Bachelor, University Maryland, College Park, 1976. Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, 1978.
Joined Foreign Service, United States Department State, 1980, overseas assignments in Jeddah, Tunis, Beirut, Damacus, then director executive secretariat staff, 1990—1993, director Near Eastern & South Asian affairs, National Security Council, 1993-1996, director Office Israel & Arab-Israeli Affairs, 1996—1998, United States ambassador to Lebanon Beirut, 1998—2001, deputy assistant secretary, Bureau Near Eastern Affairs, 2001—2004, principal deputy assistant secretary, 2004—2005, deputy chief of mission, United States Embassy Baghdad, 2005—2006, senior advisory to secretary of state, senior coordinator for Iraq, 2006—2009, retired, 2009. Director general Multinational Force & Observers (MFO), Rome, since 2009.
Married Martha Anne Satterfield. Children: Alexander Michael, Victoria Maria.