About the Foundation

OVERVIEW

The Biden Foundation was established to carry on a lifetime of public service, capped by eight historic years with President Obama. Officially established as an operating, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, the Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of directors, including: former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (Board Chair), Hon. Mark Gitenstein (President), Mark Angelson (Vice Chair and Treasurer), Valerie Biden Owens (Vice Chair) and Jeffrey Peck (Vice Chair). The Foundation’s Executive Director is Louisa Terrell.

The Biden Foundation will build upon Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to protect and advance the rights and opportunities of all people through educational programming and public policy analysis. Initially, the Foundation’s areas of focus will be:

  • Foreign Policy
  • The Cancer Initiative
  • Community Colleges and Military Families
  • Protecting Children
  • Equality
  • Ending Violence Against Women
  • Strengthening the Middle Class

OUR MISSION

Vice President Biden has played a unique role in our country throughout his years of public service. He has championed – and will continue to champion – progress and prosperity for American families.

The Biden Foundation will build upon that mission: to identify policies that advance the middle class, decrease economic inequality, and increase opportunity for all people. And, to ensure that everyone—no matter their income level, race, gender, age, or sexuality— is treated equally and gets a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.

We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. It is more important than ever before to move the country forward and keep working towards the ideals that ensure that the American Dream can be a reality for all.

Leaning on the knowledge of the world’s foremost experts, most experienced hands and brightest minds, the Biden Foundation will lead this next research and educational venture. But, it will take all of us, working together, to help Vice President and Dr. Biden complete this mission.

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"Together, we're on a mission. We're on a mission to move this nation forward from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity, a mission we will complete."

- Joe Biden

Leadership

Ted Kaufman

Ted Kaufman

Board Chair

Ted Kaufman

Board Chair

Ted Kaufman

Ted is a former United States Senator from Delaware where he served on the Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees. In addition to his work on these committees he was deeply involved in the Dodd Frank Wall Street reform, advocating for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and highlighting the value of federal employees.

He was the author of the Pre-Election Presidential Transition Act of 2010, and named in the Edward “Ted” Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvement Act of 2015.

He served from 1973 to 1995 on the staff of United States Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., 19 of those years as Chief of Staff.

In 2015, he served as a Senior Adviser to the Vice President of the United States.

In 2008, he was Co-Chair of Vice President Biden’s Transition and served on President Obama’s Transition.

He serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Equity Market Structure Committee.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of International Education, which is a private not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. He also serves on its Scholar Rescue Fund Selection Committee.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.

He serves on the Ministry of Caring Board and the Children and Families First Advisory Committee.

In 2012 and 2013, he was a member of the Federal Working Group on Streamlining Paperwork for Executive Nominations.

After he left the Senate, he was the Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

From 1995 until 2008, he was a Board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent, autonomous, federal entity responsible for all U.S. government and government-sponsored non-military international broadcasting. He was appointed to the BBG by the Presidents Clinton and Bush and was confirmed by the Senate for four terms.

In 2016, after 26 years, he retired from the Duke University School of Law as a Visiting Professor of the Practice. During that time, he taught courses at the Duke University’s School of Law, Sanford School of Public Policy and Fuqua School of Business.

He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Gitenstein

Mark Gitenstein

President

Mark Gitenstein

President

Mark Gitenstein

Mark Gitenstein is special counsel in the Government & Global Trade practice in Mayer Brown LLP’s Washington, DC office. He was appointed in 2009 by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Ambassador to Romania, completing his term of service at the end of 2012. Along with Ted Kaufman, Mark was Co-Chair of Vice President Biden’s transition team in 2008.

As US Ambassador to Romania, Mark actively promoted a fair and transparent environment for all investors and encouraged greater private sector involvement in state-owned enterprises. In 2012, Romanian President Traian Băsescu awarded Mark with the Star of Romanian Grand Cross, the country’s highest civil order.

Before undertaking his ambassadorial role, Mark spent two decades as a partner at Mayer Brown. He was also previously the executive director of the Foundation for Change, Inc. and held several senior-level government positions, including chief counsel to the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee and chief counsel for the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Criminal Justice. He also served as counsel to the US Senate Intelligence Committee and counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights.

Mark is the author of Matters of Principle, an award winning book on his experience managing the Judiciary Committee staff during the confirmation battle over the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.

Mark Angelson

Mark Angelson

Vice Chair and Treasurer

Mark Angelson

Vice Chair and Treasurer

Mark Angelson

Mark Angelson is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Institute of International Education (IIE), which administers the Fulbright Scholarships and more than 200 other international education programs. He is Chairman of the IIE 2019 Centennial Committee and Chairman of IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund and selection committee. His recent publications (with Dr. Allan Goodman) include “Protect Scholars in Fight Against Terrorism,” Indianapolis Star, 2015; “Offering Refuge to Endangered Scholars,” Los Angeles Times, 2014; and “Preserving Syria’s Intellectual Capital,” Chicago Tribune, 2013.

Mark has worked on Biden campaigns for public office for over 30 years. He is a trustee of Northwestern University, a member of Northwestern’s investment committee and Adjunct Professor of Mergers and Acquisitions at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. In 2014, he was appointed Richard D. Heffner Public Service Professor at Rutgers University and then as a member of the Rutgers Board of Governors and Chairman of its Finance and Facilities Committee.

Mark is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pilgrims Society (London and New York) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is a member of the board of directors of Quad/Graphics, Inc.

In 2011 and 2012, Mr. Angelson served as the Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago and Chairman of the Mayor’s Economic, Budgetary and Business Development Council.

From 1996-2010, as a private investor and as Chairman and CEO of a variety of public companies, including RR Donnelley (Chicago), Moore Corporation (Toronto), Moore Wallace (NYC) and WorldColor Press (Montreal), Mark was a leader of the transformation and consolidation of the printing industry.

He began his career in 1975 as a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell. From 1982 through 1995, he practiced with Sidley & Austin.

Mark graduated from Rutgers College in 1972, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from Rutgers Law School in 1975. He is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the highest honor that Rutgers can bestow on an alumnus. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the John Marshall Law School in 2006.

Valerie Biden Owens

Valerie Biden Owens

Vice Chair

Valerie Biden Owens

Vice Chair

Valerie Biden Owens

Valerie Biden Owens has served as the Executive Vice President of Joe Slade White and Company for 15 years. She is considered to be one of the first women in the nation to have managed both a modern U.S. Senate campaign as well as a Presidential campaign.

Valerie has managed every campaign of her brother Joe Biden’s political career (as she likes to joke “since 8th Grade Class President”) including seven straight victories for the U.S. Senate, runs for two Democratic presidential nominations, as well as his successful campaign for Vice President, as part of the Obama/Biden ticket. She also serves as his principal surrogate on the campaign trail.

In the fall semester of 2014, Valerie was named a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has served on the National Board of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee. She has also traveled extensively throughout the world as a volunteer instructor with Women’s Campaign International to train women in emerging democracies to become effective agents of change.

In March of 2015, Harvard University Law School honored Valerie Biden Owens as one of the 50 “Women Inspiring Change” from around the world. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

Jeffrey Peck

Jeffrey Peck

Vice Chair

Jeffrey Peck

Vice Chair

Jeffrey Peck

Jeff Peck joined Peck Madigan Jones in May 2001, and has been Chairman of the Tiber Creek Group for the past several years. He is widely recognized as a leading Democratic strategist on a wide range of advocacy issues.

Between 1987 and 1992, Jeff served as General Counsel and then Majority Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired during this period by then Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-DE). During his tenure at the Judiciary Committee, he played a leading role on four Supreme Court nominations (Robert Bork, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter and Clarence Thomas), proposed constitutional amendments to ban flag burning, the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 and a number of intellectual property and antitrust issues.

Jeff is the author of numerous articles and has been quoted in more than 175 news articles and publications including USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Jose Mercury News, The Houston Chronicle, Reuters, Bloomberg, The San Francisco Chronicle, CFO Magazine and Fortune Magazine.

Jeff is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University School of Law, where he teaches a course on Federal Policy Making.

Louisa Terrell

Louisa Terrell

Executive Director

Louisa Terrell

Executive Director

Louisa Terrell

Prior to starting her role as the Executive Director of the Biden Foundation, Louisa most recently served as Advisor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where she guided policy development, operations and personnel, as well as managed Congressional outreach and coordination with other federal agencies and Administration offices.

Prior to her work at the FCC, Louisa served as Chief of Staff to Senator Cory A. Booker, establishing the Senator’s Washington, DC, and New Jersey offices immediately after the 2013 special election, and shaping legislative strategy.

In 2011, she joined Facebook as the Director of Public Policy, leading the company’s Congressional outreach efforts. Prior to that, Louisa spent two years at the White House serving as the Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs where she acted as a primary liaison with the U.S. Senate.

In 2008, Louisa joined the Obama/Biden presidential transition team from Yahoo! Inc. On the transition team, she served as a Congressional relations advisor to the Vice President-Elect’s transition team.

In 2006, she worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. From 2001 – 2006, she served as Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary where she drafted legislation, including the Violence Against Women Act of 2005. Prior to that, Louisa worked at the Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and at Seyfarth Shaw in Boston, MA.

Louisa holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and a B.A. in American Studies from Tufts University. As a native of Wilmington DE, Louisa is a regular on the Amtrak route between Wilmington and Washington, DC, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters.

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