Mr. Jack Valenti

Mr. Jack Valenti was a tireless advocate for those in need around the world. As the first President of Friends of the Global Fight, Mr. Valenti was a strong voice on AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria not only in Washington, D.C., but all over the country. While many knew of his work at the Motion Picture Association of America, he was a humanitarian and philanthropist at his core. His memory still lives in the work that Friends of the Global Fight does in support of the Global Fund and on behalf of those affected by these three deadly, but treatable, diseases. To view a video about Jack Valenti, click here.

Biography of Mr. Jack Valenti, 1921–2007

Mr. Valenti was not only the first President of Friends of the Global Fight but also one of the organization’s founding fathers. Having served for 38 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Mr. Valenti was a major force in Hollywood as well as Washington, D.C.

After receiving a B.A. from the University of Houston and an M.B.A. from Harvard, he co-founded a Houston advertising and political consulting agency. Weekley & Valenti would go on to handle press activities during the visit of President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson to Texas in 1963. Mr. Valenti was in the motorcade, six cars back of the President, on that fateful day in Dallas. Within an hour of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Mr. Valenti was aboard Air Force One flying back to Washington, D.C., with new President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first Special Assistant to the President.

Several years later in 1966, Mr. Valenti resigned his White House post to become President and Chief Executive Officer of the MPAA, the third man in its history to guide the association. After several decades of service to the MPAA, he stepped down as CEO in 2004 to become President of Friends of the Global Fight. He continued in that role until his death in 2007.