Ambassador Vicki Huddleston
Ambassador Vicki Huddleston was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa and later held the same position at the Department of Defense. She led American diplomatic missions in Mali, Madagascar, Cuba, and Ethiopia. She was Director of Cuban policy at the Department of State and later Chief of the United States Interests Section in Havana (1999 – 2002) before it became an embassy. In Haiti, she was deputy ambassador and later Chief of Party for a USAID development project. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and as a Congressional Fellow worked on the staff of former Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru and received her MS from Johns Hopkins School for Advance International Studies.