Stephen Strickland’s professional experience in Washington over fifty years includes stints with the U.S. Congress and the White House, teaching in the medical schools of two universities, and developing and directing a wide range of international programs, as Vice president of the Aspen Institute, Senior Associate of the Kettering Foundation, and CEO of the National Peace Foundation, His most recent work has been with the United Nations Foundation.
At the White House he directed the President’s Commission on White House Fellows. In addition to his general responsibilities as senior Vice President of the Aspen Institute, he created and directed the Institute’s program “Governance in the Western Hemisphere,” which took him throughout North and South America. At the National Peace Foundation, he created, found funding for and sometimes directly led programs of conflict resolution and democracy building in the Russian Federation, the South Caucasus republics of Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, and Ukraine. Strickland has also worked with African institutions and governments, including Africa University of Zimbabwe and the President’s office in Mozambique.
His current affiliation, begun in 2000, is with the United Nations Foundation. As a Senior Fellow, he is the principal Foundation Liaison Officer with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In this capacity he advocates with governments for attention to and funds for the Initiative. He represents the Foundation oh the Polio Advocacy Group, which was established in 2000 with the support of the Foundation’s Vice Chairman, Senator Timothy Wirth. In this and all his polio eradication efforts, he works closely with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Strickland is the author of six books over 20 years, most of them dealing with U.S. health policy.