After an extensive search, I am delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the selection of Mariano-Florentino “Tino” Cuéllar, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, as Carnegie’s 10th president in its 111-year history.
Tino brings a wealth of experience and compelling strengths to lead Carnegie into an exciting new chapter. He is a distinguished scholar of complex governance and security problems, institutions, and technology’s deep impact on law and government. He possesses immense intellectual breadth, and his leadership will usher in an exciting new era at the Carnegie Endowment. He is eager to use his knowledge and experience to energize our exciting work and to elevate new horizons of study including a focus on the impact of leading-edge technologies like artificial intelligence on national security as well as renew and enhance Carnegie’s focus on the sprawling, worldwide effects of climate change on issues such as food and water insecurity, and mass migration. Tino wants to expand Carnegie’s global footprint further by embracing the Global South and elevating new voices and expertise to burnish Carnegie’s already stellar track record of impact on the defining global issues of our time.
Tino’s personal story is quite remarkable as well. Born in Matamoros, Mexico, he moved with his family to California at age fourteen and became a naturalized American citizen at twenty-one. From there he went on to Harvard, Stanford, and Yale before launching a career in public service and rigorous academic research that took him from government service in the Clinton and Obama administrations, to Stanford’s renowned Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, to the California Supreme Court, and now to leading Carnegie. Tino’s quintessentially American immigrant story is a foundation upon which he has built a tremendously vibrant career and impressive array of significant accomplishments. There is no doubt that Tino will bring energy and a fresh perspective to Carnegie’s work.
Tino will start at Carnegie on November 1. The trustees and I are thrilled that he has decided to join us and we are looking forward to seeing his vision for Carnegie put into action in the coming months and years ahead.
Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar — a law professor and public servant with broad experience in international and domestic policy, the justice system, education, and philanthropy — will become the tenth President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on November 1, 2021. A scholar of transnational regulatory and security problems, American institutions, and technology’s impact on law and government, he currently serves as a justice on the Supreme Court of California, the highest court of America’s largest judiciary. He is the first Mexican immigrant ever to serve in this capacity. Previously he was the Stanley Morrison Professor at Stanford Law School and Director of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He served two U.S. presidents in a variety of roles in the federal government, including as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy in the Obama administration.