Ambassador (retired) Thomas J. Miller joins Independent Diplomat

NEW YORK- Independent Diplomat (ID) is pleased to announce that Ambassador (retired) Thomas J. Miller has joined the staff as Director of its Washington, DC office. Independent Diplomat is a non-profit organization that equips governments and political groups, who might otherwise be marginalized, to participate effectively in international decision-making, with sufficient diplomatic skills, expertise and resources. ID aims to provide advice and assistance of a quality equivalent to the world's best diplomatic services to those who need it most - the legitimate representatives of peoples at risk of conflict. "I look forward to joining ID as I have long felt it important to assist those players who need a more level playing field, and no organization does it better than ID," stated Tom.

Tom has over 29 years of experience as a career diplomat in the US Foreign Service. He has worked on policy issues in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. His career includes ambassadorships to Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Special Cyprus Coordinator at the rank of Ambassador. Tom retired from the Foreign Service in 2004 after receiving numerous awards.

Before joining ID, Tom was CEO and president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America where he led the organization through a major reorganization of its business model and policy focus. Previously, Tom served as the chief executive of Plan International, a $700 million a year non-profit, coordinating and managing the agency's operations to improve children's lives in 49 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Carne Ross, ID's Executive Director, added, "We are delighted that a diplomat of Tom's experience, seniority and reputation is joining the ID team. I am sure Tom will add significantly to our - and thus our clients' - understanding of the complex and shifting US foreign policy machine, as well as the global diplomatic system."

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