Prior to his arrival in the United States in 1990, Lodi Gyari served in the senior most elected and appointed positions of the Tibetan administration in exile - from speaker of the Parliament to Cabinet minister.
As the special envoy for the Dalai Lama, based in Washington, DC, from 1990 onwards, Gyari made profound political, economic, and social contributions to the Tibetan cause. Appointed by the Dalai Lama to initiate and lead a dialogue process with the government of the People's Republic of China, Lodi Gyari conducted nine rounds of high level talks in China and elsewhere, and also led an extensive behind the scenes diplomatic effort to sustain the process, expand the channels of communication, build trust with the Chinese leadership and maintain a broad international interest in the dialogue process.
Gyari served as president of the International Campaign for Tibet in Washington, DC from 1991 to 1999. Following his term as President of the International Campaign for Tibet, he joined the organization's Board of Directors as executive chairman, a position he still holds. He is also the chairman of the Board of the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture, a U.S. based non-profit organization that works to preserve Tibet's living cultural heritage in Tibetan cultural areas and communities around the world.
Additionally, Gyari both formally and informally supports and promotes numerous civil society, cultural and Buddhist organizations and projects dedicated to maintaining Tibet's cultural heritage, protecting the Tibetan environment, improving livelihoods, health and education for Tibetan communities, protecting sacred sites in Asia and preserving Tibetan texts, language and art.
Lodi Gyari has published editorials in many publications including The South China Morning Post, the Asia edition of the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Harvard Asia Quarterly and The Far Eastern Economic Review. He has also contributed chapters in several published works including, “Challenges faced by Tibetans in Reaching a lasting Agreement with China” in Implementing Negotiated Agreements: The Real Challenge to Intrastate Peace.