Washington, DC—The Jamestown Foundation welcomes Ambassador Louise V. Oliver to its esteemed board of directors. Ambassador Oliver previously served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from February 2004 to January 2009. She is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and a director of the Council of American Ambassadors.
As the first U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO in twenty years, Ambassador Oliver was responsible for rebuilding the U.S. Mission as well as for the entire U.S. reengagement with UNESCO and its 192 member states. In order to advance U.S. programmatic and policy initiatives at UNESCO, she worked with numerous departments and agencies of the U.S. government including the Departments of State, Education, Energy, Commerce, Health and Human Services, and Interior. She also worked closely with the National Security Council, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress, as well as with numerous nonprofit organizations.
Due to her strong interest in philanthropy and the private sector, Ambassador Oliver also helped found the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national organization of individual and corporate grant makers. As vice-chairman and subsequently chairman of that organization, Ambassador Oliver provided advice and guidance to both donors and nonprofit organizations.
Jamestown President Glen Howard expressed his excitement at the addition of Ambassador Oliver to the Board. Howard noted that Ambassador Oliver’s history of public service is a great benefit to the organization and that her involvement with the board offers the foundation a wealth of experience in public service, fundraising, and non-profit work.
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Founded in 1984, The Jamestown Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing timely information concerning critical political and strategic developments in China, Russia, Eurasia and the world of terrorism. Jamestown produces three periodic publications: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Terrorism Monitor and China Brief. Jamestown research and analysis is available to the public free-of-charge via Jamestown’s website, www.jamestown.org.