Gloria Duffy is President and CEO of The Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s largest and oldest public affairs forum. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Special Coordinator for Cooperative Threat Reduction during the first term of the Clinton Administration, negotiating the denuclearization and dismantlement of weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet countries of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. She holds Ph.D., M. Phil. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and an A.B. magna cum laude from Occidental College.
Dr. Duffy has founded and headed two international affairs organizations, Global Outlook and the World Forum of Silicon Valley, and has served in positions at the Rand Corporation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Ploughshares Fund, the Arms Control Association, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stanford University. She is the author/editor of two books, International Arms Control Issues and Agreements (Stanford University Press, 1983) and Compliance and the Future of Arms Control (Ballinger, 1987).
Dr. Duffy has served on or chaired the boards of two-dozen national and community organizations, including: the US Civilian Research and Development Foundation, She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Dominican University of California, the Board of Trustees of Occidental College, the International Advisory Board of the Freeman-Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University and the Board of Directors of Ploughshares Fund.
Dr. Duffy is the recipient of awards including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.