Eric J. Boswell is currently a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State.
He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security from 1996 to 1998, and again from 2008 to 2012, under three presidents. During that time, he led a powerful global force of 34,000 special agents, engineers, couriers, security specialists and other professionals who make up the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State.
He served concurrently in a second presidential appointment as the Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, during which time he led the team that managed reciprocity and immunity issues for foreign diplomats in the United States.
Ambassador Boswell served from 2005 until 2008 as Assistant Deputy Director for Security in the newly established Office of the Director of National Intelligence, responsible for the development of security policies and standards across the intelligence community.
Ambassador Boswell has held senior management and security positions in the U.S. Department of State and the United Nations system. He was director of administration for the Pan American Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, from 1998 to 2005. In 2004, he was Senior Advisor for Security Change Management at the United Nations headquarters in New York, during which time he designed the current security structure for the United Nations system.
Ambassador Boswell's international experience with the U.S. Foreign Service included postings in the Middle East, Canada and Africa. He received a Distinguished Service Award from President George H. W. Bush for his work during the Gulf War, and is also a recipient of the U.S. Department of State's highest award, the Distinguished Honor Award.
Ambassador Boswell is a graduate of Stanford University, and served in the U.S. Army. He speaks French fluently.