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Asli Aydintasbas
James Baker
Robert Barylski
John Beyrle
Wendy Chamberlin
David Dollar
Robert Ford
Robert Gary
Thomas Gentzel
Rosemary Gibson
Christopher Hill
John Jackson
Margaret Jay
Jimmy Kolker
Robert Lieber
Mohsen Milani
Dennis Ross
Gary Roughead
Thomas Shannon
Suzanne Spaulding
Jeremi Suri
Aron Troen
Dan Twining
Joshua Walker
Martin Walker

John Beyrle

John Beyrle

Amb. John Beyrle was elected Chairman of the U.S. Russia Foundation in October 2018. Prior to this, he served as an American diplomat for three decades in a career focused on the Soviet Union and Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe. He served as ambassador to Bulgaria (2005-08), and to Russia (2008-12). During the latter assignment, Amb. Beyrle helped foster improved U.S.-Russian relations, highlighted by the signing of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty.

Amb. Beyrle received the Presidential Distinguished Service Award from President Obama, and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award during the administration of George W. Bush. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented him with the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department's highest honor. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2012 as a Career Minister.