Jay Stein Joins CPD Advisory Board

CPD is proud to welcome Jay Stein as the newest member of the CPD Advisory Board. Stein is Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Stein Mart, Inc. and brings to the Board decades of business world experience. 

"We are thrilled to work with Jay as the CPD Advisory Board continues to place the Center at the cutting edge of the public diplomacy field," said CPD Advisory Board Chair Barry Sanders. "We know that his deep executive leadership background, his strong interest in international relations, and his commitment to educational endeavors will be an asset to our distinguished Board." 

“Jay joins us at an exciting time,” noted Dr. Jay Wang, CPD Director. “He brings incredible leadership to our Board and his joining underscores the Center’s commitment to broadening societal support for public diplomacy.”

Stein served as President and CEO of his family’s namesake Stein Mart from 1977 to 1989, and again as CEO from 2012 to 2016. He was elected to the position of Chairman in 1989.

Mr. Stein has been active on the local and national levels in charitable, civic and educational endeavors. In Jacksonville, Florida, where the company is headquartered, he has been affiliated with or chaired all the major cultural organizations in the city and his philanthropy has extended throughout the community. In 1993, he received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Mr. Stein is a Trustee Emeritus of the board of directors of three New York Stock Exchange companies. He has served on the boards of a number of national institutions, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York University, the Hebrew Union College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was a founding member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and was presidentially appointed to its Council.

Here is the link to his full bio.

About the CPD Advisory Board
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s Advisory Board comprises prominent figures in various fields related to public diplomacy who are invited to serve for a period of three years. The CPD Advisory Board provides support and strategic guidance to CPD staff regarding the development of the Center as an international resource. For a full list of board members, please click here.

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