Jane Harman

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Freedom House

Jane Harman is a former nine-term congresswoman from California and former ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, a position she held for four years after 9/11. In October 2022, she was named chair of the Freedom House Board of Trustees. She previously served as the first female president and CEO of the Wilson Center, where she is now president emerita and distinguished fellow. Harman is recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues, and has received numerous awards for distinguished service. She has served on advisory boards for the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence, and the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and State. Harman is currently a member of the NASA Advisory Council, the Homeland Security Advisory Council, the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, the Aspen Strategy Group, the National Council on Election Integrity, the advisory board of the Munich Security Conference, the Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission and co-chairs the Homeland Security Experts Group with former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. She is also a presidential scholar-in-residence at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and a 2022 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Harman’s book, “Insanity Defense: Why Our Failure to Confront Hard National Security Problems Makes Us Less Safe,” was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2021

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