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The Global Advisory Council (GAC) provides leadership to advance the mission and purpose of the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). GAC members collaborate with each other and CGE staff to generate innovative ideas, develop new initiatives, support program implementation, and assist with program evaluation. In addition, the GAC generates its own programs and initiatives that further the missions of the CGE and create a sense of community. GAC members assume public roles at select CGE events and in public communications, thus representing the CGE and taking ownership in its successful growth. 


With international divisiveness growing in a time of deeper worldwide interconnectivity, more not less engagement with the global community will lead to solutions. Accordingly, James Madison University has transformed its successful Office of International Programs (OIP) into the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). JMU Associate Provost Dr. Lee Sternberger says of the decision, “At Madison we already do a great job sending our American students abroad and attracting a growing population of international students to JMU.  Yet, all one has to do is read the increasingly alarming news to understand that we have an urgent responsibility to intensify our efforts and lead the way in raising global engagement among our students, faculty and, in fact, all of society.”

To meet the expanded goals of the CGE, JMU has established an advisory council to be populated by seasoned and successful international leaders. Jon Fleming — a JMU alumnus and executive at Audible — is a founding member of the Council. Because of Fleming’s international business experience, and 10-year stint as a U.S. Marine deployed abroad, he says, “Global engagement is my passion. Being asked to help my alma mater create a new Center for Global Engagement gives me an opportunity to express that passion. And with the headlines today, I can’t think of more important work.”

The GAC will work with the university leadership on developing ground-breaking programs that elevate and expand the global engagement of its students, faculty, community and society through opportunities at home and abroad. “We’ve got our sights set very high,” says Fleming. “The fact that the university has asked leaders in international business, non-profit and government to help advise the creation of this new center speaks volumes about how serious JMU is about confronting the big problems of the world.” 

Next Meetings

Quarterly meeting (WebEx) - January 23, 10am-12pm. 

Meet the Members

Jon Fleming

Jon Fleming is a 1984 alumnus of James Madison University who majored in Spanish and Latin American Studies. He has held leadership positions in technology industries, including wireless and wire line telecommunications, media, and software. Fleming is currently Vice President and Country Manager for Audible’s Canadian operation, and his extensive international experience managing multi-cultural environments and leading teams in Latin America, Western and Central Europe, the Middle East and Asia gives him a keen global perspective. Fleming is a decorated US Marine Corps officer and aviator.

Dan Nardi

Dan Nardi attended James Madison University, graduating with a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Math and Business in 1979, and a Masters in Business Administration in 1986.  Mr. Nardi was employed at Merck & Co. Inc. from 1980-2012, holding numerous positions during his tenure there. In 2008/2009, he was the Executive Director of Americas Procurement, responsible for Global Procurement for Merck sites in North and Latin America.  In 2009 – 2012, he was the Executive Director of Global Procurement, Asia Pacific and Japan. During those years, he was based in Singapore, with responsibilities for strategic sourcing and Country Procurement activities in Singapore, Japan, China, Australia/New Zealand and multiple other Asia locations.  In 2012, he retired from Merck and became the Principal for wwlw Advisors, LLC., serving as an Independent Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing Consultant. In 2014 Mr. Nardi joined the JMU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as an Adjunct Professor.

Kimberley Furst

Kim Furst graduated JMU in 1991, and participated in the Study Abroad program in Florence.  She began her career as a film editor, with credits including Discovery Channel’s Rocket Challenge, the popular aviation documentary One Six Right, Wings Over the Rockies, starring Harrison Ford and the PBS series The Horsemen Cometh, about a P51 Mustang formation aerobatic team. She has produced hours of behind the scenes documentaries for American studio features, including Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible: III - for which she earned Paramount Pictures a Golden Satellite Award, the "special features content" industry’s highest award. Her directoral debut Flying the Feathered Edge has been acclaimed as “a wonderful film” by Harrison Ford and “A cinematic burst of high-flying joy” by the press. Feathered Edge received the prestigious Combs/Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame, given to one book, journal or film a year that best preserves Aerospace history.  Feathered Edge is listed by FLYING Magazine as one of the top 14 aviation films of all time, along with Top Gun, The Right Stuff, and Apollo 13.  Her upcoming feature documentary, Rock Camp, features Roger Daltrey, Gene Simmons, Sammy Hagar, Judas Priest and Nancy Wilson, and explores a cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York and other cities for 21 years.

Pratik Banjade

Pratik Banjade graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a BS in Sports Medicine and again in 2013 with a Master’s in Public Administration.  While in graduate school, Mr. Banjade served as a Program Assistant for the JMU Office of International Programs (now CGE).  While at JMU, he was highly praised, earning numerous honors and awards, including Graduate Student of the Year, JMU All Together One Award, and the JMU Dolley Awards: Carrier Award for Outstanding Personal Pursuit of Leadership Development.  In 2012, he served as a summer intern at the US Department of State.  Following graduate school, Mr. Banjade served as a Program Assistant at XLA and then transitioned into a fellowship with the Presidential Management Fellows Program, where he was appointed to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Mr. Banjade has been serving as a Program Examiner for the OMB since 2014. 

Linn Baumgardt

Linn Baumgardt graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration and International Business. In 2010, she was a Summer English Instructor at BGPX Schools China. In 2011, she was a Marketing Strategy Consultant with Mercer, Amazon, Microsoft, and Redbox. From 2013-2015, she was the Marketing and Operations Manager of the Mactus group under Microsoft. Since 2015, she has held employment with Leafly Inc. Privateer Holdings, where she has served as a Marketing Project Manager, Strategic Project Manager, Sr. Marketing Manager, and Director of Marketing. Currently, she is employed under Leafly Inc. Privateer Holdings as the Director of Strategic Initiatives.

Timothy Craighead

Timothy Craighead graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from James Madison University in 1984 with a BBA in Finance and Economics. Afterwards, he attended the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Graduated with his MBA in Finance in 1987. From 1987-2008, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, then transitioned to Ketchem Creek Capital Management, where he as Managing Director. Since 2010, Mr. Craighead has worked at Bloomberg Intelligence; from 2012 – 2016, he was the Asian Director of Research and Senior Gaming Analyst, based in Hong Kong, and, in 2016, he relocated to London, where he serves as the Director of Research (Content) and Senior European Strategist.

Chelsea Wilkins

Chelsea Wilkins graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in 2015 with a degree in Justice Studies and Anthropology, within the Honors Program. While at JMU, she participated in programs and independent research for her Honors Thesis in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, and South Africa. She is currently a third-year law student at William and Mary Law School, graduating in May 2018. While in law school, Ms. Wilkins has interned at the International Division of the National Center for State Courts, LeClairRyan law firm, a United States Attorney's Office, and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. After graduation, Ms. Wilkins will work as a Federal Judicial Law Clerk with the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review with the Los Angeles Immigration Court, for a two-year term. She intends to pursue a career in international human rights law and policy.

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