About our Founder and Head of School

Noah Bopp is a graduate of Oberlin College, Duke University, and the Klingenstein Private School Leadership program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington awarded him its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award.

He is also a trustee of the Mithil Prasad Foundation, which was co-founded by SEGL graduate Rachna Prasad, and on the Advisory Council at the Andi Leadership Institute.

Noah has over 25 years of school leadership and teaching experience. Prior to SEGL, he worked at the Mountain School of Milton Academy, where he directed the History program and served as a dorm parent. From 2002-2007 he led the Duke University TIP Global Dialogues Institute, which he created as a “pilot” for SEGL; he also co-led the Duke TIP in Paris program, which he co-created in 2001. He began his teaching career at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island, where he taught history and philosophy, and chaired the school’s Community Service counsel.

Noah and his wife Sydney live several blocks from the SEGL Residence. They have a four year-old daughter, Daisy, and a Havanese puppy, Pericles.

Noah posts on Twitter @NoahBopp.

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Board of Trustees

Noah Bopp (ex officio)


  • Head of School, The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

Dennis Campbell


  • Former Head of School, Woodberry Forrest School
  • Former Dean, Duke University Divinity School

Khary Cauthen


  • Vice President, Cheniere Energy

Alison Cowan


  • Parent, Fall 2009
  • Journalist, formerly with "The New York Times"

Matteson Ellis

Chair Emeritus; Co-Founder

  • Founder, Matteson Ellis Law PLLC
  • Member, Miller & Chevalier

Mamadou Gueye


  • Upper School Principal, Sidwell Friends School

Sam Herschkowitz, M.D.


  • Parent, Fall 2014
  • CEO, Serenity Pharmaceuticals
  • Chairman and CEO, Delcath Systems

Dudley Lacy

Immediate Past Chair

  • Former President and COO, O’Brien Atkins

Hutton Cooney


  • Student, Spring 2012
  • Co-Chair, We Day Minnesota

Caryn Seidman-Becker


  • Parent, Spring 2020
  • Chairman and CEO, CLEAR

Liz Wainger


  • President, Wainger Group

Miles Weddle


  • Student, Spring 2015
  • Co-Founder, No Label

Honorary Leadership Council

David Abshire

  • Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
  • Former Special Counselor to President Ronald Reagan
  • President and CEO, Center for the Study of the Presidency

Ambassador Mark Dybul

  • Executive Director, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria
  • Co-Director, Georgetown University O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
  • Former United States Global AIDS Coordinator

Egil “Bud” Krogh

In Memoriam

  • Senior Fellow and Chair, Leadership and Ethics, Center for the Study of the Presidency
  • Fmr. Director, Special Investigations Unit, Nixon Administration

Ambassador Donald Mahley

In Memoriam

  • Fmr. Special Negotiator for Chemical and Biological Arms Control Issues

Colman McCarthy

  • Director, Center for Teaching Peace
  • Former Columnist, "The Washington Post"

Paula Mirk

  • Vice President for Education, Institute for Global Ethics

Lissa Muscatine

  • Former Senior Adviser and Chief of Speechwriting, US State Department

Joel Rosenthal

  • President, Carnegie Counsel for Ethics in International Affairs

Abdul Aziz Said

  • Mohammed Said Farsi Chair in Islamic Peace
  • Director, Center for Global Peace, American University

James Thurber

  • Distinguished Professor of Government
  • Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

Carl Wilkens

  • Former Director, ADRA in Rwanda (1993-4)
  • Medal of Valor, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Special Counsel

James Warren

  • Attorney at Law