Bernard Aronson is a founder and managing partner of ACON Investments. In 2015, US president Barack Obama named him Special Envoy for the Colombian Peace Process. Aronson has been a member of the Inter-American Dialogue since 1997. Prior to co-founding ACON in 1996, Aronson was an international advisor for Latin America to Goldman Sachs. From 1989 through 1993, Aronson served as US assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs under Presidents Bush and Clinton. Following his service, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department’s highest honor, by Secretary Warren Christopher for his role in ending the wars and promoting democracy in Central America. Aronson also served on the White House staff during the Carter administration. Aronson chairs the National Democratic Institute’s Latin American committee, is a director for The Nature Conservancy and the Amazon Conservation Team, and a member of Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomats. Aronson has published opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Republic and The Huffington Post, among other publications. Aronson holds a BA with honors in humanities from the University of Chicago.