Thursday, December 31, 2020

John Walters Named as New President & CEO of Hudson Institute

Here is more from the Hudson Institute:

Hudson Institute announced John P. Walters as its new president and CEO beginning January 1, 2021. Kenneth R. Weinstein, who first joined Hudson in 1991, has led Hudson as CEO since 2005 and as president and CEO since 2011. He will become the Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow.

Under Weinstein’s leadership, Hudson’s annual budget tripled, growing from $7.5 million in 2005 to $20 million in 2019. Hudson’s endowment grew by almost 500% from $11 million in 2005 to over $60 million in 2019. 

John P. Walters has served as chief operating officer since joining Hudson in 2009. In that role he has overseen Hudson’s research staff and operations, while also directing Hudson Institute Political Studies and Hudson’s Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research.

Prior to joining Hudson, Walters served as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy during President George W. Bush’s two terms in office, overseeing both domestic and international drug policy. He was one of only two cabinet officers to serve through the entirety of President Bush’s tenure. From 1996 until 2001, Walters served as president of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. He also served as chief of staff to Education Secretary William J. Bennett during the Reagan administration.


2021 will bring lots of changes to think tank leadership in Washington, DC.  Effective Jan. 1, 2021, Sharon Parrott will replace Robert Greenstein as President of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).

If Center for American Progress (CAP) President and CEO Neera Tanden and Center for Equitable Growth President and CEO Heather Boushey get confirmed for positions in the Biden Administration, those two think tanks will also need to find new leaders.