Doug Bereuter became the president of The Asia Foundation on September 1, 2004, immediately upon his resignation from U.S. Congress after twenty-six years of service. During his congressional career, he was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee. He served as Vice Chairman for six years, and chaired the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee for six years. He was a ranking minority member of the Human Rights Subcommittee for six years. He chaired the Europe Subcommittee immediately before his departure.
He also served on the House Financial Services Committee for twenty-three years, and chaired or served as ranking minority member of the Subcommittee on International Institutions, which has oversight jurisdiction for American participation in the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, other regional development banks, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the IMF.
Mr. Bereuter served nearly ten years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, retiring as its Vice Chairman. He was also the founding Co-Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Chair of the Speaker’s Task Force to Monitor and Report on the Transition of Hong Kong, and Chair of the House Delegation to the 40-country NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Among notable legislative achievements in international affairs, Mr. Bereuter was co-author of the Bereuter-Levin Amendment, which made possible the passage of the act granting Permanent Normal Trading Relations for China.
Mr. Bereuter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska, and holds Masters degrees from Harvard University in both city planning and public administration.