David L. Aaron
Ambassador David L. Aaron
"In addition to serving as a special envoy for cryptography, Ambassador David L. Aaron is the United States Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD is a group of 29 of the most advanced industrialized countries, and is dedicated to fostering economic growth by a more open global economy. In this connection, OECD is developing guidelines for cryptography in international communications and commerce.
"Ambassador Aaron has served in both the government and the private sector. A graduate of Occidental College and Princeton University, he entered the Foreign Service in 1962, where he had a variety of posts including NATO and the strategic arms limitations talks. After leaving the Foreign Service, he continued in government in several positions, including Legislative Assistant to Senator Walter E. Mondale and Deputy National Security to President Jimmy Carter. In the latter capacity he served as a confidential Presidential emmissary to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. He was awarded the National Defense Medal in 1981.
"Upon leaving government, Mr. Aaron became Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions at Oppenheimer and Company, a member of the board of Oppenheimer International, and subsequently a member of the board of Oppenheimer's Quest for Value Dual Purpose Fund.
"Mr. Aaron has also been a Senior Fellow at the Twentieth Century Fund, served on the boards of the National Democratic Institute, and the International League for Human Rights, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of three novels which have been translated and published in ten languages.
- Advisory Council, American Ditchley Foundation
- Coordinating Committee, The Century Foundation Homeland Security Project