John D. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, and Adjunct Professor with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government
John D. Sullivan is an independent consultant in development and is also an Adjunct Professor with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He recently retired as executive director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce. As associate director of the Democracy Program, Sullivan helped to establish both CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983. After serving as CIPE program director, he became executive director in 1991. Under his leadership CIPE developed a number of innovative approaches that link democratic development to market reforms: combating corruption, promoting corporate governance, building business associations, supporting the informal sector, and programs to assist women and youth entrepreneurs. Sullivan established offices in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, and Egypt with projects in over 6o countries.
Sullivan began his career in Los Angeles’ inner city neighborhoods, helping to develop minority business programs with the Institute for Economic Research and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. In 1976 he joined the President Ford Election Committee in the research department on campaign strategy, polling, and market research. Sullivan joined the public affairs department of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1977 as a specialist in business and economic education.
Sullivan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Russian Institute of Directors’ Advisory Board, and the International Finance Corporation’s Private Sector Advisory Group. He received a doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of numerous publications on the transition to democracy, economic reform, corporate governance, and market-oriented democratic development.
Practice Areas: Corporate Governance, public-private dialog for policy reform, advocacy strategies, informal sector engagement, anti-corruption reform, business association and non-profit strategy and training, economic education, and corporate social responsibility.