Amb. (Ret.) Marc Grossman


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Marc Grossman

Vice Chairman

The Cohen Group

Ambassador 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 in the U.S. Foreign Service. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed U.S. policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO's military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant U.S.-Turkish political, military, and economic relations.

Ambassador Grossman 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 Ambassador Grossman back to service as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador 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 and played an important part in managing U.S. relations with Pakistan. Ambassador Grossman returned to The Cohen Group in February 2013.


Ambassador Grossman is the Chairman of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and as a Trustee of the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation. He is a member of the Board of the C&O Canal Trust. Ambassador Grossman also served as Chairman of the Board of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).

Raised in Los Angeles, California, Ambassador Grossman has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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