Adrienne Arsht's latest project: a $5 million gift to the Atlantic Council for a new center on Latin America. So trendy these days! Booming economy, host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, and home of the new Pope Francis.
The dinner Tuesday night at the home of Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira was informally dubbed “the Adrienne Arsht conclave” by council president Fred Kempe. No cardinals, but an elite gathering of foreign policy, diplomatic and political leaders, including former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Hadley, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chief of Protocol Capricia Marshall, Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and ambassadors from Italy, Spain, Portugal and Israel.
Arsht says she joined the board of the Atlantic Council, in part, to open doors for other women at the male-dominated international think tank. The dinner was a thank-you to her from the council (originally focused on North America and Europe) and a way to highlight the new Latin America partners. (Fun bar bet: The country with longest coastine on the Atlantic Ocean? Brazil.)Atlantic Council's new Latin America center will be called the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The Atlantic Council says that it will officially launch the Arsht Center at its Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner on May 1, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Here is a previous Washington Post article on Adrienne Arsht's wealth and what she has been doing with it.
Here is a full list of the Atlantic Council's Board of Directors.
The Atlantic Council was recently ranked as the 17th best think tank in the US by the University of Pennsylvania's annual think tank rankings.