The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S. received its current status in 2010. At the time of establishing initial relations in 1978, the mission was known as the Palestine Information Center. In 1988 it became the Palestine Affairs Center. Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat has been serving as the Chief Representative of the Delegation since 2009.
Previously, Hatem Hussieni (1978-1982), Hassan Abdel Rahaman (1982-1991), Anees Barghouti (1991-1993), and Afif Safieh (2005-2009) led the mission.