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Mrs. Ann McLaughlin Korologos

Mrs. Ann McLaughlin Korologos is a former U.S. Secretary of Labor and served as Chairman of the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees from April 2004 until April 2009. RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis. From October 1996 until December 2005 she served as Senior Advisor to Benedetto, Gartland & Company, Inc., an investment banking firm in New York.

In February, 2002, Mrs. Korologos was appointed to an independent Commission of The International Labour Organization (ILO). This Commission, comprised of Presidents, politicians, academics, social experts and a Nobel Economist laureate, addressed the social dimension of globalization. The Commission’s ultimate goal was to use the process of globalization as a resource to reduce poverty and unemployment, to foster growth and sustainable development. The Commission examined ways in which all international organizations can contribute to a more inclusive globalization process that is acceptable and fair to all. Their final report was released on February 24, 2004.

From October 1996 until August 2000, she served as Chairman of The Aspen Institute an international nonprofit impartial educational institution founded in 1950. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. The mission of The Aspen Institute is to enhance the quality of leadership through informed dialogue about the timeless ideas and values of the world's great cultures and traditions as they relate to the foremost challenges facing societies, organizations and individuals.

From 1990 until 1995 she served as President of the Federal City Council in Washington, D.C., a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of 150 top business and civic leaders dedicated to improving the nation's capital. Mrs. Korologos was a Visiting Fellow at The Urban Institute, a private, non-profit policy research and educational organization. The Institute investigates the social and economic problems confronting the nation and the government programs and policies designed to alleviate those problems.

On September 29, 1989, President Bush appointed Mrs. Korologos Chairman of the President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism. The Commission presented its report to the President and concluded its work on May 15, 1990. The report reviewed and evaluated policy options in connection with aviation security, with particular reference to the destruction of Pan American Airways Flight 103.

From 1987 to 1989 Mrs. Korologos served as the Nation's 19th Secretary of Labor under President Ronald Reagan. As the government's top labor official and the President's chief advisor on labor and related issues, she focused public and private sector attention on the needs of a rapidly changing international and national workplace and workforce. Particularly, she directed Labor Department resources to identifying, publicizing and addressing significant emerging demographic changes and the resulting labor-related challenges and issues such as child and other dependent care, worker shortages, skill gaps and older workers. She also established the Workforce Quality Commission, the first blue ribbon commission to address workforce competitiveness issues in a global economy. Upon completion of her term, President Reagan awarded her the President's Citizen Medal in recognition of her public service.

Mrs. Korologos also served as Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior, providing the day-to-day management of that 71,000 person department and as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Treasury where she earned the department's highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award for distinguished leadership.

She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several corporations including Harman International, Kellogg Company, Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and Michael Kors.

Additionally, Mrs. Korologos serves as a member of the Board of Directors of The Dana Foundation, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Cristo Rey Network, and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Her previous private sector experience includes diverse senior management roles, including serving as a consultant to the Center for Strategic and International Studies; President of McLaughlin and Company; Manager of the Washington, D.C. office of Braun and Company of Los Angeles, and Assistant Director of State and Local Government Relations for the Union Carbide Corporation.

Mrs. Korologos has been awarded honorary degrees from Marymount College (Tarrytown, New York), University of Rhode Island, New England School of Law and the College of St. Elizabeth, Tri-State University and Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is a native of Chatham, New Jersey, earned a B.A. degree from Marymount College and studied at the University of London and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

She is married to Tom C. Korologos and lives in Washington, D.C.