Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI)

IEI Team

Jane Wales

Jane Wales – Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, of the Aspen Institute and Director of the Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation

Jane Wales is Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, of the Aspen Institute and Director of the Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. She is the Founder and CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum, President and CEO of the World Affairs Council and host of the nationally-syndicated National Public Radio interview show "It's Your World”. Since July 2007, Wales has also served as Acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and founded by Nelson Mandela. In April 2008, Jane began work as the Chair of the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.

Previously, 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, Wales served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as Coordinator, Public Liaison, at the White House.

In the philanthropic sector, Jane 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. She is the former National Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, which shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure.

 

Tracey RutnikTracey Rutnik – Deputy Director for Research and Policy, Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation

Tracey A. Rutnik is Deputy Director for Research and Policy in the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation. In this capacity, she works with the PSI program director on the overall management of the program, and on tracking policy developments, undertaking research and planning meetings and workshops that engage philanthropists, policy-makers and civil society leaders on current issues affecting the social sector. Ms. Rutnik has more than 13 years of experience that combines issue analysis, strategy development and grant-making.

Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Ms. Rutnik was senior advisor to the chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization created by Congress to create affordable housing and revitalize lower-income communities. Previously, Ms. Rutnik held positions at the Fannie Mae Foundation and the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers where she advanced philanthropic strategy and practice through direct technical assistance, program evaluation and research. While at the Fannie Mae Foundation she also served as an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal, Housing Policy Debate.

Tracey holds a Master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, earning the Richard J. Hughes award for highest academic standing. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers College with a degree in History and Political Science.