CIR Board of Directors

Jeremy A. Rabkin (Chairman) is a professor of International Law at the George Mason Law School.  Professor Rabkin is an expert in government regulation, bureaucracy, public law and policy, and the judiciary.  Professor Rabkin received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 1983.

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  In 2005, Dr. George won a Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Liberal Arts of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.  He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School and earned a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.

James B. Mann, Esq. is Principal of Sunlight General Capital LLC. Previously, Mr. Mann served as director of Derivative Products Group of Société Générale, deputy assistant attorney general of the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and general counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He received an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Arthur Stephen Penn, Esq. is the retired president of Elmrock Capital, Inc. Prior to founding Elmrock, Mr. Penn practiced law in New York City. He earned his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law in 1961 and his B.A. from Cornell in 1956.

James Piereson is President of the William E. Simon Foundation.  He is the former executive director and trustee of the John M. Olin Foundation.  Before joining the foundation in 1981, Mr. Piereson was a member of the political science faculty at the University of Pennsylvania.

Terence J. Pell, Esq. is President of CIR.  Prior to working for CIR, Mr. Pell served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff at the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  From 1985 through 1988, Mr. Pell was a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education.  He received his law degree from Cornell University, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Haverford College.

Gerald Walpin, Esq. is a retired senior partner and Chair of the Litigation Department of  Katten Muchin Rosenman, formerly Rosenman & Colin, in New York, during more than 25 years of which, he was included in the compilation “Best Lawyers In America.”  Mr. Walpin served as the Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service, following nomination by Pres. G.W. Bush and confirmation by the Senate, from January 2007 until June 2009. He is the author of The Supreme Court vs. The Constitution (Significance Press, 2013). He received his B.A. degree from City College of New York and his law degree cum laude from Yale Law School.

Mark Steven Venezia retired from Eaton Vance in 2012. He was founder and Director of Global Fixed Income, and portfolio manager of the Global Macro Absolute Return Fund. Mr. Venezia was previously Vice President of Network Utilities, the first options pricing provider to run off of a personal computer network. He left in 1984, to start Eaton Vance’s first mortgage-backed securities fund.  He earned his JD from Cardozo Law, MBA from the University of Chicago, MA in Philosophy (ABD) from Illinois, and BA in Economics from Stanford. Mr. Venezia is a Chartered Financial Analyst and was admitted to the Virginia Bar May 2016.

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