Farrow in 2009
|Born||Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow
December 19, 1987
New York City
|Education||Bard College at Simon's Rock
Yale Law School
Ronan Farrow (born Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow; December 19, 1987) is an American activist, journalist and former U.S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen.
Farrow was born in New York City, to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen. He was named after baseball player Satchel Paige and his maternal grandmother, actress Maureen O'Sullivan. He was given the surname "Farrow" to avoid a family with "one child named Allen amidst two Farrows and six Previns." After being asked in 2013 about longstanding speculation Ronan Farrow is the son of Mia Farrow's ex-husband Frank Sinatra, Mia Farrow claimed that Sinatra might "possibly" be his father. No DNA testing has been conducted to determine Farrow's paternity.
Farrow attended Bard College at Simon's Rock and subsequently graduated from Bard College at age 15. in 2009, after deferring admission for several years, he graduated from Yale Law School, and he later became a member of the New York Bar. He subsequently studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2012.
From 2001 to 2009, he was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, acting as an 'advocate' for children and women caught up in the ongoing crisis in Sudan's Darfur region  and assisting in fundraising and addressing United Nations affiliated groups in the United States. During this time, he also made joint trips to the Darfur region of Sudan with his mother, the actress Mia Farrow who is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He subsequently advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees. Following on his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network, a group founded by Swarthmore College students to advocate for armed involvement in the Darfur Conflict.
During his time at Yale Law School, Farrow interned at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell and in the office of the chief counsel at the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, focusing on international human rights law.
In 2009 Farrow joined the Obama administration with his appointment as Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was part of a team of officials recruited by veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, for whom Farrow had previously worked as a speechwriter. For the ensuing two years, Farrow was responsible for "overseeing the U.S. Government’s relationships with civil society and nongovernmental actors" in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
In 2011 Farrow was appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and Director of the State Department's Office of Global Youth Issues. The office's creation was the outcome of a multi-year task-force appointed by Clinton to review the United States' economic and social policies on youth, for which Farrow chaired the lead working group beginning in 2010. Farrow's appointment and the creation of the office were announced by Clinton as part of a refocusing on youth following the Arab Spring revolutions. Farrow was responsible for U.S. youth policy and programming with an aim toward "empower[ing] young people as economic and civic actors." Farrow concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor.
In October 2013 MSNBC announced that Farrow would host a weekday, one-hour show beginning in early 2014. Also that month, Penguin Press acquired Farrow's book, Pandora’s Box: How American Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies, scheduling it for 2015 publication.
He has been named New York magazine’s "New Activist" of the year and included on its list of individuals "on the verge of changing their worlds” for 2009; listed as Harper’s Bazaar’s "up-and-coming politician" of 2011; and ranked number one in Law and Policy on Forbes Magazine’s "30 Under 30" Most Influential People list for 2012. In its 2013 retrospective of men born in its 80 years of publication, Esquire magazine named him the man of the year of his birth.
Farrow is estranged from his father, Woody Allen. In 2011 he commented, "He's my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression." On June 12, 2012, he tweeted, "Happy Father's Day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law's day."
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