John R. Phillips’ engagement in public interest law began in 1971 when he cofounded one of the first Ford Foundation funded Public Interest law firm in Los Angeles, focusing on the environment, civil rights and corporate responsibility.
He played a significant role in getting Congress in 1986 to modernize the dormant Federal False Claim Act which has since become the government’s primary tool in holding accountable corporations that have defrauded the U.S. government. The law firm founded by John R. Phillips has recovered 11 billion dollars for the U.S. Treasury under the False Claim Act.
In 2009, President Obama appointed him to be the Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.
Honorary Vice President
Ambassador David Lane was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 24, 2012.
Ambassador Lane has more than twenty years of experience working in leadership positions across sectors. Before coming to Rome, he served at the White House as Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Chief of Staff.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he served as President and CEO of the ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization focused on extreme poverty, development, and reform. Before that, as Director of Foundation Advocacy and the East Coast Office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he helped lead that organization’s advocacy and public policy efforts.
During the Clinton Administration, he served as Executive Director of the National Economic Council at the White House and Chief of Staff to the U. S. Secretary of Commerce. He served as Vice-Chair of Transparency International USA, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Ambassador Lane earned his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his M.P.A. from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.