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David McKean ’72 Appointed United States Ambassador to Luxembourg

On March 14, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry swore in David McKean ’72 as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.
On March 14, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry swore in David McKean ’72 as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg.
 
According to David’s biography on the U.S. Department of State’s website, David has also served as the Director of Policy Planning and Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Clinton for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). He is the recipient of a Distinguished Honor Award.
 
Prior to his time at the U.S. Department of State, he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and served as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston. He has also been the Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and served as Chief of Staff in Senator John Kerry's personal office from 1999 to 2008. David was an active member of Senator Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004 and was a co-chairman of the Senator’s presidential transition team.
 
David is also the author of four books on American political history: Friends in High Places (with Douglas Frantz), a 1995 New York Times “Notable Book”; Tommy the Cork, a Washington Post Book World cover and “Best Books of 2004”; The Great Decision (with Cliff Sloan), a History Book Club “Best Books of 2009”; and Suspected of Independence: The Revolutionary Life of Thomas McKean, America’s First Powerbroker, which was released earlier this spring. He is a 1980 graduate of Harvard College and holds graduate degrees from both the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Duke Law School. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives.
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