Amb. (ret.) Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. (Emeritus)

Ambassador Wilcox, the recently retired President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, served for 31 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.

He held positions in U.S. diplomatic missions abroad in Laos, Indonesia, Bangladesh and as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Jerusalem.  Before joining the Foreign Service, Wilcox taught schooling Sierra Leone, West Africa, and practiced law.

His assignments in Washington at the Department of State included Director for Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research, and Ambassador-at-large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Wilcox spent almost half of his career working on the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East, especially the current Israeli-Palestinian struggle.

Wilcox was born in Denver, Colorado, and attended Williams College (BA) and Stanford University, LLB.  He and his wife Cynda live in Bethesda, Maryland and have two children. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Chairman of the Board of American Friends of UNRWA, and a board member of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Washington Institute for Foreign Affairs, International Student House, Washington, DC, and a Member Emeritus of Churches for Middle East Peace.