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Amb. R. James Woolsey moves on from IWP

Having served as Chancellor of The Institute of World Politics (IWP) for about a year, Amb. R. James Woolsey has resigned to accommodate the increasing demands of his schedule of media and other appearances. 

While at IWP, Amb. Woolsey delivered the Brian Kelley Memorial Lecture, gave the keynote address at Commencement, represented IWP at special events, and interacted with students and alumni.  He made a number of presentations to supporters in California, Florida, North Carolina, New York and other locations. 

“We are grateful for the contributions that Amb. Woolsey made at IWP,” said IWP Chairman Owen Smith.  “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Amb. Woolsey is a former Director of Central Intelligence, and has held Presidential appointments in two Republican and two Democratic administrations.  He has served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a Venture Partner with VantagePoint Venture Partners. He was also previously a partner at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, DC, now Goodwin Procter, where he practiced for 22 years in the fields of civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Amb. Woolsey currently is a Venture Partner with Lux Capital Management and chairs the Board of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He is a frequent contributor of articles to major publications, and gives public speeches and media interviews on the subjects of energy, foreign affairs, defense, and intelligence.