Robert James Woolsey

Robert James Woolsey

Robert James Woolsey, a former Director of Central Intelligence, has previously served in the U.S. Government on five different occasions, where he held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations. During his 12 years of government service, in addition to heading the CIA and the Intelligence Community, Ambassador Woolsey was: Ambassador to the Negotiation on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), Vienna, 1989–1991; Under Secretary of the Navy, 1977–1979; and General Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, 1970–1973.

He was also appointed by the President to serve on a part-time basis in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983–1986, as Delegate at Large to the U.S.–Soviet Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) and Nuclear and Space Arms Talks (NST). As an officer in the U.S. Army, Jim was an adviser on the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT I), Helsinki and Vienna, 1969–1970. Ambassador Woolsey currently serves on a range of government, corporate, and non-profit advisory boards and chairs several, including the Advisory Boards of the Clean Fuels Foundation and the New Uses Council, and is a Trustee of the Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments. Previously he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Regents of The Smithsonian Institution, and a trustee of Stanford University. Ambassador Woolsey has also been a member of The National Commission on Terrorism, 1999–2000; The Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S. (Rumsfeld Commission), 1998; The President’s Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform, 1989; The President’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management (Packard Commission), 1985–1986; and The President’s Commission on Strategic Forces (Scowcroft Commission), 1983.

Ambassador Woolsey has served in the past as a member of boards of directors of a number of publicly and privately held companies, generally in fields related to technology and security. Ambassador Woolsey received his B.A. degree from Stanford University (1963, With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.A. from Oxford University (Rhodes Scholar 1963–1965), and an LL.B from Yale Law School.

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