March 6, 2012

Bill Bradley, Norm Coleman, Mel Martinez and Gordon Smith Join USGLC Advisory Council

Bill Bradley, Norm Coleman, Mel Martinez, and Gordon Smith Join USGLC Advisory Council

Chaired by Colin Powell, Council Includes a Who’s Who of Former Cabinet Members and Lawmakers

Washington, DC—The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition today announced that former U.S. Senators Bill Bradley (D-NJ), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Mel Martinez (R-FL), and Gordon Smith (R-OR) have joined its National Advisory Council, which is chaired by Colin Powell and includes every living Secretary of State as members.

“These distinguished former senators served as champions of the International Affairs Budget and our nation’s tools of development and diplomacy during their time in Congress,” said Executive Director Liz Schrayer.  “We look forward to having their leadership and expertise at the helm of the USGLC as we continue to promote why U.S. engagement in the world is critical to our national security, economic prosperity, and finest values as a country.”

Known as the “coalition of strange bedfellows,” the USGLC brings together corporations and non-governmental organizations from Caterpillar to CARE, Walmart to World Vision, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Save the Children, along with a distinguished group of bipartisan leaders, all dedicated to enhancing our civilian-led tools of development and diplomacy in promoting our nation’s interests in the world.

A complete list of the USGLC Advisory Council can be found here.

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition ( is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer, more prosperous world.