Amb. Marc Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005 after 29 years. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the attacks of September 11, 2001. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO's military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion.
Amb. Grossman was the US Ambassador to Turkey 1994 – 1997. He was a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group from July 2005 to February 2011. In February, 2011, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton called Amb. Grossman back to service as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Amb. Grossman promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo. He provided U.S. backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict. He returned to The Cohen Group in February, 2013.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Amb. Grossman has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MS in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.