CSU-Global's independent Advisory Council of industry leaders keeps the university at the forefront of innovation.

As part of our continuing efforts to provide innovative solutions that meet the needs of today's global learners, we have established the CSU-Global Advisory Council. The Council serves to expand the university's intellectual capacity and provide different perspectives on the execution of CSU-Global's mission. The Council acts as a non-voting advisory group to informally and candidly share information, insights, and opinions in order to enhance the work of the CSU-Global leadership team.

The goals of the CSU-Global Advisory Council include:

  • Challenging the status quo and the thinking of CSU-Global's leadership team.
  • Raising awareness of external factors not previously recognized by CSU-Global's leadership.
  • Identifying trends based on the members' expertise and backgrounds.
  • Linking CSU-Global to important affiliations.
  • Providing inspiration and support for innovative thinking.

Current Advisory Council Members

Mr. Ed Haselden

Mr. Ed Haselden is responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and leadership development for Haselden Construction, among the largest of Colorado's contractors and ranked by Engineering News Record as one of the top 200 contractors in the U.S. An advocate of and leader in corporate social responsibility, Ed has previously served as on the Board of Directors for the Mile High United Way, Boy Scouts of America Mile High Council, and Alliant National Title Insurance Company. He also served on the Advisory Council for the Museum of Nature & Science. Ed currently sits on the Board of Advisors for U.S. Bank. The longest serving member of the CSU System Board of Governors, Ed served on committees for Audit & Finance, Evaluation, and Audit before retiring from the Board in December 2013. 

Mr. Mark Protus

Mr. Mark Protus started his Microsoft career more than 23 years ago, developing training and courseware for their first Certification program which remains one of the most sought-after global standards. His multi-dimensional impact to promote learning and software solutions includes roles in customer marketing, training, education, and courseware development. Mark now heads the company's Microsoft Virtual Academy, which attracts about one million users a month with its live and on-demand web classes. Most recently, Mark has helped to lead Microsoft's effort to provide access to professional training across multiple organizations, meeting employer needs and validating workplace-relevant employee learning achievements. 

Lt. General John Regni (ret.)

Lt. General John F. Regni, USAF (ret.), entered the Air Force Academy in 1969 and served 40 years active duty until his retirement in 2009. John's commissioned service spanned the areas of personnel, training, education, and various senior command positions. John served as the Base Commander and 8th Combat Support Group Commander at Kunsan Air Base in S. Korea; as Commander, Second Air Force overseeing all technical training; as Commander ("President"), Air University overseeing all professional military education, all resident accredited Master and PhD programs, and the Community College of the Air Force; and as Superintendent ("President") of his alma mater, the U.S. Air Force Academy. John had previously served at the U.S. Air Force Headquarters in the Pentagon as the Director of Personnel Policy and as the Director of Personnel Resources.

Highly-regarded for technical and strategic planning expertise, John formed The JRF Group, LLC, for which he is a consultant for strategic planning and serves on numerous boards and advisory councils. He serves as the Technical Advisor for Defense and National Security to the Arizona Commerce Authority; as Director, Aerospace and Defense Initiative for Science Foundation Arizona; on the board for DigitalGlobe Foundation; on the board of Vantage Mobility International; and is an Advisory Council member for Marstel-Day, an environmental and conservation consulting firm. The Governor of Arizona also appointed him a board member to the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance, which he serves as Chairman. 

Ms. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Ms. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP, is one of America's most trusted sources for financial advice and a leading advocate for financial literacy. As the leader of Schwab Community Services as well as president of Charles Schwab Foundation, she is devoted to making investing more accessible to the American public, demonstrating that strategic corporate social responsibility and philanthropy can simultaneously support business and social objectives.

In 2010 Schwab-Pomerantz was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, and served as chair of the Partnership Committee until early 2013. In that role, she led the Council's efforts to strengthen coordination between public and private-sector financial education programs. She also served on the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy under George W. Bush.

Under her leadership, the Charles Schwab Foundation has concentrated its resources to support financial literacy. This focus reflects Schwab's history of breaking down traditional barriers to investing, serves to unite employees around a mutual purpose, and builds trust among Schwab's multiple communities. Of specific note are two programs. The first is Money Matters: Make It Count, a national personal finance program for teens created in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and cited by U.S. Treasury's National Strategy on Financial Literacy as a best public-private sector initiative in 2006. The second is AARP Foundation Finances 50+, a financial capability program for low-income workers and jobseekers age 50 and older.

Schwab-Pomerantz speaks and writes extensively about personal finance issues. She currently has a personal finance column called Ask Carrie, which appears weekly on schwab.com, parade.com, and is syndicated through Creators News Service. With her father, Charles R. Schwab, Schwab-Pomerantz coauthored It Pays to Talk: How to Have the Essential Conversations with Your Family about Money and Investing (Crown Business: 2002).

Her public appearances have included Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNBC and NPR among other major media outlets, as well as the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the San Francisco Commonwealth Club. For ten years (2003-2011, 2013), The San Francisco Business Times named her one of the San Francisco Bay Area's 100 Most Influential Women in Business. In 2011, Schwab-Pomerantz received the William E, Odom Visionary Leadership Award, Jump$tart Coalition's highest recognition for individual contributions to the financial literacy and education of students.

She serves as director and chairman of the board of Schwab Charitable, one of the country's largest donor-advised funds. She also serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's national board of governors, and chairs the board of trustees for the Pacific region. Additionally, Schwab-Pomerantz is on the board of directors of the IWF Leadership Foundation and Decker Communications, a privately-held company. Schwab-Pomerantz earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University. She holds FINRA Series 7, 23, 63 and 8 registrations, and is a certified financial planner. 

Mr. Steven Shapiro

Mr. Steven Shapiro applies his expertise and experience in B2B and B2C marketing and communications strategies to lead his firm in creatively strategic, metrics-based thinking for its clients at CSG. Well-regarded for its strategic work in industries that include education, finance and professional services, consumer products, and corporate training and talent management, CSG supports its nationwide account base with measurable outcomes in all areas of PR, communications, and social networking.

Steven's past experience includes senior leadership positions in communications for Scudder Kemper Investments, the American Stock Exchange, and Jones Knowledge and Jones International University. He has also held leadership positions with multinational organizations including Ernst & Young, Lehman Brothers, and Sharp Electronics. 

Dr. Alan Tait

Dr. Alan Tait has been a leader in online education since 2005, when he served as editor-in-chief for the European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning. He was also a professor of Distance Education and Development for Open University U.K. prior to becoming the university's Academic Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Today Alan maintains his leadership in education innovation as he continues to hold a professor position with Open University U.K. and a visiting professorship at Denmark's Aarus University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Council for Distance Education, the leading global membership organization for open, distance, flexible, and online education, and is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Learning for Development to promote value-driven economic and social change.