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L.A. Area Chamber announces Jerrold Green as recipient of 2019 Stanley T. Olafson Award

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jerrold Green, president and CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy, will be awarded the prestigious Stanley T. Olafson award at the 93rd annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on Thursday, May 2.

As president and CEO of the Pacific Council, Dr. Green has positioned L.A. as a global city at the center of international trade by launching a number of Council initiatives, including the annual Global Los Angeles Summit, the L.A. Mayor’s annual State of the Global City Address, and the Consul General Advisory Board. Dr. Green has also worked with the office of L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger to raise awareness of international issues across the County and the L.A. Mayor’s Office on the creation of the Mexico-LA Commission. Under nearly a decade of Dr. Green’s leadership, the Pacific Council has been a leader in championing the importance of the city and region in global affairs.

Formerly the director of international programs and development at the RAND Corporation, Dr. Green was awarded the RAND Medal for Excellence. A professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Dr. Green began his academic career at the University of Michigan where he was a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies. He subsequently joined the University of Arizona where he became a Professor of Political Science and Sociology as well as Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr. Green is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the London based International Institute for Strategic Studies, The California Club, the Lincoln Club, the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), the Advisory Board of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, and the Bill Richardson Center for Diplomacy/FBI Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell Influencers Group. Dr. Green is currently an International Medical Corps Ambassador, and serves on the Los Angeles Steering Committee of the USA Eisenhower Fellowships. He served for 8 years as a member of the United States Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel where he was awarded the Department of the Navy, Distinguished Civilian Service Award for his service. He is also a reserve deputy sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“A widely recognized expert in international relations, policy and the politics, Dr. Green’s illustrious and extensive career has helped shape foreign and domestic policy and made a tremendous impact, not only on our region, but also across the globe,” said Chamber President & CEO Maria S. Salinas.

Presented each year to an outstanding member of the world trade community in Southern California, the Stanley T. Olafson award recognizes those who have contributed above and beyond their job requirements to the development and advancement of world trade in the region.

Recent recipients of the Stanley T. Olafson award include Jim MacLellan of the Port of Los Angeles; Ambassador Vilma Martinez; Ambassador Mickey Kantor; Mario Cordero, Federal Maritime Commission; Joseph Czyzyk, Mercury Air Group, Inc.; and Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association.  

For more than 90 years, World Trade Week has been dedicated to educating the public on the importance of global trade and its contribution to our local, state and national economy. Celebrated throughout the month of May with more than 30 events hosted by partnering organizations in Southern California, World Trade Week is jumpstarted by the Chamber's annual Kickoff Breakfast with more than 800 guests. World Trade Week supports college and high school scholarships, high school student and career counselor workshops, as well as briefings for civic and business leaders interested in benefiting from the global economy.



The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County.  Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region.  For more information, visit