Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley is a former diplomat and attorney, who served in numerous positions at the Department of State, including U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (1994 – 1997); Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997 -2001); Special Representative for Global Partnerships (2009 – 2010); Senior Adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2010 – 2013) and Secretary of State John Kerry (2013 – 2017); and Special Representative to the United Nations General Assembly, appointed by President Obama in 2011.
Ambassador Bagley has been an early and active supporter of VP Biden’s presidential campaign. She served at the top level of the Biden Finance Council, was Co-Chair of Catholics for Biden, and a member of the foreign policy working group on Europe, Ambassadors for Biden, Women for Biden, and Lawyers for Biden. She also served as a surrogate speaker in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina and was a Florida poll watcher with the Biden Voter Protection team.
Ambassador Bagley served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, a Presidential appointment with Senate confirmation, from 2003 – 2009. She has also served as Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Clinton Library Board of Trustees.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the American Ireland Fund, the Atlantic Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Co-Chair of the Global Leadership Council, UN Foundation.
Upon her departure from Portugal, she received meritorious awards from the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, as well as the “Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator,” the President of Portugal’s highest civilian commendation. She has also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Regis College in 2003, the “Global Democracy Award” from the International Women’s Democracy Center in March, 2005, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 2005, the 2010 Meridian International Public Diplomacy Award, and the 2013 Secretary of State’s Distinguished Honor Award.
Ambassador Bagley graduated cum laude from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, with a B.A. degree in French and Spanish. She is a 1987 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she obtained a J.D. Degree in International Law. Ambassador Bagley is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar and District of Columbia Bar.
She is the proud mother of two children, a daughter, Vaughan, age 30, a graduate of Stanford University, and son Conor, age 27, a graduate of Yale University.