About OTR

Off the Record is the longest running women's foreign policy lecture forum in the United States. Created in 1938 under the aegis of the Foreign Policy Association, OTR enables our 500+ members and their guests to hear and to question renowned foreign policy leaders and thinkers on a regular basis. OTR is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. As the name Off the Record suggests, lectures may not be recorded or reported.


The Founding of FPA and of OTR

In 1918, the Foreign Policy Association was founded as the League of Free Nations Association. Formed by 141 distinguished Americans to support President Woodrow Wilson’s peace efforts, the Association was reconstituted in 1923 as the Foreign Policy Association. John Foster Dulles and Eleanor Roosevelt were among the founders.

OTR was created in 1938 by 19 prominent women, including Eleanor Robson Belmont (later known as Mrs. August Belmont), to give women a greater voice in foreign policy discussions. OTR was founded as a series of lectures solely for women, to be conducted in smaller, more intimate groups and "off the record,” so that speakers would not be quoted in the press.

Board of Governors

Chair - Bridget Foley
Vice Chair - Susan Walsh
Secretary - Maryann Sudo
Treasurer - Cynthia Ogden

Courtney Katzenstein

Ann Korelitz

Elizabeth Littlefield

Anne Louvel

Nadia Malik

Kay Maxwell

Beatrice Mitchell

Andrea Mlynarova, Ph.D.

Susan Nitze

Janet Olshansky

Jennifer Siebens

Barbara Smith

Hope Tate

Suzanne Thompson

Sarah Miles Williams

Midge Woolsey

Marilyn Wyatt, Ph.D.

Young Patrons Council

Sarah Byun - Co-Chair

Jonathan Cristol, Ph.D.

Bree Dyer

Joshua Fjelstad

Teagan Judd - Co-Chair

Michael Levine

Noelle Pourrat

Abdallah Zihni

Past Chairs

Elinor Miner Lamont: 1946-1948 Judith L. Biggs: 1991-1995
Mary Hand Darrell: 1948-1961 Jacqueline M. Garrett: 1995-1997
Mildred Adams Kenyon: 1961-1970 Anne Sitrick: 1997-2003
Elizabeth French Hitchcock: 1970-1976 Ann J. Charters: 2003-2008
Doris C. Halaby: 1976-1979 Jacqueline Adams: 2008-2010
Mary L. Belknap: 1979-1983 Wendy E. Dietze: 2010-2012
Grace "Gay" Sloane Vance: 1983-1987 Rory Hayden: 2012-2014
Donna Dillon Manning: 1987-1991 Nadia S. Malik: 2014-2018