Timothy E. Wirth
President of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund
Timothy Wirth is the President of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund. These organizations were founded in 1998 through a major financial commitment from R.E. "Ted" Turner to support and strengthen the work of the United Nations.
Senator Wirth began his political career as a White House Fellow under President Lyndon Johnson — and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the Nixon Administration.
In 1975, Senator Wirth returned to his home state and successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District from 1975 to 1987.
In 1987, Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate where he focussed on environmental issues, especially global climate change and population stabilization.
From 1993 to 1997, Senator Wirth served in the U.S. Department of State as the first Under Secretary for Global Affairs.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, he also served as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.