Ambassador Winston Lord
Winston Lord currently serves as Co-Chairman of the International
Rescue Committee, the largest non-sectarian organization that both
helps refugees aboard and resettles them in the United States. The
IRC operates in 28 countries (including Afghanistan and Pakistan)
and in eighteen American government and the private sector.
decades Ambassador Lord has been at the center of U.S.-China relations.
As Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor he accompanied
Henry Kissinger on his secret visit to China and President Nixon
on his historic opening in the early 1970s, as well as subsequent
trips by President Ford and Dr. Kissinger. From 1985-1989 he served
as Ambassador to Beijing under President Reagan and Bush. From 1993-1997
he was Assistant Secretary of State in charge of all East Asian
policy, including China, under President Clinton.
Lords other key government assignments were as the State Department
Director of Policy Planning 1973-1977, and in the Defense and State
Departments in the 1960s.
In between governmental posts Ambassador Lord has headed a variety
of private organizations related to international affairs-as President
of the Council on Foreign Relations 1977-85, as well as Chairman
of the National Endowment for Democracy and Chairman of the Carnegie
Endowment National Commission on America and the New World in the
Ambassador Lord earned a B.A. from Yale (magna Cum Laude) and an
M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (first in the
class). He has received several honorary degrees, the Sates Departments
Distinguished Honor Award and the Defense Departments Outstanding
Performance Award. He is married to the best-selling author Bette
Bao Lord and they are the parents of Elizabeth and Winston.