Friends of the Washington Institute

Genevieve Ryan Bellaire, JD


Founder and CEO of Realworld

Realworld, launched an app to help recent graduates by providing comprehensive resources around major life topics not covered in school - everything from doing your taxes, getting a credit card, budgeting to filling out employer paperwork - complete with guidance, tooling, and a marketplace of curated service providers. The free platform even includes nearly 100 step-by-step “playbooks” to help an individual feel prepared for the foundations of adulthood.

Chris Curtin

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Former Chief Brand & Innovation Marketing Officer at Visa
Former Vice President at Disney
Former Vice President at HP

The Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) welcomed more than 40 distinguished individuals into the investor group in 2021. Chris Curtin is one of the newest investors of the Washington Spirits.

Parag Khanna, PhD


Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap

Dr. Parag Khanna's new book, "MOVE," focusing on human civilization's future, potential scenarios, and current trends of economic collapse, government destabilization, and technology disruptions, will be available on October 5th, 2021, to his readers.

David McCourt

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CEO and Founder of Granahan McCourt Capital

Author of  "Total Rethink”

Washington Institute’s Board of Governors member, David McCourt, the CEO and Founder of Granahan McCourt Capital and the author of , “Total Rethink” was featured in Georgetown McDonough School of Business's Venture Forward podcast series episode, “ David McCourt: Entrepreneur, Television Producer, and Telecom Revolutionary.”

Jimmy Lynn


Co-founder and Vice-President of Kiswe Mobile

Professor of Sports Management at Georgetown University

Kiswe Mobile won the Webby Awards and the People’s Voice Award for its virtual concert with BTS for ‘Map of the Soul ON:E. 

Chris Inglis


Former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency

Visiting Professor in Cyber Security Studies

The Washington Institute is delighted that the U.S. Senate has unanimously approved President Biden’s choice of Chris Inglis to be the nation’s first National Cyber Director.  Never has cybersecurity been more important to our country and beyond our borders.  As a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, Chris has been a key member and has worked closely with the Institute in its role as private sector partner.

Books by the Board and Advisory Council 


A compelling look at the powerful global forces that will cause billions of us to move geographically over the next decades, ushering in an era of radical change.

In the 60,000 years since people began colonizing the continents, a recurring feature of human civilization has been mobility—the ever-constant search for resources and stability. Seismic global events—wars and genocides, revolutions and pandemics—have only accelerated the process. The map of humanity isn’t settled—not now, not ever.

As climate change tips toward full-blown crisis, economies collapse, governments destabilize, and technology disrupts, we’re entering a new age of mass migrations—one that will scatter both the dispossessed and the well-off. Which areas will people abandon and where will they resettle? Which countries will accept or reject them? As today’s world population, which includes four billion restless youth, votes with their feet, what map of human geography will emerge?

In Move, celebrated futurist Parag Khanna provides an illuminating and authoritative vision of the next phase of human civilization—one that is both mobile and sustainable. As the book explores, in the years ahead people will move people to where the resources are and technologies will flow to the people who need them, returning us to our nomadic roots while building more secure habitats.

Move is a fascinating look at the deep trends that are shaping the most likely scenarios for the future. Most important, it guides each of us as we determine our optimal location on humanity’s ever-changing map.


As consumers, our access to—and appetite for—information about what and how we buy continues to grow. Powered by social media, we scrutinize the companies behind familiar products and are disappointed when their actions do not meet our expectations. With citizens acting as 24/7 auditors of corporate behavior, one formerly trusted company after another has had their business disrupted with astonishing velocity. Control of the corporate narrative has shifted to engaged stakeholders in the new social landscape, requiring a radical change to company practices.

James Rubin and Barie Carmichael provide a strategic roadmap for businesses to navigate the new era, rebuild trust, and find their voice. Reset traces the global decline of trust in business at the same time that the public’s expectations for business’s role in society are rising. Today, businesses must bridge this widening gap, which requires strategic solutions anchored in a critical outside-in understanding of the stakeholder footprint of the business model.


C-suite executives who proactively mitigate the negative social impacts inherent in their business models, strategies, and operations can find win-win solutions that not only benefit both their business and society, but also enable sustainable growth in the challenging new social landscape. Rubin and Carmichael offer case studies of reputations lost and found, suggesting fundamental strategies to mitigate risk and build the corporate brand. Reset is an essential guide to navigating the pitfalls and taking advantage of the opportunities of the reset.