Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Pacific Council?

The Pacific Council is a membership-based international affairs organization headquartered in Los Angeles. The mission of the Pacific Council is to give more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on critical global policy issues. Founded in 1995 in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council is a private, independent, non-partisan, non-profit 501c(3) organization incorporated in the state of California.

What does the Pacific Council do?

The Pacific Council provides opportunities for our members to exchange ideas with policymakers and opinion leaders from throughout the United States and around the world. Our experts are go-to resources for media, corporations and public officials on pressing global issues of the day. The Council’s Task Forces and Member Committees add West Coast perspectives to policy debates and help shape the policy agenda on critical international issues of politics and security, business and economics, and culture and identity. The Council promotes mutual understanding and coordinated action through partnerships with organizations all over the world.

Who are the members of the Pacific Council?

Pacific Council members are globally-oriented business, civic, academic, and government leaders on the west coast of the United States and worldwide. Please visit our Member Directory to see a current list of Members and the primary organizations with which they are associated.

How is the Pacific Council governed?

The Council is governed by a distinguished Board of Directors comprised of former U.S. government cabinet members, business and academic leaders, heads of major nonprofits, and opinion shapers from a variety of other key sectors. The Board is co-chaired by Hon. Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle, former U.S. Ambassador to the UK. Dr. Jerrold D. Green is the President and CEO of the Pacific Council.

How is the Pacific Council funded?

The Pacific Council is a 501c(3) not-profit organization whose activities are made possible by financial contributions and in-kind support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and governmental organizations.

Who may attend Pacific Council programs?

Attendance at Pacific Council programs is limited to members and their invited guests. For more information on guest policies for specific events, please send an inquiry by email to our Programs team.  Program summaries, audio files, and video files for on-the-record meetings are coming soon to the Council’s website.

How can I become a member of the Pacific Council?

Qualified individuals interested in joining the Pacific Council are encouraged to visit our Membership pages for information on our nomination and election process, the benefits and opportunities of membership, and more. For information on Corporate Memberships and other institutional partnerships, please send an email detailing the nature of your interest to Nastasha Everheart.

For more general Pacific Council information, please send an inquiry to: or contact us by phone at: 213-221-2000.

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Los Angeles, CA 90017
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