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New U.S. ambassador arrives at Rome

David Lane
David Lane
David Lane, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations food agencies in Rome, arrived on Saturday to assume his post, the U.S. mission to the U.N. agencies announced Monday.

Lane was confirmed by the Senate on May 24 and sworn into office last Thursday. He succeeds Ertharin Cousin, who has become executive director of the U.N. World Food Program, one of the agencies to which Lane will be accredited. The others include the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and International Federation for Agricultural Development. He will present his credentials to FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva on August 6.

He previously served in the Obama administration as assistant to the president and counselor to the White House chief of staff. During the Clinton administration, he was chief of staff to the Commerce secretary and executive director of the National Economic Council.

More recently, Lane was president and CEO of the ONE Campaign, a global advocacy organization focused on extreme poverty, development, and reform. Before that, he was the director of foundation advocacy and the East Coast office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Lane also worked as a management consultant advising on strategic planning issues and previously served as vice chair of Transparency International USA. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A native of Florida, Lane earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and a master of public affairs degree from the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.