Comprised of a diverse group of passionate and experienced professionals, our Board of Directors dedicate their personal and professional resources to defending religious liberty.
Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to his academic career, Clayton worked as a management consultant with BCG in their Boston office and helped co-found Ceramics Process Systems, a Massachusetts-based advanced materials company. He has subsequently helped establish many other successful enterprises, including the innovation consulting firm Innosight, the public policy think tank Innosight Institute, and the boutique investment firm Rose Park Advisors. Clay is the best-selling author of nine books and more than a hundred articles. He and his wife Christine live in Belmont, Massachusetts. They are the parents of five children and grandparents to five grandchildren.
Sean Fieler is President of Equinox Partners, LP. He is Chairman of the American Principles Project, Chairman of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Witherspoon Institute, the Manhattan Institute, the Catholic Finance Association, and the Dominican Foundation. Mr. Fieler graduated from Williams College in 1995 with a degree in Political Economy and was the 1994 recipient of the Branson Memorial Scholarship.
John H. Garvey is the 15th President of The Catholic University of America. He was the dean of Boston College Law School from 1999 to 2010 and both practiced law in San Francisco and taught law at Notre Dame, Michigan, and Kentucky. Mr. Garvey is the author or co-author of numerous books, including Religion and the Constitution (2011), which won the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit book award, and Sexuality and the U.S. Catholic Church (2007), which won the Catholic Press Association award.
Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. Professor George currently serves on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, the Council on Foreign Relations, the editorial board of First Things, and the Task Force on the Virtues of a Free Society of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, In Defense of Natural Law, and The Clash of Orthodoxies. In 2015, he was elected as Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.
Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard University. She has also served as US Ambassador to the Holy See, member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and President of the UNESCO-sponsored International Association of Legal Science. Professor Glendon is also currently a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Comparative Law, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Pontifical Council for the Laity. She is the author of several books, including A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights A Nation Under Lawyers, Seedbeds of Virtue, and Rights Talk.
Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson is the founder of Becket and served as its president until 2011. In 2016 he authored Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God. He also wrote The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War over Religion in America as well as Religious Liberty and Human Dignity: A Tale of Two Declarations for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and The Myth: Is There a Religious Liberty in America? for The American Spectator. In 2012, the Heritage Foundation awarded Mr. Hasson the Salvatori Prize for American Citizenship.
Leonard Leo serves as Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and as a member of its Board of Directors. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as well as the United States Senate to three terms to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he served for three years as chairman. He also served as a US Delegate to the UN Council and UN Commission on Human Rights as well as the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was National Co-Chairman of Catholic Outreach for the Republican National Committee and is active in a number of Catholic organizations, serving as a founding board member of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Mr. Leo holds degrees from Cornell University and Cornell Law School. He presently resides in northern Virginia, where he and his wife Sally have raised their seven children.
Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore speaks frequently to issues of theology, culture, and public policy. Dr. Moore holds an M.Div in Biblical Studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D in Systematic Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He blogs frequently at his “Moore to the Point” website, and is author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. Prior to entering ministry, Dr. Moore was an aide to U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five boys.
Robert Neal is a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties where he oversees the firm’s acquisitions, renovations and dispositions. Mr. Neal is also an active community member and holds or has held board positions with the following non-profit organizations: the Orange County Council of the Boys Scouts of America; Catholic Relief Services; Catholic Leadership Institute; Second Harvest; The Pacific Club of Newport Beach; Magis Institute of Reason and Faith; the Orange Coast Chapter of Legatus International and Christ Catholic Cathedral Corporation. Mr. Neal and his wife Berni have been married for over 30 years and are parents of two adult children. Together, they are stewards of the Papal Foundation.
William P. Mumma serves in a full-time volunteer capacity as President and Chairman of the Board for Becket. He stepped down as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) in 2012, after thirty years on Wall Street. Prior to this role, he served as Executive Managing Director and head of the Equity Division at Nomura Securities International, and partner and global head of derivatives at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Mumma is currently serving on as a board member for the Witherspoon Institute, the Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child Jesus, and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish community in the United States, founded in 1654. Rabbi Soloveichik graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, received his semikha from RIETS, and was a member of its Beren Kollel Elyon. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things, The Weekly Standard, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal.
David N. Weidman joined Becket’s board in 2017. He is a renowned international business leader known for leading Celanese’s transformation from a German-based company traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (through a private equity transaction) to a (fully independent) global company traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Weidman joined Celanese Corporation, a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 technology and special materials company, in 2000. He was appointed chief operating officer in 2002, chief executive officer in 2004, served as chairman and chief executive officer from 2007 to his retirement in 2012.
During his career, he worked extensively across the globe and has lived in Japan, Sweden, and Canada, and various U.S. locations. A native of Box Elder County, Utah, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Rachel, have six children, served as mission presidents for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints until 2016, and reside in Provo, Utah
Elder Lance Wickman is an emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves as general counsel for the Church. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Elder Wickman served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.