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David Balton

U.S. Department of State

David Balton is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science.  In March 2005, following confirmation by the Senate, Mr. Balton attained the rank of Ambassador during his tenure.  Ambassador Balton is responsible for coordinating the development of U.S. foreign policy concerning oceans and fisheries, and overseeing U.S. participation in international organizations dealing with these issues.  His portfolio also includes responsibility for overseeing the Department of State’s work on Arctic and Antarctic affairs.  He has also appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (juggling oranges).    

Ambassador Balton received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1981 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985.


David participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: