Wilson Council

The Wilson Council consists of a dynamic group of individuals from across the country who value the Center’s nonpartisan focus on analyzing the most pressing policy issues facing the world today. Members are engaged in the life of the institution, connecting with leaders from the worlds of policy, academia, and business, while understanding the historical, political, and economic perspectives that influence decision making at all levels. Through their support, participation, and counsel, Wilson Council members enable the Center to further the dialogue of democracy.

Wilson Council members receive benefits commensurate with their level of giving and invitations throughout the year to events at the Wilson Center and around the country, including the thrice-annual Day at the Wilson Center policy conferences. Recent prominent guests have included Vice President Mike Pence, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Senator Tim Kaine, Tom Friedman of the New York Times, and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. 

At private meetings, such as the quarterly "Food for Thought Luncheon" series, donors interact with Wilson Center experts to discuss important world concerns, such as U.S. national security and terrorism, emerging powers, the Middle East peace process, and economic policies impacting the global economy.

The Chair of the Wilson Council is Diana Villiers Negroponte, J.D., Ph.D. Negroponte is also a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center. 

For membership information, please contact Nora Bodner, Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship via email at Nora.Bodner@wilsoncenter.org, or via telephone (202) 691-4162.

Wilson Council Chair

Diana Villiers Negroponte


Ambassador’s Circle

Ludmila and Conrad Cafritz
Jon Corzine
Raymond Learsy
Adam Offenhartz
Michael and Trisha Dugan Polk


Chairman’s Circle

Eli & Edythe L. Broad
Armeane and Mary Choksi
F. Samuel Eberts, III
Ginny and Irwin Edlavitch
Clifton and Mette Foster
John D. Negroponte
Ellen Winsor


Patron’s Circle

Grace Bender
Stuart Bernstein
Buffy Cafritz
R. Matthew Doherty
Ruth L. Dugan
William F. Florida
Sander Gerber
Michael and Catherine Gildenhorn
Raymond Guenter
Arlene and Robert Kogod
Richard L. Kramer
Paul Liebenson
B. Thomas Mansbach
Thomas F. McLarty, III
Stuart H. Newberger
Jeanne L. Phillips
Norma K. Tiefel
Michael and Carol Winer