Former Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, co-chair of the International Crisis Group, and Jay Harris, publisher of Mother Jones magazine and chief executive of its not-for-profit parent, the Foundation for National Progress, joined the Bulletin’s Board of Directors in late 2006.
“Tom Pickering and Jay Harris appreciate the urgency of the Bulletin’s plans for an expanded communications platform in 2007,” said Cathryn Cronin Cranston, chair of the Bulletin’s board and executive vice president at Mansueto Ventures. “These additions further signal the Bulletin’s resurgence as a widely consulted source of information about global security and science issues.”
Prior to his service as senior vice president for international relations at Boeing, Pickering was United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, under Secretary of State Madeline Albright. Pickering holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. Nations he has served as U.S. Ambassador include the Russian Federation, India, and Israel.
Under Harris’s leadership at Mother Jones, circulation has grown substantially to 230,000, putting it among the largest of American public affairs magazines. The publication has received considerable recognition, including the 2001 National Magazine Award in General Excellence. Harris has been a driving force behind the push to extend the reach of Mother Jones’ journalism beyond the print media.