CNAS Board of Director
CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum / World Affairs Council
Jane Wales is CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum and the World Affairs Council; Vice President of the Aspen Institute; and host of the nationally-syndicated National Public Radio interview show World Affairs.
Previously, Ms. Wales served in the Clinton Administration as special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council. She simultaneously served as associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where her office was responsible both for advancing sustainable economic development through science and technology cooperation and for developing policy for securing advanced weapons materials in the former Soviet Union. In the Carter Administration, Ms. Wales served as deputy assistant secretary of state.
In the philanthropic sector, Ms. Wales chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and she directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. From 2007 to 2008, she served as acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and founded by Nelson Mandela. In 2008, Ms. Wales also chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.