Clayton Bond and Ted Osius met in Washington, DC, at a monthly business meeting of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) – the officially recognized organization representing the concerns of gay and lesbian personnel and their families in the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and other foreign affairs agencies and offices in the U.S. Government. Ted was then the deputy director of the Korea desk and Clayton was a watch officer in the Department’s 24/7 Operations Center. They were married in Vancouver, Canada, and had a commitment ceremony in Ted’s home state of Maryland.
Ted is currently the Senior State Department Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He co-authored, along with Karl Inderfurth, India’s ‘Look East’ and America’s ‘Asia Pivot’: Converging Interests, and co-authored, along with C. Raja Mohan, a report on Enhancing India-ASEAN connectivity. Previously, Ted served as deputy chief of mission in Jakarta, Indonesia; political counselor in New Delhi, India; in other assignments in Bangkok, Manila, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, New York City, Vatican City; and from 1998 to 2001, as senior adviser for international affairs to Vice President Al Gore, with a portfolio encompassing Asia, international economics, and trade issues. Mr. Osius is the author of The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance: Why It Matters and How To Strengthen It (Praeger/CSIS, 2002).
An alumnus of the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program, Clayton Bond entered the Foreign Service on September 10, 2001. He is, currently, a mid-level, management-cone officer in the Bureau of African Affairs. Besides two previous assignments in Washington, DC, Clayton has served in Colombia, India, Singapore, and Indonesia. He is the author of Djakarta Djournal: Adventures of a Diplomatic Spouse in Indonesia (CreateSpace: 2012), and is photographing the beauty that still exists in his hometown, Detroit, Michigan.
A member of the Thursday Luncheon Group (TLG), as well as GLIFAA, Clayton has a master’s degree in environmental change and management, from the University of Oxford; a master’s degree in public policy, from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and a bachelor’s degree in political science, from Hampton University.