With over 5,000 members, the institution’s ranks include top government officials, scholars, lawyers, nonprofit professionals, journalists, educators, religious leaders, and business executives. CFR offers two types of membership: life membership for seasoned professionals, and term membership for young, rising leaders in international affairs. Learn more about the membership application process and eligibility requirements.
Founded in 1953 with twenty-five corporate members, the Corporate Program has since expanded to include more than 120 global member companies from sectors ranging from financial services to health care and manufacturing. Through CFR’s unmatched convening power, the program links private-sector leaders with decision-makers from government, media, nongovernmental organizations, and academia to discuss issues at the intersection of business and foreign policy.