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Brookings Leadership

Brookings President

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution, is responsible for formulating and setting policies, recommending projects, and selecting key staff. Talbott, whose career spans journalism, government service and academe, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy, with specialties on Europe, Russia, South Asia and nuclear arms control. As deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration, Talbott was deeply involved in both the conduct of U.S. policy abroad and the management of executive branch relations with Congress.
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Brookings Executive Vice President

Martin S. Indyk is executive vice president of the Brookings Institution and a former U.S. ambassador to Israel. Previously, he was vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program and was the founding director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings. During the Clinton administration Indyk served as assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, special assistant to the president, and senior director for Near East and South Asia in the U.S. National Security Council.
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Brookings Chair of the Board

John L. Thornton is the chair of the Brookings Board of Trustees. The Board is composed of distinguished business executives, academics, former government officials and community leaders. Trustees serve four-year terms and meet three times a year. The Board’s role is to provide governance of the business and affairs of the Institution, approve the fields of scholarly investigation, and safeguard the independence of the Institution’s work.

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Brookings Management Staff

Irena Barisic, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Steven Bennett, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Kemal Dervis, Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development

Ona Alston Dosunmu, Vice President and General Counsel

Ted Gayer, Vice President and Director, Economic Studies

Bruce Jones, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy

Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

David Nassar, Vice President for Communications

Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies

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