William Jefferson Clinton
42nd President of the United States Founder, William Jefferson Clinton Foundation; Co-Chair with Nelson Mandela, International AIDS Trust; Co-Chair with Senator Robert Dole, Families of Freedom Fund; President of the United States 1993-2001; Governor of Arkansas 1979-1981,1983-1992.
William Jefferson Clinton was elected President of the United States in 1992, and again in 1996-the first Democratic president to be awarded a second term in six decades. Under his leadership, the United States enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. President Clinton’s core values of building community, creating opportunity, and demanding responsibility resulted in unprecedented progress for America, including moving the nation from record deficits to record surpluses; the creation of over 22 million jobs-more than any other administration; low levels of unemployment, poverty and crime; and the highest homeownership and college enrollment rates in history.
His accomplishments as president include increasing investment in education, providing tax relief for working families, helping millions of Americans move from welfare to work, expanding access to technology, and encouraging investment in underserved communities, protecting the environment and promoting peace and strengthening democracy around the world. President Clinton previously served as the Governor of Arkansas, chairman of the National Governors’ Association and Attorney General of Arkansas. As former chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, he is one of the original architects and leading advocates of the Third Way movement.
The mission of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation is to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. To accomplish this mission, the Foundation is currently focused on three critical areas: economic empowerment of poor people, racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation, and citizen service. The Foundation does its work principally through partnerships with like-minded individuals, organizations and corporations, often serving as an incubator for promising policies and projects. Working with members of his Administration and other experts and volunteers in America and around the world, the former president has encouraged research, dialogue and action to help charitable organizations throughout the world attract millions of dollars for causes like racial reconciliation, health care for the poor and human rights.
Currently, President Clinton serves as Advisory Board Co-Chair with President Nelson Mandela of the International AIDS Trust and as Co-Chair with Senator Dole of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which was created to provide educational assistance for postsecondary study to children and spouses of those killed or permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Recently, this scholarship fund achieved its fundraising goal of $ 100 million.
The William J. Clinton Foundation activities also include co-convening the international conference, is/am and America in a Global World, with New York University School of Law and the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding; helping to establish and guide the activities of the American India Foundation is to rebuild the communities devastated by the earthquake in Gujarat; launching, in cooperation with Nelson Mandela and City Year (a service corps organization), a program that joins black and white South African youth in service to their communities and country; developing initiatives with economist Hernando de Soto aimed at replicating de Soto’s success in Peru in bringing poor people’s businesses and homes into legal property systems to be used as collateral for credit; working with the Robin Hood Foundation to promote the Earned Income Tax Credit program in New York City’s African American and Latino communities; partnering with VH-l Save the Music to bring financial and music education to public schools in Harlem and across the country; and creating with City Year the Clinton Democracy Fellowship Program-4 which brings young leaders together from around the world to learn about citizen service.
The William J. Clinton Foundation is also actively working with nations of the Caribbean on their AIDS prevention and treatment strategies.