Meet the Counselors

These professional career counselors are volunteering to help Fulbright Alumni with their career path.


Liz Neumann

A recently retired Managing Partner at Koya Leadership Partners, Liz was a founding principal and leader at Brill Neumann Associates for 14 years. Most recently, Liz was Partner at Neumann Executive Search Partners; she joined Koya upon the merger of the two firms. She continues to serve in an advisory capacity at Koya.

Liz has led searches for Brown University, Northeastern University, Ohio University, Emory University, Northwestern University, Yale University, Wayne State University, Cornell University and Ithaca College, among others. She often focuses in areas of business, budget, finance and administration, human resources, information technology, and strategy for higher education, medical and research organizations.

Earlier in her career, Liz held financial management positions at National Amusements Inc., Laventhal and Horvath, and in entertainment, real estate, and nonprofit organizations. She also worked for Auerbach Associates, a national executive search firm.

Liz has been a conflict resolution / management consultant for churches in Massachusetts and a volunteer for the South Shore Hospice. She currently serves on the board of the Brookfield Institute, an organization committed to cultivating and harvesting peace.


Andy Evans

Andy has over 40 years of financial and administrative management experience. Andy is a former Managing Director at Koya Leadership Partners. Effective December 31, 2019, he retired but remains a Senior Adviser with the firm. His primary practice was leading executive searches for both academic and financial leaders at colleges and universities, research institutes, cultural institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

Prior to his career in executive search and consulting, Andy held senior leadership positions in higher education as Associate Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University for eleven years, and as Chief Financial Officer at Oberlin College for ten years. After nine and one-half years of service, he retired as Chief Financial Officer at Wellesley College in 2013.

Andy has led searches and/or provided consulting services at Barnard College, NYU Abu Dhabi, Hamilton College, Boston College, Skidmore College, University of Southern Maine, Sweet Briar College, Northeastern University, Oberlin College, Pine Manor College, College of New Jersey, University of New Hampshire, Brandeis University, Simmons College, Trinity College, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth College, Rice University, MCCo (Case Western Reserve University), Boston University, Pomona College, and Swarthmore College.

Earlier in his career, Andy was a U.S. Foreign Service officer for the Agency for International Development. In that role, he served overseas in Afghanistan and Indonesia in a variety of financial management positions. He also held the role of Controller of the USAID/Asia bureau in Washington, D.C. Andy started his career in public accounting.

David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

David J. Smith

David J. Smith is an educator, consultant, and career coach. He is also the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and manager of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, Georgetown University, Drexel University, and currently at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution. David is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has published Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing, 2016) and Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013). David has completed course work with Coach Training Alliance and is an official member of Forbes Coaches Council. He writes frequently on career issues, and writes the monthly Career Corner column in the Fulbright Edge. He serves on the board of the NCAC Fulbright Chapter. David is a graduate of American University (BA), George Mason University (MS, conflict resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD).