Humanity in Action Celebrates the Inauguration of Mariko Silver as President of Bennington College

Humanity in Action congratulates Senior Fellow Dr. Mariko Silver on her inauguration as the 10th president of Bennington College on Saturday, April 26. Humanity in Action’s Founder and Executive Director Dr. Judith Goldstein attended the weekend’s festivities, along with other Humanity in Action Senior Fellows and Board members.

To read Mariko’s inaugural address, please click here.

To see remarks and congratulations from Janet Napolitano, President of Marlboro College Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, President of Williams College Adam Falk and Governor Peter Shumlin, please click here.

To read Jonathan Lethem's Inaugural Challenge, please click here

For full coverage of the inaugural festivities, please click here.

To read Mariko’s keynote address at the First Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Amsterdam, please click here

About Mariko Silver

As a student at Yale, Mariko Silver was a participant in the first Humanity in Action program in Denmark in 1997. A leading educational, public policy, and international strategist, Mariko has held prominent roles at Columbia University, at Arizona State University, in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano, and in the Obama administration.

Before her appointment at Bennington College, Mariko was senior advisor to Arizona State University’s (ASU) President Michael Crow, where she was a key strategist in what Newsweek called “one of the most radical redesigns in higher learning since the origins of the modern university.” She designed and led international and community initiatives focused on economic development, cutting-edge science, and student success. She also served as Professor of Practice in ASU’s School of Politics and Global Studies and established international research and teaching partnerships, including the international University Design Consortium.

Mariko served in the Obama administration as Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Policy of the US Department of Homeland Security where she created the first department-wide international strategy, managed the Department’s international engagements, and co-developed a global initiative to enhance aviation security. Prior to that, she served as Policy Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, with responsibility for the state’s public and private universities, community colleges, and vocational institutions; the Arizona Department of Commerce; and Science Foundation Arizona. In these capacities she has worked with multiple communities and constituencies around the world and very close to home.

In the Office of the Executive Vice-Provost of Columbia University, Mariko co-developed a multi-institution research response to the events of 9/11 and helped establish the International Innovation Initiative (I-3). She has also worked in London, UK; Bangkok, Thailand; and at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Mariko serves as a member of Humanity in Action’s American Planning Board, as well as the boards of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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