Aspen Strategy Group

Jessica Tuchman Mathews

Jessica Tuchman MathewsPresident, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Aspen Strategy Group


Jessica Tuchman Mathews is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.  Previously, she was director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Washington program and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1993 to 1997. While there she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, “Power Shift,” chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s 75 years. Prior to this, Dr. Mathews served as deputy to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Before assuming the post in government, she was the founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute. She also served on the editorial board of the Washington Post from 1980 to 1982, covering energy, environment, science, technology, arms control, health, and other issues, and a was a weekly columnist for the Washington Post. From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales policy, chemical and biological warfare, and human rights. She earlier served on the staff of the Committee on Energy and the Environment of the Interior Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is a Director of SomaLogic, Inc. and HanesBrands, Inc., a trustee of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and the International Crisis Group, and an elected member of the Council of Foreign Relations and elected Fellow of the American Philosophical Society. She has co-authored and co-edited three books, including The Earth as Transformed by Human Action; Global and Regional Changes in the Biosphere over the Past 300 years; and Universal  Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security. Dr. Mathews received a B.S. from Radcliffe College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the California Institute for Technology. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.