working with various human rights organizations. After graduating with a degree in Finance from Adelphi University's Honor College, he went on to earn a Master's in Human Rights and Economic Development from Columbia University.
In addition to his human right work, he is a producer and documentary filmmaker at Visualight Production, producing for major international media outlets.
Mr. Hashemi is the recipient of the former Mayor of New York City, F.H. LaGuardia Memorial Association Award for his service in the 9/11 rescue efforts.
Michael MacLeod is former President and Chairman of the Board of Public Interest Data, a leading provider of database services to non-profit organizations. It was co-founded by him in 1987. Previously, Mr. MacLeod served as senior vice president of Craver, Mathews Smith & Co. in charge of direct response fundraising for some of the nation's largest, most respected progressive NGO's. In 1980, Mr. MacLeod served as national campaign manager for the John B. Anderson National Unity Campaign for president.
Mr. MacLeod is retired and lives in New York City and Santa Fe, NM. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Lafayette College and an M.A. in political science from Georgetown University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam.
He currently serves on the boards of the Center for Victims of Torture and the Harlem Link Charter School, and as member of the Development Committees of Grassroots International and AIUSA. Former board memberships include Oxfam America (chair), Oxfam International, The Advocacy Institute, Food & Friends and the Tahirih Justice Center.