From 1966-1979, Arthur Houghton was a member of the US Foreign Service with assignments to Beirut, Amman and Cairo and to the National Security Council staff. He was Associate Curator and Curator in Charge, J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu, CA; from 1988-1995, senior staff member, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; and from 1995-2005 president of Arthur Houghton Associates, Inc., a Washington, D.C. consulting firm. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on ancient coinages, economics, art and history. He has served on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus-American Archaeological Research Institute, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Numismatic Society (and as ANS president from 1996-2000), among others. He was a member of the President's Cultural Property Advisory Committee from 1984-1987.