Mission & Governance
GIA's mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development.
Brilliance Through Diversity – GIA’s Inclusion & Diversity Philosophy
At GIA our mission is to protect the public trust; therefore, we must reflect the public. We believe that inclusion and diversity go hand in hand. Our culture is one in which every employee feels a sense of pride, safety and belonging; valued for who they are and the unique background, experiences and perspectives they bring to the Institute. To succeed, each of us must live our values of leadership, teamwork, respect, integrity and results, and hold ourselves and each other accountable, not just within our Institute, but within the global gem and jewelry industry. At GIA we assume positive intent as we listen with an open heart and an open mind; committed to continuous learning and personal growth. Not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because this is who we are.
GIA Board of Governors
The GIA Board of Governors is the steward of the public interest. The board helps direct the strategy of the Institute to ensure that the mission and vision of GIA are followed in all decisions; that the reputation of GIA is preserved and continues to grow globally; and that the financial goals of the Institute are met.
Each governor offers a unique perspective, based on their professional experience in retail, research, education, finance, law, manufacturing and other areas; several have extensive international experience.
GIA’s first advisory board of retail jewelers was organized by Robert Shipley in 1932 to garner support for gemological training. Having a board of directors is one of the requirements for a public benefit nonprofit organization in the United States. All of GIA’s global activities fall under the same governing concept.
Lisa A. Locklear, Chair
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Avanir Pharmaceuticals
Stephen F. Kahler, Vice Chair
Senior Advisor, Strategic Planning & Business Development for Everidge
Vice President of Operations and Head of Acquisitions, B&B Fine Gems
Applied AI Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Barbara L. Dutrow, Ph.D.
Gerald Cire and Lena Grand Williams Alumni Professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Louisiana State University
Associate Senior Vice President of Audit Services
University of Southern California (USC)
Susan M. Jacques
President and CEO, GIA
Robert Andrew ‘Andy’ Johnson
CEO, Diamond Cellar Holdings, LLC
Chief Executive, Lee Heng Diamond Group
Founding President of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong
Russell A. Mehta
Managing Director, Rosy Blue (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Thomas M. Moses
Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer, GIA
Jeffrey E. Post, Ph.D.
Curator-in-charge, National Gem and Mineral Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Experienced global operations and finance leader
Marcus ter Haar
Experienced diamond industry executive
John W. Valley, Ph.D.
Charles R. Van Hise Professor, Department of Geoscience University of Wisconsin – Madison
GIA’s executive staff constitutes a diverse group of highly experienced professionals from both inside and outside of the gem and jewelry industry. Responsible for carrying out the Institute’s mission to protect and ensure the public trust globally, the executive team follows a strict code of ethics and ensures that each initiative GIA undertakes is driven by its consumer-protection mission and executed with dedication and commitment. The executive staff are responsible for daily operations of the Institute or its subsidiaries, and promote and continue the success and growth of GIA.
|Susan M. Jacques||President and Chief Executive Officer|
|Thomas M. Moses||Executive Vice President and Chief Laboratory and Research Officer|
|Anna Martin||Senior Vice President of Institute and Industry Relations|
|Pritesh Patel||Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer|
|Duncan Pay||Senior Vice President of Education and Chief Academic Officer|
|Soon Marie Rabb||Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer|
|David J. Tearle||Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer|
|Jennifer Wilson||Senior Vice President and General Counsel|
|Lisa Biggs||Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer|
|Lisa Garris||Vice President of Human Resources|
|Jared Giangiulio||Vice President of Global Real Estate Operations|
|John W. Hall||Vice President and Chief Information Officer|
|Matt Hall||Vice President, U.S. Laboratory Operations|
|Elizabeth Keating||Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer|
Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance Programs
|David Lin||Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer|
|Sriram Natarajan||Managing Director of GIA India Laboratory Private Limited|
|Sabra Norris||Vice President of Project Management and Business Systems|
|Richard Pesqueira||Vice President of Business Development for North America|
|Cathryn Ramirez||Executive Director of Alumni Development and Continuing Education|
|Corey Rosso, Ed.D.||Vice President of Academic Affairs|
|Kelli Stone||Vice President of Global Tax|
|Wuyi Wang, Ph.D.||Vice President of Research and Development|
|Jillian Wolk||Vice President of Strategic Initiatives|
|Lucy Xia||Vice President of Global Laboratory Planning|
|Kelly Yantzer||Vice President of Student Affairs|
SCHOOL AND LABORATORY LEADERSHIP
GIA’s global laboratories and schools are led by a group of experienced professionals and leaders in their respective fields. Each school and laboratory boasts at its helm a director with a wide breadth of knowledge and intimate understanding of their individual location. The laboratory and education directors bridge the gap between executive staff and students or lab employees while ensuring the smooth and ethical running of their school or laboratory.
|Bangkok||Claudia D'Andrea||Claudia D'Andrea|
|Carlsbad||Kelly Yantzer||Phillip M. Yantzer|
|Hong Kong||Stella Lee||Wai Man Cheng|
|Mumbai||Apoorva Deshingkar||Sriram Natarajan|
|New York||Jennifer Kim||Gabriel Alayon Ormaza|
|Ramat Gan||—||Matt Hall|