Don Cipriani serves as a member of the Hostage US Board of Directors. Don was a longtime friend, fellow teacher, and former housemate of Jim Foley’s, and worked closely with the Foley family and friends to secure Jim’s release from captivity in Libya and to seek his release from captivity in Syria. Don was a founding Board Member of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and served as its Project Director on Hostage US initiatives.
Professionally, Don is an international philanthropy consultant assisting foundations in areas such as children’s rights, racial justice, criminal justice, and multi-donor collaboration. He was the founding Director of the Just and Fair Schools Fund, a collaborative fund comprised of 14 US donors, and supported the Fund’s 2015 relaunch as the Communities for Just Schools Fund.
He is the author of “Children’s Rights and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: A Global Perspective” (Ashgate, 2009). Don holds a bachelor’s degree from Drew University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He earned a Ph.D. in Law from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
“I support Hostage US because of my friend Jim Foley’s kidnappings in Libya and Syria, and the experiences of Jim, his family, and our community of friends and loved ones during and after Jim’s periods of captivity and murder. Jim’s boundless spirit, humanity, and generosity are a constant presence in our lives, and I see the creation of Hostage US as one part of Jim’s continuing legacy to this country. Hostage US is the world-class organization that Jim would have wanted to support his family, his fellow hostages, and their families.”