Jane Wales

Jane Wales

Vice President, Philanthropy and Society

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Jane Wales is Vice President, Philanthropy and Society of the Aspen Institute and Executive Director of its Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is the Founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum, President of the World Affairs Council and host of the nationally syndicated weekly National Public Radio show “WorldAffairs”.  Ms. Wales held senior positions in the Clinton and Carter Administrations, serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council, Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and 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 directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She was Acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and founded by Nelson Mandela. Ms. Wales is a member of the board of directors for the Center for a New American Security and FSG.

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