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USRF Structure and Staff

USRF Board of Directors


Steven L. Pease

Steven L. Pease (Co-Chairman of USRF, Chairman of The US Russia Investment Fund – TUSRIF - and a director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Russia) is President of Deucalion Securities, Inc., a turnaround management firm, and he was General Partner of Deucalion Venture Partners, which he started in 1987. He is an Advisor to the Eurasia Foundation, a director of the Sonoma Valley Fund, and the author of The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement. Previously, he was turnaround CEO for a number of private and publicly traded companies and was Deputy Chairman of SFAT, a Russian company operating 5,000 tank cars in a joint venture with the Ministry of Railroads and Ministry of Petrochemicals of Russia.


The Honorable James F. Collins

The Honorable James F. Collins (Co-Chairman of USRF and a director of TUSRIF) directs the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment. He was U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1997 to 2001, Acting Head of the U. S. Embassy in Moscow (as Deputy Chief of Mission) though the Gorbachev coup in 1991, and was Ambassador-at-Large and Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States in the mid-1990s.


Karen N. Horn, Ph.D

Karen N. Horn, Ph.D. (Vice-Chairman of USRF and TUSRIF and a director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Russia) is s director of Eli Lilly and Company, Norfolk Southern Railroad, T. Rowe Price, Georgia Pacific Corp. and Simon Property Group (the largest U.S. REIT). Previously, she was President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Bank One, Private Client Services at Marsh Mac, and Head of International Banking for Bankers Trust. She also serves as a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research.


The Honorable John R. Beyrle

The Honorable John R. Beyrle (Director of USRF) was U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation 2008-2012 and Deputy Chief of Mission in Russia 2002-2005. He was U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria 2005-2008. His 30-year career as a diplomat also included overseas assignments in the Czech Republic, and as an arms control negotiator in Vienna. In Washington he served on the National Security Council staff, and traveled extensively on diplomatic missions with Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker in the 1980s.


The Honorable Stephen E. Biegun

The Honorable Stephen E. Biegun (Director of USRF and TUSRIF) is Vice President of International Governmental Affairs of the Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Biegun served as national security advisor to the Senate Majority Leader, Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.


Sergey Renatovich Borisov

Sergey R. Borisov – (Director of USRF and TUSRIF and Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship in Russia) is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Non-Governmental Organization of Small and Medium Business "OPORA RUSSIA". He is also a Vice President of Sberbank on development of small business (Russia's largest bank) and was a successful entrepreneur operating a chain of gasoline stations. He is also Chair of the "Innovative entrepreneurship" program at the Bauman Moscow State University of Technology.


Jenne К. Britell

Jenne K. Britell, Ph.D. (Director of USRF and a director of TUSRIF and the Center for Entrepreneurship in Russia), is Chairman of the Board of United Rentals, Inc. She is a director of three other NYSE companies: Crown Holdings, Inc., Quest Diagnostics, Inc., and West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Previously, she led GE Capital in Central and Eastern Europe, and was Executive Vice President of Global Consumer Finance for GE.


Frank J. Caufield

Frank J. Caufield (Director of USRF and TUSRIF) is a Co-Founder (1978) of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the World's leading venture capital firms. Five years earlier, he began his venture capital career as General Partner of Oak Grove Ventures. He is past President of both the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and the National Venture Capital Association. He has served as lead independent director of Time Warner, and he served on the Boards of AOL, Caremark Inc., Quantum Corporation, VeriFone and others. He is a director of Refugees International and the San Francisco Film Society. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was formerly a member of its Board of Directors. He has also served as Chairman of the Child Abuse Society of San Francisco.


Craig Kennedy

President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Craig Kennedy (Director of USRF) has been President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States since 1995. Previously, he was President of the Joyce Foundation and he serves on the Board of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the European Foundation and he is an independent trustee of the Van Kampen mutual funds.


The Honorable Paul A. Magnuson

The Honorable Paul A. Magnuson (Director of USRF) is a U.S. District Court Judge in Minnesota, appointed in 1981. He has been active in support to Russia's legal community for many years. Prior to his appointment he practiced for eighteen years with the only law firm to have produced a Federal Judge (Magnuson), Governor (LeVander), United States Senator (Durenberger), and State Supreme Court Justice


The Honorable Michael M. Mihm

The Honorable Michael M. Mihm (Director of USRF) is a Senior U.S. District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He is a past member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference. Previously, he was in private practice and State's Attorney of Peoria County, Illinois.


Charles E. Ryan

Charles E. Ryan (Director of USRF) is the Chairman of UFG Asset Management, a leading investment company in Russia, and formerly was CEO of Deutsche Bank Group in Russia and remains as a Deutsche Bank Senior Advisor. He has been active in Russia for more than 20 years starting with his work at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 1991. He cofounded what is now UFG in 1994.


Nadia Seryakova

Nadia Seryakova (Director of USRF) served as President of the New Perspectives Foundation of Social Initiatives Development, which she founded in 1995. She has been active in supporting Russia's youth for more than twenty years.


Dmitry V. Vasiliev

Dmitry V. Vasiliev (Director of USRF) is the Managing Director of the Institute of Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in Moscow. Mr. Vasiliev currently serves or has served on the Boards of several Russian and international companies including Gazprom. In the 1990s, he was the Chairman of the original Federal Commission for the Securities Market of Russia, the equivalent of being the founding chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


The Honorable Michael McFaul

The Honorable Michael McFaul, (ex-officio Director of USRF) is the current United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Ambassador McFaul is a Stanford University professor of political science. He was previously on the U.S. National Security Council as Special Assistant to President Obama and was Senior Director of Russia and Eurasia Affairs. In 1983, he studied Russian at what is now St Petersburg State University and later he spent a semester at Moscow State University. He is a Rhodes Scholar who earned his Ph.D. in international relations from Oxford in 1991. A prolific author, he is a Director of the Eurasia Foundation, the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) and numerous others.


Mark G. Pomar

Mark G. Pomar (President, CEO, and Director of USRF) was President of the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), one of the premier American not-for- profit organizations that administers education and training programs worldwide. Prior to IREX, he served as Executive Director of the Board for International Broadcasting and Director of the Russian Service of the Voice of America, for which he also served as an "on-air" announcer.

USRF Board of Directors at Tsarskoe Selo (June 2011)