Advisory Councils and Boards



Many of our schools and programs assemble prominent leaders in their fields to serve on an advisory council or board. These advisory bodies are composed of volunteer members who provide real-world experience while promoting program initiatives, long-term planning strategies, and fostering collaboration between GW and local, national, and global organizations.

Joining an advisory council or board forges partnerships with members of our community and offers the opportunity to serve GW in a leadership capacity. 

If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed below, please email [email protected] for more information.


Advisory Councils

Luther Rice Advisory Council

The Luther Rice Society Advisory Council, the society’s governing board, promotes leadership annual giving to create a culture of philanthropy and provide an example for tomorrow’s alumni.  Please contact [email protected] for more information on this board.

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Family Philanthropy Board

Family member volunteers dedicated to expanding GW’s student services and programs join the Family Philanthropy Board, a fundraising group made up of parents of undergraduate students.

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GW Athletics Board of Advisors

The GW Athletics Board of Advisors provides volunteer and philanthropic leadership to engage key constituents in GW Athletics and Recreation. The Board's purpose is to assist with fundraising and constituent outreach to the broader GW Athletics community and provides insight and guidance to GW Athletics senior leadership and the office of Athletics Development. Please contact [email protected] for more information on this board.

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The National Advisory Council 

The National Advisory Council (NAC) assists the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) to review concerns within the school, and works with the Dean to enhance the image and quality of the education offered to GW’s engineering and applied science students. The NAC which consists of SEAS graduates and business leaders in engineering-related fields, speaks to classes, initiates corporate internship possibilities, reflects upon the structure of the curriculum, and critiques the marketability of SEAS students upon graduation.

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The Elliott School Board of Advisors

The Elliott School Board of Advisors is an advisory body composed of prominent alumni and friends of the Elliott School for International Affairs. The board meets semi-annually and provides counsel to Elliott School faculty and staff on a range of issues.

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GW Law Advisory Boards 

The Dean's Board of Advisors, Business and Finance Law Advisory Board, Energy Law Advisory Board, The Intellectual Property Board of Advisors, and Government Contracts Advisory Board comprise distinguished GW Law alumni and members of the legal community to provide guidance and expertise to the dean and academic program directors.

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Columbian College—The National Councils for Arts and Sciences & Media and Public Affairs

The National Council for Arts and Sciences and the National Council for Media and Public Affairs function jointly as the Dean’s advisory body for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.  Composed of distinguished national and international alumni and friends, the councils work to address issues impacting the growth and development of Columbian College. In addition, members help to promote the mission of the university and the College through their work on the Council.

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GSPM Board of Advisors

The Council on American Politics brings together leaders from across the nation to address issues facing the growth and enrichment of the Graduate School of Political Management. They are a group of impressive individuals who are in the forefront of today’s political arena.

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The National Council on Education and Human Development

The National Council for Education and Human Development serves as the primary advisory body to the school’s dean and is comprised of alumni, parents, business leaders, and community members who share a commitment to education and human development and to preparing leaders in these fields. Members serve as ambassadors of the School, promoting its programs to external constituencies and working with school leadership to ensure the strength and advancement of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

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The School of Business Board of Advisors

The School of Business Dean’s Board of Advisors is an advisory Board that provides council to the school’s dean and is composed of alumni, friends of the university, and parents of current and former GWSB students. The Board has three committees which together seek to advocate the goals of the School of Business to the university, GW alumni, and to the greater academic and financial community.

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The School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Council

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean’s Council was created to advance the school’s strategic priorities of education and research.  The council works closely with the dean and other SMHS leadership to strengthen its academic reputation, increase its financial resources, forge new strategic relationships, and enrich our global community.

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The College of Professional Studies Dean's Council

The CPS Dean’s Council is composed of 12 members of the GW faculty representing the university’s schools and colleges and works to promote the interests and concerns of the College of Professional Studies throughout the GW community.  Among the council’s many responsibilities are acting as a liaison between the college and the dean, advising the dean on all academic matters affecting the welfare of CPS, and assisting the dean in exploring programmatic opportunities and concerns.

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Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean's Council

The Milken Institute School of Public Health Dean’s Council was instituted in 2009 to engage distinguished alumni from around the university in providing valuable guidance and input to the school regarding strategic initiatives and programs. The council’s purpose is to assist the Milken Institute School in strengthening both reputation and relationship with alumni and the larger community.

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Research Advisory Board

The Research Advisory Board is composed of experts from within and outside the GW community, and is the main research advisory group to the Office of the Vice President For Research. Meeting twice a year, the group reviews GW’s research agenda and provides feedback and direction.

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