Arthur E. "Gene" Dewey | USAIM

Arthur E. "Gene" Dewey

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Gene Dewey’s public and private career background cuts across several practitioner disciplines: military, diplomatic, nongovernmental organizations, and the United Nations.

In January 2002, President Bush appointed Dewey to the post of Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. He retired in July 2005 after 43 years of public service. In December 2006, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice named Dewey as the U.S. representative on the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons, 2006-2008, dealing with human rights violations in Sri Lanka.

From 1996-2001, Dewey was a consultant with Booz-Allen and Hamilton in civil-military training simulations with the military combatant commands in Latin America, Europe, and Asia - bringing realistic political and humanitarian dimensions into post-Cold War military training exercises. He served two years as Professor in Residence at the U.S. Army Peacekeeping Institute at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was the founding director of the NGO, the Congressional Hunger Center. Following collapse of the Soviet Union, Dewey was named director of the Office of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to the former Soviet Union. During the “Refugee Decade” of the Eighties, he served for five years under President Reagan in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau for Refugee Programs. Subsequently, he was named a United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and served four years in Geneva as UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees.

Gene Dewey is married to the former Priscilla Parce from Utica and Syracuse, New York. Gene Dewey lives in Washington, DC, while continuing to maintain the farm near Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where he was born and raised. Their daughter, Elisabeth Parce Ainsworth, her husband Antony Ainsworth, and daughter Charlotte reside in New York City.