Jessica Tuchman Mathews

Former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Jessica Tuchman Mathews was appointed President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 1997. Her career includes posts in the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism.

She was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1993 to 1997 and served as director of the Council’s Washington program. While there, she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, “Power Shift,” chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s 75 years.

From 1982 to 1993, Dr. Mathews was founding Vice President and Director of Research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural-resource management issues.

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.

From 1977 to 1979, Dr. Mathews 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.

Dr. Mathews is a director of SomaLogic Inc., HanesBrands Inc., and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and a trustee of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the International Crisis Group. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Philosophical Society. She has served on the boards of the Brookings Institution, Radcliffe College, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Century Foundation, the Surface Transportation Policy Project and the Joyce Foundation, among others.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation between nations and promoting active international engagement by the U.S. Founded in 1910, its work is nonpartisan and dedicated to achieving practical results. The Endowment has added operations in Beijing, Beirut and Brussels to its longstanding offices in Washington, D.C. and Moscow as part of its transformation into the first global think tank.

Dr. Mathews has a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College and a doctorate from the California Institute of Technology.