I am pleased to announce that Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, Ph.D. is joining Rubicon as a member of the board of directors. This appointment marks a significant milestone for Rubicon, and serves as an important bridge between the worlds of business and government.
With the addition of Ambassador Dobriansky to our esteemed board of directors, Rubicon will now be poised to build on our research and policy work, and to expand our ESG reporting to include the vital question of how waste impacts our national security. Ambassador Dobriansky has been at the forefront of the conversation regarding issues of sustainability and national security, and will allow us to place Rubicon at the forefront of that conversation, expanding the dialogue around this pressing issue in our category.
Ambassador Dobriansky brings with her more than three decades of experience in a variety of public policy positions in the United States government, including at the National Security Council at the White House at age 24, one of the youngest serving staff members in history. At the NSC, she was Director of European and Soviet Affairs in the Ronald Reagan administration. In 1987, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, where she served under both Reagan and George H.W. Bush. She served again at the State Department for President George W. Bush as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, where she set up Global Issues Fora with China, India, and Brazil. These official discussions addressed key issues including energy, environment, health, human rights, among other areas. Ambassador Dobriansky was also President Bush's Envoy to Northern Ireland from 2007-2009, in which role she oversaw the historic devolution of power in Belfast. For her significant contributions, she received the Secretary of State's highest recognition — the Distinguished Service Medal.
Ambassador Dobriansky has served as the Director and Senior Vice President of the Washington D.C. Office of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Distinguished National Security Chair at the United States Naval Academy. She is currently Vice Chair of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council and a Senior Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also Chair of Exim Bank's Chairman's Council on China Competition.
Ambassador Dobriansky's counsel and example have served to elevate Rubicon, and me personally. It is with no small amount of gratitude that I welcome her to Rubicon's board of directors. Please join me in offering a warm welcome to our newest board member, Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky.