Ambassador (retired) Allan Mustard is a member of the Advisory Board of the Caspian Policy Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan on November 25, 2014, and retired from that position in June 2019 after almost 38 years of public service. He previously served as an agricultural officer at U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, Mexico City, Moscow, Vienna, and at the American Consulate General in Istanbul. He managed the computer center for the Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2000-2002. He speaks fluent Russian, basic German and very basic Spanish. He delivered the keynote address at the 2016 SOTM and the banquet speech at the 2019 NACIS conference on use of OSM in mapping Turkmenistan. Ambassador Mustard resides in Falls Church, Virginia, United States.
OSM Foundation board chairperson Allan Mustard offers his personal assessment of challenges facing OSM and how he thinks the community and the OSM Foundation Board could deal with them.