Dan Baer

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Dan Baer
United States Ambassador to the OSCE
In office
September 10, 2013 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byIan Kelly
Succeeded byJim Gilmore
Personal details
Born (1977-01-06) January 6, 1977 (age 47)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Brian Walsh
(m. 2014)
EducationHarvard University (AB)
Magdalen College, Oxford (MPhil, DPhil)

Daniel Brooks Baer[1] (born January 6, 1977) is an American politician and former diplomat from Colorado currently serving as Senior Vice President for Policy Research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Baer served in the Obama administration's State Department, first as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2009 to 2013, and then as United States Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Baer as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Early life and education[edit]

Baer is a native of Colorado. He graduated from Harvard University with a BA in social studies and African American studies and was then a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a MPhil and DPhil in international relations.[1]

Consulting, academic, and diplomatic career[edit]

Harold Hongju Koh and Daniel Baer at the Human Rights Council.
Baer with John Kerry

From 2004 to 2007, Baer worked at the Boston Consulting Group as project leader.[1]

He was then an Assistant Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.[1] He then joined the United States Department of State,[1][2] where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from November 23, 2009 to September 10, 2013.[1] From 2013 to 2017, Baer was the United States Ambassador for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.[3]

Colorado politics[edit]

In July 2017, Baer announced that he was running in the Democratic primary for the U.S. House seat for Colorado's 7th congressional district, held by Democrat Ed Perlmutter, who initially did not file to run for re-election in 2018.[4] The district covers portions of Jefferson and Adams counties. Baer withdrew from the race after Perlmutter announced that he would seek reelection.[5]

From 2017 to 2018, Baer was a diplomat-in-residence at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Affairs.[5][6] In May 2018 Baer was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.[3]

In April 2019, Baer announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat held by Cory Gardner in the 2020 election.[7] Baer entered the primary with a field of nine Democratic candidates seeking the party's nomination, running against John F. Walsh, Andrew Romanoff, Mike Johnston, Ellen Burnes, Alice Madden, and others.[8] In September 2019, Baer dropped out of the primary and endorsed John Hickenlooper, who entered the race after ending his 2020 U.S. presidential bid.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Baer is openly gay; in August 2014, he married his longtime partner Brian Walsh.[10]



  • Democracies Must Empower a Biotech Future for All, Lawfare, November 20, 2022 (co-authored with Megan Palmer, Andrew Imbrie, and Anna B. Puglisi)[11]
  • Privacy Is Power, Foreign Affairs, January 19, 2022 (co-authored with Andrew Imbrie, Anna B. Puglisi, Andrew Trask, Erik Brattberg, and Helen Toner)[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Daniel Brooks Baer, U.S. Department of State Archive.
  2. ^ Kamen, Al (June 10, 2013). "Obama taps Daniel Baer for ambassadorship - In the Loop". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Paul, Jesse (May 15, 2018). "Hickenlooper appoints Dan Baer as executive director Colorado Department of Higher Education". The Denver Post. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  4. ^ Frank, John (August 1, 2017). "Obama-appointed ambassador joins crowded Democratic congressional race to replace Ed Perlmutter". The Denver Post.
  5. ^ a b Luning, Ernest (October 5, 2017). "Democrat Dan Baer drops bid challenging Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter". Colorado Politics.
  6. ^ Diplomats at the Korbel School, University of Denver.
  7. ^ Wingerter, Justin (April 15, 2019). "Dan Baer enters Democratic race against Cory Gardner, seeks to be first openly gay man elected to Senate". The Denver Post. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Jesse Paul, The crowded field of Colorado Democrats running for U.S. Senate pitches a message at their first forum, Colorado Sun (June 11, 2019).
  9. ^ Clark, Kyle (September 12, 2019). "Record-fundraiser Dan Baer drops US Senate bid, supports Hickenlooper in 2020". Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  10. ^ Nichols, JamesMichael (August 4, 2014). "Daniel Baer, Openly Gay U.S. Ambassador, Marries Brian Walsh". Huffington Post.
  11. ^ "Democracies Must Empower a Biotech Future for All". Default. Retrieved February 18, 2024.
  12. ^ Imbrie, Andrew; Baer, Daniel; Trask, Andrew; Puglisi, Anna; Brattberg, Erik; Toner, Helen (January 19, 2022). "Privacy Is Power". Foreign Affairs. ISSN 0015-7120. Retrieved February 18, 2024.

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