As Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer, Jim Spiegelman serves as the chief spokesman for the Aspen Institute. Jim is responsible for engaging both internal and external audiences in Institute programs and activities. He manages relations with the public and news media and provides strategic communications counsel to senior colleagues throughout the Institute. He oversees the Institute’s Communications Department which manages the organization’s website, produces the triannual Ideas: The Magazine of the Aspen Institute, as well as the online Aspen Journal of Ideas and its Five Best Ideas of the Day email. The Department also designs and produces most of the Institute’s publications, including the Annual Report, and produces or oversees the video collection archived on AspenInstitute.org, AspenIdeas.org and on YouTube.
He organizes both the monthly Washington Ideas Roundtable Series and the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and provides support and guidance to the Institute’s myriad public programs, including the Aspen Ideas Festival. As deputy to the President, Jim is a member of the Institute’s senior management team and serves as President and CEO Walter Isaacson’s point person on a wide variety of programmatic and creative initiatives. In this role, he serves as the President’s right hand and confidant.
Jim joined the Aspen Institute in January 2001. He previously was a consulting editor at BusinessWeek magazine, where he designed and managed global conferences on economic, political, and business topics. He has also been chief of staff at the United Nations Association of the USA; an analyst for a global hedge fund; special assistant to financier/philanthropist George Soros; deputy policy director for the 1992 Presidential campaign of then-US Senator Bob Kerrey; research/program director at Georgetown University’s School of Business; and a foreign affairs fellow at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. His articles have appeared in numerous publications. He received a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University.