Diverse Diplomats

Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo
Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo: The First Hispanic-American Woman Ambassador
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Mari-Luci Jaramillo was a renowned educator who served as Ambassador to Honduras under Carter’s administration from 1977-1980.  Jaramillo started her career as a teacher but quickly grew her leadership skills to push education reform and civil rights at a national and international level.  Her popularity in various communities led President Jimmy Carter to nominate her…

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Diplomacy through Many Storms: Ambassador Lino Gutiérrez
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When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he found himself to be the only Latino in his class. At that time, Hispanic Americans comprised only four percent of the diplomatic corps. During his 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, Gutiérrez served in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Washington, D.C., including…

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Diplomacy After Hours: The Power of Olympians, Paralympians, and Sports Diplomacy
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​​What role do the Olympics play in American diplomacy?

As the 2021 Summer Olympic Games kick off this month, please join NMAD for a virtual program on July 28, 2021 at 5 pm EDT to discuss the diplomatic impact of our nation’s athletes and the power of sports diplomacy.

The discussion will feature NMAD’s Public Historian Alison Mann, Paralympian and U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy and ECA exchange sports alumnus John Register, Dr. Damion Thomas, Curator of Sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Dr. Ashleigh Huffman, Program Specialist from the Department of State’s Sports Diplomacy Division.

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Diplomacy After Hours: Representing America to the World: Asian American & Pacific Islander Contributions to Diplomacy
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Join us for a discussion on the contributions of Asian American & Pacific Islander diplomats to American diplomacy. We will explore the lives and service of three Asian Americans: Ambassador Don Yamamoto, current U.S. Ambassador to Somalia; Boa Lee, Foreign Service Officer and daughter of Hmong refugees; and Dr. Sammy Lee, a groundbreaking Olympic champion and Cold War goodwill ambassador.

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The Dedication and Leadership of Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir
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How does a diplomat become a great leader? Who and what has inspired them? The National Museum of American Diplomacy helps answer these questions through an exploration of some of the lives of our nation’s most accomplished diplomatic leaders. Drawing strength and determination from her upbringing, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir now inspires future generations. Lakhdhir…

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A Dedication to Service: Ambassador Donald Yamamoto
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Americans who choose to enter the United States Foreign Service do not take the decision lightly.  These professional diplomats spend most of their careers abroad, serving two-to-three years at a post in a foreign nation before moving to another.  Representing the United States overseas is a rewarding, demanding, and sometimes dangerous job. Diplomacy requires resilience.…

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Boa Lee: Diplomacy Can Overcome Tragedy
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In 2012, I had just arrived at my first overseas assignment in Sierra Leone when I was asked to deal with a protest outside the U.S. embassy. Relatives of people killed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war wanted to speak to the U.S. ambassador about the death of their loved ones.    Seeking justice and dealing…

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Dr. Sammy Lee (1920-2016): Olympic Champion and Goodwill Ambassador
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Born in California in 1920 to Korean immigrant parents, Dr. Sammy Lee represented and served the United States in many ways. By the 1950s, Lee was an Olympic gold medalist, a U.S. Army physician, and a goodwill ambassador for the State Department.  Lee’s worldwide celebrity status and ability to charm fans led the State Department…

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The Composure and Leadership of Ambassador Aurelia Brazeal
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Serving 41 years in the United States Foreign Service, Ambassador Aurelia Erskine Brazeal was the first African American woman to be appointed ambassador by three presidential administrations. She was also the first Black woman to rise from entry in the Foreign Service to its senior ranks. Throughout her illustrious career, Brazeal utilized early life lessons…

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Ambassador Edward J. Perkins
The Legacy of Ambassador Edward J. Perkins: Reflections on Families in the Diplomatic Service
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Ambassador Edward J. Perkins was a distinguished American career diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, South Africa, the United Nations, and Australia. In addition to his numerous accomplishments and trailblazing career, Ambassador Perkins was a devoted husband and father. Please join NMAD Acting Director Dr. Jane Carpenter-Rock as she discusses Ambassador Perkins’ life and legacy with his daughters, Katherine Perkins and Sarah Perkins.

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