Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recently addressed a gathering of JSA alumni, supporters and students at a fundraising event benefiting JSA programs and scholarships. Held at the elegant home of former Facebook Counsel and JSA supporter Chris Kelly, Dr. Rice was interviewed by former California State Controller Steve Westly, a JSA alumnus. Dr. Rice provided an up close and personal insider’s view into the realities of foreign policy decision-making, and spoke in detail about some of the remarkable leaders she has worked with — and against — over the years. In addition to reflecting on past experiences, she offered her views on the evolving role of the United States in world affairs, and offered caution against partisan criticism of the the Commander in Chief’s conduct of foreign relations.
Dr. Rice’s speaking concluded with a response to a question from recent JSA alumnus Giovanni Douresseau about the appropriate role of governments and international treaties in determining regulations to address the dangers of climate change. Steve Westly offered a rebuttal and a spirited impromptu debate ensued. While the issue was not resolved on the spot the two leaders set shining examples on how to engage effectively in order to address the most trying issues of our time.
The event benefited JSA program and scholarship funds, and JSA is deeply appreciative of the support from JSA alumni and other financial supporters. Board President Alex Evans followed with a succinct and passionate statement noting the unique role that Junior State plays today in creating effective civic discourse and observed the importance of JSA donors in the execution of its mission. JSA NorCal Governor Stephanie Ribet concluded with a description of her personal evolution into a confident and effective leader and the central role that JSA played.
To discuss how you can get involved to support JSA programs and students, please contact Chief Development Officer Matt Patchell at 650.393.7656, mpatchell@JSA.org.