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.

The Chair of the Wilson Council is Diana Villiers Negroponte, J.D., Ph.D. Negroponte is also a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center. 

For membership information, please contact Julia Craig Romano, Development Associate for Individual Giving, via email at Julia.Romano@wilsoncenter.org, or via telephone (202) 691-4252.


Wilson Council Chair

Diana Villiers Negroponte


Ambassador’s Circle

Ludmila & Conrad Cafritz
Jon Corzine
Raymond Learsy
Donald F. McLellan
John D. Negroponte
Adam Offenhartz
Michael & Trisha Dugan Polk


Chairman’s Circle

Eli & Edythe L. Broad
Buffy Cafritz
Armeane & Mary Choksi
Tiger Chu
F.S. Eberts
Ginny & Irwin Edlavitch
Clifton & Metter Foster
Carolyn June Kaplan
Chemi J. Peres
Molly Raiser
Sir John Scarlett
Jan Smith


Patron’s Circle

Elias Aburdene
Grace Bender
Stuart Bernstein
Elizabeth Dubin
Ruth L. Dugan
Michael & Catherine Gildenhorn
Raymond Guenter
Laurence E. Hirsch
Peter Kimmelman
Arlene & Robert Kogod
Richard L. Kramer
David S. Mandel
B. Thomas Mansbach
Thomas F. McLarty, III
Stuart H. Newberger
Mary M. Ourisman
Jeanne L. Phillips
Norma K. Tiefel
Michael Waller
Michael & Carol Winer
Ellen Winsor