Karen Hughes (2)(3)

Karen Hughes (2)(3), Director

Karen Hughes is the Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, which she joined in 2008. During her time with Burson-Marsteller, Ms. Hughes has provided strategic communications counsel to a wide range of clients across a variety of industries. Previously, she served as Counselor to the President for President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. In this role she acted as strategic advisor to the President on policy and communications and led the White House Offices of Communications, Media Affairs, Speechwriting, and Press Secretary. She also served as Under-Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in which capacity she led the U.S. government’s efforts to communicate America’s values abroad. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Football Foundation and Manos de Cristo, a non-profit organization that provides dental, educational, and emergency basic needs services to low income residents in Austin. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Afghan Women’s Council, an organization created to foster ties between the women of America and Afghanistan. Ms. Hughes also serves on the Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council at the Bush Institute in Dallas. Ms. Hughes received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Journalism from Southern Methodist University in 1977.

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Member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.