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Mitchell B. Reiss

Mitchell B. ReissPresident and CEO, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation


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Mitchell Reiss is the President and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, America's preeminent living museum. For the past four years, he has been President of Washington College, a leading liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland. His government experience includes serving as the President’s Special Envoy for the Northern Ireland Peace Process from 2003 to 2007, with the rank of Ambassador. For this work, he received the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service. He also served as Director of the State Department's Office of Policy Planning from 2003-05 for Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. From 2005 to 2012, he was a senior national security advisor to Governor Mitt Romney through two presidential election cycles. From 1995 to 1999, he helped start and grow an innovative multicultural organization dealing with North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. He has spent more time negotiating with North Korea in Pyongyang, New York and elsewhere than any other U.S. official. He is the author of numerous articles and books on international security, including most recently, "Negotiating with Evil, When to Talk to Terrorists" (2010). Dr. Reiss advises numerous corporations, foreign governments and philanthropic organizations facing complex problems and helps guide them to profitable outcomes. He holds a D.Phil from Oxford University, a J.D. from Columbia Law School, a M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a B.A. from Williams College. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.