Mansfield Center Advisory Board

David BellDavid Bell, Board Chair

President and CEO, ALPS Corporation

Terry WeidnerDr. Terry Weidner, Board Vice-Chair

Professor Emeritus, Political Science; Former Mansfield Center Executive Director


Jon BennionJon Bennion

Government Relations Director, The Washington Companies

Mary ByronMary Byron

Owner, Cloud Nine Quilts; Liaison, Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors

m-georgiouMaritsa Georgiou

National Correspondent, Newsy

Paul LaurenDr. Paul Lauren

Regents Professor Emeritus; Founding Director, Mansfield Center

Tom LopachTom Lopach

President and CEO, Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information

Liz MarchiLiz Marchi

Founder, Frontier Angel Fund and Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital

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Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University

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Former Governer of the State of Montana


Joanna R. Shelton

UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dana Toole

Dana Toole

Special Services Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Justice

Kimberlee Visser

Kimberlee Visser

Designer, Community Advocate, Business Advisor

Bryce Ward

Bryce Ward

Founder of ABMJ Consutling, Research Associate at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana

Mansfield Fellows

Otto Koester

Senior Fellow, International Negotiation and Conflict Management



Personal Summary

Otto Koester has been a Peace Corps Volunteer (1968-70); a Lecturer at Princeton University (1974-76); the Deputy Director of the Salzburg Seminar, (1984-88); a Program Officer with the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC (1989-93); and the Director of Grant writing at the University of Montana (2003-2010).

He was Co-Director of the Confucius Institute and maintains teaching and research interests in international negotiation and conflict management, especially between the United States and China.

He served as the Associate Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center from 2010-2013.


Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs, Duke University, 1978-79
M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1971
B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1967