Speaker - Joan Abrahamson

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Joan Abrahamson is president of the Jefferson Institute, a public policy institute that brings creative thinking to practical problems. Prior to her work with the Jefferson Institute, Abrahamson was assistant chief of staff to Vice President George Bush, and special assistant and associate counsel to Bush and Vice President Walter Mondale. She also has worked for the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva and for UNESCO's Division of Human Rights and Peace in Paris. She planned and implemented the Vienna International Congress on the Teaching of Human Rights and the International Symposium on the Political Participation of Women.

Abrahamson also serves as president of the Jonas Salk Foundation and the founding chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She served on the Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and has been a consultant to many organizations, including the Harvard University Center for Urban Affairs, the Rockefeller Commission on the Arts and Education in America, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations University, the Executive Office of the President and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She serves on the boards of National Geographic Society, California Institute for the Arts and the American Architectural Foundation.

A 1985 MacArthur Fellow, Abrahamson earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master's from Stanford University, a doctorate in learning environments from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Joan Abrahamson: Creativity and Public Policy

08.18.11 | 01:12:43 min | 0 comments