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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 9, 1997
                      TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF          

President Clinton today announced his intention to nominate Jeffrey Davidow of Arlington, Virginia, to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation.

Ambassador Davidow will concurrently serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. He previously served as the United States Ambassador to Venezuela from 1993 to 1996. He entered the Foreign Service in 1969 and has served as Ambassador to Zambia and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Prior to these appointments, he had been posted at U.S. embassies in Guatemala, Chile, Venezuela, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He also served as a desk officer and office director in the Department of State.

Ambassador Davidow was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Brookline. He earned a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1965 and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1967. He also attended Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. Ambassador Davidow is married to the former Joan Labuzoski of Quincy, Massachusetts, and they have two daughters, Gwen and Audrey.

The Inter-American Foundation is an independent agency established in 1969 to cooperate with private, regional, and international organizations in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and understanding among the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.