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President Biden Announces New Appointments to Wilson Center Board of Trustees

Woodrow Wilson Center Memorial Hallway
Woodrow Wilson Center Memorial Hallway

Today President Biden announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to serve on the Board of Directors of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars:

Joseph Max Asher, Chair, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Board of Trustees.

Joseph Max Asher is a leader in the U.S. sports betting industry. Asher is the President of Sports Betting for IGT, a leading supplier of technology to the global gaming industry. Previously, he was the CEO of William Hill US from its founding in 2012 until its sale to Caesars Entertainment in 2021. Asher’s work in the sports betting industry began when he founded Brandywine Bookmaking in 2007, a company he sold to William Hill in 2012. Previously, he was an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. A Delaware native, Asher graduated from the University of Delaware and the Delaware Law School of Widener University and served a judicial clerkship with the Supreme Court of Delaware. He is currently on the Nevada board of trustees for Olive Crest and recently completed two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Juvenile & Family Court Judges. Asher lives in Las Vegas with his wife Cynthia and their three children, Sydney, Vivienne, and Carson.

Leah D. Daughtry, Vice Chair, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Board of Trustees.

Leah D. Daughtry is a nationally recognized organizer-activist, political strategist, author, and faith leader. She is Principal of On These Things, LLC, a strategic planning and project management firm that builds and supports partnerships that advance the common good. She has previously served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor, Chief of Staff of the National Democratic Party, as well as CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Conventions, making her the only person in Democratic Party history to hold the position twice.

The daughter of a long line of community organizer-activists, Bishop Daughtry represents the fifth consecutive generation of clergypersons in the Daughtry family. She is Presiding Prelate of The House of the Lord Churches, and she is also Co-Convenor of Power Rising, which seeks to educate, empower, and advocate for Black women and girls for the benefit of their communities. Co-author of the NAACP Image Award winning book, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics, Daughtry serves as an Equity Advisor for Sephora, Inc. and on the Editorial Board of the Global Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. She sits on the Boards of Directors of Wesley Theological Seminary, the National Council of Negro Women, and Higher Heights for America, and she is Co-Chair of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Lynn Hubbard, Member, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Board of Trustees.

Lynn Hubbard has combined her legal background and commitment to civic engagement to advance the arts, sustainable transportation, and environmental conservation. As a Director and Board President of the Seattle International Film Festival, Hubbard successfully led the 47-year-old institution through the COVID-19 crisis while helping to strengthen the organization’s long-term financial position. She also served as a mayoral appointee to Seattle’s Transit Advisory Board, where she made recommendations and helped facilitate city policies, plans, and projects relating to transit, including capital improvements, mobility, and operations. She is currently a member of Puget Sound Energy’s Beyond Net Zero Carbon Advisory Committee, Director of the Northwest Shipwreck Alliance, and Advisor to the Northwest Conservation Fellows.

Hubbard’s experience serving as a USCG-licensed First Mate on recreational diving boats sparked her interest in admiralty law. After graduating from Tulane Law School, she practiced maritime law and litigation before pursuing a variety of ventures, including co-founding a media start-up and serving as an Executive Legal Search Consultant. A daughter of a career military officer, Hubbard grew up all over the U.S. and abroad. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Enoh T. Ebong, Member, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Board of Trustees.

Enoh T. Ebong is the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. Nominated by President Biden to serve as USTDA’s Director, she was confirmed by unanimous consent of the U.S. Senate. As Director, Ms. Ebong leads USTDA in its efforts to develop sustainable, clean infrastructure and foster economic growth in emerging economies, while also supporting U.S. jobs through the exports of U.S. goods and services. Ms. Ebong assumed the helm at USTDA after starting her public service at the Agency and rising through the ranks in several roles as a career civil servant, including as General Counsel and as Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer. As Deputy Director, she led the development and execution of USTDA’s international program and oversaw all agency operations.

Ms. Ebong’s professional experience includes time in the nonprofit sector, where she served as the Head of Strategic Partnerships at the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream, with responsibility for driving the development of strategic partnerships to expand access to education, health, financial empowerment and entrepreneurship. Before joining USTDA, she practiced law at the Boston office of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. representing public and private companies in offerings, financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance issues.

Ms. Ebong has served on the Boards of the Friends of the National Zoo and the Washington Foreign Law Society. She has also served as an Advisory Board member of Lawyers of Color, which named her to its 4th Annual Power List in 2015; and as a Global Faculty Lead for Atlas Service Corps’ Global Leadership Lab. Ms. Ebong earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master of Arts in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in History, with honors, from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bar.

The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress in 1968 as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable policy ideas. Members of the Board of Trustees are appointed to six-year terms by the President of the United States. Trustees serve on various committees with functions including executive, audit, finance and investment policy, development, fellowship, as well as strategic planning and programming.