September 19, 2020

Chief of Staff Nicole Wilett at OSF

In the picture George Soros.

Effective 20 August 2019, the Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) novel Chief of Staff shall be Nicole Wilett, in a newly created position. Wilett shall lead the foundations’ work on public policy and advocacy, and advise the president on new programmatic ideas and initiatives as per statement below. 

According to the OSF’s press release, Wilett has extensive experience in international democracy and governance, human rights, development, and security issues. She joins the OSF from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked as deputy director for programme advocacy and communications, leading global strategies promoting gender equality and improved family planning policies. 

Previously, she served as senior vice president for Africa at the Albright Stonebridge Group and a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She served twice as director for African Affairs at the National Security Council during the Obama administration, and was senior advisor and chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in South Africa as part of her long tenure at the U.S. Department of State. 

Before joining the State Department, Wilett worked for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. She has an MPA from Indiana University, where she also concentrated in African studies, and a BA from Syracuse University in psychology and women’s studies.

Open Society Foundations (OSF) is an international grant-funding global network that was founded by Hungarian-born, US entrepreneur George Soros. It provides pecuniary support vis-à-vis civil society groups around the world, with a stated aim of advancing justice, education, public health and independent media inspired by the philosophy of the late Austro-British philosopher Sir Karl Popper, or rather his literary œuvre ‘The Open Society and its Enemies’. 

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