“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Our first Secretary of State cited these basic objectives in 1801 during his inaugural address as the third President of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was guided by this vision as he pursued effective diplomacy in the American national interest.

Two hundred years later two statesmen recognized the need to build a museum that would demonstrate to the American public the importance of American diplomacy throughout our history. Ambassador Stephen Low (1927 – 2010) and Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias, of Maryland (1922 – 2010) founded the Foreign Affairs Museum Council (FAMC), a nonprofit organization, to help build the first facility dedicated to American diplomacy by raising funds from the private sector for the project. In 2013 the FAMC Board of Directors changed its name to Diplomacy Center Foundation.

In 1999, Ambassador Low and Senator Mathias met with Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright about their vision for a museum and education center of American diplomacy. Secretary Albright recognized the need and agreed that the museum should be located at the Department of State. Assistant Secretary, later Under Secretary, Patrick F. Kennedy identified 20,000 square feet of interior space that will become the United States Diplomacy Center (USDC). An office and staff was established that included Priscilla R. Linn, DPhil as Senior Curator.

Beyer Blinder Belle, architects, was competitively awarded the project to design the new 21,000 sq. ft. entrance pavilion housing Halls 1, Discover Diplomacy, and the Founding Ambassadors Concourse located at the 21st Street entrance of the Department of State. The Center extends into two renovated interior Halls: Diplomacy in Action, covering the 240 years of American Diplomacy; and Advancing Diplomacy, an education area featuring a Diplomacy Decision Center Classroom for educational and simulation programs. There will also be a Mezzanine space in the Historic Lobby which connects the Pavilion and the two interior halls.

In 2010, Secretary Clinton appointed Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, former United States Ambassador to Portugal, to lead fund-raising efforts for the project. Also in 2010, the leadership of the Diplomacy Center Foundation was assumed by Ambassador William C. Harrop, a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, who served as the United States Ambassador to five countries.

To date, $47.5 million of private sector funds have been raised from corporations, foundations and individuals toward the $65 million needed to build the Center. The Pavilion will include the Founding Ambassadors Concourse, where educational conferences, symposia and other events will take place. The Founding Ambassadors initiative is led by Ambassador Stuart A. Bernstein, former United States Ambassador to Denmark.

The United States Department of State, the Foreign Service of the United States and the Diplomacy Center Foundation are sincerely grateful to all the many donors whose support is making this significant institution possible. On September 3, 2014, the groundbreaking for the United States Diplomacy Center took place with the participation of Secretaries of State Kissinger, Baker, Albright, Powell, Clinton and Kerry. Construction of the Pavilion building is now complete and was celebrated with a special reception in January 2017. We continue to seek private sector funds to complete the new facility.

John C. Whitehead | WIKIPEDIA | MAY 18, 2017

John Cunningham Whitehead (April 2, 1922 – February 7, 2015) was an American banker and civil servant, and a board member of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (WTC Memorial Foundation) and, until his resignation in May 2006, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

Whitehead started his career at the New York investment bank of Goldman Sachs as a partner. He rose to become Chairman over a total of 38 years at the firm and retired in 1984 as Co-Chairman and Co-Senior Partner.

Whitehead served as United States Deputy Secretary of State in Ronald Reagan‘s administration from 1985 to 1989 under George Shultz, and was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Reagan. In 1996, he was the Campaign Chairman for Michael Benjamin who ran for a seat in New York’s 8th congressional district.

He was Chairman at different times of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the United Nations Association, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Harvard Board of Overseers. He was a director of the New York Stock Exchange and Chairman Emeritus of The Brookings Institution. He was a member of Kappa Beta Phi.[6]

He had a long association with the Rockefeller family, having held positions at various times with family-created institutions such as Rockefeller University, the Asia Society (where he was Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Life Trustee), the Lincoln Center Theater and the WTC Memorial Foundation. In these organisations, and previously when he was for a time on the family’s powerful Trust Committee, overseeing the family fortune and investments of the Rockefeller Group[citation needed], the real estate firm that previously owned and managed Rockefeller Center, he became closely associated with David Rockefeller.

As an alumnus of Haverford College in Pennsylvania, he has had the campus center and the chair of the philosophy department named after him.

“In 1995, he donated $10 million to Harvard Business School to start the John C. Whitehead Fund for Not-for-Profit Management. In 1997, Seton Hall University in New Jersey, with Mr. Whitehead’s financing,” the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University was also named after him.[7] He received an honorary LL.D. from Bates College in 2004, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from The City University of New York upon the recommendation of Macaulay Honors College in 2009.

Whitehead was an Eagle Scout and recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. He was longstanding Co-Chairman of the Board of the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America. He was the Chairman of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps (FSVC) from July, 2005 into his death in February 2015. He was also an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy.[citation needed]

Whitehead sat on the Advisory Board of the Washington-based think-tank Global Financial Integrity, which conducts research on illicit financial flows and the damaging effects they have on developing countries, as well as the advisory board for DC-based nonprofit America Abroad Media.[8] He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of Eisenhower Fellowships.

Whitehead was a board member and head of the investment committee of the Getty Trust. He retired from that position in 1996 following a substantial portfolio loss from the use of stock options for a so-called “collar“.[9]

In 2004, he received the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from Synergos.[10]

Whitehead was Co-Chairman of AMDeC Foundation, a 28-member organization of leaders in biomedical research and technology in New York State. Whitehead, along with Academic Medicine Development Company (AMDeC) President, Dr. Maria K. Mitchell, secured funding and infrastructure support for next-generation research for New York’s renowned academic medical centers. In 2006, Whitehead was one of the most notable Republican donors to the campaign of Joe Lieberman during his independent re-election campaign for the United States Senate.[11]

On November 12, 2008, Whitehead said at the Reuters Global Finance Summit that the United States economy faces an economic slump deeper than the Great Depression and that a growing deficit threatens the credit of the country.[12]

In 2011, John C. Whitehead was awarded the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom.[13]

In 2012, Whitehead was awarded the Freedom Prize for the second time.[14] He was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[15]

Dr. Vartan Gregorian

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation of New York.
“It is, thus, with gratitude and great respect that this conference is convened in the name of John C. Whitehead. John would be especially pleased that the principal beneficiaries of this event are students, who, of course, represent the hope and promise of the future.”

Board of Directors | DIPLOMACY CENTER FOUNDATION | MAY 18, 2017

Honorary Directors

Henry A. Kissinger
Secretary of State 1973-1977

George P. Shultz
Secretary of State 1982-1989

James A. Baker, III
Secretary of State 1989-1992

Madeleine K. Albright
Secretary of State 1996-2001

Colin L. Powell
Secretary of State 2001-2005

Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State 2005-2009

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State 2009-2013

John Kerry
Secretary of State 2013-2017

Board of Directors

James A. Baker, III
Honorary Co-Chair

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Honorary Co-Chair

L-R: Former Secretaries of State Kissinger and Baker, Secretary of State Kerry, DCF Chairman Harrop with Former Secretaries of State Clinton, Albright and Powell at the Groundbreaking Ceremonies, Sept. 2014.


William C. Harrop*
Former Inspector General of the Department of State and Ambassador to Guinea, Kenya and Seychelles, Zaire and Israel.

Thomas R. Pickering*
Vice Chairman
Chairman of the American Academy of Diplomacy; former Under Secretary of State, Assistant Secretary of State, Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to Jordan, Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, India and Russia.

Thomas E. McNamara*
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political – Military Affairs, Ambassador to Colombia, Special Assistant to the President, and President of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas.

Roman Popadiuk*
Vice President
Chairman of World Affairs Council, former Executive Director of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the first United States Ambassador to Ukraine.

S. Daniel Abraham
A highly successful entrepreneur in the pharmaceutical and diet food industries, Danny Abraham is a prominent American philanthropist in the fields of Public Health, Education, and, notably, the search for peace in the Middle East.

Nina N. Ansary
President of the Ansary Foundation, Vice Chairman of Parman Capital Group and a director of Stewart & Stevenson LLC.

Elizabeth Frawley Bagley
Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John F. Kerry; leads fundraising for U. S. Diplomacy Center and other Department projects; former Ambassador to Portugal; Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; member of Massachusetts, DC Bars.

Stuart A. Bernstein
Chairman Emeritus of the Bernstein Companies, Emeritus Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and former Ambassador to Denmark.

R. Nicholas Burns
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Ambassador to NATO and Greece.

Frank C. Carlucci, III
Former Secretary of Defense, National Security Adviser, Deputy Director of CIA, Chairman of the Carlyle Group and Ambassador to Portugal.

Anthony R. Chase
Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, Chairman & CEO of ChaseSource, L.P. and Director of Anadarco.

Frances D. Cook
Chairman of Lonrho Plc and former Ambassador to Burundi, Cameroon and the Sultanate of Oman.

Sally Grooms Cowal
Senior Vice President for Global Health, American Cancer Society; former Vice President of Population Services International and Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

James T.L. Dandridge II
Retired Career FSO, Minister Counselor with ancillary experience to include Special Operations Branch Chief in Organization of Joint Chiefs of Staff; Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs Director; DACOR Governor/Trustee; and former Chairman of Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

William C. Eacho, III
Visiting Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; Co-Founder/ Chair, Partnership for Responsible Growth; former Ambassador to Austria; CEO, Carlton Capital Group, LLC; CEO, Atlantic Food Services; Chair, UniPro Foodservice.

Robert L. Gallucci
Former President of MacArthur Foundation, former Dean of Georgetown School of Foreign Service, Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador at Large.

Bruce S. Gelb
Former President of the Council of American Ambassadors, Director of the United States Information Agency and Ambassador to Belgium.

Leslie H. Gelb
Former President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Assistant Secretary of State and New York Times columnist.

Lee H. Hamilton
Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, former Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Member of Congress and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Susan Rockwell Johnson
President, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training; retired FSO, minister Counselor; DCM/ Charge in Romania & Mauritius; two-term President of the American Foreign Service Association.

Ellen Laipson
Distinguished Fellow and Past President/CEO, Stimson Center; former Vice Chair, National Intelligence Council, member Department of State Policy Planning Staff; Advisory Council of IISS; Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

Michele A. Manatt
A seasoned advisor on U.S. foreign policy, government affairs, and women’s advancement globally. She is a member of Meridian International Center’s Board of Trustees, and is the Chair and founding member of its Council on Women’s Leadership. Ms. Manatt served seven years in the Clinton Administration at the State Department and White House.

Mary M. Ourisman
Former Ambassador, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean; Board of Directors, Washington National Opera; Trustee Emeritus, Blair House Restoration Fund; Exec. Committee, Meridian International Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Stephen P. Randolph
Historian of the U. S. Department of State, former Associate Dean of Faculty at Industrial College Air Force, ret.

Paul S. Sarbanes
Former United States Senator from Maryland.

John Welch
Executive Vice President/Chief Legal Officer, DMI; former Managing Director/Principal, Greysteel Equity Markets; former Partner, Jones Day, LP; member, California, District of Columbia Bars.

Robin B. Wright
Joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center, Award-winning foreign correspondent, reported from 140 countries on six continents, and author of 9 books on international affairs.


Thomas E. McNamara, President

Susan Rockwell Johnson, Secretary

Walter (Jim) J. Woolwine, Treasurer
CFO, Gerontological Society of America, CPA; retired Foreign Service Officer

Robert C. Heath, Executive Director
Retired Foreign Service Officer


Stephen Low
Founding President of the DCF, former director of the Foreign Service Institute, Director of the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center, and former Ambassador to Zambia and Nigeria.

Charles McC. Mathias
Senator Mathias was the Founding Chairman of the DCF and former U.S. Senator from Maryland.

Keith L. Brown
Herbert J. Hansell
Arthur A. Hartman
Richard H. Solomon
Terence A. Todman