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Retired Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates

Retired Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates served for 31 years, from 1980-2011, as a career member of the United States Foreign Service. She served twice as U.S. Ambassador, to the Republic of Ghana from 2002 to 2005, and to the Republic of Burundi from 1999 to 2002. She also was a political officer and public affairs counselor in Rwanda during the genocide crisis of the early 1990s. Her final assignment was as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Today, Ambassador Yates is director of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Oregon State University Honors College Board of Regents and the WorldOregon Board of Trustees.