McKean, David - Luxembourg - October 2015



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Luxembourg


David McKean currently serves as the Department’s Director of Policy Planning, a position he has held since 2013. A distinguished strategic policy advisor, scholar, and former Senior Advisor to Secretary Clinton for the implementation of the Department’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), he holds broad expertise in U.S. diplomatic and development efforts abroad and the alignment of policies, missions, and operations to improve institutional effectiveness, background that would serve him well as Ambassador to Luxembourg.

Before joining the U.S. Department of State in 2012 as a Senior Advisor for the QDDR, Mr. McKean was a public policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2011-2012). He previously worked as CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in Boston (2010-2011), Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (2009-2010), and Chief of Staff to Senator John F. Kerry (1999-2008). Mr. McKean also served as Minority Staff Director, U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (1997-1998), Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Investigation (1997), and Special Counsel, Commodities Futures Trading Commission (1995-1997). Prior to that, he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy (1994-1995) and Legislative Assistant, U.S. Senator John F. Kerry (1987-1992). Mr. McKean taught at the Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland (1981-1982). He currently serves as a Board Member for the Foundation for the National Archives (2006-present).

McKean is the author of three books on American political history and received a Distinguished Honor Award from the Department of State in 2012. He graduated magna cum laude and earned a B.A. from Harvard College in 1980, a J.D. from Duke Law School in 1986, and a M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts, in 1986. He speaks French.