CSIS in 2016

Explore our history, our structure, and our financial foundations, with special messages from our chairman and our CEO

December 7, 2016

About CSIS

Established in Washington, D.C., over 50 years ago, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decisionmakers chart a course toward a better world.

In late 2015, Thomas J. Pritzker was named chairman of the CSIS Board of Trustees. Mr. Pritzker succeeded former U.S. senator Sam Nunn (D-GA), who chaired the board from 1999 to 2015. CSIS is led by John J. Hamre, president and chief executive officer since April 2000.

Founded in 1962 by David M. Abshire and Admiral Arleigh Burke, CSIS is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security; regional stability; and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration. For the past six years consecutively, CSIS has been named the world’s number one think tank for international security by the University of Pennsylvania’s “GoTo Think Tank Index.”

The Center’s 220 full-time staff and large network of affiliated scholars conduct research and analysis and develop policy initiatives that look to the future and anticipate change. CSIS is regularly called upon by Congress, the executive branch, and the media to explain the day’s events and offer bipartisan recommendations to improve U.S. strategy.

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Message from the Chairman of the Board

Message from the President and CEO

CSIS Board of Trustees


Thomas J. Pritzker

Executive Chairman, Hyatt Hotels Corporation

President and CEO

John J. Hamre

President and CEO, CSIS


Richard L. Armitage

President, Armitage International

Othman Benjelloun*

President and CEO, BMCE Bank

Erskine Bowles

President Emeritus, University of North Carolina

William E. Brock

Counselor, CSIS

Harold Brown

Counselor, CSIS

Zbigniew Brzezinski

Counselor, CSIS

Sue M. Cobb

Principal, Cobb Partners, LLC

William S. Cohen

Chairman and CEO, The Cohen Group

Ralph A. Cossa

President, Pacific Forum CSIS

Lester Crown*

Chairman, Henry Crown and Company

William M. Daley

Managing Partner and Head of U.S. Operations, Argentière Capital

Andreas Dracopoulos

Director and Co-President, Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Stanley F. Druckenmiller

Chairman and CEO, Duquesne Family Office, LLC

Martin Edelman

Senior Of Counsel, Paul Hastings

Jonathan Fairbanks

Partner and Founder, Global Energy Capital

Henrietta H. Fore

Chairman and CEO, Holsman International

Michael P. Galvin

Co-Founder and President, Harrison Street Capital, LLC

Helene D. Gayle

CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Maurice R. Greenberg

Chairman and CEO, C.V. Starr & Company, Inc.

John Hammergren

Chairman, President, and CEO, McKesson Corporation

Linda W. Hart

Vice Chairman, President, and CEO, Hart Group, Inc.

Benjamin W. Heineman Jr.

Distinguished Senior Adviser, CSIS

John B. Hess

CEO, Hess Corporation

Carla A. Hills

Chair and CEO, Hills & Company

Seok-Hyun Hong

Chairman and CEO, JoongAng Media Network

Ray L. Hunt

Executive Chairman, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

E. Neville Isdell

Former Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

James L. Jones Jr.

President and CEO, Jones Group International

William T. Keevan

Senior Advisor, Chess Consulting, LLC

Muhtar Kent

Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

Fred Khosravi

Cofounder and Managing Director, Incept LLC

Ronald Kirk

Senior of Counsel, Gibson Dunn

Henry A. Kissinger

Counselor, CSIS

Kenneth G. Langone

Founder and CEO, Invemed Associates, LLC

Howard Leach*

President, Leach Capital, LLC

Donald B. Marron

Founder and Chairman, Lightyear Capital

W. James McNerney Jr.

Former Chairman, The Boeing Company

Sam Nunn

Co-Chairman and CEO, Nuclear Threat Initiative; and Chairman Emeritus of the Board, CSIS

Joseph S. Nye Jr.

University Distinguished Service Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Leon Panetta

Chairman, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

William K. Reilly

Chairman Emeritus, World Wildlife Fund

Charles A. Sanders

Chairman Emeritus, Project HOPE

Bob Schieffer

Former Moderator, ‘Face the Nation’, CBS

Brent Scowcroft

President, The Scowcroft Group

Andrew Taylor

Executive Chairman, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Frances F. Townsend

Executive Vice President, MacAndrews and Forbes, Inc.

Romesh Wadhwani

Chairman and CEO, Symphony Technology Group

*Honorary Trustee

Our Headquarters

In October 2013, CSIS opened the doors to its new headquarters at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue NW. The new CSIS building is a destination for global dialogue in the heart of Washington. Our proximity to the city’s most prominent institutions allows CSIS to play a critical role in convening diverse elements of the international policy community.

CSIS’s new home features a three-story conference center; multiple visitor and staff meeting rooms; modern, flexible office space to support a growing staff; and state-of-the-art technology throughout. The new facility has significantly improved the Center’s ability to host major global events and conferences.

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), and CSIS President and CEO John J. Hamre speak at the 2016 Global Security Forum.

In 2016, CSIS hosted more than 500 public events. The space is designed to welcome the world’s leaders and top minds in international security, including foreign cabinet ministers, heads of state, civil society representatives, journalists, and business representatives.

The Global Data Chandelier at CSIS, a light fixture that doubles as an animated world data map.

Designed with the latest green principles, the new headquarters achieved LEED Platinum status as an environmentally friendly structure. It was the fifth building in Washington, D.C., to achieve this accolade and the only think tank whose headquarters has met this high standard.

A view of the CSIS foyer.

Its features include a green roof, state-of-the-art heating and cooling systems, and the very latest in efficient lighting and insulation.

With the support of our many donors, and the help of the great teams at Hickock Cole Architects, HITT Contracting, and Jones Lang LaSalle Project Management, we now have our very own dynamic space that matches the impressive level of our world-class research.

Membership Groups and our Donors

Membership Groups

CSIS offers the opportunity to participate directly in the Center’s work through a number of membership groups. Membership gives individuals access to a unique forum to engage with the Washington policy community.

CSIS offers three types of membership: the International Councillors, the Advisory Board, and the Roundtables. Each diverse group offers an opportunity to engage with our scholars and contribute to our mission of providing bipartisan, strategic insights and solutions to decisionmakers. The groups meet regularly to discuss and analyze our greatest challenges and to generate dialogue about the Center’s ongoing studies and programs.

Top left: CSIS Trustee Henry Kissinger and President and CEO John J. Hamre. Top right: CSIS Trustee Zbigniew Brzezinski. Bottom left: CSIS Trustee Stanley Druckenmiller, Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Bottom right: CSIS Trustee Carla Hills, Ambassador Björn Lyrvall of Sweden, Former Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf of Poland.

The International Councillors, chaired by former U.S. secretary of state and national security adviser Henry Kissinger, is the Center’s most prestigious group. This small group is composed of select business CEOs drawn from different corners of the world. The Councillors meet regularly for an informal, off-the-record, and substantive dialogue about the most current and pressing issues of global concern.

The Advisory Board, cochaired by former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former U.S. trade representative Carla Hills, is composed of the Center’s closest friends and advisers, including both public- and private-sector policymakers, U.S. and international business leaders, and former senior government officials. The Advisory Board meets twice a year in Washington to discuss breaking policy issues.

The Roundtables are strategically based throughout the country and act as satellite locations for CSIS to expand its outreach and influence. These groups meet thoughout the year and are currently located in Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; Jackson Hole, WY; and New York, NY. The Roundtables are chaired by William Brock, J. Richard Fredericks, Ray Hunt, George Montgomery, David Rappa, Richard Spencer, and Richard Sugden. Each Roundtable meeting provides a forum for fresh and innovative dialogue between CSIS experts and business leaders around the country. Roundtable members are able to access the political insights that stem from Washington and the Center’s key research priorities.

Our Donors

CSIS is grateful for the generous support it receives from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments. Our donors make possible the strategic insights and bipartisan policy solutions that help decisionmakers chart a course toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Supporters engage with the work of CSIS through partnerships, sponsorships, membership, and charitable donations. Below you will find a list of our supporters from the 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016) who gave generous gifts of $5,000 or more. The list is divided into:

To all our donors, thank you for contributing to the success of the CSIS in 2016. Please note that we have made every attempt to correctly recognize our generous donors. If your name or level is missing or inaccurate, please contact Susan Kumah at skumah@csis.org or 202-775-3217.

CSIS is a nonprofit, nongovernmental 501 (c)(3) organization. CSIS does not represent any donor before any government office or entity, including congressional lawmakers and executive branch officials.

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CSIS Programs and Projects

CSIS’s research programs are dedicated to the most pressing issues facing the United States and the world. Led by our world class experts, these programs are the intellectual foundation of CSIS.


CSIS Management

CSIS Corporate Officers


John J. Hamre

President and CEO


Craig Cohen

Executive Vice President


Lisa Poole

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Administration


H. Andrew Schwartz

Chief Communications Officer


Michelle Powers Keegan

Chief Development Officer


Karen Wong

Senior Vice President for Membership Groups and Special Events, and Corporate Secretary


Josiane Gabel

Vice President for Programs, and Executive Director of the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy


Ian Gottesman

Chief Information Officer


Mary Beth Whyel

Vice President for Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Senior Vice Presidents—Programs


Jon B. Alterman

Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program


Heather A. Conley

Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program


Michael J. Green

Senior Vice President for Asia and Japan Chair


Kathleen H. Hicks

Senior Vice President; Henry A. Kissinger Chair; Director, International Security Program


James Andrew Lewis

Senior Vice President


J. Stephen Morrison

Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center


Frank A. Verrastro

Senior Vice President and Trustee Fellow

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