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American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Transition

March 2, 2023


American Institute in Taiwan Chairperson Transition


The Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) announces the retirement of Ambassador James F. Moriarty as Chair of the Board of AIT effective March 20, 2023. AIT is a non-profit corporation established pursuant to the Taiwan Relations Act to manage the U.S. unofficial relationship with Taiwan.


Ambassador Moriarty has served with distinction from 2016 to 2023 and we thank him for his service and recognize the important expansion of the United States’ unofficial relationship with Taiwan during his tenure. As Chair, Ambassador Moriarty worked to deepen AIT’s collaboration with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and engaged with Taiwan authorities to advance economic, security, and trade issues, as well as educational ties between the United States and Taiwan.


Upon the retirement of Ambassador Moriarty, the Secretary of State has recommended that the board appoint Laura Rosenberger as the next Chair, after departing from her current position. As AIT Chair, Ms. Rosenberger will participate in policy-level discussions on Taiwan and represent the Administration in visits to Taiwan and in meetings with Taiwan representatives in the United States.


Ms. Rosenberger will bring to AIT nearly two decades of deep, high-level experience on the Indo-Pacific, including on Taiwan, China, cross-Strait, and broader national security issues. Ms. Rosenberger has worked on these issues at senior levels in the U.S. government, where she was most recently Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for China and Taiwan on the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House. She previously served in a range of positions at the State Department and the NSC, including Chief of Staff to then-Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and as Senior Advisor to then-Deputy National Security Advisor Blinken, NSC Director for China and Korea, Bilateral Political Unit Chief on the State Department’s China Desk, Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns on the Asia-Pacific, and Foreign Affairs Officer in the State Department’s Office of Korean Affairs. Ms. Rosenberger also served as Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and Senior Fellow at The German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States, where she focused on authoritarian threats to democracies.