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International Rescue Committee


Founded 1933. "The International Rescue Committee seeks to bring attention to forgotten or neglected crises and to pressure governments and international organizations to take action to help and protect refugees, displaced people and other victims of conflict."

Co-Chairmen as of November 2006: Alan R. Batkin, Tom Brokaw, Jonathan L. Wiesner, Winston Lord. Secretary, Vera Blinken. Vice Chair, Liv Ullmann. President and CEO, George Rupp. Chairmen emeriti: John C. Whitehead, James C. Strickler.

Board of Directors as of November 2006: Morton I. Abramowitz, Laurent Alpert, Betsy Blumenthal, Andrew H. Brimmer, Tom Brokaw, Beverlee Bruce, Jeremy Carver, Florence A. Davis, Susan Dentzer, Jodie Eastman, Katherine G. Farley, HRH Princess Firyal of Jordan, Jeffrey E. Garten, George F. Hritz, Frederick J. Iseman, Winston Lord, Robert E. Marks, Roman Martinez IV, Jay Mazur, Kathleen Newland, Indra Nooyi, Sarah O'Hagan, Susan Patricof, David L. Phillips, Samantha Power, George Rupp, George S. Sarlo, Thomas Schick, Jean Kennedy Smith, Josh S. Weston, Maureen White.

Board of Overseers as of November 2006: Madeleine Albright, Alan R. Batkin, F. William Barnett, Georgette F. Bennett, W. Michael Blumenthal, Jennifer Brokaw, Glenda Burkhart, Frederick Burkle, Nestor Carbonell, Robert Cotten, Robert P. De Vecchi, Robin Chandler Duke, Theodore J. Forstmann, Kenneth R. French, Maurice R. Greenberg, Andy Grove, Morton Hamburg, Karen Hein, Lucile Herbert, David Hunt, Howard Jonas, Marvin Josephson, Alton Kastner, Irena Kirkland, Henry Kissinger, Yong Kwok, Tom Lantos, Reynold Levy, Vincent Mai, John Makinson, Lucretia Martin, Roberto Martinez, Kati Marton, W. Allen Moore, Robert B. Oakley, Sadako Ogata, Catherine O'Neill, Regina S. Peruggi, Alexandra L. Peters, David N. Pincus, Colin Powell, Donald H. Putnam, Bruce Ratner, Missie Rennie, John Richardson, Felix Rohatyn, George Rupp, Jessica Seinfeld, Barbara Shailor, James T. Sherwin, Nancy Starr, H. Peter Stern, Lee Copley Thaw, John Train, Georgia Travers, William vanden Heuvel, Ronald Waldman, Leah Zell Wanger, Daniel Weiner, Randi Weingarten, Edwin Wesely, Anne Whitehead, Elie Wiesel, Jonathan L. Wiesner, James Wolfensohn, Guy P. Wyser-Pratte.

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Founding Date:

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Morton I. Abramowitz
20-Jan-1933   US Ambassador to Turkey, 1989-91
Madeleine Albright
15-May-1937   Bill Clinton's Secretary of State
F. William Barnett
c. 1947   Former Partner, McKinsey & Co.
W. Michael Blumenthal
3-Jan-1926   US Secretary of the Treasury, 1977-79
Tom Brokaw
6-Feb-1940   Former anchor, NBC Nightly News
Jeffrey E. Garten
29-Oct-1946   Dean of Yale Management, 1995-2005
Maurice R. Greenberg
4-May-1925   CEO of American International Group, 1967-2005
Andy Grove
2-Sep-1936   CEO of Intel, 1987-98
Henry A. Grunwald
3-Dec-1922 26-Feb-2005 Managing Editor of Time, 1968-79
Henry Kissinger
27-May-1923   US Secretary of State, 1973-77
Thomas G. Labrecque
17-Sep-1938 16-Oct-2000 CEO of Chase Manhattan, 1990-96
Tom Lantos
1-Feb-1928 11-Feb-2008 Congressman from California, 1981-2008
Winston Lord
17-Aug-1937   President, Council on Foreign Relations, 1977-85
John Makinson
?   Chairman & CEO, Penguin Group
Roman Martinez IV
c. 1948   Former Partner, Lehman Brothers
Indra Nooyi
28-Oct-1955   CEO of PepsiCo
Robert B. Oakley
12-Mar-1931   US Ambassador to Pakistan, 1988-91
Colin Powell
5-Apr-1937   US Secretary of State, 2001-05
Samantha Power
21-Sep-1970   A Problem From Hell
Bruce Ratner
23-Jan-1945   New York City developer
Thomas L. Rhodes
c. 1941   President, National Review
Felix Rohatyn
29-May-1928   Financier, Lazard Frères
James P. Rubin
1960   State Department Spokesman, 1997-2000
Albert Shanker
Labor Leader
14-Sep-1928 22-Feb-1997 American Federation of Teachers
Liv Ullmann
16-Dec-1938   The Passion of Anna
William vanden Heuvel
14-Apr-1930   US Ambassador to the UN Europe, 1977-79
Randi Weingarten
Labor Leader
1957   President, United Federation of Teachers
Maureen White
?   DNC National Finance Chair
John C. Whitehead
2-Apr-1922   US Deputy Secretary of State, 1985-89
Elie Wiesel
30-Sep-1928   Anti-Holocaust and human-rights activist
James Wolfensohn
1-Dec-1933   World Bank president, 1995-2005

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