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Women's History Month: M. Elizabeth Swope


Date: 03/30/2009 Description: Women's History Month, 2009: M. Elizabeth Swope

As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, M. Elizabeth (Betty) Swope joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs as Senior Adviser. She now serves in the same capacity as a Civil Servant. Until 2003, Ms. Swope was U.S. Consul General in Guadalajara, Mexico serving as the United States representative to four Western Mexican States. Between August 1998 and August 2001, she was the Department of State’s Senior Coordinator for Consular Notification in the Legal Adviser’s Office. Prior to that position, she was Coordinator for US-Mexico Border Affairs from October 1995 until August 1998 and was responsible for trade, economic development, transportation issues and border crossings. During 1994-95, she participated in the U.S. Government’s senior executive training program, the Senior Seminar. Other assignments include Deputy Director for Management Planning in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Management (1993-94) and Counselor for Consular Affairs and Consul General in Cairo, Egypt (1991-93).


Earlier, Ms. Swope directed the Consular Training Division of the Foreign Service Institute, and served as Deputy Executive Director of Consular Affairs. Early assignments included Mexico (Mexico City and Nuevo Laredo), Spain, Portugal, and France.


Ms. Swope received the AB degree from Mary Baldwin College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She also received a diploma in international security studies from the National Defense University. She is a graduate of the Senior Seminar in foreign policy. Her foreign languages are Spanish and French.

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