AFoCR President and Director Thomas A. Dine has had a 49-year career in foreign affairs and the politics of U.S. foreign policy.
A participant on five non-profit boards, he currently serves as President of the American Friends of the Czech Republic, Vice Chair of Freedom House, President of the California House Condominium Association, and board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Artists for Human Rights.
Mr. Dine directs a Track II diplomacy effort between the United States and Syria, under the auspices of the conflict resolution NGO, Search for Common Cause, in Washington DC. He has visited Damascus nine times in the last three years, most recently after the street violence began in late March 2011. He is also a senior adviser to America's Arab language channels Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa.
Mr. Dine commenced his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines (1962-64), and went overseas again to serve as personal assistant to Ambassador Chester Bowles at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India (1967-69). Afterwards, he worked on foreign policy legislation in the U.S. Senate for a decade , Legislative Assistant for Foreign Policy to Senator Frank Church (1970-74), Senior National Security Director for the Senate Budget Committee (1975-1979), and Defense/Foreign Policy Adviser to Senator Ted Kennedy (1979-80).
He subsequently served in executive positions for 13 years as Executive Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (1980-1993), Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (1993-97), President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic (1997-2005), and CEO of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation (2005-2007).
He holds a BA degree from Colgate University, an MA in South Asian history from UCLA, and an MLA from Johns Hopkins University. He is married to Joan Corbett and they have two daughters and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way.