On Sunday, September 20 at 6:00pm CEST, John Emerson, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany (2013-2017), and Kimberly Marteau Emerson will join Democrats Abroad to discuss the current election and what a Biden-Harris victory would mean for German-American relations. Both Ambassador Emerson and Mrs. Emerson currently serve on the Biden 2020 National Finance Committee.
John Emerson is vice chairman of Capital Group International, Inc. He most recently served as the United States ambassador to the Federal
Republic of Germany (2013-2017). In 2015, John was awarded the State Department’s Susan M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service, which is given annually to one non-career ambassador, and in 2017 he was awarded the CIA Medal and the U.S. Navy’s Distinguished Public Service award.
Previously, John was president of Private Client Services for the Capital Group Companies (1997-2013); deputy assistant to President Clinton in
the White House (1993-1997); Los Angeles Chief Deputy City Attorney (1987-1993); and a partner in the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Phillips (1978-1993). Ambassador Emerson currently serves as Chairman of the American Council on Germany and on the boards of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the German Marshall Fund and the American Friends of the Munich Security Conference. He is a long serving member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and for eight years chaired the Board of the Los Angeles Music Center (2003-2011). John holds an honorary doctor of laws degree from Hamilton College, a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Hamilton College.
Kimberly Marteau Emerson, a trained lawyer, also served in the Clinton White House, working as a senior political appointee and as a spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency (U.S. State Department). During her husband's ambassadorship, she was involved in many projects at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. A life-long champion of human rights, she continues fighting for a more just world through numerous channels, including through her work with Human Rights Watch, the United Way in Germany, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
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