Biography of Jane Wales

On November 15, 1993, Jane Wales was sworn in as Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Ms. Wales also serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Science and Technology on the National Security Council staff.

Ms. Wales was formerly chair of the Carnegie Corporation Program on Cooperative Security. Prior to joining the Corporation in 1990, she was director of the Secure Society Program of the W. Alton Jones Foundation, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ms. Wales is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and served in the White House as Coordinator of Public Liaison from 1977-79. Before joining the Carter Administration, she was a writer at "Congressional Quarterly" and was Managing Editor of the "Democratic Review" magazine. From 1982-87, Ms. Wales was National Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the U.S. affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1987 and 1988, Ms. Wales directed the International Security Options Project, which developed recommendations for U.S. nuclear weapons policy, under the guidance of Gerard Smith, George Kennan, Robert McNamara and others. As part of that affiliation, Ms. Wales assisted Mr. McNamara in the research and organization of Out of the Cold (Simon & Shuster, 1989).

Ms. Wales has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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