Chase Untermeyer

Chase Untermeyer has been an international business consultant since returning in 2007 from Qatar, where he served three years as United States Ambassador on appointment of President George W. Bush.

Ambassador Untermeyer is a member of the Texas Ethics Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the board of the Episcopal Health Foundation. In previous part-time public service, he has been member and chairman of the Board of Visitors of the US Naval Academy, a commissioner of the Port of Houston, president of the Houston READ Commission, a member of the board of National Public Radio, member of the Defense Health Board, and chairman of the State Board of Education, appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush.

Ambassador Untermeyer’s memoir of the opening years of the Reagan Administration, When Things Went Right, has been published by Texas A&M University Press. In early 2015, the Press will publish Inside Reagan’s Navy, the story of his service in the Pentagon during the 1980’s.

Ambassador Untermeyer held various positions including Director of Presidential Personnel, responsible for advising the President on his appointments to federal office, Director of the Voice of America, the overseas broadcasting arm of the US government, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. Ambassador Untermeyer has held both elected and appointed office at all four levels of government – local, state, national, and international – for more than 35 years, with work in journalism, academia, and business as well. In 1976, he was elected to the first of two terms as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. He also served as director of public affairs for Compaq Computer Corporation (since merged with Hewlett Packard) and vice president for government affairs and professor of public policy at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

He is a 1968 graduate of Harvard College with honors in government. During the Vietnam War he served as an officer in the United States Navy aboard a destroyer in the Western Pacific and as aide to the commander of US naval forces in the Philippines.