Elliot Gerson is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, responsible for its Policy Programs, its Public Programs and its relations with international partners. The Institute's Policy Programs, which number almost thirty, focus on important domestic and international issues, and improve decision-making by providing neutral venues, nonpartisan analysis, and candid dialogue among leaders. The Institute's public programs - including the Aspen Ideas Festival and other conferences chiefly in Aspen, Washington and New York - open the Institute's doors to a broader audience. The Institute has international partners in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Romania, and Spain. Gerson is also the American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust and manages the US Rhodes Scholarships. Previously, he was a US Supreme Court clerk, practiced law, held executive positions in state and federal government and on a presidential campaign, and was president of two leading insurance and health-care companies.