What do you get after 33 years of dedicated service to your country?
Marie L. Yovanovitch, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Dean of the School of Language Studies at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, a position she has held since 2014. Ms. Yovanovitch has extensive leadership and management experience, having previously served twice as an ambassador. She also has broad and deep expertise, gained from numerous assignments working on the region, including as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS) and Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR), and as DCM in Ukraine. This range of experience makes her well qualified to return to Embassy Kyiv as Ambassador.
Previously, Ms. Yovanovitch was Deputy Commandant at the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. (2013-2014), and served as EUR PDAS and DAS (2011-2013). Prior to that, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia (2008-2011) and U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan (2005-2008). She also served as Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs (2004-2005), and Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Kyiv (2001-2004). Ms. Yovanovitch also served as Deputy Director of EUR’s Russia Desk (1998-2000), Political-Military Officer at U.S. Embassy Ottawa, Canada (1996-1998), and Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia (1993-1996). After joining the Foreign Service in 1986, Ms. Yovanovitch also served in Somalia, the United Kingdom, the Department’s Operations Center, and in EUR’s Regional Political Military Office.
Ms. Yovanovitch earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the National War College. She has won numerous Department of State performance awards. Her languages are Russian and some French.
State Department officials were told this spring that Marie Yovanovitch’s removal was a priority for Trump. Pompeo supported the move. Yovanovitch was told by State Dept officials that they couldn’t shield her from attacks by Trump and his allies.https://t.co/2yoTb1G7Ow
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) October 3, 2019
It's not just that she's been removed from office, even now they continue to trash her publicly. The thing is she cannot defend herself. She cannot speak without clearance from @StateDept. And neither @SecPompeo nor @StateDept even make an effort to defend her. https://t.co/m1ZmtEj3e0
— Diplopundit (@Diplopundit) October 3, 2019
REPORTER: Why did you recall the US amb. to Ukraine?
TRUMP: I heard very bad things about her. And I don't know if I recalled her or somebody recalled her, but I heard very, very bad things about it for a long period of time, not good.pic.twitter.com/iG2weEwmZs
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 3, 2019
Rudy Giuliani told the WSJ he considered former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch an obstacle to his efforts to push Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, and that he informed Trump of his concerns shortly before she was abruptly recalled in May 2019https://t.co/WseFyUY3Jk
— Axios (@axios) October 3, 2019
Trump's comments about Marie Yovanovitch — a member of his own country's diplomatic corps — are a stunning breach of norms, former officials say, and lend credence to the claim that her early departure from the post was politically motivated https://t.co/InNmnmfBC6
— CNN (@CNN) September 25, 2019