About Us Clinton Global Initiative CGI b0702f81-0258-46ba-9ce2-ef51244f92f6 Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), [is] an initiative of the Clinton Foundation ... CGI Leadership Team William Jefferson Clinton 42nd President of the United States, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative -- Elected president of the United States in 1992 and 1996, President Bill Clinton led the country through the longest economic expansion in its history. His emphasis on community, opportunity, and responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; 22 million new jobs; low levels of unemployment, poverty, and crime; and the highest homeownership rates in history. He also increased investment in education, expanded access to technology, encouraged investment in underserved communities, protected the environment, countered the threat of terrorism while promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. Robert S. Harrison Chief Executive Officer, Clinton Global Initiative -- Robert S. Harrison is the chief executive officer of the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, he served as the executive director of the Clinton Foundation's childhood obesity initiative. Before joining the Clinton Foundation, Harrison spent 22 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and attorney. He joined Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1987, where he became a partner in the firm's investment banking division and global co-head of its Communications, Media, and Entertainment group. From 1981 to 1987, Harrison practiced corporate law in the New York and Paris offices of Davis, Polk and Wardwell. Harrison is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, and honorary chairman of the Board of Directors of the Henry Street Settlement, a social service agency founded in 1893 to address the impact of poverty in New York City. He received a BA in government from Cornell University, a BA/MA in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. Ed Hughes CGI Deputy Director and Program Director, Clinton Global Initiative -- As deputy director and program director of CGI, Ed Hughes is responsible for program development for all CGI meetings. He joined CGI as program director in 2004 to work on the initial creation of the project within the Clinton Foundation. Born in New York City and raised in Evanston, Illinois, Hughes graduated from Bates College in 1992. He served in the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 2001, initially in the Counsel's Office, the White House's in-house legal department. He then transferred to the White House Office of Advance, serving as associate director of advance. In 2001, Hughes moved to New York City, initially to work on a City Council campaign, and subsequently on the staffs of New York City Council Members Eric Gioia (2002 - 2003) and Speaker Gifford Miller (2003 - 2004). Julian Jaeger Director of Partnerships -- Julian Jaeger brings to CGI over fifteen years of global experience, including ten years developing partnerships with organizations in North America and around the world. As director of partnerships, Jaeger is responsible for developing and managing relationships between CGI and its strategic partners. Before joining CGI, Jaeger headed both partnership development and business development for North America at the World Economic Forum. He held these roles for over nine years and worked out of both the Geneva and the New York offices. Prior to his time with the Forum, he worked for seven years at the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization with the Office of Management, Budget, and Control. Jaeger holds both a master's and a bachelor's in business administration from the International University in Geneva, Switzerland. Craig Minassian Director of Communications -- Craig Minassian brings a unique background in communications, content development, and marketing to promoting the work of CGI. Minassian served as assistant press secretary and director of television news in the White House for President Clinton, where he developed and implemented communications strategies for television for presidential and administration initiatives. In addition to working on numerous campaigns, he has served in various communications roles for the Clinton Foundation. In entertainment, Minassian spent over 10 years with HBO working on topical and cause-related programming including "Comic Relief," a benefit for health care for the homeless, and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. He has also served as a consultant for networks including Comedy Central, Lifetime, and MTV, as well as corporate and nonprofit clients. He also worked on World Cup USA in 1994 and serves on the President's Council of the University of Miami. Katrina Ngo Director of CGI America -- Katrina Ngo is responsible for overseeing the operations of the organization's newest program, CGI America, which is dedicated to economic recovery in the United States. Ngo joined the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008 as part of the commitments team. As a senior manager, she worked with members to develop commitments and build program related to the finance space, with a special focus on financial literacy, philanthropic giving, microfinance, and impact investing. Prior to joining CGI, Ngo served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan with the Sustainable Economic and Organizational Development program. She received a master's in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's in biology and economics from the University of Virginia. Elsa Palanza Director of Commitments -- Elsa Palanza is responsible for leading the team that guides CGI members in developing their Commitments to Action. After graduating from Middlebury College with a bachelor's degree in International Studies, Palanza worked for several years in Washington, D.C. delivering geopolitical and industry risk analysis to large international energy companies. She then moved to Istanbul, Turkey to lead business and marketing operations for an education company's pilot program, and subsequently directed operations and development for a start-up cultural diplomacy project focused on Iran. Palanza attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she concentrated on International Security Studies and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization. She speaks Italian, Spanish, and elementary Turkish, and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East—hiking, skiing, and enjoying local food every step of the way. Fred Poust Chief Marketing Officer -- Fred Poust joined CGI in January of 2009. As Chief Marketing Officer he is responsible for all of the organization's messaging and marketing to the public, current and potential sponsors, and current and potential members of CGI's three platforms: CGI, CGI America, and CGI University. In addition, he is responsible for CGI's digital strategy. Poust worked for 14 years at Time Warner in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles. In his last position there, he served as senior vice president for Time Inc.‘s Corporate Sales and Marketing. Poust received a bachelor's degree in economics from the Honors College at the University of Oregon and is the immediate past-president of the board of the school's Alumni Association. Lisa Rickert Director of CGI International, Director of Finance -- Lisa Rickert spent almost 10 years on Wall Street as a corporate finance professional advising environmental service and industrial companies on mergers, acquisitions, and capital-raising transactions. Following her time on Wall Street, Rickert served as deputy national director of Women's Outreach for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 presidential campaign. She came to the William J. Clinton Foundation in the spring of 2005, serving as an integral member of a task force focused on exploring the issues of water and sanitation in the developing world. She continued this work as a senior member of the team that launched the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi in 2006. In addition to her work at CGI, Rickert is a member of the advisory board of St. Jude school. Rickert received her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a masters in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bill Wetzel Director of CGI University -- As director of CGI U, Bill Wetzel oversees CGI's efforts to engage university students and the higher education community in addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges. This includes the annual meeting of CGI U, which brings together over 1,000 students from over 300 different schools, and the CGI University Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to leading student innovators and entrepreneurs on their respective campuses. Wetzel has worked with CGI since the launch of CGI U in 2007. Before joining CGI, Wetzel co-founded the Talk to Me Project, a civic engagement initiative that was featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and This American Life. He studied sustainable development at Columbia University's Earth Institute. Heather Zachary Director of Event Operations -- Heather Zachary joined CGI in January 2007. As the director of event operations, she leads the in-house event logistics team and is responsible for event strategy and production for all of CGI's large-scale conferences and special events across CGI's four platforms: CGI, CGI America, CGI International, and CGI University. Prior to joining CGI, Zachary worked in the programming departments of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Jewish Guild for the Blind Children's Vision Health Initiative, where she managed special events and event production, teleconvenings, and online resource databases. Zachary received a bachelor's in Latin American studies and sociology from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her personal time, she devotes her efforts to assisting with programming for the Tulane Alumni Club of New York, the New York American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and All Souls of New York 80890d5b-a71b-4b7e-8b75-027585e5a7d6 To turn ideas into action. 815eb047-fba4-4586-b245-e199017c7f53 Commitments to Action CGI member commitments represent bold new ways to address global challenges - implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results. To support the development of commitments among members, CGI facilitates conversations, provides opportunities to identify commitment partners, showcases the actions taken by commitment-makers, and communicates the results of the work. To date, participants have developed more than 2,300 Commitments to Action, which have made a positive impact on over 400 million lives. CGI Model Convene global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. eb17d548-b9fb-484e-a35f-c288c34a549d 1 Heads of State Nobel Prize Laureates Leading CEOs Heads of Foundations Heads of NGOs Major Philanthropists Members of the Media CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion. The CGI Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City... The CGI Model -- The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to drive action through its unique model. Rather than directly implementing projects, CGI facilitates action by helping members connect, collaborate, and make effective and measurable Commitments to Action. The CGI model drives action among its members in the following four ways: Inspiration Meet tomorrow's groundbreaking solutions and push the conversation forward. f1eb950f-ef2a-42ac-8070-6f7adcbc8ac7 1.1 Visionaries Thought Leaders In the CGI community, today's foremost thinkers meet tomorrow's groundbreaking solutions. Thought leaders and visionaries push the conversation forward, inspiring all members to be creative and innovative in their collective action. ab247d65-5aeb-4f1f-88b8-ff72f2f05f64 Networking Interact with individuals across multiple sectors and industries. 7f7911cb-8fc8-4aae-b7d6-7cf46bfd6499 1.2 CEOs World's Largest Companies Leading NGOs Leading Foundations Government Representatives Prominent Philanthropists The diverse CGI membership offers a unique opportunity to interact with individuals across multiple sectors and industries. Members include CEOs of the world's largest companies, leading NGOs and foundations, government representatives, and prominent philanthropists. 8ae732a0-f548-41db-8140-4ba4aa184527 Knowledge Building Create the foundation for informed action. d945385f-4cdb-4aba-bf7b-59b60b8f3606 1.3 Industry Leaders At CGI, knowledge building creates the foundation for informed action. Industry leaders analyze their most effective programs, fresh voices put forth innovative approaches, and established experts debate different interventions. Members provide each other with a constant flow of new solutions and lessons learned. 28eb5d64-1767-4412-942c-5f5b6461a5f9 Collaboration Collaborate to leverage resources and expertise. 3ec94870-c3aa-4d57-867b-21f88215d6d6 1.4 CGI Members CGI Staff Spurred by a collective sense of urgency and shared responsibility, CGI members collaborate to best leverage their resources and expertise. Some partnerships develop organically from networking, while others grow through issue-specific member gatherings or CGI staff facilitation. 8d10eb47-3834-4def-83f2-f65dd15405e1 CGI America Meet to [discuss] economic recovery and job creation in the United States 138f3467-9a39-4dae-a490-7ed0a7767e91 2 CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting devoted to economic recovery and job creation in the United States ... c456ecff-cf0a-46c6-885d-31c8ba58ad4a 4d83b034-ba44-44f4-bd54-657d420dc54c CGI University Host an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students who are developing commitments in their communities and around the world. 1162a33b-d9bd-48d4-85dd-75649bc5f67f 3 Undergraduate Students Graduate Students CGI University (CGI U), which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students who are developing commitments in their communities and around the world. e198aa5e-3fa2-47ec-b6e9-b0d17e4209f2 6d7589cf-61f1-479a-b22f-bbf1034de9bb 2013-09-29 http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/aboutus/ Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.