Janne E. Nolan was a founding member of the Council on Strategic Risks Governing Board and of the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board, where she served for 9 years until she passed away in 2019. She was a member of the international affairs faculty at George Washington University, and a Senior Fellow at the Association for Diplomatic Studies. She held numerous senior positions in the private sector, including as Professor of International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Ridgway Center at the University of Pittsburgh; project director and research faculty at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service; Director of Foreign Policy for The Century Foundation of New York, Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Senior International Security Consultant at Science Applications International Corporation.
Dr. Nolan’s public service included positions as a technology trade and arms control specialist in the Department of State, as senior representative to the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as the defense advisor to several presidential campaigns and transition teams. She served as an appointed member to the White House Presidential Advisory Board on U.S. Arms and Technology Policy (Chair), the National Defense Panel, the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (investigating terror attacks against U.S. embassies in East Africa), the Gates Panel to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the US, and the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board.
Author of seven books, Dr. Nolan’s work included: Guardians of the Arsenal: The Politics of Nuclear Strategy, Trappings of Power: Ballistic Missiles in the Third World, and An Elusive Consensus. She received major research awards from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation (5 time recipient), the Ford Foundation, and the Ploughshares Foundation and served on the board of the Council on Strategic Risks (as Founding Board Member), the American Middle East Institute, the Arms Control Association, and the Monterey Institute’s Non Proliferation Review. Dr. Nolan was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Committee on International Security (second appointed term), the Aspen Strategy Group (Distinguished Emeritus), and the Cosmos Club. She was also Chair of the Nuclear Security Working Group.