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Lester S. Hyman is a Washington, D.C. attorney with more than 50 years of experience in law, business, politics, the arts and international affairs.
After serving in the federal government as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
and later as Senior Consultant to the Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Hyman
returned to his
home state of Massachusetts where, as a protégé of John F. Kennedy, he
was Chief Assistant to the Governor, Secretary of Commerce and Development, and Chairman of the Democratic Party
of that State.
He also taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He then returned to Washington where he was a founder of the prominent law firm of Swidler Berlin representing major business clients both in the United States (20th Century Fox, McGraw Hill) and overseas: France (Roussel-Uclaf), Germany (Hoechst), Japan (Matsushita, Mazda), Korea (Hyundai), as well as representing a number of countries (Haiti, Liberia, Bermuda, and the Virgin Islands).
has been very active in international peace resolution work in Africa and Central America where he
has worked closely with former President Jimmy Carter and the International Negotiating Network (INN).
He was President Clinton's representative at the signing of the Guatemala Peace Treaty (as well as Clinton's appointee to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Commission).
is the author of the 2003 book "U.S. Policy Towards Liberia".
He currently serves on the Board of the Center for National Policy, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, the International Intellectual Property Institute, and the BVI College and is Strategic Advisor both for the Venture capital Company Oxantium LLC and ArtsBacker.
As a devotee of the arts, Mr. Hyman served on the D.C. Arts and Humanities Council, and the Boards of the Norton Simon Museum of Art and the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company.