Dan Glickman has had a distinguished career in public service, having served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 to 2001. Under Glickman’s leadership, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administered farm and conservation programs, forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets, and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights. Prior to his appointment at the USDA, Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Kansas’ 4th Congressional District. During this time, he served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as Chairman of the subcommittee that had jurisdiction over most federal farm policy issues.
More recently, Glickman was Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004 to 2010. In 2010, he served as President of Refugees International, where he worked to improve the organization’s ability to compel world leaders to provide clean water, food, health care, and other basic assistance to people displaced by conflict.
Glickman is currently a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Effective April 1st, 2011 will serve as the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Congressional Program. He also serves on the board of directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Communities in Schools; Food Research and Action Center; National 4-H Council; Farm Foundation; and the Center for U.S. Global Engagement, where he is Chair of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. He also chairs an initiative at the Institute of Medicine on “accelerating progress on childhood obesity.” He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a senior fellow of the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, the Council on American Politics at The Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University, and is Vice-Chair of the World Food Program-USA. He is the co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' global agricultural development initiative. He is the author of “Farm Futures,” in Foreign Affairs (May/June 2009).
Glickman received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from George Washington University.