Amb. James K. Glassman
Amb. James K. Glassman
  • Ex. Dir of The George W. Bush Institute
  • Frm. Under Sec. of State for Public Diplomacy
  • Expert on Economic, Tech, & Financial Markets

Biography

Ambassador James K. Glassman’s career spans government, media, academia, and business. He has been a top State Department official, the publisher of national magazines and host of CNN and PBS public-affairs programs, executive director of a think tank, and an entrepreneur who has started or revived four organizations.

He served as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in 2008 and 2009, directing America’s outreach to foreign publics. Immediately prior to that, he was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which supervises U.S. government TV, radio, and Internet communications with more than 100 countries in 60 languages. For both positions, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which also bestowed on him the lifetime title of ambassador.

He was host of three weekly series: “Capital Gang Sunday” on CNN and “TechnoPolitics” and “Ideas in Action” on PBS. He was president of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, publisher of The New Republic, executive vice president of U.S.News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. He was chief financial columnist for the Washington Post for 11 years and has written three books on investing. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and many other publications. He currently writes a monthly column for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
From September 2009 to August 2013, Ambassador Glassman served as Founding Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the policy arm of the Bush Presidential Center, which includes a museum and library in Dallas. Before that, he was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, to which he has now returned, concentrating on matters of technology and economic policy.

Shortly after graduating from Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the daily Crimson, he started his own weekly newspaper in New Orleans, selling it to move to Washington to embark on his media career, which also includes launching a successful Internet business. Ambassador Glassman is currently chairman and chief executive officer of PAE, a Washington-based public affairs firm specializing in supporting foundations and other non-profit organizations.

In the past 10 years, he has given speeches around the world on economics and global affairs, including such venues as the National Press Club (featured luncheon speaker), Detroit Economic Club, Council on Foreign Affairs, Aspen Institute, Commonwealth Club (San Francisco), and Chatham House (London).

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