Ambassador Richard M. Fairbanks is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Layalina Productions, Inc.; founder of the American Refugee Committee of Washington; and Counselor and Trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. 
- Member of the Aspen Institute / Middle East Strategy Group.
- Council Member, US Asia Pacific Council 
Fairbanks became President of CSIS in May 1999 and CEO in April 2000. 
Fairbanks served Assistant Secretary of State, Special Negotiator for the Middle East Peace Process, and Ambassador-at-Large under President Ronald Reagan. He served as Associate Director of the White House Domestic Counsel for Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources under President Richard M. Nixon. 
"From 1986 to 1993, he was president of the U.S. National Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and was the international chair of the organization during 1991 and 1992. He currently serves on the executive committee of the U.S. Asia Pacific Council. ... He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors." 
"Ambassador Fairbanks was a founding partner of Ruckleshaus, Beveridge, Fairbanks & Diamond (now Beveridge and Diamond, P.C.) A former Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, he is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Miami (Florida). He received his A.B. from Yale University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia University School of Law." 
- Profile: Richard Fairbanks, Center for Strategic and Independent Studies.
- Profile: Richard Fairbanks, Council of American Ambassadors.
- Profile: Richard Fairbanks, "About Layalina", Layalina Productions, Inc., Accessed October 2006.