AMBASSADOR DAVID A. BALTON

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries

U.S. Department of State

 

 

Bio

David A. Balton is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.  In March 2005, with the confirmation of the U.S. Senate, Mr. Balton attained the rank of Ambassador during his tenure.

Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues.  He also oversees U.S. foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctica.

He has functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements in the field of oceans and fisheries and has chaired numerous international meetings.  In 2009-10, he co-chaired an Arctic Council Task Force in negotiations on the Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic.

Ambassador Balton previously served for 6 years as Director of the Office of Marine Conservation in the Department of State and for 12 years in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.

Ambassador Balton received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1981 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.  He has also appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (juggling oranges).

David A. Balton is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.  In March 2005, with the confirmation of the U.S. Senate, Mr. Balton attained the rank of Ambassador during his tenure.

Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues.  He also oversees U.S. foreign policy relating to the Arctic and Antarctica.

He has functioned as the lead U.S. negotiator on a wide range of agreements in the field of oceans and fisheries and has chaired numerous international meetings.  In 2009-10, he co-chaired an Arctic Council Task Force in negotiations on the Agreement on Cooperation on Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue in the Arctic.

Ambassador Balton previously served for 6 years as Director of the Office of Marine Conservation in the Department of State and for 12 years in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.

Ambassador Balton received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1981 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.  He has also appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (juggling oranges).