Mary M. Ourisman

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Mary Martin Ourisman
Mary Ourisman
United States Ambassador to Barbados
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
United States Ambassador to Dominica
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
United States Ambassador to Saint Lucia
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
United States Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
United States Ambassador to Saint Kitts and Nevis
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
United States Ambassador to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
In office
September 15, 2006 – 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mary Kramer
Personal details
Born Mary Martin
1946
Texas
Citizenship United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mandell "Mandy" Ourisman
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin, BS; Academy of Arts College in San Francisco and the New York School of Interior Design
Religion Methodist

Mary Martin Ourisman is an American political consultant who served as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, comprising the countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ourisman was born to Dr. Herbert and Aleen Martin in Texas, 1946. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She also attended the Academy of Arts College in San Francisco and the New York School of Interior Design. She is divorced from her first husband, with whom she has one son. [2]

On June 12, 1993, she married Mandell "Mandy" Ourisman, chairman of Ourisman Automotive Enterprises.[3] She is a supporter of the arts, having organized fund raisers and served on numerous boards of directors for arts groups and museums.[1] She was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Kennedy Center by President Bush, and she sat on the Board of Trustees for the Washington National Opera.[4] Ourisman was also on the Board of Directors for the Blair House, serving on the "decorating committee," for the President's guest house for visiting foreign Heads of State.[5] She served on the Smithsonian National Board in 1999.[6] She has also served on the World Wildlife Fund National Council, McCain 2000, the Elizabeth Dole Committee, and George W. Bush for President (2004).[3] The Ourismans have donated $443,620 to GOP candidates and committees since 1999.[7]

President George W. Bush announced his intention to name Ourisman the Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean on July 20, 2006, and submitted his formal nomination to the Senate the next day.[8] The Senate confirmed Ourisman's nomination on September 13, 2006,[8] she was appointed ambassador on October 11, and she arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, on October 31.[1]

She is currently involved with the Trust For the National Mall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ourisman, Mary M.". U.S. Department of State. 2007-10-05. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "WEDDINGS; Mary Stiles, Mandell Ourisman". The New York Times. 1993-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Ourisman, Mary M.". NNDB. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  4. ^ "Ourisman, Mary M.". U.S. Embassy Barbados & Eastern Caribbean. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Checkbook Diplomacy: the buying of ambassadorships". The Center of Public Integrity. 2008-08-11. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Smithsonian Year 1999". Smithsonian Institution. 
  7. ^ Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (2006-07-31). "Her Ambassadorship Has Come In. Next Stop: Barbados.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  8. ^ a b "Presidential Nomination: Mary M. Ourisman". The White House. Retrieved 2008-04-15.