Joan Spero

Joan E. Spero is a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she researches and writes about international philanthropy and its role in the global system. She is the author of The Global Role of U.S. Foundations (2010) and Charity and Philanthropy in Russia, China, India, and Brazil (2014). From 1997 to 2008, Ms. Spero served as President of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. From 1993 to 1997, she was Undersecretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs. From 1981 to 1993, she held several positions at American Express Company, the last being Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications. Ms. Spero is Trustee of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the International Center for Transitional and a Director of IBM, International Paper and Citigroup.

Posts by Joan Spero

  • Charity and Philanthropy in Brazil, Russia, India and China (06.17.14 )

    By Joan Spero, Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University Wealthy individuals and families in developing countries have a long tradition of making contributions to alleviate social problems, including poverty, hunger, and disease. In recent decades, the number of wealthy individuals and families in the emerging BRIC economies— Brazil, Russia, India, […]

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