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Evans Revere is President and CEO of The Korea Society, the leading private, non-profit organization in the United States devoted to strengthening America’s relations with Korea and increasing understanding between Americans and the people of both parts of the Korean Peninsula. He came to The Korea Society in January 2007 after a 35-year career of government service, most of that as an American diplomat and one of the Department of State’s top Asia experts. In addition to his Korea-related work, Mr. Revere remains actively involved in U.S. relations with Japan, the PRC, and Taiwan.
Prior to coming to The Korea Society, Mr. Revere was the Department of State’s Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. At CFR, he served as the first Project Director for the Council’s task force on U.S. policy towards China and helped launch a study on Asia-Pacific regional security architecture.
During his State Department career, Mr. Revere served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2004-2005), managing U.S. relations with the Asia-Pacific region and leading an organization of 950 American diplomats and some 2,500 Foreign Service National employees. He was a leading player in the U.S. government’s response to the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia on December 24, 2004. He was Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul (2000-2003). Mr. Revere was the State Department’s Director for Korean Peninsula Affairs (1998-2000), where he managed day-to-day U.S. relations with the two Koreas, served as the U.S. government’s primary liaison with the North Korean government, and logged hundreds of hours as the deputy of the U.S. team negotiating with the DPRK.
As Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs (2003-2004), Mr. Revere was the State Department’s primary negotiator with both Japan and the Republic of Korea on U.S. military base-related issues. His diplomatic service included assignments in Taiwan, the PRC, Japan, and New Zealand, as well as service as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Mr. Revere received numerous awards during his career, including winning the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award three times.
Mr. Revere served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969 to 1973. He speaks Korean, Chinese, and Japanese and was graduated with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.