At A Glance:

John P. Walters is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute.

Assistant
Kate Hirzel
Special Assistant to the President and CEO

Biography

John P. Walters is president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute.

From 2009 through 2020, Mr. Walters served as chief operating officer of Hudson, in which role he oversaw Hudson’s research staff and operations. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2021.

Mr. Walters also directs Hudson Institute Political Studies—an undergraduate summer fellowship program—and Hudson’s Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. In addition, he was a member of the Independent Review Committee, hosted by Hudson Institute from 2019 to 2022 and established to advise the Attorney General and Congress on the implementation of criminal justice reform under the First Step Act.

From December 2001 to January 2009, Mr. Walters was director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and a cabinet member during the Bush administration. As the nation’s “drug czar,” Mr. Walters guided all aspects of federal drug policy and programs—supporting efforts that drove down teen drug use 25 percent, increased substance abuse treatment and screening in the healthcare system, and dramatically dropped the availability of cocaine and methamphetamine in the US.

From 1996 until 2001, Mr. Walters served as president of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a national association of charitable foundations and individual donors. His prior government service included work at ONDCP, at its founding in 1989 as chief of staff, and later as deputy director of supply reduction. He was assistant to the secretary and chief of staff at the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration. He also served in the Division of Education Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1982 to 1985.

Mr. Walters has taught political science at Michigan State University’s James Madison College and at Boston College. He holds a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from the University of Toronto.

Events
31
January 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Will a Revived Deal Undermine American Interests?
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting held to discuss the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and the return of the United States to the deal in Vienna, Austria, on April 15, 2021. (Getty Images)
31
January 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Will a Revived Deal Undermine American Interests?

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EST, Monday, January 31. Register for the event here.

Monday 7:00 - 8:00AM
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meeting held to discuss the full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal and the return of the United States to the deal in Vienna, Austria, on April 15, 2021. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya
Jonathan Schachter
Michael Doran
John P. Walters
13
December 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19
Featured Speakers:
Alina Chan
Matt Ridley
David Asher
John P. Walters
Laboratory technicians wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) working on samples to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Getty Images)
13
December 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EST, Monday, December 13. Register for the event here.

Monday 7:00 - 8:00AM
Laboratory technicians wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) working on samples to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Alina Chan
Matt Ridley
David Asher
John P. Walters
19
November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Book Talk with Naomi Schaefer Riley: No Way to Treat a Child
Featured Speakers:
John P. Walters
Naomi Schaefer Riley
19
November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Book Talk with Naomi Schaefer Riley: No Way to Treat a Child

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, November 19. Register for the event here.

Friday 5:00 - 6:00AM
Featured Speakers:
John P. Walters
Naomi Schaefer Riley
09
November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | What’s Next for AUKUS? A Discussion with Amb. Sinodinos
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos
John P. Walters
09
November 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | What’s Next for AUKUS? A Discussion with Amb. Sinodinos

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, November 9. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00AM
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos
John P. Walters