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 three levels: "Founders" ($100,000), "President’s Circle" ($60,000), and "Affiliates" ($30,000). 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’s Circle and Founders 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]

Office Name
Chairman of the Board David Rubenstein
Vice Chairman Blair Effron
Vice Chairman Jami Miscik
President Richard N. Haass
Board of Directors
John Abizaid former Commander-in-Chief, United States Central Command
Peter Ackerman founder, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Fouad Ajami professor in Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Madeleine K. Albright former Secretary of State
Henry S. Bienen former president, Northwestern University.
Alan Blinder economics professor, Princeton University
Mary Boies managing partner, Boies & McInnis
David G. Bradley chairman, Atlantic Media Company
Tom Brokaw former editor, NBC Nightly News
Sylvia Mathews Burwell President of American University, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
Kenneth M. Duberstein former White House Chief of Staff
Martin Feldstein economics professor, Harvard University
Stephen Friedman former chairman, Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
Ann M. Fudge former CEO, Young & Rubicam
Pamela Gann president, Claremont McKenna College
J. Tomilson Hill vice chairman, The Blackstone Group
Donna Hrinak former U.S. diplomat
Alberto Ibargüen John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Shirley Jackson president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Henry R. Kravis co-founder, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Jami Miscik former Deputy Director for Intelligence
Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Kennedy School of Government
James W. Owens former chairman, Caterpillar Inc.
Peter G. Peterson chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
Colin L. Powell former Secretary of State, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Penny Pritzker CEO, Pritzker Realty, former Secretary of Commerce
David M. Rubenstein co-founder, The Carlyle Group,
George Erik Rupp president, International Rescue Committee
Frederick W. Smith CEO, FedEx
Joan E. Spero former ambassador
Vin Weber CEO, Clark & Weinstock
Christine Todd Whitman former Governor of New Jersey, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Fareed Zakaria editor-at-large, Time

Notable council members[edit]

Current Emeritus and Honorary Officers and Directors[edit]

Notable historical members[edit]

List of Chairmen[edit]

List of presidents[edit]


Source: The Council on Foreign Relations from 1921 to 1996: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers[13]

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  2. ^ ""Corporate Program"". (330 KB)
  3. ^ "President's Welcome ("About CFR"), with a hyperlink to "History" Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, both accessed February 24, 2007. (Date accessed applies to other citations to the CFR website.)
  4. ^ "Leadership and Staff". Accessed February 24, 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao "Membership Roster (A-F)". 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2017-12-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Brian P. Smentkowski (Aug. 11, 2020), Stephen Gerald Breyer, Encyclopædia Britannica
  7. ^ Elizabeth Chuck (Oct 2, 2013), “Meet Sylvia Burwell, the woman who ordered the government shutdown”, NBC News
  8. ^ "Beth Cameron, PhD | Leadership & Staff". Nuclear Threat Initiative. Archived from the original on 2021-01-22. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Bail Project team ~ Sir Richard Branson
  11. ^ Landon Thomas (Oct. 28, 2002), Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery, New York magazine: “He is an enthusiastic member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.” retrieved 2021 4 09
  12. ^ " Biography: Andrew C. Weber". United States Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2021-03-23. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  13. ^ "Continuing the Inquiry: Historical Roster of Directors and Officers".

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