Board of Directors
Kristina Arriaga has served as Executive Director of Becket since 2011. After starting her career in DC working for US Ambassador José Sorzano at the Cuban American National Foundation, she became an advisor to the US delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). Splitting her time between the seat of the UNHRC in Geneva and Washington, D.C., Kristina worked on raising awareness of the plight of political prisoners in Cuba. For ten years she also worked for New York Times bestselling author, former political prisoner, Armando Valladares who was named Ambassador to the UN. The delegation won recognition for its achievements on human rights advocacy including State Department’s Superior Honor Award. She also worked on domestic affairs as an Intergovernmental Relations Officer at the Department of Housing and Urban Development where she reported to former Ohio Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell and Secretary Jack Kemp and then later as a four-year appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Kristina obtained her undergraduate degree at Marquette University and her Master’s Degree at Georgetown University where she graduated summa cum laude. She is happily married and has three kids.
J. Kenneth Blackwell has a distinguished record of achievement as a finance executive, entrepreneur, diplomat, educator, and independent corporate director. He was elected in 1994 as Ohio’s Treasurer of State and subsequently twice as Secretary of State. Mr. Blackwell served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. He is a Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment at the Family Research Council and the Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow for Public Policy at the Buckeye Institute in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Blackwell is a columnist for the New York Sun, a contributing editor and columnist for Townhall.com, and a public affairs commentator for the Salem Radio Network.
Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the boutique investment firm Rose Park Advisors. Clay is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. He and his wife Christine live in Belmont, Massachusetts. They are the parents of five children and grandparents to five grandchildren.
Sean Fieler is President of Equinox Partners, LP. He is Chairman of the American Principles Project, Chairman of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Catholic Finance Association, and the Dominican Foundation. Mr. Fieler graduated from Williams College in 1995 with a degree in Political Economy and was the 1994 recipient of the Branson Memorial Scholarship.
John H. Garvey is the 15th President of The Catholic University of America. He was the dean of Boston College Law School from 1999 to 2010 and both practiced law in San Francisco and taught law at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky. Mr. Garvey is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Religion and the Constitution (2011), which won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit book award, and Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church (2007), which won the Catholic Press Association award.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Professor George currently serves on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, the Council on Foreign Relations, the editorial board of First Things, and the Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, In Defense of Natural Law, and The Clash of Orthodoxies. In 2015, he was elected as Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She has also served as US Ambassador to the Holy See, member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and President of the UNESCO-sponsored International Association of Legal Science. Professor Glendon is also currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. She is the author of several books, including A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights A Nation Under Lawyers, Seedbeds of Virtue, and Rights Talk.
Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson is the founder of Becket and served as its president until 2011. In 2016 he authored Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God. He also wrote The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War over Religion in America as well as Religious Liberty and Human Dignity: A Tale of Two Declarations for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and The Myth: Is There a Religious Liberty in America? for The American Spectator. In 2012, the Heritage Foundation awarded Mr. Hasson the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship.
Leonard Leo serves as Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and as a member of its Board of Directors. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as well as the United States Senate to three terms to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he served for three years as chairman. He also served as a US Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights as well as the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was National Co-Chairman of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee and is active in a number of Catholic organizations, serving as a founding board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Mr. Leo holds degrees from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He presently resides in northern Virginia, where he and his wife Sally have raised their seven children.
Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore speaks frequently to issues of theology, culture, and public policy. Dr. Moore holds an M.Div in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D in Systematic Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He blogs frequently at his “Moore to the Point” website, and is author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. Prior to entering ministry, Dr. Moore was an aide to U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.
William P. Mumma serves in a full-time volunteer capacity as President and Chairman of the Board for Becket. He stepped down as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) in 2012, after thirty years on Wall Street. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Managing Director and head of the Equity Division at Nomura Securities International, and partner and global head of derivatives at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Mumma is currently serving on as a board member for the Witherspoon Institute, the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Jesus, and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish community in the United States, founded in 1654. Rabbi Soloveichik graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his semikha from RIETS, and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things, The Weekly Standard, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal.
Elder Lance Wickman is an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves as general counsel for the Church. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Elder Wickman served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.”