The Honourable Kristina Keneally was previously a member of the US Studies Centre's Board of Directors. Keneally was the 42nd Premier of New South Wales (2009-2011) and the first woman to hold this office. She was a Member of the Parliament of New South Wales from 2003 to 2012. Keneally has a wide range of experience in public life, having served as Minister for Planning, Minister for Infrastructure, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Redfern Waterloo and Government Spokesperson for World Youth Day. Between 2009-2010, she chaired the Council of the Australian Federation. From 2011-2012, Keneally served as the Chairman of Basketball Australia, and was the organisation’s CEO from 2012-2014.