History of DCF and USDC | DIPLOMACY CENTER FOUNDATION | MAY 18, 2017
“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.
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.
Board of Directors | DIPLOMACY CENTER FOUNDATION | MAY 18, 2017
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
Secretary of State 2005-2009
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State 2009-2013
Secretary of State 2013-2017
Board of Directors
James A. Baker, III
Hillary Rodham Clinton
William C. Harrop*
Former Inspector General of the Department of State and Ambassador to Guinea, Kenya and Seychelles, Zaire and Israel.
Thomas R. Pickering*
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.
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.
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.
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
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