Alumni Stories

The Hon. Timothy A. Chorba (C’68)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Timothy A. Chorba

In 1964, Chorba began his studies at Georgetown alongside classmate Bill Clinton (F’68). He was inspired by the Jesuit cultivation of a “love of learning.” He remembers professor William J. O’Brien and his class on international law. During his senior year, Chorba applied for a Fulbright grant to study in Germany. In 1977, after graduating from Harvard Law School, he joined the Patton Boggs law firm, where he is a member of the public policy and business law practice groups. He helps domestic and international enterprises attain their business objectives in their work with the U.S. government and foreign governments. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him ambassador to Singapore, where he served until 1997.

While serving as ambassador, Chorba assisted U.S. multinational corporations with interests in Southeast Asia and worked to enhance a bilateral military relationship. He promoted the export of American goods and services and advanced U.S. political and economic interests. He successfully advocated for the Singaporean purchase of American aircraft and light rail vehicles. Chorba was instrumental in initiating the U.S.-Singapore Open Skies Agreement, which he signed on behalf of the United States.

Additional Resources

Council of American Ambassadors
http://www.americanambassadors.org

Patton Boggs LLP
http://www.pattonboggs.com/

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