National Advisory Council

The Harkin Institute’s bipartisan National Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders in business, public service and education who provide guidance and direction for the institute while serving as some of its most ardent supporters.

In addition to providing valuable insight on strategic planning for the institute, members of the National Advisory Council (NAC) play a vital role as speakers and mentors.

Through various capacities, NAC members offer internship and professional development opportunities to Drake University students involved with The Harkin Institute.

Marsha Ternus, J.D. (Chair)

  • Former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Inaugural Executive Director, The Harkin Institute

Charles E. Cook, Jr.

  • Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report
  • Columnist, National Journal

Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

  • President, Des Moines University

Michael G. Gartner

  • Principal Owner, Iowa Cubs
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Former President, NBC News

Ruth R. Harkin

  • Former Senior Vice President, United Technologies Corporation
  • Past Member, Iowa Board of Regents

James W. Hubbell III

  • Chairman, Hubbell Realty Company (Retired)

Rachel R. McLean, Ph.D.

  • Ruan Companies

Sally J. Pederson

  • Former Lieutenant Governor of Iowa

Stephen W. Roberts, J.D.

  • Retired, Davis Brown L.L.P.
  • Former Iowa Republican State Chairman

Mary Sellers

  • Former U.S. President, United Way Worldwide

Steve Sukup

  • President and CEO, Sukup Manufacturing

Address: 2800 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515) 271-3623

Fax Number: (515) 271-3631


Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.