Since 1992, former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ussery has led major investments, business development and humanitarian projects in East Europe, the Mid-East, Asia and the Caribbean. Ussery is a Founder of numerous companies and non-profit organizations operating internationally, and he has been a strategic advisor to leading corporations. In the 1990s he was a political-business adviser to the Trump Company. Today, Ussery is Chairman of Mongolia Holdings, a U.S. public stock company, and he is Vice Chairman of Kima Communications and its subsidiary, Coast to Coast Communications. Ussery also is on the Board of Directors of Safi Apparel, a U.S. Military contractor in Afghanistan. Since 2009 Michael Ussery has been Chairman of the Advisory Board of the CalErin Group, a UK development firm and investment advisory services in East Europe and the Balkans. Other companies he advises include San Leon Energy, World Perspective, Statpoint Technologies, Patriot Group Security, Pax Mondial Security, and the Nazarene Fund (refugees). He holds a current U.S. Government security clearance for his work on Navy Seal Training Exercises and State Department Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Narcotics. Michael Ussery has served previously on the boards of Terocelo, D’Sal Inc., Safe Security and Dignity Products, and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Romania Moldova Direct Fund (RMDF) that he co-founded and led the highly successful turnaround of Rompetrol and several other companies. From 2000 through 2014 Ussery was a Global Adviser to General Dynamics. He was appointed by the Governor of Virginia as Commissioner of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority 2001 – 2007. In international education, Michael Ussery is Chairman and President of the Council for American Universities Abroad (CAUA), planning and organizing American universities overseas. CAUA planned the American University of Mongolia and universities for Romania, Jordan and Albania. Previously, Ussery was Chairman and President 2002 – 2006 of the Coordinating Council for International Universities that planned the American University of Afghanistan and provided education advisory services to the government of Japan.
Ambassador Ussery was a spokesman for the U.S. Committee on Refugees & Immigration 2008 – 2010 for a campaign to end the global practice of “warehousing” refugees. He was the pro bono American Opening Speaker 2010 at the prestigious annual “Beijing Forum” on sustainable international development. Michael Ussery was appointed by President Reagan on December 22, 1988 to be U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, at that time the youngest U.S. Ambassador. He was re-appointed by President Bush and confirmed unanimously 98 – 0 by the U.S. Senate, serving at post until January 1992, leading an embassy of 800 personnel and 10 federal agencies based in four cities. Ussery served as a political appointee at U.S. Department of State 1981 – 1992, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Near East and South Asia Bureau; Chairman of the twelve-agency Libya Task Force during the U.S.-Libya confrontation, White House Liaison for the Department, and Director for Congress and the Media in the International Organizations Bureau. In 1988 he left State to serve as Senior Adviser to Campaign Manager Lee Atwater in the Bush – Quayle Campaign, returning to State late 1988 to serve as Ambassador. In the fall of 2000 he was a volunteer Field Manager in Arkansas for the Bush – Cheney Campaign. Ussery began his career in political management in Georgia and South Carolina, and he came to Washington as Chief of Staff to U.S. Congressman Carroll Campbell. He is a graduate of Newberry College, where he has been honored as Commencement Speaker.