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Brookings President

John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
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Brookings Executive Vice President

Ted Gayer is the Executive Vice President of the Brookings Institution, the Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program at Brookings, and the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies. Gayer assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Brookings in April 2018 after five years as Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program. From 2009-2013, he was Co-Director of the Economic Studies program. Though he has assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Brookings, Gayer will remain as Vice President and Director of the Economic Studies program until his successor is in place.
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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

Jacqueline Basile, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Jennifer Berlin, Vice President and Chief of Staff

Ona Alston Dosunmu, Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Homi Kharas, Interim Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development

Bruce Jones, Vice President and Director, Foreign Policy

Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

Greg McGovern, Vice President, Development

Emily Horne, Vice President, Communications

Darrell West, Vice President and Director, Governance Studies

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