Leah Bitounis joined the Institute in 2009 and currently serves as the Aspen Strategy Group’s Associate Director, Policy Initiatives. The Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), is a policy program of the Aspen Institute that promotes resolutely nonpartisan dialogue on critical U.S. foreign policy and national security issues. It was conceived as a mediation forum during the Cold War, and it is still charting a vital course for bipartisan problem solving and dialogue in foreign policy. Additionally, she and the ASG orchestrate ongoing track II initiatives with India, Brazil, Europe, and China. Ms. Bitounis also manages the Aspen Ministers Forum, a global group of former foreign ministers founded and led by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Previously at the Institute, she served as the Director of Donor Relations and Special Events and worked closely with Institute senior staff and the Board of Trustees in her role as Special Projects Officer for the President and CEO’s office during Walter Isaacson’s tenure. She has also worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and National Geographic. Ms. Bitounis received her B.S. in International Affairs at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.