Who We Are
The Open Hands Initiative was established in November 2009 by Jay T. Snyder, an American businessman,philanthropist, and public servant. Our Advisory Board consists o internationally renowned eperts in the elds o public diplomacy, private philanthropy, and international cultures.
Founder & Chairman
Jay T. Snyder serves as Founder and Chairman o the Board o Directors o The Open Hands Initiative.Mr. Snyder has been active in community service and as a public servant or a number o years, includingserving on the Bookings’ Saban Center & Council on Foreign Relations Middle East Project, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and as a United States Representative to the United NationsGeneral Assembly. In addition to his philanthropic and public service work, Mr. Snyder also currentlyworks in private equity investments as a principal o HBJ Investments LLC.
To help support and guide our mission successully, we have established an Advisory Board consisting o internationally renowned eperts in the elds o public diplomacy, private philanthropy, health, disability,education, business, and international cultures. The Open Hands Initiative will be urther epanding our Advisory Board membership in 2010.
Tina BrownFounder and editor-in-chie o The Daily Beast, Tina Brown is the author o the 2007 New York Times best seller The Diana Chronicles. Brown is the ormer editor o Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk magazines and host o CNBC’s Topic A with Tina Brown.Mike HoltzmanNamed “PR Person o the Year” by PR Week Magazine, Michael Holtzman is a publicdiplomacy strategist and currently a partner at the international strategic communications rmBrown Lloyd James. Mr. Holtzman has led the rm’s work to engage and infuence high-level and grassroots relationships between the US and China, the Middle East, Russia, North Arica and other areas o strategic importance. Ambassador Martin S. IndykCurrently Vice President and Director o Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, MartinIndyk is a ormer Ambassador to Israel and Assistant Secretary o State or Near East Aairsduring the Clinton administration. He currently ocuses on the Clinton administration’sdiplomacy and the Arab-Israeli confict. Ambassador Mitchell B. ReissPresident o Washington College and a senior associate o the CSIS International SecurityProgram, Ambassador Reiss is a leading epert on American oreign policy and internationallyrecognized or his negotiating skills during the Northern Ireland peace process and the NorthKorean nuclear crisis. Ambassador Patrick Theros Ambassador Theros served as US Ambassador to Qatar rom 1995 until his retirement romthe US Foreign Service in 1998. Theros joined the US Foreign Service in 1963 and helddiplomatic posts throughout the Middle East, including in Jordan, Abu Dhabi, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. He previously served as Deputy Coordinator or Counterterrorism,responsible or the coordination o all U.S. Government counterterrorism activities outside theUnited States.
Culture & Creativity
Some o the world’s greatest cultural works- rom art, tomusic, to literature- come rom the developing world. These cultural products are important not just or theirbeauty, but also or what they say about the valuesand history o the people who produce them. Weprovide tools or introducing these treasures towestern audiences, and encourage the power o epression and dialogue through art.We work to translate, distribute, and promote in thewest the works o the developing world’s authorsand poets, while supporting local literacy andeducational programs. We also help acilitate theproduction, distribution, and echange o local artand music while simultaneously providing jobs andincome to independent local artists and entertainers.
We send teams o eperienced American physicians to other countries to help build capacity or local doctorsthrough knowledge sharing and improving local health care practices. Our aim is to establish long-term,sustainable, and equal partnerships or the mutual benet o all.We connect American physicians with local hospitals, medical universities, and NGO’s to identiy key healthand medical issues in each community. We then acilitate the echange o on-the-ground medical support andeducation through best practice sharing, cooperative treatment, and providing key medical supplies.Mechanisms or year-round dialogue between American and local partners are let behind to urther strengthen therelationships ormed.
Disability & Accessibility
Children are the uture o any nation. We work closely withcommunities, schools, local NGO’s, and amilies to promotethe rights o children with disabilities as equal members o society.We build handicapped accessible playgrounds and inviteparents and educators to share their eperiences andepertise with the international community.We also partner with American disability organizations tomeet with communities around the world and share theireperiences in promoting health, adapted sports, and socialinclusion or the disabled.