U.S. Department of State

Thomas C. Hubbard
Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Palau

Thomas C. Hubbard was sworn in on August 5, 1996 to serve concurrently as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines and the Republic of Palau. He was nominated by President Clinton in March 1996 and confirmed by the Senate on July 2, 1996. He resides in Manila.

Born in 1943 in Kentucky, Ambassador Hubbard graduated in 1965 from the University of Alabama, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa. He joined the Foreign Service in 1965 and was posted in 1996 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he served as a Political/Economic officer.

In 1969 he entered Japanese language training at the Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama, Japan. Following language training, Ambassador Hubbard was posted to Fukuoka, Japan as Economic/Commercial officer. In May of 1971, following his assignment in Fukuoka, he was assigned to the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

From Tokyo Ambassador Hubbard was assigned to the Japan Desk in the Department of State, where he served as Economic Officer from 1973 to 1975. In January 1975, he was posted to the U.S. Mission to the OECD in Paris, serving first as Executive Secretary to the Delegation and later as Energy Advisor. Upon completion of his assignment in Paris in August 1978, Ambassador Hubbard was again posted to Tokyo, where he served in the Political Section of the U.S. Embassy.

Ambassador Hubbard returned in 1981 to Washington, where he was seconded for one year as Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jim Leach of Iowa. Following this assignment, he directed the Training and Liaison staff of the State Department's Bureau of Personnel and then served as Deputy Director of the Philippine Desk in 1984-85. He became Country Director of the Philippines Desk in June 1985, and held that position until his assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1987. He attained the rank of Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service in 1989.

From 1990 to 1993, he served at the U.S. Embassy in Manila as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission. He arrived in the Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs on March 22, 1993.

Ambassador Hubbard is married to Joan Magnusson Hubbard. They have two grown children.

Released by the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs May 1998.

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