Harriett Jane Olson has served as chief executive officer of the United Methodist Women’s national administrative and policymaking arm since 2007. United Methodist Women is a U.S.-based women’s organization in The United Methodist Church, with nearly 800,000 members engaged in work with women, children and youth in the United States and over 100 other countries. United Methodist Women operates and owns the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, which it makes available to the U.N. and NGO community. A Harvard Law School graduate, Ms. Olson practiced real estate and environmental law (1983-96) in New Jersey. From 1996-2007, Ms. Olson was senior vice-president for publishing, editorial director of The United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., whose imprints include Abingdon Press and Cokesbury. Ms. Olson has a bachelor's degree from Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., where she serves on the board of trustees.