Charles E.M. Kolb
Charles Kolb was President of the French-American Foundation—United States, located in New York City, from August 2012 until August 2014. The French-American Foundation is the only non-governmental organization in the United States dedicated specifically to strengthening the relationship between the two countries. It does so by bringing together leaders, policymakers and a full range of professionals to exchange views, share best practices, and consider how each country might benefit from the expertise and experience of the other. Prior to joining the French-American Foundation, he was President of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) from 1997 to 2012 and served as General Counsel of United Way of America from 1992 to 1997. During nearly ten years of government service, he held several senior-level positions. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House from 1990-1992. At the White House, he worked on economic, education, legal and regulatory policy issues. From 1983 to 1990, he held three other government positions: Assistant General Counsel, Office of Management and Budget (1983-1986); Deputy General Counsel for Regulations and Legislation, U.S. Department of Education (1986-1988); and Deputy Under Secretary for Planning, Budget and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Education (1988-1990). Charles frequently publishes op-ed columns in The Huffington Post and other publications, has written a memoir of his experience in the first Bush White House, and has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs.