NIAFjpgHonorable David H. Thorne, senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State,  wasthe keynote speaker at the NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Luncheon Series. Ambassador Thorne discussed  U.S. trade policy in the context of the State Department’s initiative to make economic affairs a central part of U.S. foreign policy. The private event was attended by U.S. Members of Congress, administration and government officials, business and community leaders, media and other notables.

President John M. Viola, and the Foundation’s leadership, was joined by the co-chairmen of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) of the 113th U.S. Congress, Representative Pat Tiberi (OH) and Representative Bill Pascrell (N.J.), as well as Representatives David Ciciline (RI) and John Mica (FL).


Ambassador Thorne was named Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State in August 2013. Additionally, Secretary John Kerry has asked Ambassador Thorne to lead a department-wide effort to position economic and commercial issues more prominently within the U.S. foreign policy landscape. Ambassador Thorne is also working to elevate the importance of entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the State Department’s promotion of global prosperity. Most recently, he served from 2009-2013 as the U.S. Ambassador to Italy.


Prior to his service with the Department of State, Thorne co-founded Adviser Investments, one of the most highly regarded investment advisory firms specializing in Vanguard and Fidelity mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. He also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy including a tour in Vietnam from 1966-1970, and is author of “The New Soldier” (Macmillan; 1971).  Thorne graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a B.A. in American History and received a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 1971.

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