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Julia Chang Bloch


Photo A native of China, Ms. Bloch came to the United States at age nine and grew up in San Francisco. Since 1981 Ms. Bloch has served in several capacities for the Agency for International Development, including Assistant Administrator for the Asia and Near East Bureau, since 1987; Assistant Administrator for the Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance Bureau, 1981 - 1987; and Special Assistant to the Administrator, 1981. Prior to this she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, 1980 - 1981. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Office of African Affairs for the International Communication Agency, 1977 - 1980; and chief minority counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, 1976 - 1977. Ms. Bloch served as a staff member for the minority staff of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, 1971 - 1976. She served in various capacities with the Peace Corps, including evaluation officer, 1968 - 1970; training officer for the East Asia and Pacific Region, 1967 - 1968; and a volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia, 1964 - 1966. Ms. Bloch was awarded the Woman of the Year Award from the Organization of Chinese American Women, 1987; the Leader for Peace Award from the Peace Corps, 1987; and the Humanitarian Service Award from the Agency for International Development, 1987. From 1996 to 1998, Ms. Bloch was President and CEO of the United States-Japan Foundation ? a private grant-making institution. From 1993 to 1996, she was Group Executive Vice President at Bank of America, where she created and headed the Corporate Relations Department.Ms. Bloch has had an extensive career in international affairs. She began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia in 1964 ? and was the first Asian American to hold the rank of U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal, in 1989. Ms. Bloch graduated from the University of California (B.A., 1964) and Harvard University (M.A., 1967). She was born March 2, 1942, in Chefoo, China. She is married and resides in Washington, DC. She was also awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Northeastern University in 1986. Julia Chang Bloch is the President of the U.S.-China Education Trust, a program devoted to promoting American Studies in China. She is also the Ambassador-in-Residence at the University of Maryland-College Park Institute for Global Chinese Affairs ? and the Starr Senior Fellow for U.S.-China Relations at Peking University in Beijing and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

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