Wilson Center Experts

Jane Harman

Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center

Contact Information:
T 202-691-4202
Expertise:
Democracy
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Democracy Promotion
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Gender
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Gender Equality
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Human Rights
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Women's Rights
;
Security and Defense
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Cyber Security
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Intelligence
;
International Security
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Terrorism
;
U.S. National Security
;
U.S. Politics
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Congress
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Elections
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U.S. Domestic Policy
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U.S. Foreign Policy
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Middle East and North Africa
;
North America

Jane Harman resigned from Congress February 28, 2011 to join the Woodrow Wilson Center as its first female Director, President and CEO. 

Representing the aerospace center of California during nine terms in Congress, she served on all the major security committees: six years on Armed Services, eight years on Intelligence, and eight on Homeland Security.  During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues, and has received numerous awards for distinguished service.
 
She is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the State Department Foreign Policy Board, the Director of National Intelligence’s Senior Advisory Group, the Homeland Security Advisory Committee,   the Presidential Debates Commission and the Trilateral Commission where she serves on the Executive Committee.  She served on the CIA External Board from 2011-13.

Harman is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the University of Southern California

A product of Los Angeles public schools, Harman is a magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School.  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. 

She has four adult children and four grandchildren.

Below are photos of Jane Harman with Yun Byung-Se, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea and at the Halifax International Security Forum in November 2013.

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