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Kris M. Balderston And John V. Parachini Join Stimson Board Of Directors

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The Stimson Center is pleased to announce today the newest members of the organization’s Board of Directors: Kris M. Balderston and John V. Parachini.
 
“I am so pleased to welcome and to work with these two new Trustees,” said Stimson President and CEO Brian Finlay. “John Parachini brings us full circle. From his time as one of the earliest employees of Stimson — to now a member of our governing council following an illustrious career in the field of national security — no one better understands the spirit of pragmatism and integrity that informed our founding and that guides us to the present day. Likewise, the arrival of Kris Balderston represents the future vision of Stimson. Kris’ commitment to bringing together new voices to solve the grand global development and security challenges of our time is truly inspiring. Along with John, he will help Stimson continue to make real change around the world.”

 

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Kris M. Balderston is General Manager of the FleishmanHillard Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, Balderston served as Special Representative for Global Partnerships under Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. In that position he helped to create the Global Partnership Initiative and launched a number of innovative public-private partnerships to address global problems. Mr. Balderston specialized in forming market-driven collaborations involving private companies, NGOs, and governments that achieved success by creatively leveraging the interests of multiple organizations toward a common goal. Balderston also served as Senator Clinton’s first Legislative Director and then as Deputy Chief of Staff during her term as Senator from New York. Before joining Senator Clinton, Balderston served President Bill Clinton in the White House as the Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet and the Deputy Assistant to the President. Balderston holds his B.A. degree in political science from LeMoyne College and his M.A. degree in government from Georgetown University.

 

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John V. Parachini is a Senior International Policy Analyst and Director of the Intelligence Policy Center at the RAND Corporation. He has led RAND projects on the propensity of terrorists to acquire chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons; how the U.S. government can capture terrorists’ digital information; scenario development for counterterrorism planning; and the danger of terrorists and rogue states acquiring nuclear material expertise from the former Soviet Union. Previously, Parachini served as the executive director of the Washington office of the Monterey Institute of International Studies’ Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Prior to joining the Monterey Institute, he was a senior associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, where he focused on nonproliferation and arms control issues. Parachini holds a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College; an M.A. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

 

 

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