Everett Ellis (Ted) Briggs retired from the Foreign Service in September, 1993, following a 37-year government career. Between 1982 and 1993, Mr. Briggs was U.S. ambassador to Panama, Honduras, and Portugal. During 1989 he also held the position of special assistant to the President for national security affairs and senior director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Security Council. Mr. Briggs served as deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs (1981-82) and as director for Mexican affairs (1979-81). He was deputy chief of mission in Bogota (1978-79) and in Asuncion (1974-78). Other earlier assignments included La Paz, Berlin, Lisbon and Luanda, with several tours of duty in Washington, D.C.
Ambassador Briggs was president of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas for five years, retiring in December, 1998. As chief executive officer of these two associated organizations, Mr. Briggs directed the public policy and cultural activities of the Society, and the business programs and advocacy work of the Council conducted on behalf of some 250 member corporations with interests in the Western Hemisphere.
Ambassador Briggs’ post-retirement activities have included serving as a director of Southern Peru Copper Corporation and on the boards of the U.S.-Panama Business Council, the U.S.-Cuba Business Council, the Center for a Free Cuba, and the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the U.S. He was a member of the Southern Cone High-Level Working Group of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and of the Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales. Professional organizations of which Mr. Briggs has been or currently is a member include the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Diplomacy, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired. He has twice been president of, and taught courses on international affairs at, the Taconic Learning Center, a lifelong learning institute serving the Northwest Corner of Connecticut; has held elective office as a member of two Norfolk, Connecticut town commissions; and serves or has served on the boards of non-profit organizations in his home area, including the Norfolk Land Trust, the Norfolk Library, and the Coalition for Sound Growth.
Born in Cuba in 1934, Mr. Briggs holds degrees from Dartmouth College and George Washington University. Among his awards are the Presidential Merit Service Award (1986), the Order of Francisco Morazán (Honduras), the Reginald T. Townsend Award of the New England Society in the City of New York, the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero (Panama), and the Order of El Sol (Peru).
He and his wife Sally are residents of Norfolk, Connecticut. They have five grown children and five grandchildren.