IREX announces three new board members

IREX announces three new board members

IREX announces three new board members

IREX is pleased to announce three new members of its Board of Governors: Lorne Craner, Karen J. Hanrahan, and Lionel C. Johnson. The three bring tremendous insight and experience to support IREX in achieving its mission of building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world.

Lorne Craner

Lorne CranerLorne Craner has been a leader at the nexus of government and the non-profit sector for over 30 years.  In government, as an Assistant Secretary of State, he is credited with reorienting his Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from analyzing international issues to better addressing and solving them.  He previously served as a National Security Council Director of Asian Affairs, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, in the House and Senate as a foreign policy legislative assistant, and on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Craner’s non-profit experience includes building the International Republican Institute into an internationally respected sectoral leader during two separate terms as its President, and serving most recently as President of the American Councils for International Education.  A recipient of the State Department's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.  Mr. Craner graduated from Reed College (BA) and Georgetown University (MA).  

Karen J. Hanrahan

Photo of Karen HanrahanKaren Hanrahan is President and CEO of the Glide Foundation, a San Francisco–based organization that addresses poverty and inequity with a unique combination of services, systems change, and spirituality. She is an executive leader with twenty years of experience advancing human rights and building high-impact initiatives around the world, particularly in fragile states. Ms. Hanrahan has worked in the public and private sectors to build movements, lead change, and build high-impact organizations and initiatives on a global scale. She has served as a senior appointee in the Obama administration, a United Nations aid worker, a Chief Innovation Officer at DFID, a corporate and nonprofit executive, and a practice leader in global development, human rights, and public–private innovation. In her efforts to drive social change and spur social innovation, she has partnered with global corporations, local communities, religious leaders, and military forces. After many years advancing human rights and development in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Africa, she has developed expertise and a successful track record in helping organizations grow, reform, innovate, and become more effective.

Ms. Hanrahan is an alumna of Harvard Business School, University of Washington School of Law, and the American University School of International Service, master’s program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. In 2018, she was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the top 100 most influential leaders in the Bay Area. 

Lionel C. Johnson

Lionel C. JohnsonLionel C. Johnson became president of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute in July 2014. His career spans more than three decades during which he has been a leader in international business, public policy, and economic development. He has served as senior vice president of the Initiative for Global Development, as vice president of Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and as senior vice president of Public Affairs at Fleishman-Hillard. Previously, Johnson was vice president and director of International Government Affairs at Citigroup and deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for International Development, Debt and Environment Policy in the Clinton Administration. He was also a senior advisor for Resources, Plans, and Policy to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and a member of the Department of State Policy Planning Staff. He served as deputy director of the Clinton/Gore transition team at the Department of State.

As a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Johnson held assignments in the U.S. Embassies in Haiti, the Philippines and Kenya. He also served as special assistant to Secretaries of State George P. Shultz and James A. Baker III. Johnson was a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He was a graduate instructor of U.S. foreign policy and American politics at the City University of Manila, Philippines, and received his B.A. in political science from Rutgers University in 1982.

Johnson is a visiting scholar of the Program on International Relations of New York University. He is board chair of ID2020 and a member of the board of trustees of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of Foreign Policy for America, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.  He has two children, Alicia and Christopher.