The Race to 2016: Governor Jon Huntsman on Foreign Policy Priorities

Join Young Professionals in Foreign Policy for the inaugural event of our 2016 campaign series, America in Transition: Tenets of the Next Foreign Policy Agenda.


YPFP will host Chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman on June 11 as he remarks on foreign policy and national security as the key hot-button issues in the race to the primaries.

This event will be moderated by Rachel Hoff and will include a question and answer session with Governor Huntsman. Reception to follow.

Contributor Bios:

Remarks by Governor Jon Huntsman

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. is chairman of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors.

He began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has served each of the four US presidents since then in critical roles around the world, including as ambassador to Singapore, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia, US trade ambassador, and most recently, US ambassador to China. In all three Senate confirmations, he received unanimous votes. Twice elected governor of Utah, Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America. Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region.

Huntsman ran for the Presidency in 2012 where he ultimately placed third in the New Hampshire primary before bowing out. He currently serves on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the US Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he serves as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute, a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of the Reagan Presidential Foundation, and chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Governor Huntsman has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as a distinguished lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Huntsman is the father of seven children, including two adopted daughters from China and India. His two sons are midshipmen at the US Naval Academy, where his oldest son was selected as a Naval aviator. Huntsman is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has eight honorary doctoral degrees.


Moderator Rachel Hoff

Rachel Hoff serves as Director of Defense Analysis for the American Action Forum. She previously worked at the Foreign Policy Initiative, the American Enterprise Institute, and on Capitol Hill for Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX). Rachel holds a master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tufts University. She has worked and volunteered for numerous Republican Party campaigns and organizations and represented Washington, DC as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.




June 11, 2015 at 6:15pm - 7:15pm
The Atlantic Council
1030 NW 15th St
12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Google map and directions
Courtney Barno ·