|United States Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan|
February 22, 2011 – December 14, 2012
|Preceded by||Richard Holbrooke|
|18th Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs|
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Thomas R. Pickering|
|Succeeded by||R. Nicholas Burns|
|Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs|
|Preceded by||John C. Kornblum|
|Succeeded by||A. Elizabeth Jones|
|United States Ambassador to Turkey|
|Preceded by||Richard Clark Barkley|
|Succeeded by||Mark Robert Parris|
September 23, 1951 |
Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||University of California, Santa Barbara
London School of Economics
Marc Grossman (born September 23, 1951) is a former diplomat and American government official. He served as United States Ambassador to Turkey, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was most recently the United States Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, an appointment he received following the death of the first Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. Grossman concluded his tenure as Special Representative on December 14, 2012.
Early life and education
Grossman is a native of Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and later received an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics.
Grossman served at the United States Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 1976 to 1983. He served as the Deputy Director of the Private Law Office of Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington, Secretary General of NATO, from 1983 to 1986. Grossman served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey from 1989 to 1992. From 1993 to 1994, Grossman managed operations for senior State Department leadership as Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State. Grossman returned to Turkey after being appointed United States Ambassador to Turkey, serving from 1994 to 1997. In Turkey, he promoted security cooperation, human rights and democracy, and a vibrant U.S.-Turkish economic relationship.
Grossman served as Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1997 to 2000 and was responsible for over 4,000 State Department employees posted in 50 sites abroad with a program budget of $1.2 billion. He played a lead role in orchestrating NATO's 1999 Washington summit, marking the group's 50th anniversary, and helped direct U.S. participation in NATO’s military campaign in Kosovo that same year.
From 2000 to 2001, Grossman served as the Director General of the United States Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. At the direction of the Secretary of State, he revamped the State Department's human resource strategies, including the Department's strategies for training, assigning, and retaining personnel both at home and abroad. Grossman was appointed Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the Department's third-ranking official, in 2001. In 2004, Grossman attained the Foreign Service's highest rank when the President appointed him to the rank of Career Ambassador. He received the Secretary of State's Secretary's Distinguished Service Award the following year.
Grossman served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs until his retirement in 2005.
Grossman serves as Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group. He also serves as the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he serves as a practitioner faculty member.
- Profile from The Cohen Group
- Grossman's statement on NATO & Kosovo, Grossman's Statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee, October 28, 1999
- U.S. Interests and Turkey: A briefing by Marc Grossman, March 13, 2000, address to the Middle East Forum
- Photos of Marc Grossman's visit to NATO, February 27, 2003.
- Op-ed: A Middle East Final Act?, German Marshall Fund of the United States, June 6, 2008.
- Op-ed: Opening up trade with Colombia, Boston Globe, July 10, 2008.
Richard Clark Barkley
|United States Ambassador to Turkey
1994 – 1997
Mark Robert Parris
John C. Kornblum
|Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs
August 5, 1997 – May 31, 2000
A. Elizabeth Jones
Thomas R. Pickering
|Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
2001 – 2005
R. Nicholas Burns