Wendy W. Luers is the founding President of The Foundation for a Civil Society and Co-Chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. Mrs. Luers established the Foundation for a Civil Society in New York and Prague in January, 1990 at the request of the Czechoslovaks and Americans following her residence in Prague with her husband, Ambassador William Luers from 1983 to 1986 when they became close to Vaclav Havel and Charter 77. FCS helped promote civil society and provided advice and expertise with offices in New York, Prague from 1990 to1999 and in Bratislava from 1993 to 1999. Nadace VIA (Czech Republic) and Nadace Pontis (Slovakia) are the successor NGO’s and affiliates of FCS in NY. FCS’s principal activity until 2016 was the Young Visual Artists Awards (YVAA) established in 1989 as the Chalupecky Award in Czechoslovakia. It has inspired similar awards in ten other countries, the winners of which come to NY for residencies. The current projects are New Cuba Arts Connections and the Iran Project. Mrs. Luers is the Co-Founder of Beyond Conflict, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), Founder and President of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, and is Vice Chair of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She was named by President Ronald Reagan to an eight year term on the National Council of the Arts (1988-1996). She has served on numerous boards at Stanford, Tufts and the University of South California and is currently on the board of the Center for Communication, Leadership and Policy (CCLP) at USC. She was the first woman and first non-Czech to receive Gratias Agit award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. She has a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from Stanford University, 1961.
William Luers, Director, The Iran Project Ambassador William H. Luers is an Adjunct Professor in SIPA at Columbia University. In 2009, he stepped down after serving ten years as President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), which is the largest grassroots foreign policy organization supporting the United Nations in the US. From 1986-1999 he was the President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Prior to his move to New York in 1986, Ambassador Luers had a 31-year career in the Foreign Service. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and in the Department of State. Born in Springfield, Illinois, Ambassador Luers received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.A. from Columbia University following four years in the United States Navy. He did graduate work in Philosophy at Northwestern University.
Iris Bieri, Executive Coordinator, The Iran Project
Katia Mead, National Outreach Director, The Iran Project
Joy Drucker, Coordinator Washington DC Programs, The Iran Project
Cecily Dyer, Management Coordinator, The Iran Project
Lydia Furinova, Financial Management, FCS