Jessica Mathews

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Jessica Mathews
Born Jessica Tuchman Mathews
(1946-07-04) July 4, 1946 (age 70)
Nationality United States
Alma mater Radcliffe College, A.B. 1967
Caltech, Ph.D. 1973
Employer Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1997–present
Home town New York, New York
Title Director, National Security Council Office of Global Issues
Term 1977–1979
Board member of Editorial board, Washington Post, 1980–1982
Spouse(s) General Charles G. Boyd
Parent(s) Barbara Wertheim Tuchman, historian, Pulitzer Prize winner
Lester Tuchman, MD, professor Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Jessica Tuchman Mathews (born July 4, 1946) was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 2015.[1] She has also held jobs in the executive and legislative branches of government, management and research in nonprofits, and journalism.


Jessica Tuchman Mathews 2009

Jessica Tuchman Matthews was born on July 4, 1946, to Barbara Tuchman (1912–1989), historian and Pulitzer Prize winner, and Lester Tuchman (c. 1904–1997), medical researcher and professor of clinical medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.[2] Her maternal grandfather was banker Maurice Wertheim.

Mathews attended Radcliffe College (1963–1967), earning her A.B. in 1967. She continued her education in biochemistry and biophysics at California Institute of Technology (1968–1973), receiving her doctorate in 1973.[3]

From 1977 to 1979, she was Director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales policy, chemical and biological warfare, and human rights. In 1993, she returned to government as deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs.[4]

She served on the editorial board of the Washington Post from 1980 to 1982, covering energy, environment, science, technology, arms control, health, and other issues. Later, she became a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, writing a column that appeared nationwide and in the International Herald Tribune.[5]

From 1982 to 1993, she was founding Vice President and Director of Research of the World Resources Institute, a center for policy research on environmental and natural-resource management issues.[6]

From 1993 to 1997, she was a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and served as Director of the Council's Washington program.[7] While there, she published "Power Shift" (1997), an article in Foreign Affairs that was chosen by its editors as one of the most influential in the journal's 75 years.[8]

From 1997 to 2015, she was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C..[9]

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[10]


Mathews is married to former Air Force General Charles G. Boyd.[11]


  1. ^ Contributor biography, New York Review of Books, as of February 26, 2015, at
  2. ^ "Obituary: Lester Tuchman, Internist and Professor, 93". New York Times. December 19, 1997. Retrieved November 23, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Jessica Tuchman Mathews (PhD '73) Elected to Harvard Corporation". 2012. 
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  6. ^ "Spy Satellite Photos May Aid in Global Environment Study". New York Times. May 7, 1992. Retrieved November 6, 2008. 
  7. ^ Ross, Eric B. (July 5, 1994). "A Malthusian Premise Empties the Countryside". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2008. [dead link]
  8. ^ Naidoo, Kumi (May 8, 2000). "The New Civic Globalism". The Nation. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  9. ^ Contributor biography, New York Review of Books, as of February 26, 2015, at
  10. ^ "Steering Committee". Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  11. ^ "Charles G. Boyd". BENS Leadership. Business Executives for National Security. Archived from the original on 2009-12-26. 

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