Madeleine K. Albright is a member of the PSA Advisory Board, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. This article was originally published on the Clinton Foundation’s website.
Ambassador Profile: Madeleine Albright
Since leaving office a dozen years ago, I have been asked many times to lend my energy and financial support to various worthwhile projects. I say “yes” when I can, partly out of a sense of obligation and partly because I have trouble saying “no.” Participating in the Clinton Foundation, however, is neither an obligation nor a burden; it is a joy.
There are two reasons for this. The first is that President Clinton is not an ordinary philanthropist or “good deed doer;” he is a human power source. He has the ability to charm, educate, and motivate simultaneously, leaving you richer in spirit, albeit a little lighter in the pocketbook.
The second, and more important, reason is that the Clinton Foundation does good work. Consider the record:
- Across the world:
- The Clinton Health Access Initiative has helped more than 5 million people with HIV/AIDS gain access to lifesaving treatment.
- The Clinton Development Initiative has empowered thousands of small-scale African farmers to increase their crop yields and connect to new markets; it has also aided the environment by planting more than four million trees in Malawi and Rwanda.
- In Latin America, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative is deploying market-based solutions to help new businesspeople lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
- In Haiti, the Clinton Foundation is laying the groundwork for long-term growth by engaging investors and raising more than $34 million in capital to finance projects aimed at recovery and the creation of permanent jobs.
- In the United States:
- The Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative has provided more than 75,000 hours of pro bono consulting services in support of employment-creating entrepreneurs.
- The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has brought more than 100 food and beverage enterprises together to provide better and more nutritious lunch and snack options in schools.
- The new Clinton Health Matters Initiative has attracted pledges totaling more than $100 million to improve health and wellness, especially among high-risk groups.
More broadly, President Clinton, through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), annually convenes leaders from all across society to encourage them to transform their insights into commitments that will achieve progress in such areas as sustainable development, education, clean energy, inter-cultural cooperation, and human rights. CGI is dedicated to finding solutions to hard problems through collaboration and measurable results.
And President Clinton and the Foundation are supporting the next generation, as well: building on the successful model of CGI, he launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world to develop Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its inception, CGI U has convened more than 4,500 student leaders from over 130 countries and nearly 750 schools.
As president, Bill Clinton led America to a position of unprecedented prosperity and peace. He asks us now to join with him and to use our collective gifts in support of a healthier, more equitable and humane future. To that summons, there is, I believe, but one correct answer: Yes.