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Jane Wales is the President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Global Philanthropy Forum.

The mission of the World Affairs Council of Northern California is to engage the public in the exploration of international issues and opportunities that transcend borders. The Council hosts events and conferences with the leaders who impact global affairs, including heads of state, government officials, international philanthropists, journalists, business leaders, and academics. The Council also reaches out to students, teachers, and young professionals to enhance their opportunities for learning about international affairs.

She also serves as Vice President of Philanthropy and Society at the Aspen Institute, as well as Working Group Chair for the poverty alleviation track at the Clinton Global Initiative. From July 2007-July 2008, Jane served as Acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Jane served in the Clinton Administration as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director of the National Security Council, and Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which worked to advance sustainable economic development and to develop policy on securing advanced weapons materials in the former Soviet Union. In the Carter Administration, Jane served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as Coordinator, Public Liaison, at the White House.

As a leading philanthropic expert, Jane has chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She is the former National Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, which shared in the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize during her tenure.

Wales currently hosts the nationally-syndicated weekly National Public Radio interview show "It's Your World." She also appears frequently as an analyst on radio, television, and in the print media and trade press.

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