USIP Board Members Sworn In

For Immediate Release, January 22, 2013
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725

(Washington) – Ambassador George Moose and Joseph Eldridge were sworn in today as members of the United States Institute of Peace’s (USIP) Board of Directors. As board members, Moose and Eldridge will play a role in setting long-term goals and priorities for the Institute as well as monitoring the Institute's financial, administrative, and personnel policies.

Moose begins his second term as a board member and will continue to serve as vicechairman. He was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he attained the rank of career ambassador. His service with the U.S. State Department included assignments in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Since 2003, he has been adjunct professor of practice at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. Ambassador Moose has a bachelor of arts degree in American studies from Grinnell College, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws. Moose was first appointed to the Institute’s board in June 2007.

Eldridge begins his first term as a board member. Currently the university chaplin and senior adjunct professorial lecturer at American University’s School of International Service, he has worked on human rights and humanitarian issues for more than 25 years. He established the Washington Office of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights and was a co-founder of the Washington Office on Latin America. He has a master’s degree in international relations from American University, a master of divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and a doctor of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Members of the Institute’s bipartisan board of directors are nominated by the president of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The 12 appointed board members can serve a maximum of two, four-year terms. There are also four ex-officio directors: the secretary of state (or a designee), the secretary of defense (or a designee), the president of the National Defense University (or a designee), and the president of the Institute (nonvoting). Moose and Eldridge were nominated by President Barack Obama on September 20, 2012 and confirmed on January 1, 2013.

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict through nonviolent means. USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security. USIP is headquartered in Washington, DC. To learn more visit


January 22, 2013