The Carnegie Endowment launches its New Vision with speakers Eric Schmidt, Jessica T. Mathews, James Gaither and Jonathon Fanton.
Building on the strength of its century-long practice of changing as global circumstances change, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is undertaking a fundamental redefinition of its role and mission. Carnegie aims to transform itself from a think tank on international issues to the first truly multinational - ultimately global - think tank.
With operations in Moscow, Beijing, Beirut, Brussels, and Washington, the Carnegie Endowment will not only change its nature but is also likely to alter the way think tanks operate and can be effective in a global marketplace of ideas where a single national outlook is bound to be overly restrictive- Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Jonathan F. Fanton became president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on September 1, 1999. Previously, he had been president of the New School for Social Research in New York City for 17 years.
With assets of over $6.4 billion, MacArthur is one of the nation’s largest foundations. It makes grants and program-related investments in the United States and abroad totaling more than $260 million annually. Domestically, its programs encompass community development, housing, juvenile justice, and education, with a focus on digital media and learning. Internationally, it works in the fields of human rights and international justice, biodiversity conservation, population and reproductive health, international peace and security, and migration and human mobility. The Foundation works in 65 countries and has offices in India, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico. The Foundation also funds public radio and television and the making of independent documentaries. The Foundation is well known for its support of exceptionally creative individuals through the MacArthur Fellows Program.
At Yale University, Mr. Fanton earned a baccalaureate degree in 1965, a master’s in philosophy in 1977, and a doctorate in American History in 1978. At Yale, he taught American history, was special assistant to president Kingman Brewster from 1970 to 1973 and associate provost from 1976 to 1978. From 1978 to 1982, he was vice president for planning at the University of Chicago, where he also taught American history.
As president of the New School for Social Research from 1982 to 1999, he led the integration and enhancement of the seven divisions of the university, expansion of the Greenwich Village campus, and development campaigns that increased the university’s endowment ten-fold. During his tenure, the New School merged with the Mannes College of Music, established a drama school in partnership with the Actor’s Studio, merged with the World Policy Institute, added a jazz and contemporary music program, a teacher education program, a creative writing program, and an architecture department at Parsons School of Design.
Jim Gaither joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 2000 after working with Sutter Hill for many years as advisor, lawyer, Special Limited Partner and fellow director of portfolio companies.
Jim has been a leading Silicon Valley lawyer and entrepreneur for many years, and helped build his firm, Cooley Godward LLP, into one of the top technology firms in the country. He is currently on the boards of the following companies: Kineto Wireless, NVidia, Levi Strauss, Satmetrix Systems and SeeSaw Networks. Jim also has active philanthropic interests. He has served as Chairman of the Stanford Board of Trustees, as well as its investment committee, and as Chair of the Stanford Law School's Advisory Council and Capital Campaign. He also served on the Boards of the RAND Corporation and as Chairman of the Board of The James Irvine Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and as Vice Chairman of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Jessica T. Mathews
Jessica Mathews is President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Eric E. Schmidt is executive chairman of Google. Since joining the startup in 2001, Schmidt has helped grow the company to be a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, and advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues. From 2001 to 2011, Schmidt served as Google’s CEO, overseeing the company’s technical and business strategy alongside its founder. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation. Schmidt is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council in the UK. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a fellow in 2007.