J. Reuben Clark Law Society

U.S. Ambassador Stephen Beecroft receives high honor for diplomatic work in Jordan

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State

L-R: William Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor give Ambassador Stephen Beecroft the Diplomacy for Human Rights Award on April 21 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stephen Beecroft (UC Berkeley Law ‘88) received the Diplomacy for Human Rights Award from the U.S. Department of State on April 21 in Washington D.C. The award recognizes his “extraordinary commitment to defending human rights and advancing democratic principles of government.”
According to an article in the LDS Church News, Ambassador Beecroft stated his humility and gratitude for receiving such a prestigious award.
"I have many colleagues who are very deserving, so I feel it's an honor to be recognized," Beecroft said. "The award also implicitly recognizes my colleagues at the embassy, those at the State Department who support us, and the officials in the Jordanian government who we work with."
Beecroft graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 and the University of California at Berkeley Law School in 1988. He practiced law in San Francisco for several years before joining the Foreign Service in 1994. His previous positions included serving as Executive Assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
Condoleezza Rice swore in Beecroft as U.S. Ambassador to Jordan in 2008. Before 2008, he served in the Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Executive Secretariat and overseas at the U.S. embassies in Riyadh and Damascus. He also received the Department of State’s Meritorious, Superior and Distinguished Honor Awards.
Beecroft currently lives in Amman, Jordan with his wife, Anne, and is the father of four children.
Anne Beecroft received her J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1985 and has been instrumental for the development of the Amman, Jordan Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
For more information about U.S. Ambassador Beecroft’s honors and achievements, please read the article in the LDS Church News at: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/60828/Ambassador-Stephen-Beecroft-receives-human-rights-award.html.
                                                                                                                                                 - Emily Borders

Posted: 2011-05-16