Global Funders Network: A Conversation with Dean Eric Schwartz


FlameMember Only Date: 02/14/2013 Time: 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM Location: The McKnight Foundation, 710 South Second Street, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN, 55401 MCF Member: Free

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Description: Eric Schwartz became dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in October 2011. This came after a 25-year career in senior public service positions in government, the United Nations and in the philanthropic and NGO communities. He has years of international humanitarian experience and plans to elevate the Humphrey School’s presence in this area.

Join us for an informal conversation with Dean Schwartz about the future direction of the Humphrey School and the current state of international human rights. This is a great opportunity to have an open conversation on a variety of topics that affect philanthropy, globally and locally. After the formal program, members of the Global Funders Network are invited to stay for additional networking and conversation!

Presenter: Eric Schwartz, dean and professor, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Eric Schwartz became dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota in October 2011. This came after a 25-year career in senior public service positions in government, the United Nations and in the philanthropic and NGO communities.

Prior to his arrival in Minn., he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. Working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he served as the Department of State’s principal humanitarian official, as well as State Department policy and programs for U.S. refugee admissions and U.S. international assistance worldwide.

From 2006-2009, Schwartz directed the Connect U.S. Fund, a foundation–NGO collaborative seeking to promote responsible U.S. engagement overseas, which included Hewlett Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and Mott Foundation.

From 2005-2007, he served as the UN Secretary, General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery and worked with former President Clinton, to promote an effective recovery effort. Before that appointment, Schwartz was a lead expert for the congressionally mandated Mitchell-Gingrich Task Force on UN Reform. Prior to that, he served as the second-ranking official at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

From 2001-2003, Schwartz held fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Council on Foreign Relations. He also served as a contributor to the Responsibility to Protect Project of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty.

From 1993-2001, he served at the National Security Council at the White House, ultimately as Senior Director and Special Assistant to the President for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. He managed responses on international humanitarian, human rights and rule of law issues, as well as United Nations affairs, including peacekeeping.

From 1989 to 1993, he served as Staff Consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and Washington Director of the human rights organization Asia Watch.

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