Jeffrey Pankratz, President
Jeffrey Pankratz is the President and CEO of Justice Ventures International. In addition to his responsibilities with JVI, he serves as Managing Director of Development Sourcing Advisors LLC, a consulting firm advising U.S. and foreign businesses. He has lived and worked on and off in India since 2003. Prior to serving with JVI and DSA, Mr. Pankratz was Of Counsel at the law firm of Venable LLP where his practice focused on corporate law and development finance, including real estate equity syndications, community development lending, partnership law, microfinance, social venture capital funds, and tax credits. Throughout his career, he has been active in pro bono matters in the areas of human rights and development. Mr. Pankratz’s initial exposure to India was in 2003 when he lived and work in southern India for the International Justice Mission, supporting its efforts to eradicate bonded slavery in that region. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Pankratz served as the Director of Management and Organizational Development for Enterprise Community Partners in Columbia, Maryland, and as the Executive Director of the Community Development Law Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Pankratz received a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S. in business administration from California Polytechnic State University.
Russell Pope, Board Chair
Russ Pope is a partner at the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, where he represents financial institutions in commercial, corporate, and class action litigation around the country. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Norlink International, Inc., a non-profit community development and relief organization that sponsors projects in third world countries, including the reconstruction of hundreds of homes in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra and microenterprise incubation in Kyrgyzstan. Russ is a Navy veteran, having served on submarines in the Western Pacific before attending law school. He received a B.S. in oceanography/physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.
Thomas Kim, Board Vice Chair
Thomas Kim is Senior Vice President of Commercial & Multifamily Policy at the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Tom leads all policy activities with regard to commercial and multifamily real estate finance at MBA, including matters relating to financial services regulation, commercial mortgage securitization, multifamily housing finance and commercial mortgage servicing. Prior to MBA, Tom served as Associate General Counsel at Freddie Mac, where he advised the company on a broad range of legal, regulatory and public policy matters. Previously, Tom was in-house counsel at the Investment Company Institute, the national association of the mutual fund industry, where he focused on legislative and regulatory matters affecting mutual funds and their shareholders. Tom received his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and LL.M. from the Georgetown Law Center.
David Eggert, Vice President
David Eggert is the Vice President of Justice Ventures International. Mr. Eggert is currently also a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee Law School in Lexington, Virginia. Previously, he was a professor at Handong International Law School in South Korea from 2009 to 2012. While there, he participated in social justice and Christian entrepreneurship missions to Mongolia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Ghana, and helped set up organizations in Korea dedicated to helping trafficked women and single mothers, as well as assisting immigrants. Between 1984-2008, Mr. Eggert was a litigator at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC with a particular focus on antitrust and products liability matters. Mr. Eggert also worked on a number of pro bono matters in the areas of human rights, religious freedom, and Christian mission. He volunteered with the International Justice Mission in Thailand for several months in 2001. He received his B.A. in history from Loyola University of New Orleans, and his J.D. from Duke University. Mr. Eggert lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia,with his wife and three children.
Nancy Sung, Secretary
Nancy Sung, Ph.D. is a Senior Program Officer of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF), an independent foundation that supports biomedical research. In this capacity she is responsible for $8 million annually in grants for research and education, as well as program development and evaluation. She represents the Fund on issues of science policy and workforce development, and is founding board chair of the Health Research Alliance, a national consortium of 50 private foundations and voluntary health agencies. Prior to joining the Fund, for two years she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Virology in Beijing, China. She earned a B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in microbiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For 2011-12, she is on sabbatical, serving as an East Asia-Pacific Program Director at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA. She also serves on the board of the Samaritan Health Center in Durham, NC.
Robert W. Andersen, Treasurer
Bob Andersen is Chairman and CEO of Superior Oil Company, Inc. headquartered in Indianapolis. He has been with Superior for more than 30 years, and he formerly was the CFO. He holds BS and MBA degrees from Butler University. In addition to his service through JVI, Mr. Andersen has been involved in a leadership role with a range of other local and international ministries and nonprofit organizations. He has also led groups, spoken, preached and written on the subject of stewardship. He and his wife live in Greenfield, Indiana.
Dave McDowell is the Vice President of Global Initiatives at Athletes in Action. He has served on the staff for Athletes in Action for the past 25 years where he has played a key role in leading their development programs. Prior to joining with Athletes in Action, he worked with Proctor & Gamble.. Mr. McDowell received his Masters of Science in Administration from Ohio University, and his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from The College of William and Mary. Dave and his wife live in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.
Edward Sohn, has been a long time supporter and volunteer with JVI, previously serving on JVI’s Advisory Board. He has lived and traveled extensively in India and has played a key role in advising JVI regarding its various programs there. A lawyer by training, he currently serves as a Global Director with Thomson Reuters, and was previously with the international law firm of King & Spalding, LLC. Ed and his wife live in Atlanta, GA.
Chen-Sen (“Samson”) Wu, J.D., M.D.
Samson is an Assistant General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He is currently on long-term assignment from the U.S. to Singapore, where his responsibilities cover worldwide commercial operations, global medical governance, and internal investigations in Asia. Prior to GSK, Samson was an attorney at Williams & Connolly, LLP in Washington, DC. He graduated from both Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, and Duke University School of Medicine, where he was selected for a National Institutes of Health clinical research training fellowship. Samson earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he was Co-Managing Editor of the Stanford Daily. He and his family are members of Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham, NC, and currently attend Adam Road Presbyterian Church in Singapore.