Elaine Wolfensohn

Elaine Wolfensohn is President of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and currently works at the Wolfensohn Development Center at the Brookings Institution. She has been involved in the field of education and arts education while raising her family. Her work in Australia and the US has included teaching in private schools, creating teen tutoring programs in inner city schools, and training adult volunteers to tutor high school students.

Her commitment to education also extends into her community advisory work. She serves on the board of Young Audiences, a national arts and education organization where she chairs the program committee. She is also on the board of the Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the oversight board of the Park City Math Institute at the Institute of Advanced Study.

While James D. Wolfensohn was President of the World Bank, from 1995 to 2005, she accompanied him to over 100 countries where she observed teaching and learning in a wide variety of schools and supported programs in Early Child Development and gender equity as well as quality education.

She was educated at Wellesley College, where she received her BA degree in French Literature. She went on to receive a MA in French Literature from Columbia University and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College.