Search for the President
The East-West Center (EWC) seeks an entrepreneurial and visionary leader to serve as its next President. Located in Honolulu, HI, the East-West Center is a leading education, research and convening organization dedicated to strengthening international relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. At a critical and defining moment in world politics and foreign affairs, fueled by a global public health crisis and increased attention to the world’s interconnectedness, the President will propel the Center into its next era of growth and distinction, fulfilling its promise to be a central force and neutral entity in the advancement of global security, environmental stewardship, and a stronger network of the Pacific Island nations. Furthermore, in a world hungry for bipartisan solutions, leadership, and foreign diplomacy in Asia, the Center is poised for tremendous impact. By leveraging its convening power and applying its educational and research strengths, the President will continue to build on the Center’s mission of building a vibrant trans-Pacific community and an Asia-Pacific future that is more just, peaceful, and prosperous.
Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 as the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange between East and West, the East-West Center is a unique American institution dedicated to enhancing Asia-Pacific relations. It is an independent, public, nonprofit organization largely funded from the U.S. government with additional support provided by private agencies, individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments in the region. A truly bipartisan entity, the EWC is governed by an 18-member board with appointees of the U.S. Secretary of State, Governor of Hawaii, five elected members, and three ex-officio members from across the globe. Offering education, research, and seminar programming for scholars and fellows, the Center boasts an alumni base of more than 68,000 distinguished leaders many of whom are located throughout Asia. Based in Honolulu, on 21 acres adjacent to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the EWC is comprised of numerous residential, research, and conference facilities, in addition to its Washington, D.C. office which provides connection and programming to congressional offices and other agencies. The Center’s 160 staff, including members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees trade union, conducts multi-disciplinary programming and research and provides thought leadership and leadership development training to leaders in the Asia-Pacific. The EWC also serves as a critical communicator and bridge builder to the local and native Hawaiian community through various arts and educational outreach initiatives.
The President will further invigorate and extend the East West Center’s influence, expanding its visibility and partnership activity with a wide range of stakeholders (including government leaders in Asia, military officers, NGOs, businesses, think tanks, U.S. Congressional leaders, and academic partners). In so doing, the President will be expected to address a wide range of opportunities and challenges, including:
The East-West Center has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details and to submit inquiries, nominations, and applications, visit: https://www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S7-880.
Regan Gough, David Bellshaw, and Joe Kralick
1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111