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Wilson Council

The Wilson Council engages individuals who appreciate the Wilson Center's non-partisan focus on understanding the most pressing policy issues facing the world today. Through the Council's activities, members become engaged in the life of the institution, connecting with leaders from the worlds of policy, academia, and business, while learning the historical, cultural, political, and economic perspectives that influence decision-making at all levels.

Through their participation, counsel and annual contributions, Council members enable the Center to further the dialogue of democracy. In appreciation of their support, the Center provides a wide array of benefits. As a private/public partnership, the Center must raise two-thirds of its budget every year, making the generosity of the Wilson Council members critical to the Center's continued success. 

Wilson Council members receive benefits commensurate with their level of giving and invitations throughout the year to events at the Wilson Center and around the country. These include the thrice-annual  Day at the Wilson Center policy conferences, the National Conversation series, Director's Forums, and the Hamilton Lecture Series. Recent prominent guests have included Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honorable James Baker, Tom Brokaw, David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal, General Stanley McChrystal, Senator Susan Collins, Special National Security Advisor John Brennan, and former National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brezinski.

Additionally, members-only programs-such as the "Impact on Business" roundtable series, the "Behind the Headlines" newsmaker series, and the "Food for Thought" luncheon series-give Center supporters insights into the day's top issues. At private meetings, donors interact with leading public officials, foreign dignitaries and Center analysts to discuss important world concerns, such as U.S. national security and terrorism, emerging powers, the Middle East peace process, and economic policies impacting the global economy.

For membership information, please contact Rachael Moss, Council Membership Coordinator, via email at, or via telephone (202) 691-4381.

Ambassador's Circle

  • Ludmila & Conrad Cafritz
  • Russell Carson
  • Judy & Lewis Eisenberg
  • Donald Graham & Amanda Bennett
  • Carlos M. Gutierrez
  • Roger Hertog
  • Marlene Hess & James D. Zirin
  • Susan & John Hess
  • Mary & Michael Jaharis
  • Daphne Recanati Kaplan & Thomas S. Kaplan


  • Joel Klein
  • Michael Klein & Joan Fabry
  • Arlene & Robert Kogod
  • Jennifer & Marc Lipschultz
  • John & Christy Mack
  • David Mazaheri
  • Thomas F. McLarty III & Donna McLarty
  • John A. Moran
  • Rupert Murdoch
  • Alex Navab


  • Jeanne L. Phillips
  • Joseph Plumeri
  • Molly Raiser
  • Annette & Oscar de la Renta
  • David M. Rubenstein
  • Jeanne Weaver Ruesch
  • Raja Sidawi
  • William A. Slaughter
  • Alan Swerdloff

Chairman's Circle

  • Peter Ackerman & Joanne Leedman-Ackerman
  • Liaquat and Meena Ahamed
  • Frank & Eve Barron
  • Arturo Brillembourg & Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg
  • Timothy M. Broas
  • Buffy & William Cafritz
  • Peter & Teresa Clare
  • John & Alice Delaney
  • Suzanne Donohoe
  • Michael Douglas
  • William & Phyllis Draper
  • Ruth Dugan
  • F. Samuel Eberts III
  • Suellen & Melvyn Estrin
  • A. Huda & Samia Farouki


  • Todd & Christine Fisher
  • Ann B. & Thomas L. Friedman
  • María Eugenia Garcés Campagna
  • C. Boyden Gray
  • Thomas & Claudia Hentleff
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joe Hill
  • Chad & Ann Holliday
  • Bill Janetschek
  • John & Elane Kanas
  • Martha & Bruce Karsh
  • Beth Madison
  • Marlene & Fred Malek
  • Bill Marriott
  • Jacqueline Mars
  • Donald F. McLellan


  • Ken Mehlman
  • Kathryn Mosbacher
  • Scott C. & Amie Rath Nuttall
  • Peter G. Peterson
  • Paul Raether
  • Lynda & Stuart Resnick
  • Jeanne Weaver Ruesch
  • William Seanor
  • Anne Sidamon-Eristoff
  • Clarice Smith
  • Belinda Stronach PC
  • Ranvir & Adarsh Trehan
  • Mark Warner & Lisa Collis
  • Beatrice & Tony Welters
  • Mary & Jeff Zients
  • William Zabel

Patron's Circle

  • Elias F. Aburdene
  • Grace Bender
  • Stuart A. Bernstein
  • Amelia Caiola-Ross
  • Sam Donaldson
  • Elizabeth Dubin
  • Ginny & Irwin Edlavitch
  • Dr. Mark Epstein
  • Barbara Hackman Franklin
  • Donald Garcia
  • Bruce Gelb
  • Michael Gildenhorn
  • Dr. Margaret Goodman
  • Raymond A. Guenter
  • FWH and Associates, LLC
  • Laurence E. Hirsch
  • Osagie Imasogie
  • Carolyn June Kaplan
  • Nuhad E. Karaki
  • Richard L. Kramer
  • David S. Mandel
  • B. Thomas Mansbach
  • Joseph Matthews
  • Vanda B. McMurtry
  • J. Kenneth Menges, Jr.
  • Jamie Merisotis
  • Stuart H. Newberger
  • Toni A. Ritzenberg
  • Ed Robbins
  • Sonja & Michael Saltman
  • Leslie David Simon
  • Albert H. Small, Jr.
  • Jan Smith
  • Diane Tachmindji
  • Norma Kline Tiefel
  • Annie Totah
  • Anthony G. Viscogliosi
  • Carol Winer

As of September 15, 2014


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  • Christine Emery // Vice President for Development
  • Michael Zwirn // Director of Foundation Relations
  • Sara Bronnenkant // Director, Corporate Council
  • Rachael Moss // Development Specialist

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