An Evening With Vernon Jordan

Saturday 4/12/2014

The New York Times Center

New York City, New York

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. is a Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC in New York. He works with a diverse group of clients across a broad range of industries.
Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Jordan was a Senior Executive Partner with the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, where he remains Senior Counsel. While there Mr. Jordan practiced general, corporate, legislative and international law in Washington, D.C.
Before Akin Gump, Mr. Jordan held the following positions: President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Urban League, Inc.; Executive Director of the United Negro College Fund, Inc.; Director of the Voter Education Project of the Southern Regional Council; Attorney-Consultant, U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity; Assistant to the Executive Director of the Southern Regional Council; Georgia Field Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and an attorney in private practice in Arkansas and Georgia.
Mr. Jordan’s presidential appointments include: the President’s Advisory Committee for the Points of Light Initiative Foundation; the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on South Africa; the Advisory Council on Social Security; the Presidential Clemency Board; the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission; the National Advisory Committee on Selective Service; and the Council of the White House Conference “To Fulfill These Rights.” In 1992, Mr. Jordan served as the Chairman of the Clinton Presidential Transition Team.
Mr. Jordan’s corporate and other directorships include: American Express Company (Senior Advisor); Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.; Howard University (Trustee); Lazard Ltd; Xerox Corporation (Senior Advisor); International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold.
Mr. Jordan is a graduate of DePauw University and the Howard University Law School. He holds honorary degrees from more than 60 colleges and universities in America. He is a member of the Bars of Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations and The Bilderberg Meetings. Mr. Jordan is the author of Vernon Can Read! A Memoir (Public Affairs, 2001) and Make It Plain, Standing Up and Speaking Out (Public Affairs, 2008).


Gwen Ifill 

 Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. Ms. Ifill reports on a wide range of issues including both foreign affairs and U.S. politics and policies. She has covered six presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates -- the 2004 debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards and the 2008 debate between Democratic Senator Joe Biden and Republican Governor Sarah Palin. Ifill joined both Washington Week and The NewsHour in 1999, interviewing newsmakers and reporting on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics. In doing so, Ifill became the first African American woman to host a prominent political talk show. Before moving to PBS, Ifill spent five years at NBC News as chief congressional and political correspondent and still appears on Meet the Press. Ifill has also had a successful career as a newspaper reporter. Prior to her 1994 move to NBC, Ifill worked at The New York Times where she covered the White House and politics. She also covered national and local affairs for The Washington Post, Baltimore Evening Sun, and the Boston Herald American. “I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, and my first love was newspapers,” Ifill said. “But public broadcasting provides the best of both worlds—combining the depth of newspapering with the immediate impact of broadcast television.” Ifill has received more than a dozen honorary doctorates and is the recipient of several broadcasting excellence awards including honors from the National Press Foundation, Ebony Magazine, the Radio Television News Directors Association, and American Women in Radio and Television. A native of New York City and graduate of Simmons College in Boston, Ifill serves on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Harvard University Institute of Politics, and the News Literacy Project. Ifill also interviewed Diahann Carroll, Quincy Jones, Eartha Kitt, and Smokey Robinson for The HistoryMakers’ popular annual PBS-TV series An Evening With… 


 Honorary Chairs


                                                               President Bill Clinton                                                       

                                   Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton




Honorary Co-Chair


Edythe & Eli Broad                            Kenneth M. Jacobs                           

                           Kim Koopersmith

                            Richard Parsons

Franklin Thomas



Event Chair

 Ursula Burns                                    Kenneth Chenault   
                                   James A. Johnson 
 William M. Lewis, Jr.



Event Co-Chairs

Katherine & David Bradley               Marie-Josée & Henry Kravis  Laysha Ward
Robert Day              Vicki & Roger Sant  Elaine & James Wolfensohn
                Elizabeth & George Stevens, Jr.  



 Benefit Committee  


Vickee & Barry Adams                    Cynthia & Mercer Cook         Al B. Reid
Gwen Adolph              Edith Cooper & Robert Taylor Sandra Richards
Priscilla Hill Ardoin              Jessica C. Isaacs Janice Cook Roberts 
Marilyn F. Booker              Jack Martin & Richard Roberts
 Toni Bush              Raymond J. McGuire  Marva Smalls
 Joseph Cahalan              James Mitchell, Jr.  Theodore V. Wells, Jr.
 Michelle L Collins                      Robert Raben  Alicin Williamson