The first Director of National
Intelligence for the United States.
(Nominated on February 17, 2005,
confirmed on April 21, 2005)
Married (Diana) with five children.
(Note: John and Diana Negroponte
adopted all of their children from
Honduras), Brother: Nicholas
Negroponte, who is a co-founder and
director of Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's Media Lab.
Graduated from Yale University in
Entered U.S. diplomatic service in
1960. His first diplomatic assignment
was to the U.S. embassy in Saigon,
South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
From 1971 to 1973, he was the
officer-in-charge for Vietnam at the
National Security Council (NSC),
working under Henry Kissinger.
Negroponte eventually rose through the
ranks of the diplomatic corps to serve
as the Ambassador to Honduras from 1981
to 1985. He also served as the
Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans
and International Environmental and
Scientific Affairs from 1985 to 1987
and as the Deputy Assistant to the
President for National Security Affairs
from 1987 to 1989. In this position, he
worked with Colin Powell. Following
that assignment, Negroponte served as
the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1989
to 1993 and then as the Ambassador to
the Philippines from 1993 to
service in Honduras is controversial
due to the allegations that he had a
vital role in the U.S. effort to
overthrow the Marxist Sandinista
government Honduras' neighbor,
1997 to his nomination as U.S.
Ambassador to the UN, Negroponte was
the Executive Vice President for Global
Markets for the McGraw-Hill Companies.
Bush appointed Negroponte as the U.S.
Ambassador to the United Nations, a
position he held from 2001 to 2004,
when the president nominated him as the
first U.S. Ambassador to Iraq in the
April 19, 2004, President George W.
Bush nominated Negroponte to be the
U.S. Ambassador to the new Iraqi
government after the scheduled June 30,
2004 handover of sovereignty from the
Coalition Provisional Authority headed
Negroponte served as the U.S.
Ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to
March 2005. On February 17, 2005,
President Bush nominated Ambassador
Negroponte as the first Director of
National Intelligence. He held that
position until 2007, when he became
Deputy Secretary of State, which he
held until the end of President Bush's
term in 2009.
Negroponte's departure from government
service he has served on the Leadership
Council of Concordia,] a
nonpartisan, nonprofit based in New
York City focused on promoting
effective public-private collaboration
around the world.
2010, the activist website Wikileaks
released some of Negroponte's emails to
was one of 50 conservatives and
Republicans with experience in defense
and foreign policy, to sign a statement
concerning 2016 Republican presidential
candidate Donald Trump in which Trump
was called "reckless" and stated that
he would "put at risk our
country’s national security and
Belongs to the Council on Foreign
Relations and the American Academy of
Diplomacy. Past chairman of the
America's Priority at the U.N.: Taking on Terror --Article
by John Negroponte
English, Vietnamese, Greek, French,
Henry Kissinger, Colin