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Ambassador Michael Ussery is an international business developer, working extensively in East Europe and the Mid-East. Previously he was U.S. Ambassador to Morocco during Presidents Reagan and Bush.
Overall, he has 11 years of experience at the U.S. State Department as a political appointee of both Presidents. His roles included serving as a Director of Congressional and Press relations, White House Liaison, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia, and Chairman of the 12 agency Libya Task Force. In government he held senior positions during the Libya conflict, Gulf War, Afghan War, Cold War and Mid-East peace process. Prior to State Department, he graduated from Newberry College and began his Washington career 1979 – 81 as Chief of Staff to Congressman Carroll Campbell.
During the past decade, he was worked with more than sixty (60) companies and organizations, including numerous Fortune 500 and top international corporations, on public affairs and / or international business development, including organizing major investments in East Europe. Further, he has experience working in 35 countries during his government and business career.
Ambassador Ussery is a veteran of seven presidential and congressional campaigns. During the 1988 Bush – Qualyle Campaign, he resigned from the State Department to be Deputy to Campaign Manager Lee Atwater and work closely with current President George W. Bush. Following the 1988 campaign he was named Ambassador to Morocco. For the 2000 Bush – Cheney Campaign he was a fund raising Vice Chairman, advisor on international policies, and Arkansas field manager.
Michael Ussery serves on the Board of Directors of D’SAL, Inc. (patented desalination) and is a founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Romania Moldova Direct Fund. He is an advisor to General Dynamics, Murex Investments, Advantiv, State of Georgia Department of Industry, Washington Times, Erkiletian Construction and several other U.S. companies.
Non-profit boards include the United Seaman’s Service (maritime), the Tangier Legation Museum (oldest overseas U.S. property), and the Lee Atwater Foundation (college scholarships to needy students). Ussery also is President of the Coordinating Council for International Universities.