Ambassador Grossman has been a career Foreign Service Officer since 1976. His most recent assignment, from November 1994 to June 1997, was as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey. Prior to this, from January 1993 to September 1994, he was Special Assistant to the Secretary of State and Executive Secretary of the Department of State.
Before becoming Assistant Secretary, Ambassador Grossman served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs. He was Executive Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State John C. Whitehead from September 1986 to January 1989.
From 1984 to 1986, Ambassador Grossman was the Deputy Director of the Private Office of Lord Carrington, then Secretary General of NATO.
Other overseas assignments include tours as a political officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO and in Islamabad. In Washington he also served as Deputy Special Advisor to President Carter and in several capacities for the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.
Ambassador Grossman earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is married to Mildred Patterson, who is also a Foreign Service Officer. They have a daughter, Anne.
Return to biographies index.