Applying for Membership to the American Group

Trilateral Commission Membership for the America Group

The Trilateral Commission is a non-governmental, policy-oriented forum that brings together leaders in their individual capacity from the worlds of business, government, academia, press and media, as well as civil society.  The Commission offers a global platform for open dialogue, reaching out to those with different views and engaging with decision makers from around the world with the aim of finding solutions to the great geopolitical, economic and social challenges of our time.  Its members share a firm belief in the values of rule of law, democratic government, human rights, freedom of speech and free enterprise that underpin human progress.  Members are also committed to supporting a rules-based international system, closer cooperation across borders and respect for the diversity of approaches to policy issues.

Eligibility Requirements

Prospective members in the American group must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents intending to participate fully in the Commission’s work, including its two annual meetings. Applicants are also required to obtain one nominating letter from a current Trilateral Commission member.

To Apply

The process for becoming a member involves nomination by an existing member, conditional approval by the selection committee, and final approval by the Trustees and Executive Committee. Members join for six-year terms.  At the end of the sixth year, the individual must rotate off the Commission for at least one year before he or she is eligible for reappointment. 

Candidates or their nominees should submit their applications to The following is required:  

  • A CV or biography
  • A nomination letter by a current member of the Commission. The list of existing members is available here.
  • One or more additional letters, which may come either from members or non-members

All letters should be emailed, by the recommenders’ offices, to


The deadline for 2020 applications is September 8. All applications will be considered after that date and applicants will be subsequently notified of membership decisions.