George E. Moose, Chair, was a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, where he attained the rank of Career Ambassador. His service with the U.S. State Department included assignments in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. He held appointments as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1983-86) and to the Republic of Senegal (1988-91).
From 1991 to 1992, he served as U.S. Alternate Representative to the United Nations Security Council. In 1993, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, a position he occupied until August 1997. From 1998 to 2001, he was U.S. Permanent Representative to the European Office of the United Nations in Geneva. In June 2007, he was appointed by the White House to the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Grinnell College, the board of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the UN Foundation’s Global Leadership Council. Since 2003, he has been adjunct professor of practice at The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.
Moose has a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Grinnell College, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of laws degree. He is married to Judith Kaufmann, a former member of the U.S. Foreign Service and currently a consultant on international health diplomacy.