Partners Council


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Current Members:

Chairman's Circle
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Sanofi Pasteur
Nestlé S.A.
Nancy Birdsall
Edward W. Scott Jr.
Smita Singh & Tim Westergren
Maureen White & Steve Rattner

President's Circle
ExxonMobil Corporation
Deloitte LLP
McKinsey & Company
Rio Tinto
Hon. Henrietta Fore
C. Boyden Gray
Susan Levine
Robert Mosbacher, Jr.
Rachel Pritzker
Sheryl Sandberg & David Goldberg

Leadership Circle
Ernst & Young
Private Investors for Africa
Munir Alam & Samira Rahmatullah
Tony & Judy Fratto
Thomas Gibian & Christina Grady
Brad Horwitz
Kassy & Liya Kebede
Ed & Monique McNally
Miller-Wehrle Family Foundation
Daniel & Felicia Morrow
Jonathan & Jennifer Oppenheimer
Amit J. & Vicky L. Patel Foundation
Karl & Kirsten Pfleger
BJ & Alicia Pittman
Patty Stonesifer & Michael Kinsley
Lawrence H. Summers

Development Circle
Timothy & Jennifer Adams
David & Deborah Douglas
David Fitch
David Gergen
Riva Levinson
John Lipsky & Zsuzsanna Karasz
Mark Malloch-Brown
Moisés Naím
Dina Habib Powell
Thomas Powell
Frank Vogl
James Wolfensohn


Updated May 29, 2015

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The Center for Global Development’s community of investors plays a crucial role in our efforts to discover and promote practical ways to reduce global poverty and inequality. CGD’s reach, influence, and impact relies on the many corporations and individuals who join in our deliberations and support our work.

This is where the Partners Council comes in. As business and civic leaders benefit from our well-informed, independent, and data-driven analysis, the Partners Council serves as a vehicle to convene highly-respected actors who are committed to making the world a more prosperous, just and safe place for us all. Partners Council members support CGD through financial contributions, by attracting other potential supporters, and by serving as advocates for our mission in their own professional and social communities.

As part of a non-governing body of the Center, Partners Council members are encouraged to engage directly with CGD experts, policymakers, corporate representatives, and others through private breakfasts, preferred access to briefings and events, tailored communications, and more. Through these benefits, they are able to gain insight on policy issues that are relevant to their businesses, exchange valuable perspectives on shared global challenges, and expand their own networks.

Membership Benefits

Members of the Partners Council enjoy frequent opportunities to engage with CGD experts and networks at private events in Washington, reserved seating at public events, and participation in our annual Summit.

Chairman's Circle ($50,000+) - corporations, institutions, or individuals

  • Opportunity to collaborate on two customized activities on issues of shared priority: one-two private meetings/roundtables and/or one public event (in consultation)
  • Up to three formal briefings and ideas exchange with CGD experts throughout the year (in consultation)
  • Ability to rent CGD’s state-of-the-art facilities to host company-related events (in consultation)
  • All benefits below

President's Circle ($25,000+) - corporations, institutions, or individuals

  • Opportunity to co-host a private meeting/roundtable on issues of shared priority (in consultation)
  • One formal briefing with CGD experts per year (in consultation)
  • A private meeting/conference call between member representatives and CGD experts to create a focused business engagement strategy at the start of each year
  • A dedicated relationship manager and senior fellow who serve as points of contact to help navigate members through CGD’s programs, networks, and resources
  • Company-wide invitations to CGD’s policy breakfasts, private roundtables, and public events
  • All benefits below

Leadership Circle ($10,000+) - individuals only

  • Invitation to participate the day-long Annual Partners Council Summit
  • Priority invitation to the annual Sabot Memorial Lecture series
  • Priority invitation to the Fall and Spring Private Dinner with CGD’s Board, fellow Partners Council members, CGD experts, and supporters
  • All benefits below

Development Circle ($5,000+) - individuals only

  • Invitation to private Partners Council breakfasts with key national and international policy influencers
  • Quarterly insider update on CGD’s research, events, and timely development issues in The Partnership newsletter
  • Prominent recognition in CGD’s Commitment to Development Acknowledgment Wall of donors
  • Priority invitations and reserved seating to events held or hosted by CGD
  • Complimentary copies of CGD publications
  • Acknowledgment on CGD's website

Other Partnership Opportunities

There are several additional exclusive ways for companies to partner with CGD. For further information on further engagement opportunities, please direct inquiries to: Ben Leo or Anna Moran at or 202.416.4049.

Please note that reservations of CGD’s event spaces and meetings with CGD scholars will be scheduled for President’s Circle and Chairman’s Circle members based on staff availability and discretion.