ACCESS in Washington, DC held its 9th Annual Young Diplomats Reception, hosting 140 guests, including 78 diplomats representing more than 30 countries. Jason Isaacson, AJC's director of Government and International Affairs, offered a brief overview of AJC's outreach to the diplomatic community.
The featured speaker for the evening was R. James Woolsey, Jr. former CIA Director and leading expert on energy security, who spoke about the need for energy independence, the environment, and the relationship between energy and global terrorism.
Bessie Alyeshmerni is on the board of directors of ACCESS DC, the youth leadership arm of the American Jewish Committee.
Jeremiah Baronberg is a Senior Associate who joined Dutko Global Advisors in 2006. His work focuses on advancing transatlantic relations, expanding U.S. trade policy, and facilitating international investment in emerging markets.
Baronberg serves on the Board of Directors of ACCESS DC, the young leadership branch of the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
Jason F. Isaacson has been director of AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., since July 1991. Long involved in government, politics and journalism at the national and local levels, Isaacson has studied, written and worked as an advocate on U.S.-Israel relations, the search for Middle East peace, and a range of domestic and international issues.
In his current post, Isaacson is responsible for maintaining relations between AJC and the White House, Congress, federal agencies, foreign governments and their embassies in Washington, political parties, and other civic, religious and human relations groups in Washington.
He oversees AJC's international offices and the agency's efforts to assure the welfare and security of Jews around the world.
Robert James Woolsey
R. James Woolsey is chairman of Woolsey Partners LLC and former United States Director of Central Intelligence, heading the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Specializing in a range of alternative energy and security issues, Woolsey serves in various capacities at VantagePoint Venture Partners, Paladin Capital Group and the law firm Goodwin Procter. Previously, he was a vice president and officer of Booz Allen Hamilton, and a partner at the law firm Shea & Gardner (now Goodwin Procter) in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Including his Central Intelligence tenure, Woolsey served in the U.S. government on five different occasions, holding presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. He was ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, under secretary of the Navy, general counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and part-time delegate at large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, he was an adviser on the U.S. delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I).
Woolsey serves on a range of government, corporate, and nonprofit advisory boards, chairing several, and has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. He is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of foreign affairs, defense, energy, and intelligence. Having received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, Woolsey earned a master's degree at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School.
Former CIA director James Woolsey claims American consumption of oil helps to fund the Saudi-financed Wahhabi madrasas that teach fundamental Islam to the youth in Pakistan and other parts of the world.