John E. Osborn is a Commissioner on the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, having been nominated by President George W. Bush on May 10, 2007, and confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 2008. In 2004, he was appointed by then U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to serve as a national member of the board of governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu, an education and research organization focused on the Asia Pacific region. After working on the 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns of George H.W. Bush, he served from 1989 to 1992 as Special Assistant to the Legal Adviser with the U.S. Department of State, where he supported policy initiatives associated with the first Gulf War, German reunification and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Earlier, he worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of former Congressman Jim Leach and the late Senator John Heinz.
Osborn has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a corporate lawyer and health care industry executive. He currently is Executive Vice President & General Counsel with US Oncology, Inc., the leading integrated cancer services company. Prior to that, he worked for Fortune 1000 biopharmaceutical company Cephalon, Inc. and a pharmaceutical joint venture company established by DuPont and Merck. He also practiced corporate law in Boston with Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr), and was a law clerk to Senior Circuit Judge Albert V. Bryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Osborn has been a visiting research fellow in socio-legal studies at the University of Oxford, a visiting fellow in politics at Princeton, a visiting scholar in East European Studies with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and an Eisenhower Fellow to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. He has been elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and was named to the 2007 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He earned a master's degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was articles editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law.