During a career of 39 years as a Foreign Service Officer, Bill Harrop served as United States Ambassador to Guinea, Kenya, Seychelles, Zaire and Israel. He was Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning and Coordination Staff and Deputy Chief of Mission to Australia. He also served as a Commercial and Economic Officer in Italy and Belgium.
He was elected Chairman of the American Foreign Service Association and holds the State Department Distinguished Honor Award and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. He received the 2001 Foreign Service Cup.
He retired in 1993 and is now associated with a private foundation. He is a director of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service, American Diplomacy Publishers and the Humane Society of Washington DC and is a member of the Foreign Affairs Council. He chairs the Diplomacy Center Foundation, an organization that is building, in partnership with the State Department, the United States Diplomacy Center, the nation’s first museum of American diplomacy. He served eight years as president of the Spring Valley-Wesley Heights Citizens Association in the District of Columbia. He was formerly chairman of PSI and a board member of the Henry L. Stimson Center and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. He is a member of the Advisory Council of J Street.
Harrop holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and did graduate work at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and, on a sabbatical assignment from the Foreign Service, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.