Members of the Council on Foreign Relations

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There are two types of Council on Foreign Relations membership: life, and term membership, which lasts for five years and is available to those between the ages of 30 and 36 at the time of their application. Only U.S. citizens (native born or naturalized) and permanent residents who have applied for U.S. citizenship are eligible. A candidate for life membership must be nominated in writing by one Council member and seconded by a minimum of three others (strongly encouraged to be other CFR members).[1]

Corporate membership (250 in total) is divided into "Basic", "Premium" ($25,000+) and "President's Circle" ($50,000+). All corporate executive members have opportunities to hear distinguished speakers, such as overseas presidents and prime ministers, chairmen and CEOs of multinational corporations, and US officials and Congressmen. President and premium members are also entitled to other benefits, including attendance at small, private dinners or receptions with senior American officials and world leaders.[2]

Board of directors[edit]

The Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations is composed in total of thirty-six officers. Peter G. Peterson and David Rockefeller are Directors Emeriti (Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Chairman, respectively). It also has an International Advisory Board consisting of thirty-five distinguished individuals from across the world.[3][4]

OfficeName
Co-Chairman of the BoardCarla A. Hills
Co-Chairman of the BoardRobert E. Rubin
Vice ChairmanRichard E. Salomon
PresidentRichard N. Haass
Board of Directors
John Abizaidformer Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command
Peter Ackermanfounder, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Fouad Ajamiprofessor in Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Madeleine K. Albrightformer Secretary of State
Henry S. Bienenformer president, Northwestern University.
Alan Blindereconomics professor, Princeton University
Mary Boiesmanaging partner, Boies & McInnis
David G. Bradleychairman, Atlantic Media Company
Tom Brokawformer editor, NBC Nightly News
Sylvia Mathews BurwellBill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Kenneth M. Dubersteinformer White House Chief of Staff
Martin Feldsteineconomics professor, Harvard University
Stephen Friedmanformer chairman, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
Ann M. Fudgeformer CEO, Young & Rubicam
Pamela Gannpresident, Claremont McKenna College
J. Tomilson Hillvice chairman, The Blackstone Group
Donna Hrinakformer U.S. diplomat
Alberto IbargüenJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Shirley Jacksonpresident, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Henry R. Kravisco-founder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Jami Miscikformer Deputy Director for Intelligence
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.Kennedy School of Government
James W. Owenschairman, Caterpillar Inc.
Peter G. Petersonchairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Colin L. Powellformer Secretary of State, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Penny PritzkerCEO, Pritzker Realty
David M. Rubensteinco-founder, The Carlyle Group,
George Erik Rupppresident, International Rescue Committee
Frederick W. SmithCEO, FedEX
Joan E. Speroformer ambassador
Vin WeberCEO, Clark & Weinstock
Christine Todd Whitmanformer Governor of New Jersey, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Fareed Zakariaeditor-at-large, Time

Corporate membership[edit]

There are several levels of corporate membership. As of June 7, 2013 current members are:[5]

Notable current council members[edit]

Current Emeritus and Honorary Officers and Directors[edit]

Notable historical members[edit]

List of Chairmen[edit]

List of presidents[edit]

References[edit]

Source: The Council on Foreign Relations from 1921 to 1996: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers[8]

  1. ^ "Membership – Council on Foreign Relations". Cfr.org. Retrieved 2012-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Corporate Program" PDF (330 KB)
  3. ^ "President's Welcome ("About CFR"), with a hyperlink to "History", both accessed February 24, 2007. (Date accessed applies to other citations to the CFR website.)
  4. ^ "Leadership and Staff". Accessed February 24, 2007.
  5. ^ Corporate Members (as of June 07, 2013)
  6. ^ Washington Post, Columnists, "Talk About Your Serious Roles", By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, Wednesday, February 28, 2007; Page C03. Nominated by council member Trevor Neilson. If she's voted in at the June board meeting, the 31-year-old Jolie will receive a five-year "term" membership.
  7. ^ Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery, NY Mag, Landon Thomas, retrieved 2011 3 25
  8. ^ "Continuing the Inquiry: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers".