Richard A. Boucher
Richard’s career began in China at the start of economic reform and included numerous China assignments; in his later career, he became the longest serving Spokesman in the history of the State Department, serving six Secretaries of State. From 2006 to 2009, he formulated U.S. policy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as India and the broader region. Richard also served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (1993-1996), U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong (1996-1999), and led U.S. efforts for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation from 1999-2000.
After retiring from the Foreign Service, Richard served for four years as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, working on economic reform with developing countries. In later years, Richard has taught diplomacy and foreign policy to Brown University graduate and undergraduate students as a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and courses at University of Michigan’s Ford School and George Mason University.
Richard taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal from 1973-1975. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and did graduate work in economics at George Washington University. He is married to Carolyn Brehm a business executive and has two children and one wonderful grandson.