Eric Chung joined the LCM Team as a League Fellow in 2014 and has helped chair debates over the last four years. He received his A.B. summa cum laude, from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. In college Eric served as a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and organized a field study on educational equality in Finland with the Weatherland Center for International Affairs. He became certified as an educator with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and taught civics for South Boston and Boston Chinatown immigrants.
In law school, Eric was a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow; a student director of the Education Adequacy Project and Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic; and an editor of the Yale Law Journal and Yale Law & Policy & Policy Review. He has worked on legal and policy issues with a range of government institutions, including the Massachusetts Senate, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, and the White House. Eric is currently the Interim Director of Education for LCM.
Herman Spanjaard is a global citizen, residing in the Netherlands, Europe. Throughout his life he has been interested in academia and teaching. Trained as an Occupational Health Physician, he has worked for Government (in the Houses of Parliament, in the Netherlands) and currently is the Occupational Health Physician for De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Lawyers, The Amsterdam Waste & Energy Company and Giant Europe Bicycles. He divides his time between his own consulting practice on Occupational Health care and in International Projects, such as the Reform of the Social Security System in China in the area of Work Injury and Rehabilitation.
As a global citizen, Herman feels that language and distinct cultures should never act as a barrier for international harmony, nor the various origins in which people have been raised. His sole purpose in life is in creating a better world through Peace and Health. Herman holds ties with the UN where he worked as a consultant for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and in the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia. Herman currently sits on another board for youth called the Board of Trustees for Medical Students of IPPNW and has a special interest in NGO’s. Previously, Herman worked as a Director for The Hague Appeal for Peace www.haguepeace.org and currently is the Chair of the International Council (60 countries), of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. www.ippnw.org (Nobel Peace Prize 1985). Finally, Herman attributes his motivation and passion from the viewpoint that “From youth we can learn daily”. The League of Creative Minds is honored to have Herman join our board of advisors.
Dr. Arun G. Jhaveri is a certified sustainable development professional who worked as a consultant in environmental stewardship for the Obama Administration. Prior to this assignment Dr. Arun was the former regional manager with the U.S. Department of Energy; an Ambassador to the Pacific Institute; an adjunct professor at the University of Seattle, and the former mayor of the city of Burien, Washington.
Gary Little was named to the 2008 and 2009 Forbes Midas 100 lists in honoring the most successful and influential people in venture capital. Gary joined Morgenthaler Ventures in 1997. He focuses on internet services and software investments. His investments include NexTag, Netli (acq. by Akamai), TimesTen (acq. by Oracle) and KnowledgeNet (acq by Thompson). Previously, Gary served in several roles at Apple Computer, including SVP of Apple’s Power Macintosh Division, VP Sales Americas, and Sr. Dir. of Marketing for Apple’s Pacific Division (China, Japan, Asia, Latin America and Canada). Before Apple, Gary spent seven years at Sun Microsystems as Director of Product Marketing, Director of Asia Pacific Marketing, including a posting in Hong Kong.
Gary began his career as an IC design engineer for TRW’s microelectronics research labs. He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BSEE from UCLA.Gary is an advisor to the League of Creative Minds, an educational model for diplomacy for middle and high school students in which his daughter participated. His involvement stems from the commitment and passion of LCM and the inspiration, confidence and rigorous research and persuasive public speaking skills bestowed on their student delegates. It is with great honor and grace that the League welcomes Gary as an advisor.
Amy Cunningham Atkinson is the mother of two children in San Francisco. She spent most of her professional career as a broadcast journalist. For eleven years (1990-2001), she was an Emmy-Award winning Producer for the CBS News magazine, “60 Minutes” in New York City where she researched, wrote and reported pieces for CBS News Correspondent, Ed Bradley. Her work at “60 Minutes” included a broad range of both domestic and international stories. Prior to joining “60 Minutes,” Amy worked at ABC News “Nightline” in Washington, DC where she was first a researcher for “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel, and subsequently an Associate Producer/Booker for the program.
Amy is a graduate of Yale University (BA, English, 1984), and Stanford University’s Broadcast Journalism Program.Amy’s interest in LCM began when her 12-year-old daughter joined the League in 6th grade. Amy felt inspired by the standard of education the League holds sacred; and she observed firsthand as her daughter blossomed into a poised public speaker, able to stand up and deliver a short, but substantive speech in front of hundreds of other students, in the course of a single academic year. Amy recognized the values and level of commitment devoted to every single delegate in the League. Amy writes, “LCM has created an absolutely first rate academic experience for middle school and high school students which teaches – with an authentic commitment to excellence – the critical 21st century skills of leadership, persuasion, creativity, and intellectual engagement in international affairs. The LCM academic team members are fabulous role models for their students, and it is an honor to be associated with this organization.”