H. Douglas Barclay

H. Douglas Barclay was sworn in as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of El Salvador on November 12, 2003.

Prior to his ambassadorial appointment, Ambassador Barclay had served since 1961 as a partner for the upstate New York law firm of Barclay Damon, LLP, specializing in Banking and Administrative Law. He also served as a founding Director of KeyCorp, a bank holding company with assets over $85 billion that Mr. Barclay incorporated in 1971. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and has been a Director of a number of public corporations.

From 1965-1984, Ambassador Barclay served in various positions in the New York State Senate, including Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary, Chairman of the Select Task Force on Court Reorganization, and Chairman of the Senate Republican (Majority) Conference.

Ambassador Barclay served on the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University from 1979-2003 and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1992-1998. Additionally, he has served on the Boards of Trustees of the New York Racing Association and Clarkson University, and as Overseer of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, which is the public-policy research arm of the State University of New York. Ambassador Barclay is a former member of the panel of conciliators of the International Center of Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

A holder of several honorary degrees and numerous prestigious academic awards, Ambassador Barclay earned his Bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Syracuse University. He is married to Sara Barclay and they have five children. Ambassador Barclay is from Pulaski, New York.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

El Salvador, (2003 - 2006)

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