The Info List - Matthew Barzun

Matthew Winthrop Barzun (born October 23, 1970) is a former United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom.[1] He is a business executive who is known for his work with CNET Networks
CNET Networks
and for his volunteer work on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.[2][3] He served as U.S. Ambassador to Sweden
from 2009 to 2011. He was selected by President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
as National Finance Chair for the president's 2012 re-election campaign.[4]


1 Education 2 2008 Obama campaign 3 Diplomacy 4 Personal life 5 Board memberships 6 References 7 External links

Education[edit] Barzun was born in New York City. He grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and received his A.B. in history and literature magna cum laude from Harvard College
Harvard College
in 1993. In his testimony to the Senate during his confirmation vetting, Barzun noted that he had served as a summer intern to Massachusetts Senator John Kerry
John Kerry
in 1989. Prior to attending university, he was a student at St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire. After graduating from Harvard College, he began working with CNET Networks.[5][6][7] 2008 Obama campaign[edit] Barzun's small-dollar fundraisers were supporter-driven via online event pages, and replicated throughout the country.[citation needed] In The Audacity to Win, author and political strategist David Plouffe describes Matthew Barzun's grassroots campaign idea as "citizen fundraisers" that drove Obama's connection with supporters.[8] Diplomacy[edit] The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, chaired by Senator John Kerry, approved Barzun's nomination as Ambassador to Sweden
during the week of August 3, 2009, and the nomination was confirmed on August 7. Barzun was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden
on August 12, 2009, and presented his credentials to King Carl XVI Gustaf on August 21, 2009.[9] Barzun prioritized outreach and personal engagement, launching the U.S. Embassy Road Show that brings embassy personnel, resources, and exhibits out of Stockholm to smaller cities and towns.[10] In partnership with the Swedish government, he also created the Swedish American Green Alliance where Swedes and Americans share news and ideas toward a clean energy future.[11] President Obama nominated Barzun to be the United States
United States
Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 2013.[12][13] The Senate confirmed him by unanimous consent on August 1, 2013. He presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth II
on November 27, 2013.[14] Barzun set up the Young Leaders UK (YLUK) programme whilst in office, which allowed him to communicate and speak with young people from across the United Kingdom. YLUK met with President Obama during his visit to the UK in 2016.[15] Barzun was selected by the U.S. Department of State as the winner of the 2016 Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service for "his passion and commitment during his tenure in London by promoting American values and ideals, and his dedication to developing the next generation of career Foreign Service Officers."[16] In January 2017, Barzun announced that he was to leave as Ambassador before Donald Trump
Donald Trump
took office. Barzun left the UK on 18 January 2017, moving back to Kentucky. The then Deputy Chief of Mission, Lewis Lukens, then succeeded Barzun as Chargé d'affaires
Chargé d'affaires
pending the appointment of a new ambassador.[1][17] Upon his return to the United States, he received the Marshall Medal from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission created by the British Parliament for his dedication to strengthening U.S. and British relations.[18] Personal life[edit] Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
is a descendant of Lucretia Mott,[19] a proponent of women's rights, and John Winthrop, founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the city of Boston.[20] His grandfather was the renowned French-born American cultural historian and former Columbia University professor, Jacques Barzun. He is the second of four children. His younger sister is film producer Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Emmy and Golden Globe winner for her work producing Grey Gardens for HBO. His younger brother, Charles Barzun, is a tenured professor of law at the University of Virginia. His eldest sister, Mariana Barzun Mensch, is director of parent giving and assistant campaign director at Vassar College. He has stated that his favourite band is The National,[21] and that he has a dislike for the traditional British meal of lamb and potatoes, which was served to him 180 times in his first year as ambassador to the United Kingdom.[22] Barzun is married (since 1999) to Brooke Brown Barzun, heiress of the Brown-Forman Corporation
Brown-Forman Corporation
distilling empire, which includes the brands Jack Daniel's
Jack Daniel's
and Woodford Reserve. They live in Louisville, Kentucky, Brooke's hometown.[20] They have three children. Board memberships[edit]

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^ a b "Biography of Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-18.  ^ Gerth, Joseph "Innovator aided march to presidency" Louisville Courier-Journal December 28, 2008 ^ "How Obama did it". TIME. 2008-06-05. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ Johnson, Glen (2011-04-29). "Mass. native to oversee Obama's fund-raising effort - Political Intelligence - A national political and campaign blog from The Boston
Globe". Boston.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ Bewig, Matt (27 October 2013). "Ambassador to the United Kingdom: Who Is Matthew Barzun?". AllGov. Retrieved 7 June 2017.  ^ "Ambassador Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
'88 is Form of 2017 Baccalaureate speaker". St Paul's School. Retrieved 7 June 2017.  ^ "Matthew W. Barzun". US Department of State. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017.  ^ Plouffe, David (2009). The Audacity to Win. New York: Viking Adult. ISBN 978-0-670-02133-8.  ^ [1] Archived August 4, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Carlbom, Mats. "En pannkaksvändare på Sverigeturné". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 20 October 2014.  ^ Swedish American Green Alliance blog http://sagastory.blogspot.com ^ "Matthew Barzun, Obama Fundraiser, Tapped As Ambassador To Britain". Huffington Post. July 9, 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.  ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 10 July 2013.  ^ "Biography of Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom. Retrieved 2016-06-22.  ^ "Young Leaders UK (YLUK)". U.S. Embassy & Consulates in the United Kingdom. 2015-06-16. Retrieved 2016-06-22.  ^ Hahn, Michael (January 2017). "Extraordinary performances hailed and honored" (PDF). State Magazine.  ^ Sands, Sarah (18 January 2016). "US Ambassador Matthew Barzun: I'd love Michelle Obama to be the next President". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 January 2017.  ^ "Former US ambassador, Louisville resident honored at Harvard". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved 2017-06-13.  ^ "Dagens Nyheter chat with public as newly appointed Ambassador to Sweden". Dn.se. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2012-04-13.  ^ a b "New U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun
Matthew Barzun
Arrives". 23 August 2013. Archived from the original on 19 November 2013. Retrieved 20 November 2013.  ^ "Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude". 13 July 2014.  ^ "Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?". BBC News. September 2, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 

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Preceded by Michael Wood United States
United States
Ambassador to Sweden 2009–2011 Succeeded by Mark Brzezinski

Preceded by Louis Susman United States
United States
Ambassador to the United Kingdom 2013–2017 Succeeded by Lewis Lukens Acting

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