The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison unanimously elected as the Vice Chair of Meridian Board of Trustees

January 6, 2015
For Immediate Release

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The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison has been elected as the new Vice Chair of Meridian Board of Trustees. She has been a member of Meridian’s Board since 2010.

Ms. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the leading funder of public radio and public television programming for the American people. She is also the chairman of the Leadership Council of Women and Girls Lead, an innovative public media initiative designed to focus, educate and connect women, girls and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century. In August 2012, she was included on the Forbes list of “Women Changing the World in Media” for establishing Women and Girls Lead and her continued leadership on the project.

Prior to joining CPB in 2005, Ms. Harrison served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. A former entrepreneur, Ms. Harrison is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, communication strategy and constituency building. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2008 Leadership Award from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. She also sits on the boards of the National Italian American Foundation, the Meridian International Center and The National Parkinson’s Foundation.

Ms. Harrison is the author of the book “A Seat at the Table: An Insider’s Guide for America’s New Women Leaders” and received her B.A. from American University, Washington D.C., and an honorary doctorate from the American University of Rome in 2002. She is a former Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise guest lecturer at Youngstown State University in Ohio and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Service of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, in 2002, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 1992.

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About Meridian International Center
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Meridian International Center is a premier international leadership organization that provides valuable insight and experiences across borders, cultures, and sectors. Meridian works with U.S. Department of State, partners in the government, private, NGO, and educational sectors globally, to create lasting international partnerships through leadership programs and cultural exchanges. Meridian also connects U.S. and foreign governments with the private sector to respond to global challenges and sustain impact.

Meridian’s mission is to create innovative exchange, educational, cultural, and policy programs that advance three goals:

  • Strengthen U.S. engagement with the world through the power of exchange
  • Prepare public and private sector leaders for a complex global future
  • Provide a neutral forum for international collaboration across sectors


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