San Francisco, July 22, 2014 — The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia, announces the election of Donald Steinberg and Elizabeth Economy to its Board of Trustees. The Foundation made the announcement at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.
Mr. Steinberg is president and CEO of World Learning and has over 35 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations. Mr. Steinberg previously served as deputy administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development. During his prior government work, he served as director of the State Department’s Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African Affairs, special Haiti coordinator, U.S. Ambassador to Angola, and the president’s special representative for Humanitarian Demining. Mr. Steinberg also served as deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group, a Randolph Jennings senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and has advised the Women’s Refugee Commission, the U.N. Development Fund for Women, the U.N. Civil Society Advisory Group for Women, Peace and Security, and the Institute for Inclusive Security.
Mr. Steinberg holds master’s degrees in Journalism from Columbia University and Political Economy from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree from Reed College.
Dr. Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy, and op-eds in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Dr. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College. She is also on the advisory council of Network 20/20. She is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Agenda Council on the United States and served as a member and then vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Economy has also served on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development.
Dr. Economy received her doctorate degree from the University of Michigan, her master’s degree from Stanford University and her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College. In 2008, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Vermont Law School.