Gallup Board of Directors
Reginald (Reggie) Van Lee is Partner and Chief Transformation Officer at The Carlyle Group, focused on helping the firm develop new and innovative ways to enhance business processes. Prior to Carlyle, he served as an executive at Booz Allen Hamilton for 32 years, where he oversaw the commercial solutions, federal health, global media and entertainment, computers and electronics, and telecommunications practice areas.
Van Lee was appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of trustees for The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He is co-author of the book Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today's Global Challenges Together.
Born in the late 1950s in Houston, Van Lee was raised in the segregated South as a little Black boy, who happened to be gay, and didn't dwell on the negative aspects of being different. He used his "differentness" to thrive. He had a dream to be somebody -- and through his drive, and support from his family and his community, he was able to make those dreams come true. Van Lee fulfilled a childhood dream from watching "Star Trek" to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in science. After a brief stint working for Exxon in Houston, he went back to school to complete his MBA from Harvard Business School. He then joined Booz Allen Hamilton.
While working at Booz Allen, Van Lee discovered a desire to find his journey to purpose and do everything he could to support the arts and other aspects of the communities he loved and believed in. Among other awards recognizing his commitment to service, he received New York University's C. Walter Nichols Award for outstanding community service, the Abyssinian Development Corporation Renaissance Award for his longtime and faithful commitment to the Harlem community, and the Percy E. Sutton Civic Leadership Award from the Apollo Theater Foundation, and he was recognized as one of New York's finest philanthropists.
Van Lee serves as chairman of the board for Washington Performing Arts and for the National CARES Mentoring Movement. He is a trustee for the Studio Museum in Harlem and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council. He is vice chair of the board for The Washington Ballet.
Van Lee received the 2008 National Black Engineer of the Year Award. Consulting Magazine named him as one of the top 25 consultants in the world in 2008, and he was identified as one of the 2009 Washington Minority Business Leaders by Washington Business Journal. Van Lee has co-authored a number of articles on the topic of strategy implementation. These articles have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Business Strategy and Business Horizons. He appeared on "ABC World News This Morning" and on CNBC and co-led the Clinton Foundation's Urban Enterprise Initiative, which focused on driving enhanced competitiveness of small businesses in Harlem. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Van Lee is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve our nation's youth.
Robin Renee Sanders served as one of the U.S. government's top diplomats over a long career in the United States Diplomatic Service, with senior positions such as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Congo, two stints as Director for Africa at the White House, U.S. Permanent Representative to the West African regional organization ECOWAS (which manages political, economic, trade and conflict issues for the region), and postings to Portugal and the Dominican Republic.
Sanders received her doctorate in information technology systems and communications from Robert Morris University. She holds master's degrees in African studies/international relations and in communication systems from Ohio University, as well as a bachelor's degree in communications from Hampton University.
Sanders is regarded as a thought leader on Africa's political, economic and security issues; on the United Nations' sustainable development goals; and on climate-smart environmental issues -- having worked on all of these issues throughout her career. Her advocacy initiative FEEEDS has held an annual Africa-focused event in partnership with the Gallup World Poll on many of these issues since 2013.
Sanders has testified before the U.S. Congress on security and conflict issues. She is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Diplomacy of former senior U.S. government officials, a member of the American College of National Security Leaders, a member of the U.S. Trade Representative's Trade Advisory Committee on Africa; a board trustee for Robert Morris University; and former chairperson for the U.S. Export-Import Bank's Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee.
Sanders is the recipient of six U.S. Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards and numerous honors for her leadership work with Africa's small businesses. She is the author of Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria: Their Life Stories in Signs, Symbols, and Motifs and The Rise of Africa's Small and Medium Size Enterprises: Spurring Development and Growing the Middle Class.
On July 26, 2021, President Iván Duque swore in Juan Carlos Pinzón as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States.
Throughout his career, Pinzón has been a leader in both the public and private sectors. Between 2018 and 2021, Pinzón was appointed president of the Foundation for the Progress of the Capital Region -- ProBogotá, a private nonprofit for the promotion of common good, public policy, and long-term strategic projects for the capital region of Colombia.
In July 2017, Ambassador Pinzón launched a bid for president with the support of the civic citizens' movement "Colombia Above All." In March 2018, he became a vice presidential candidate.
Pinzón previously served as Colombia's Ambassador to Washington from 2015 to 2017. During his tenure, he oversaw the approval of "Peace Colombia or Plan Colombia II" ($450 million per year) that increased the U.S. funding package for security and development. Additionally, he helped establish the CEO U.S.-Colombia Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Atlantic Council's Colombia Task Force with the report on the future of the U.S.-Colombia relationship. The accession of the Hass avocado to the U.S. market was an important highlight. While in office, the Colombian Embassy was recognized as the best diplomatic delegation in Washington by the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C.
Prior to that, Ambassador Pinzón served as Minister of Defense of Colombia for nearly four years. Under his leadership, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt the most severe blows in history to terrorist organizations - the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia and the National Liberation Army -- and criminal bands, highly degrading their logistics, structure, and leadership.
Additional previous positions include chief of staff to the president of Colombia; Deputy Minister of Defense; senior adviser to the executive director at the board of the World Bank; vice president of the Colombian Banking Association; assistant vice president of investment banking at Citigroup; private secretary and chief of staff for the Finance and Public Credit Ministry; and economist for Colombia at Citigroup.
Pinzón also currently serves as John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor and Lecturer at the Princeton University School of Public and International Affairs.
Steven D. O'Brien is General Counsel and Corporation Secretary at Gallup and is a member of the company's executive committee. O'Brien, who joined Gallup in 1990, is responsible for all legal issues affecting the company, including overseeing risk management, corporate governance and legal strategy. He is also responsible for government relations. O'Brien has extensive experience in employment law, including HR compliance systems and employment selection procedures. He manages Blue Sky and 701 Plan securities registrations to maintain an available market for a private employee-owned company. He has active involvement in litigation cases, including commercial disputes, employment discrimination, trade secret protection, copyright infringement and trademark dilution.
O'Brien has extensive experience in international business. During the 1990s, he helped acquire and develop operations in strategic business locations. He initiated an aggressive global trademark registration and acquisition program, which grew Gallup's trademark portfolio from one U.S. trademark to more than 1,000 marks in nearly 100 countries.
From January 2000 through March 2005, O'Brien served as executive publisher of The Gallup Poll, in addition to his legal responsibilities. Under his leadership, revenue for The Gallup Poll increased threefold. Significant polls undertaken included The 2002 Gallup Poll of the Islamic World, The 2003 Gallup Poll of Baghdad, The Gallup Poll of Iraq (2004) and The Gallup Poll of China (2004). He developed a contract with The Commission on Presidential Debates to allow Gallup to select the audiences of undecided voters for the Presidential Town Hall Debates from 2000 to 2012.
Before joining Gallup, O'Brien was a partner at Knudsen, Berkheimer, Richardson & Endacott, LLP. He served on the firm's management committee and had an extensive litigation practice, including insurance defense, product liability and Federal Employers' Liability Act cases. He served as first chair for more than 20 state and federal jury trials and argued seven appellate cases before the Nebraska Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.
O'Brien has appeared on MSNBC and ABC affiliate stations and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has spoken at conferences on topics such as corporate compliance, counterfeiting and piracy, international business relations, and intellectual property.
O'Brien received his bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School, both with honors. While in law school, he served as the topics editor for The George Washington International Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and in Nebraska.
Taek Lee is the chief financial officer at Gallup. He joined Gallup in 2011 and has held numerous leadership roles globally. Lee is responsible for corporate financial governance and financial analytics that ensure Gallup's growth. Additionally, he oversees Gallup's digital and licensing channels. As chief financial officer, Lee's mission is to set Gallup up for short-term and long-term financial success and sustainable growth into the future.
Prior to his current role, Lee was a regional director, leading Gallup's businesses across the central U.S., Latin America, and global licensing. He has extensive experience in Asia, where he led Gallup's consulting group for southeast Asia. He also served as a strategic adviser to senior executives and leaders across numerous industries in Asia, applying Gallup science to help organizations improve business outcomes. He specializes in management-level consultancy using Gallup's workplace and marketplace analytics.
Lee is a member of the CFO Coalition Leadership Group for the United Nations Global Compact, where he has actively engaged in driving global awareness for companies to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. He is one of the founding members of the Diversity Advisory Council for Gallup.
Lee received his bachelor's degree from Long Beach State University and his master's in business administration from the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Eastern University.
Jim Krieger is Vice Chairman at Gallup, a leader in research-based organizational consulting, behavioral economics, and social and economic analysis. He joined Gallup in 1978. Krieger is responsible for corporate financial governance and allocating financial resources to enhance Gallup's value and ensure its future.
Krieger's mission is to safeguard and invest Gallup's financial assets to achieve long-term, sustainable growth in stockholder value superior to the market. He also facilitates productive local and worldwide relationships that achieve key management and client outcomes. Under his leadership, Gallup's finance department works to develop financial scorekeeping systems that support internal and external business partnerships and crucial management cornerstones, including per-person productivity and pay for performance measures.
Krieger has extensive experience in international business and has served as Gallup's President of International Operations. From 1992 through 2001, Gallup expanded its operations in the U.S. and throughout the world, and Krieger led Gallup's efforts to acquire or start offices in business-strategic locations. Gallup currently operates more than 20 offices around the world.
Krieger serves on the board of directors for the Greater Omaha Chamber. He previously served as chairman of the board of directors' executive committee, and he served as chairman of the chamber's Economic Development Committee and Education and Workforce Development Committee. He is chairman of the Nebraska Early Childhood Business Roundtable, a statewide organization. Krieger has served as a member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration Advisory Board and as a member of the Accounting Department Advisory Group. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Krieger serves on the board of directors for the Krieger Family Foundation. This organization makes philanthropic investments in entrepreneur education for young Nebraskans and provides funds for economic development activities statewide.
Krieger received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of CPAs.
Vipula Gandhi, managing partner and head of U.S. enterprise, is passionate about the human side of organizations. Her mission is to help companies address significant business opportunities by equipping their people with the best organizational practices and predictive analytics to reach their full potential.
Based out of Gallup's headquarters in Washington, D.C., Gandhi leads business strategy and performance. She has an exceptional track record building world-class teams and cultivating a high-performing, agile, resilient and one-team culture. She and her teams work with multinational clients to understand their company's aspirations, develop long-term strategic plans, and deliver on research and analytics-based solutions that drive business goals. As a member of Gallup's Global Management Committee, she also helps drive organizational growth at Gallup.
Before joining Gallup, Gandhi had a career in corporate banking with one of the largest banks in London. She received her master's degree in business administration from Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom and has a wealth of international leadership experience, having worked in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S.
Joe Daly is a Gallup senior partner and member of the company's management committee. Daly works with global governments, academic institutions, nonprofits and corporations worldwide to help them solve the world's most pressing problems using data from the Gallup World Poll. Since 2005, the Gallup World Poll has collected opinions reflecting people's wellbeing in more than 160 countries and regions.
As a leader for Gallup's public and social sector work, Daly helps recognize research disparities and gaps in data, facilities studies that span the globe, and then helps condense and communicate those findings into actionable advice and analytics that build a better world. He emboldens his partners and clients to look at global standards differently, challenging them to think bigger, so every person -- regardless of where they are in the world -- has a chance to be heard and has access to a life well-lived.
Daly is also passionate about the important role entrepreneurship plays in society. He supports governments and businesses worldwide, collecting research and data on the drivers of employment, job creation and business startups at the global, national, regional and local levels. Gallup has studied the talents that distinguish successful entrepreneurs and has built an assessment that identifies individuals, such as high school students, with high entrepreneurial talent, and then helps leadership direct them to the right experiences to develop their talent.
Daly is a member of Gallup's public release committee, a carefully staffed, historical team devoted to protecting Gallup's brand in public-facing research. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for Lemonade Day, a national philanthropy dedicated to youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy. In addition, Daly serves on the board of trustees at the Meridian International Center.
Before joining Gallup, Daly was a consultant at Accenture. He has an MBA with a focus on international business from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Jon Clifton is the CEO of Gallup, a global analytics and advice firm. Clifton's mission is to build the world's official statistics for everything related to work and life, to put people worldwide in touch with their strengths and to help organizations create thriving workplaces.
Clifton is a nonresident senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. He serves on the boards of directors for Gallup and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and has also served on the boards of Meridian International Center, StreetWise Partners, Chess Challenge in DC and Findyr.
Because of his expertise, Clifton is often called on to speak about Gallup's research to international associations including the United Nations, the International Association for Official Statistics and the World Bank.
He has also been interviewed on BBC News, C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" and Al-Jazeera, and he has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on the state of American small business and entrepreneurship.
Clifton received a bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor in international law from the University of Nebraska. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Midland University.
Jim Clifton is the chairman of Gallup, a global analytics and advice firm. Mr. Clifton served as the organization's CEO from 1988 until 2022. Under his leadership as CEO, Gallup expanded from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions.
Mr. Clifton is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-based economic model that establishes the linkages among human nature in the workplace, customer engagement and business outcomes. This model is used in performance management systems in more than 500 companies worldwide. Another of his innovations, the Gallup World Poll, gives the world's 7 billion citizens a voice on virtually all key global issues.
In June 2015, the Clifton Foundation and Gallup announced a $30 million gift to the University of Nebraska to establish the Don Clifton Strengths Institute. The gift supports the early identification and accelerated development of thousands of gifted entrepreneurs and future business builders.
Mr. Clifton is the author of Wall Street Journal bestseller Wellbeing at Work, released in 2021, a book that explores how to build resilient and thriving teams in organizations. He is also author of the No. 1 Wall Street Journal bestseller It's the Manager, the bestseller Born to Build, and The Coming Jobs War, as well as many articles on global leadership. His blog appears regularly in the Influencer section of LinkedIn and on Gallup.com's Chairman's Blog.
Mr. Clifton serves on several boards, including the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, is Chairman Emeritus of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Chairman of the Dr. N. Joyce Payne Center for Social Justice. He has received honorary degrees from Medgar Evers, Jackson State and Bellevue Universities. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University.
Mr. Clifton lives and works in Washington, D.C.