In January 2014, Huntsman was named chair of the think tank The Atlantic Council. Additionally, he serves as cochair, along with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), of No Labels, a growing citizens’ movement dedicated to promoting the politics of problem solving. He also hosts a weekly radio program on SiriusXM, “No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman.”
Twice elected as Utah’s governor, from 2005 to 2009 Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America by the Pew Center on the States, as well as best state in which to do business. Huntsman was elected as chair of the Western Governors Association while serving as governor. He was also a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association.
As deputy U.S. trade representative, Huntsman launched global trade negotiations in Doha in 2001 and guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization.
Huntsman currently sits on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania, and he is a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and chair of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. He has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Powell. For more than 50 years, General Colin L. Powell (U.S. Army-Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions during four presidential administrations, Powell is deeply committed to democratic values and freedom.
The son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem, New York City, in April 1937 and was raised in the South Bronx. He was educated in New York City public schools, and he attended the City College of New York (CCNY) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in geology. It was not until Powell joined the Army ROTC program at CCNY that his military career was launched. He received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in 1958 and served for 35 years, rising to the rank of four-star general.
From 1987 to 1989, Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s national security advisor. From 1989 to 1993, he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to serve in the position but also the first African American. During his time as chairman, Powell oversaw 28 crises, including the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.