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Jane Wales

Board Chair

Jane Wales is the President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California; host of the nationally-syndicated National Public Radio interview show It's Your World; and Co-Founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum. Jane also serves as Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, and Director of the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation at the Aspen Institute. From 2007 to 2008, Jane served as Acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and in 2008, she was Chair of the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative.

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