Alan Larson was sworn as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs in July 1996.
Prior to his appointment by President Clinton, Mr. Larson served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development. He served in that position for more than two years.
From 1990 Mr. Larson served as American Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
From 1987 until 1990, Mr. Larson was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs.
He served for one year, from 1986 to 1987, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Energy and Resources Policy.
From 1984-1986, Mr. Larson was the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Larson was Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica (1982-84), Deputy Director (1980-82) and International Economist (1978-1980) in the State Department's energy policy office, and economic officer in Amercian Embassies in Zaire (1975-77) and Sierra Leone (1973-75).
Mr. Larson has B.A., M.A., and Ph.D degrees from the University of Iowa. He has also attended Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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