Meeting of Secretary Kerry's Foreign Affairs Policy Board Secretary of State John Kerry Will Host a Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Policy Board on October 16

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 16, 2014


The distinguished group is comprised of up to 25 members who meet at the Department of State periodically to discuss strategic questions, and to provide the Secretary and other senior Department officials with independent informed perspectives and ideas.

The following new members were appointed by Secretary Kerry: Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs; Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Mr. Nelson Cunningham, President and Co-founder, McLarty Associates; Retired Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, Chief Executive Officer, the American Security Project; Dr. Karen Donfried, President of the German Marshall Fund of the United States; the Honorable David Dreier, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and chairman of the Rules Committee; Ms. Anne M. Finucane, Global Chief of Strategy and Marketing, Bank of America; Ambassador William Kennard, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, and former Chairman, U.S. Federal Communications Commission; Ambassador Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt; Dr. Joseph S. Nye, former Chairman, U.S. National Intelligence Council; Ambassador Louis B. Susman, former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James and former Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets; Mr. Thomas J. Vallely, Senior Advisor, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; and the Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor, the State of New Jersey, and former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

These new members join the following returning members to the Board: Mr. Stephen J. Hadley; the Honorable Jane Harman; Ambassador Carla A. Hills; Dr. Robert Kagan; Retired Admiral Michael Mullen; Dr. Vali Nasr; Ambassador John Negroponte; Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering; and Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.

At Secretary Kerry’s request, former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott will continue to serve as the Board’s Chair. He will work closely with the Secretary and his Policy Planning Director, David McKean, to coordinate the Board and its meetings.

These appointments continue the tradition of a distinguished, diverse, and bipartisan Board membership with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds, including from government, academia, politics, development, and business.