Jay K. Footlik is a founding member of ICS. He is also president and CEO of Global Policy Initiatives (GPI), a policy and international business development consultancy. Jay was appointed Special Assistant to President Clinton in the White House, helping build support for a range of domestic and foreign policy issues. While at the White House, he also coordinated outreach to the American Jewish community.
A former US Congressional Candidate, Jay has held various senior positions on numerous political campaigns over the past 25 years, including Bill Clinton’s successful campaign for president in 1992; Senior Middle East Advisor for John Kerry’s Presidential campaign in 2004; and Director of Constituency Outreach for Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign, among others.
He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from US politics and presidential elections to foreign policy and the Middle East and has lectured extensively to audiences throughout the US, Europe, Canada, Israel and Brazil. He has also appeared on television and radio, including Al Jazeera English, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS and others.
Currently, Jay serves on the board of trustees of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), the board of directors of the American Friends of the Rabin Center and is a founding board member of SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy), an organization dedicated to reducing America’s dependency on oil.
Born and raised in Skokie, Illinois, Jay earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA, specializing in American Foreign Policy and the Middle East. He also has a law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.