James K. Glassman is Chairman and CEO of Public Affairs Engagement, a Washington consulting firm, and a Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on economic issues and is affiliated with the Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy.
In 2008 and 2009, Ambassador Glassman served as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the intergovernmental lead for strategic communications abroad. In 2007 and 2008, he was Chairman of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, responsible for the operations of Voice of America and other government media. He was confirmed for both positions unanimously by the U.S. Senate.
From 2009 to 2013, he served as Founding Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the policy innovation arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.
Ambassador Glassman has had a long career in media, including 11 years as the principal financial columnist for the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. He formerly served as president of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, publisher of the New Republic magazine, executive vice president of U.S. News & World Report, and editor and co-owner of Roll Call. He has also been moderator of three weekly public affairs series, “TechnoPolitics” and “Ideas in Action” on PBS and “Capitol Gang Sunday” on CNN, and is the author of three books on finance.
He has served on several government boards, including the Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World and, currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Board. He has also been a senior advisor to AT&T and SAP America and a member of the Policy Advisory Board of Intel Corp.
Ambassador Glassman is a graduate of Harvard University, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson.