Jay K. Footlik is the founding president and CEO of Global Policy Initiatives (GPI), an international policy and business development consultancy. Mr. Footlik served as Special Assistant to President Clinton in the White House, helping build support for a range of domestic and foreign policy issues. A former US Congressional Candidate, Mr. Footlik has held various senior positions on numerous political campaigns over the past 25 years, including Bill Clinton’s successful campaign for president in 1992 and Senior Middle East Advisor for John Kerry’s Presidential campaign in 2004. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from US politics and presidential elections to foreign policy and the Middle East. In the lead up to the 2012 US presidential elections, the US State Department sent Mr. Footlik to Kuwait and Morocco to speak to a variety of audiences regarding the elections. From 1998 until 2003, Mr. Footlik lived in Israel, working on a variety of projects related to the peace process, and as a consultant in the political, non-profit and business arenas. His clients included the Seeds of Peace organization and the Shimon Peres Center for Peace. Mr. Footlik earned a B.A. in political science from UCLA, specializing in the Arab-Israeli conflict. He also has a law degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.