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Board of Directors for 2015

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Directors Emeritus

Marine Advisory Council

  • Col Jeff Arruda, USMC
  • Col Jim Harp, USMC
  • SgtMaj James Porterfield, USMC
  • Col Tom Prentice, USMC
  • Col Mark Tull, USMC
  • Col Jason Woodworth, USMC



J. Barrie Graham, USMC Veteran

Mr. Graham is the C.O.O of WR Hambrecht+Co, Investment Banking firm in San Francisco. Prior to WRH+Co, Mr. Graham was President and CEO of Exchange Bank and a senior manager at Wells Fargo. Mr. Graham has a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance. He served as a Marine Infantry Officer for 5 years, including tours with 3d Recon and as a Series Officer at MCRD, San Diego. Mr. Graham is Director of Empire Law School, Truett-Hurst Winery and Canine Companions for Independence.

General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.)

General Zinni spent 36 years in the Corps, retiring in 2000 after having served as Commander in Chief, US Central Command. He was appointed special envoy for the US to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2002, served on the advisory boards of a number of different companies, and instructed at a number of colleges and universities including Duke, UC Berkeley, William and Mary, and Virginia Military Institute. He is the author of two best-selling books.

Sergeant Major Frank Pulley, USMC (Ret.)

Sergeant Major Frank Pulley, USMC (Ret.) was Sergeant Major of the 1st Marine Division when he retired in 2007, after serving thirty years in the Corps. He serves as the Marine Corps Association’s West Coast Area Representative and is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council. He has a B.S. degree in management/human resources and an A.S. degree in personnel management.

Vice Admiral Jody Breckinridge, USCG (Ret.)

Admiral Breckinridge retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 after serving as the Commander, US Coast guard, Pacific Area. She holds a BSC in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Master's of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is active on the boards of several non-profits including serving as Vice Chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association.

Colonel Ray Cole, USMC (Ret.)

Col Cole retired after a distinguished career and founded TechOps Solutions International, providing an operations and crisis management center with a focus on social networks for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

Lieutenant General Ron Coleman, USMC (Ret.)

Gen Coleman retired after serving as the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He serves on the Maine Corps Scholarship Board of Directors.

Sergeant Major Ramona Cook, USMC (Ret.)

Ramona retired after 30 years, where her last assignment was as Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. A Maintenance Management specialist, she served in the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Storm. She served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island. The Congressional Caucus for Women recognized her as the Outstanding Female Marine SNCO for 2005. In February 2012, she was the first DoD enlisted recipient to receive the Stars & Stripes Award for outstand leadership. In retirement, she currently serves as the Protocol Officer for Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.

Bradford J. Davis, Navy Veteran

Bradford J. Davis served in the US Navy as an intelligence officer after receiving his degree from Dartmouth College. After several combat campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was selected to become the Navy’s liaison to the commercial petroleum, maritime and shipping communities throughout the Middle East where he acted as the US Navy’s representative. Mr. Davis is currently the Vice President of Business Development at Forensic Logic, a Bay Area based technology company that aggregates and distributes sensitive law enforcement and homeland security data to local, state and federal law enforcement, the Department of Defense, the intelligence community and private sector clientele. Mr. Davis holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a native San Franciscan.

Joseph H. Felter, Ph.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Joe Felter is Co-Director, of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project (ESOC) at Stanford University where he holds joint appointments with the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and the Hoover Institution. Joe retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2012 following a career as a Special Forces officer with service in a variety of special operations and diplomatic assignments. He participated in operational deployments to Panama with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Iraq with a Joint Special Operations Command Task Force and twice to Afghanistan most recently as Commander, International Security and Assistance Force Counterinsurgency Advisory and Assistance Team in 2010-2011. Joe received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University.

Rick Hartneck

Rick is a Vietnam era Marine aviator who serves as a banking executive. He serves as a Director of 12th District Federal Reserve Bank and a Director of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. He serves as a Director of BAI and Operation HOPE Inc. and is the Treasurer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

Major General Anthony L. Jackson, USMC (Ret), State Parks Director

Major General Anthony Jackson retired from the Marine Corps in 2012 and was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the 19th Director of California State Parks. A native of Oakland, California, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1973 after he graduated from San Jose State University. He commanded Marines at all levels in his career, including in Iraq and the Philippines and was the Commanding General of all Marine Corps Installations on the West Coast prior to his retirement. Major General Jackson has a Master’s Degree in History and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA and the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA.

Nicole Nolette, Navy Veteran

Nicole is a 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy and has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She is currently Vice President for International Operations and Strategic Initiatives for International Game Technology. She was selected to Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Generation 2014.

Ian Thomson, USMC Veteran

Ian is a former Marine and OIF veteran; he served from 2001 to 2005 with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He currently works as an operations and business development consultant for companies in the United States and Africa. Ian received his B.A. in international relations and foreign policy from Boston University, and received his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is an avid snowboarder, triathlete and sailor. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and is active in local at-risk youth education programs. Ian and his wife, Ceylan, live with their daughter in San Francisco.

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Tice, USAF (Ret.)

Colonel Tice retired from the USAF in 1999 after serving 22 years on active duty as a fighter pilot. He amassed over 3000 hours of flight time in F-111, F-5 and F-16 jets. He served in combat as a Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. While leading a large bombing mission deep in Iraq, he was shot down, captured and interred as a Prisoner of War. After retirement from the USAF, he flew as a Commercial Airline Pilot for American Airlines in the MD-80, Boeing 737, 757 and 767 aircraft on both domestic and international routes. Jeff retired from American Airlines in 2012. He currently volunteers for several nationwide military-related charities.

Robert Williams, USMC Veteran

Rob is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, where among other honors he was named All-American in Track and Field. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1995 and served as an Infantry Officer. He earned his MBA in Finance from Duke University in 2004 and has worked as the CFO for several companies. He currently works for Forensic Logic, a 1st Responder software company based in Walnut Creek, CA.

Major General James M. (‘Mike’) Myatt, USMC (Ret.)

Major General Myatt was commissioned a Marine Corps second lieutenant after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Electronics from the Naval Post Graduate School.

General Myatt served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam. His first tour was as a platoon and company commander with the 1st Bn, 4th Marines. During his second tour, he was assigned as infantry battalion advisor to the 5th Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps. He commanded the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91. His Division defeated seven Iraqi Army divisions in zone, seized Kuwait International Airport and liberated Kuwait City.

General Myatt retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 to work for Bechtel Corporation. While working for Bechtel, he managed the $22 billion construction project to build the Korean High Speed Rail from Seoul to Pusan.

In September 2001, General Myatt was selected to be President and CEO of the Marines’ Memorial Association. He assumed that posting on 10 September 2001.

General James N. Mattis, USMC (Ret.)

Gen. Jim Mattis, known as Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after 42 years of service and became a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an expert on national security issues, especially strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force, and the Middle East. General Mattis was the commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) from 2010-2013 during which time he was responsible for military operations involving more than 200,000 US soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines in Afghanistan, Iraq, and eighteen other countries in the Middle East and south-central Asia. Few generals are as quotable as Gen. Mattis. His sharp tongue and blunt approach make him a popular and endearing figure.

Lieutenant General Robert Johnston, USMC (Ret.)

Lt Gen Robert Johnston served for thirty-four years on active duty in the Marine Corps. His last duty assignment was as Commander, Marine Forces Atlantic Marine Forces Europe and II Marine Expeditionary Force. During the Gulf War, he served as the CENTCOM Chief-of-Staff. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 and lives in Tucson, Arizona.