Ronan Farrow will deliver the keynote address at the Bellevue College Foundations‘ 13th Annual “Become Exceptional” Luncheon. The event will be April 25 at the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue.
Farrow is special advisor to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office.
A lawyer, human rights advocate and freelance journalist, Farrow assumed his current role in June 2011, following two years as the State Department’s special advisor for humanitarian and NGO affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He formerly served as a spokesperson for UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola and the Darfur region of Sudan. He was also a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee’s legal counsel team, working on international human rights law issues.
Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow and film director Woody Allen, was a child prodigy who earned his undergraduate degree from Bard College at 15 (enrolled at 11), enrolled in Yale Law School at 17, and graduated in 2009. He was recently named a Rhodes Scholar and is planning to study international development issues at Oxford.
The luncheon is the foundation’s biggest fundraising event of the year and raised more than $310,000 last year for scholarships and educational programs at the college. More than 1,000 community and business leaders are expected to attend. Molly Shen, a KOMO 4 News anchor, will emcee the event.