Former U.S. Congressman
Senior Advisor, Covington & Burling LLP
Howard Lawrence Berman served on The Asia Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 2013 to 2022. Berman is a former U.S. Representative, last serving California’s 28th congressional district from 1983 to 2013. He served as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2008-2011 and as Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1994-1998. Berman was a Democratic Majority Floor Leader from 1974-1980. He was a VISTA volunteer from 1966–1967 in Baltimore and San Francisco, and was an associate at a Los Angeles law firm from 1967–1972 specializing in labor relations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1962 in International Relations and his law degree in 1965 at the University of California, Los Angeles.