Jane Harman

Director, President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center

OTR 80th Anniversary Lecture

About the Speaker

Jane Harman, the Director, President and CEO of the Wilson Center, is an internationally recognized authority on U.S. and global security issues, foreign relations and lawmaking. She resigned from Congress in 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President, and CEO.

A native of Los Angeles and a public-school graduate, she went on to become a nine-term member of Congress, serving decades on the major security committees in the House of Representatives:  six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and eight on Homeland Security. She has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues and has received numerous awards for her distinguished service.

Drawing upon a career that has included service as President Carter’s Secretary of the Cabinet and hundreds of diplomatic missions to foreign countries, Ms. Harman holds posts on nearly a dozen governmental and non-governmental advisory boards and commissions, including the Defense Policy Board, the State Department Foreign Policy Board and the Homeland Security Advisory Committee.

Ms. Harman is also a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the University of Southern California and also a member of the Presidential Debates Commission.

Prior to serving in Congress, she was Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice.

 Jane Harman is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a graduate of Harvard Law School.