Shaping the global future together

The Councilors Program has served as one of the Atlantic Council’s bespoke programs that provides membership for individuals seeking to further engage with the organization and our fifteen programs and centers. Our members embody our mission and join us from a wide range of sectors that truly emphasize the prestige, dedication, and success of its membership. Throughout the years, the Councilors Program has been able to provide dynamic and engaging events that transcended barriers, even in a period that limited our ability to come together. We have engaged members by hosting numerous in-person, private roundtables on important and developing global topics, including:

  • A private dinner and discussion of an era of great power competition in Southampton.
  • Cocktail hour and panel discussion with Sotheby’s on the intersection between contemporary art and geopolitics.
  • Private receptions and dinners in New York and Washington, DC.
  • VIP breakfast featuring Atlantic Council President and CEO, Fred Kempe in New York.
  • A private dinner and panel on the future of digital currencies and art hosted at the home of a member of the Councilors Program.
  • A panel discussion and reception regarding sustainability and net zero targets—in partnership with Goldman Sachs.

In addition, throughout the pandemic we have been able to adapt programming to include virtual roundtables and fireside chats, such as:

  • Coronavirus and the economy in partnership with the Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center.
  • Coronavirus and Russia with Ambassador Dan Fried, Former United States Ambassador to Poland and Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow.
  • Great power competition in the age of the pandemic: A conversation with Ambassador Paula Dobriansky, Former United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland.
  • Disinformation in the age of the pandemic: A conversation co-hosted with the Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab.
  • The coronavirus in the Middle East: A conversation co-hosted with the Atlantic Council Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative.
  • Cybersecurity and the election with experts from the Atlantic Council Cyber Security Initiative.
  • The 2020 Election: A conversation with former Acting Director of the CIA, Michael Morell.
  • Counterterrorism in the world today in partnership with the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative.
  • A conversation with on denuclearization in North Korea with Alex Wong, Deputy Special Representative for North Korea and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea, United States Department of State—in partnership with the Atlantic Council Asia Security Initiative.
  • A briefing on the collapse of US Strategy in Afghanistan with Alex Zerdan, Former Financial Attaché to Afghanistan, United States Department of the Treasury.

We look forward to not only continuing but expanding this engagement to include more in-person, hybrid, and virtual events for our Councilors. If you share a commitment to our mission of “shaping the global future together” and are looking to join a high-level group of dedicated individuals who act as advocates for the Atlantic Council’s work around the globe, we welcome you to become a Councilor!

Annual membership benefits

The Councilors Program offers a variety of different membership levels and benefits to engage further with the Atlantic Council. You can view the different membership options below and how you can further join the Atlantic Council to support it’s mission.

Friend of the Council

(under $5,000)

  • Invitation to all public events throughout the Atlantic Council’s fifteen programs and centers.
  • Electronic subscription to a weekly Inflection Points newsletter from Atlantic Council President and CEO, Fred Kempe, featuring analysis and thought-leadership on current global geopolitical issues and challenges.
  • Electronic subscription to Members Priority Access, a weekly newsletter including a digest of invitations to upcoming public and private events.
  • Electronic subscription to Fast Thinking, a weekly newsletter featuring rapid insight from Atlantic Council experts on global issues as they unfold.
  • Acknowledgement on the Atlantic Council website and on our Donor Honor Roll in the annual report (over $250).

Councilor

($5,000)

*Individuals based outside the DC/NY areas, public sector employees, recent graduates, students, and under-30 will be offered a discounted rate of $1,000

  • Invitations to member-only events and briefing calls on the latest and rapidly developing global issues.
  • Invitation to annual spring breakfast with Atlantic Council President and CEO, Fred Kempe in Washington, DC.
  • Invitation to annual autumn leadership dinner featuring Atlantic Council Board Directors, Program and Center Directors, and special guests in New York, NY. Past speakers include former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd; Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James E. Cartwright; and Former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the CIA, Michael Morell.
  • Invitation to annual summer and holiday receptions and networking sessions in Washington, DC.
  • Invitation to all public events throughout the Atlantic Council’s sixteen programs and centers.
  • Electronic subscription to a weekly Inflection Points newsletter from Atlantic Council President and CEO, Fred Kempe, featuring analysis and thought-leadership on current global geopolitical issues and challenges.
  • Electronic subscription to Members Priority Access, a weekly newsletter including a digest of invitations to upcoming public and private events.
  • Electronic subscription to Fast Thinking, a weekly newsletter featuring rapid insight from Atlantic Council experts on global issues as they unfold.
  • Acknowledgement on the Atlantic Council website and on our Donor Honor Roll in the annual report.
  • Inclusion in Councilors Program members webpage.
  • Advance notice to purchase tickets for the annual Distinguished Leadership Awards in Washington, DC and Global Citizen Awards in New York.

Partner

($10,000)

  • All the member benefits at the Councilor level.
  • Exclusive invitation to one private event of a programmatic interest per year.
  • One private meeting with Atlantic Council Program and Center Directors regarding foreign policy issues per year.
  • Exclusive invitation to the General Reception at the Distinguished Leadership Awards.

Ally

($20,000)

  • All the member benefits at the Partner level.
  • Up to three private meetings with Atlantic Council Program and Center Directors regarding foreign policy issues per year.
  • Exclusive invitation to the Co-Chair Reception at the Distinguished Leadership Awards.
  • Entry for one seat at the Distinguished Leadership Awards in Washington, DC.

Application

Individuals who would like to join at the Councilor level or higher must complete an application for membership. Please click the apply now button below for the application.

Required application materials:

  • Contact information
  • Assistant contact information (if applicable)
  • Headshot
  • Biography
  • Letter of recommendation*

*Letter of recommendation must come professional and/or educational reference

If you would like any further information regarding the Councilors Program and benefits, or would like to get involved, please contact us.