Washington, D.C. – The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) today announced that former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Jane Garvey and President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson have agreed to join its Board of Directors. BPC Advisory Board Members and Former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell joined BPC President and Founder Jason Grumet in welcoming Garvey and Isaacson.
“We are grateful that these accomplished leaders have agreed to contribute their time and energy to the BPC,” said Grumet. “Ms. Garvey and Mr. Isaacson bring a vast wealth of experience to our organization, and we welcome their counsel.”
As head of the FAA from 1997 to 2002, Garvey led the nation’s aviation system through one of toughest chapters in its history following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, she was the first female Administrator and the first to serve a five-year term.
Garvey was Acting Administrator from 1993 to 1997 and was previously Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Before joining FHWA, Garvey was Director of Boston’s Logan International Airport. She was Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Works from 1988 to 1991. Garvey holds a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College and a Master’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
“Ms. Garvey’s experience in government, combined with her strong knowledge of transportation issues, will greatly benefit all BPC projects, particularly our National Transportation Policy Project,” said Cameron Lynch, Executive Vice President at the BPC. “She demonstrated tremendous leadership at the FAA, restoring our nation’s confidence in air travel and strengthening airline safety. Ms. Garvey will be a great asset to the BPC as we prepare to release a set of transportation policy recommendations this spring.”
Isaacson became President and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. From 2001 to 2003, he served as Chairman and CEO of CNN. In 1996, Isaacson became managing editor of Time Magazine, where he had previously held the positions of political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media. Isaacson began his career at the Sunday Times of London and later the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item.
Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Isaacson, a New Orleans native, was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Project by Governor Kathleen Blanco. In December 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, an effort focused on creating economic and educational opportunities for the Palestinian people, by President George W. Bush. He is the author of the best-selling books Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and is the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). Isaacson, a former Rhodes Scholar, is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University.
“Mr. Isaacson is an invaluable addition to the BPC,” said Grumet. “His advice will be essential as we work with a new Administration to advance bipartisan ideas and solutions that will positively affect legislation on a wide variety of issues.”
The BPC Board currently includes Chairman John Rowe, Chairman and CEO of Exelon Corporation; Norman R. Augustine, Retired Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation; Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Senior Attorney and Co-Director at the National Resources Defense Council; Jason Grumet, BPC Founder and President; Hal Harvey, President and CEO of ClimateWorks Foundation; and Retired USAF General Charles F. Wald, Vice President at L-3 Communications and Retired Deputy Commander, United States European Command.
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