Joan Edelman Spero

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Joan Edelman Spero is President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Spero served in both the James Earl Carter, Jr. and Clinton administrations.


Career Highlights

  • President, Doris Duke Foundation, 1998-December 2008 [1]
  • Under Secretary of Economic, Business, and Agricultural affairs, Department of State, 1993-1997.
  • Executive Vice President, American Express Corp. 1981-1993.
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 1980-1981.
  • Visiting Scholar, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1976-1977.
  • Assistant Professor, Columbia, 1973-1979.


  • B.A. cum laude, University of Wisconsin, 1966.
  • Masters in Iinternational Affairs, Columbia, 1968.
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Columbia, 1973.


Articles and Resources


  1. Board, Council on Foreign Relations, accessed March 20, 2011.

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