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Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

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Special Advisor for Secretary's Initiatives
Term of Appointment: 01/20/2014 to present

Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley returned to her position as Senior Advisor for Secretary’s Initiatives, Office of the Secretary of State, in January 2014. She served in the same position from October 2010 until her appointment as an Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sixty-Eighth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations from September to December 2013. She was the first Special Representative to the Secretary of State for Global Partnerships from August 2009 to September 2010.

Ambassador Bagley served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, from 2003 – 2009. She has served as Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Clinton Library Board of Trustees.

Ambassador Bagley served as Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from 1997 – 2001, where she established and headed the Office of Media Programming Acquisition for the newly independent Balkan states. Prior to this position, Ambassador Bagley served as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal from 1994 to 1997.

Upon her departure from Portugal, she received meritorious awards from the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, as well as the “Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator,” the President of Portugal’s highest civilian commendation. She has also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Regis College in 2003, the “Global Democracy Award” from the International Women’s Democracy Center in March, 2005, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 2005, the 2010 Meridian International Public Diplomacy Award, and the 2013 Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award.

Ambassador Bagley formerly served as Chair of SBI, Inc., a rural wireless company located in Show Low, Arizona. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, American Ireland Fund, National Park Foundation, Atlantic Council, Council of American Ambassadors, Diplomacy Center Foundation and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Prime Minister of Ireland’s Global Irish Forum.

Ambassador Bagley graduated cum laude from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, with a B.A. degree in French and Spanish. She is a 1987 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she obtained a J.D. Degree in International Law. Ambassador Bagley is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar and District of Columbia Bar.

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