Ambassador James K. Glassman served as U.S. under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs in 2008 and 2009, directing America’s outreach to foreign publics. Immediately prior to that, he was chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which supervises U.S. government TV, radio, and Internet communications with more than 100 countries in 60 languages. For both positions, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, which also bestowed on him the lifetime title of ambassador.

From September 2009 to August 2013, Ambassador Glassman served as founding director of the George W. Bush Institute, the policy arm of the Bush Presidential Center. Before that, he was a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, to which he has now returned, concentrating on matters of technology and economic policy.