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Mary Carlin Yates – Retired Foreign Services Officer At U.S. State Department

Born in 1946 in Portland, Mary Carlin Yates went to college at Oregon State University before moving on to earn her Master’s from New York University where she would also pursue a doctoral in Asian Affairs.

Following her graduation from New York University, she began a diplomatic career that spanned three decades. During her time in service, she primarily served in three regions of the world: Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Diplomatic Career

Over the years she’s been an ambassador to several countries and she served on President Obama’s National Security Council from 2009 to 2011. She’s also been awarded the Superior Honor Award, United States Department State, Superior Honor award, Meritorious Honor award, Presidential Performance award for Excellence and the White House, 2004, Lois Roth Award for Excellence in Information & Cultural Diplomacy, United States Information Agency.

Besides the prestigious positions that she’s held over the years, Mrs. Yates has also been a political advisor at the European Command and deputy commander for the new U.S. Africa Command.

What’s She Up To Today?

Now at the age of 74, even though she’s since retired from foreign service, Mary Carlin Yates remains active and serves in a variety of positions for companies in the United States including on the Oregon State University Honors College Board of Regents and board director at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC.

Mrs. Yates has also been a prolific writer over the years and has contributed her knowledge to a variety of platforms including partnering with Kelsey Lilley to write 2017’s paper Sudan: A Strategy For Re-Engagement. The paper was published on the Atlantic Council website and can be downloaded here.

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