Mr. John B. Emerson &

Ms. Kimberly Marteau Emerson



Mr. John B. Emerson is president of Capital Group Private Client Services, president, director and board chair of Capital Guardian Trust Company, a Nevada Corporation, and a senior vice president and board member of Capital Guardian Trust Company.  From 1993 to 1997, he served as Deputy Assistant to President Clinton.  Among other things, Mr. Emerson coordinated the President’s Economic Conferences, served as the President’s liaison to the nation’s governors, and led the Administration’s efforts to obtain congressional approval of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement and the extension of China’s MFN trading status. Prior to that, Mr. Emerson served as Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney, and was a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg, and Phillips. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, a director and vice chairman of the Los Angeles Metropolitan YMCAs, a trustee of The Buckley School, a trustee of Marlborough School, a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Trade Advisory Council, and the Council on Foreign Relations.  Mr. Emerson was appointed by President Obama to serve on his Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago and a BA in philosophy from Hamilton College.

What do you believe is currently the most pressing foreign policy issue?
Arab Spring

What are you reading right now?
Open, by Andre Agassi. and The Big Short, by Michael Lewis. 
What are some of your favorite global resources online?
Basically, I haven't progressed beyond Google.

Why did you choose to join the PCIP?
I was a guest at one of the sessions in 1997 and was equally impressed by the program and the participants. Having just moved back to LA from our time in DC, I saw PCIP as a terrific opportunity for keeping abreast of the issues.   In addition, it was clear that a large number of our friends were members.

Ms. Kimberly Marteau Emerson is an attorney and civic leader who served in the Clinton Administration as Director of Public Liaison for the U.S.  Information Agency (USIA), where she was the domestic spokesperson, and traveled as the senior USIA political liaison on President Clinton’s overseas trips to the Far East, Europe, Russia and the former Soviet Union.  Currently, she serves as Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch’s California Committee South, and on the international board’s Asia Advisory and Development Committees.

Kimberly also sits on the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. In April 2007 and 2011, at the invitation of the National Democratic Institute, Kimberly traveled to Nigeria as part of an international election observer delegation to Nigeria’s Presidential elections, under the leadership of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.   In October 2005, she joined relief organization Operation USA to evaluate tsunami-related projects in Sri Lanka.

Kimberly is a trustee of the foster care NGO, United Friends of the Children, and is a longtime member of the mayoral-appointed Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and more recently, the Getty House Foundation.  Over the past two decades, she has avidly advised, staffed and raised support for progressive, national, state and local political candidates.  Prior to the Clinton Administration, she spent several years in the film and television industry, working in creative and business affairs, and practiced law with LA-based firm Tuttle and Taylor.  Kimberly earned her law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law, a Master’s Degree “with distinction” in French Private Law from the Universite d’Aix-Marseilles, France, and a BA with honors from UCLA.

What do you believe is currently the most pressing foreign policy issue? 
US/Pakistan relations.

What are you reading right now?
The Paris Wife by Paula Mclain

What are some of your favorite global resources online?
Human Rights Watch, NYT, HuffPo, WSJ, Al-Jazeera.

Why did you choose to join the PCIP?
After serving in the Clinton Adminstration at USIA, I wanted to maintain my involvement in staying abreast of global affairs.  PCIP was founded by many good friends who either worked in the Admin with me, or were as interested in global affairs as me.  It was a natural fit.


Kimberly and John Emerson have been honored with the Ira E. Yellin Community Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee (2009), the Rebecca Thompson Founder's Award from the Los Angeles Children's Chorus (2008) and the Spirit of Liberty Award from People For the American Way (2004). Kimberly and John will be also honored by the Music Center in June 2011.

Links of Interest:
122 Most Influential People in Los Angeles, LA Magazine
Kimberly's Huffington Post


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