A resident of Idaho and New York City, Alan is an avid hunter and fly fisherman. He served as Ambassador of the United States to the Kingdom of Belgium from 1993 to 1998.
Alan is currently Chairman of The Washington Center serving colleges and university students in America and abroad with internships, seminars, and partnerships that enable students to learn in Washington, D.C. while earning academic credit. Mr. Blinken is also a member of the Board of the Action Fund of the National Wildlife Federation.
Before retiring, Ambassador Blinken was a Senior Advisor to Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld, and a partner and Managing Director of Wertheim and Co. He also served as Chairman and President of NATO’s 50th Anniversary Summit Host Committee, as Chairman of Campaign 2000 for the Democratic National Committee, and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Alan won the Alaska Big Game Trophy Award in 1967 for a record black bear. He was graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude, has four children and nine grandchildren, and is a member of The Explorers Club.