The American Australian Council is a bipartisan, nonprofit institution dedicated to advancing the American-Australian relationship.


The American Australian Council is a bipartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of former members of Congress; senior political appointees from both major political parties; top government relations and public policy leaders; and business enterprise entrepreneurs. We are supported by an involved foundational membership, sponsors, an advisory board, and staff.

Council Officers

American Australian Council Ernest Z. Bower

Ernest Z. Bower

Chairman, American Australian Council
President and CEO
Bower Group Asia

American Australian Council The Honorable Robert S. Walker

The Honorable Robert S. Walker

Vice Chairman, American Australian Council
Executive Chairman Wexler | Walker Public Policy Associates

American Australian Council Barry S. Jackson

Barry S. Jackson

President, American Australian Council 
Managing Director
The Lindsey Group

American Australian Council The Honorable Marty Russo

The Honorable Marty Russo

Secretary, American Australian Council 
Chief Executive Officer
Russo Capitol Strategies, LLC

American Australian Council Tony Podesta

Tony Podesta

Treasurer & Founding Chairman, American Australian Council

Council Directors

American Australian Council The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell

The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell

Chairman and CEO
The Asia Group, LLC

American Australian Council The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell

The Honorable Alan M. Dunn 

Chief Legal Officer
IP3 International Corporation

American Australian Council Steve Kahng

Larry Irving

President and CEO
The Irving Group

American Australian Council The Honorable Kevin G. Nealer

The Honorable Kevin G. Nealer

The Scowcroft Group

American Australian Council Steve Kahng

Steve Kahng

General Partner
Arboretum Capital LLC

American Australian Council Connie Milstein

Connie Milstein

Senior Business Executive

Foundation Structure

The parent foundation of the American Australian Council is the American Australian Education and Leadership Foundation, an organization that has been confirmed by the U.S Internal Revenue Service as:

• Exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code

• Not liable for the tax imposed under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA)

• Not a private foundation within the meaning of section 509(a) of the Code, and therefore not subject to the excise taxes under Chapter 42 of the Code

Donors may deduct contributions to our Foundation as provided in section 170 of the Code, and bequests, legacies, devises, transfers, or gifts to our foundation or for its use are deductible for federal estate and gift tax purposes.

The Foundation is governed by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers, and who are responsible for ensuring that an adequate commitment of funding is organized, for organizing the Foundation and taking responsible measures, such as ensuring legal compliance, meeting corporate grant standards under Sarbanes Oxley, adequate insurance coverage, etc. We would be pleased to provide the relevant corporate documents, certifications, tax ID number upon request.