Donald F. McHenry is a Director of AT&T and is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and President of the IRC Group, an international consulting firm.
He served as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981. As chief United States representative to the United Nations, he also served as a member of President Carterís Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Ambassador McHenry was Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N. Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1963 and served eight years in various positions related to U.S. foreign policy. In 1966 he received the Departmentís Superior Honor Award. In 1971 he was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C. and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York.
In 1973, after leaving the State Department, he joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. as a project director in Humanitarian Policy Studies. In 1976 he served as a member of President Carterís transition staff at the State Department before joining the U.S. Mission to the U.N.
Ambassador McHenry is a Director of AT&T, the Coca-Cola Company, and the International Paper Company. He is Chairman of the Ford Foundation International Fellowships Fund, and Director of the Institute for International Education, Institute for International Economics, the American Ditchley Foundation, the American Assembly, and the U.S. Committee for United Nations Population Fund. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and he is an Editorial Board member of Foreign Policy Magazine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ambassador McHenry is a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of Fleet Boston Financial, Glaxo Smithkline, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Board of Trustees of the Ford Foundation, the Johnson Foundation, the National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mount Holyoke College, Mayo Foundation, and the World Peace Foundation. He is Trustee Emeritus of Columbia University and the MAYO Foundation, as well as Chairman Emeritus of Africare.