Baker Institute Director: Ambassador David M. Satterfield

The Honorable David M. Satterfield is the director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He has more than four decades of diplomatic and leadership experience, including service as special envoy for the Horn of Africa, assistant secretary of state, National Security Council staff director and as ambassador to Lebanon and Turkey and charge’ d’affaires in Iraq and Egypt.

Satterfield’s extensive bilateral and multinational negotiating background most notably includes the 1995 Roadmap for Israel-Palestinian Peace (with the United Nations), the 2000 withdrawal of the Israel Defense Forces from Lebanon and Blue Line boundary agreement (with the United Nations), and the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. As the State Department’s coordinator for Iraq, he managed the largest domestic staff in the department’s history and directed fundamental reforms to the Foreign Service.

As director general of the Multinational Force and Observers, Satterfield conceived and directed the comprehensive modernization of military and civilian peacekeeping operations and led fundraising efforts with the U.S. Congress and donor governments.

Among other honors, Satterfield is the recipient of the highest Department of State recognition, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Award, and the highest award for senior federal executives, the Office of Personnel Management Distinguished Federal Executive Rank Award.

Satterfield is a graduate of the University of Maryland and speaks Arabic, French and Italian. He is married to Elizabeth Ann Fritschle, a career Foreign Service officer.

“We are here because we believe that this institute, drawing on Rice University’s long tradition of public service and academic excellence, can help bring a fresh, informed and incisive voice to our national debate.”

Secretary James A. Baker, III
Honorary Chair

    1. The Honorable Linnet Deily
      Chair, Baker Institute Board of Advisors
      Former U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization
      Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
    2. L.E. Simmons
      Co-Chair, Baker Institute Board of Advisors
      Founder and President, SCF Partners
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      Former President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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      Chair, Rice University Board of Trustees
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      Founding Member, Quartz Energy Partners
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      Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
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      Retired Chair, Rice University Board of Trustees
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      Vice President Global Services, Amazon Web Services
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      Founder and Managing Partner, Williams Hart
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      Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuroscience, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
      Founding Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children’s Hospital

    Life Members

    1. His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Ph.D.
      Advisor, Amiri Diwan, Qatar
    2. The Honorable Hushang Ansary
      Chairman, Parman Capital Group
    3. E. William Barnett
      Retired Chair, Rice University Board of Trustees
      Retired Managing Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P.
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      Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Marathon Oil Corporation
    5. James W. Crownover
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      Retired Chair, Rice University Board of Trustees
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    10. Marc J. Shapiro
      Non-Executive Chairman, JP Morgan Chase & Co. — Texas Operations
    11. Wallace S. Wilson
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    Ex Officio Members

    The Honorable James A. Baker, III
    61st U.S. Secretary of State
    Honorary Chair, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy

    Reginald DesRoches
    President, Rice University

    The Honorable David M. Satterfield
    Director, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy
    Former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and Turkey

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