Representative Jane Harman (D-Calif.) was recently named President, CEO, and Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by the Center’s Board of Trustees. Harman will assume her new duties on February 28, 2011. She succeeds former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton who stepped down in November 2010 after leading the institution for nearly 12
“We on the Board of Trustees are thrilled to introduce Representative Jane Harman as the President, CEO, and Director of the Wilson Center,” said Ambassador Joseph B. Gildenhorn, chairman of the Center’s Board. “Jane Harman brings an extraordinarily high level of leadership and knowledge to the Center that will propel this great institution to even higher standards of excellence. She has the strategic vision to advance the Center’s mission to promote a greater understanding of the most pressing public policy issues facing this nation.”
Representative Harman has represented California’s 36th Congressional district in Los Angeles’ South Bay since 1993. During her tenure, Harman has focused her attention on counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence matters. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee for eight years – the final four as Ranking Member – Harman helped shape Congress’ policy response to the 9/11 attacks and played a lead role in the creation and passage of the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. She currently serves as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence.