Ann B. Wrobleski

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Ann B. Wrobleski
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Wrobleski in October 2012
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters
In office
September 30, 1986 – June 17, 1989
Preceded by Jon R. Thomas
Succeeded by Melvyn Levitsky
Personal details
Born (1952-04-03) April 3, 1952 (age 65)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Stephens College
Known for Architect of the "Just Say No" campaign

Ann B. Wrobleski (born 1952) was the architect of Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign and later United States Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters from 1986 to 1989.

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Early life[edit]

Ann B. Wrobleski was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 3, 1952. She was educated at Stephens College, receiving a B.A. in 1972. Her first job after college was working as press secretary for Senator Edward Gurney (RFL). In 1974, she served as traveling press secretary for Jack Eckerd in his attempt to win election to the United States Senate (he lost to Democrat Richard Stone).

Career[edit]

In 1975 (after Gurney had been forced to resign after he was implicated in an influence peddling scandal and Eckerd had lost in his election), Wrobleski became press secretary for Rep. Louis Frey, Jr. (RFL-5). She also worked as a research assistant for the House Republican Research Committee during this period. In 1978, she again served as Jack Eckerd's traveling press secretary, this time in Eckerd's campaign to become Governor of Florida. (He lost again, this time to Democrat Bob Graham.) She spent 1979-80 working as deputy press secretary and director of scheduling for Senator Richard Stone.

In 1981, Wrobelski became Special Projects Director for First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House. In this capacity, she played a critical role in developing Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" campaign, designed to discourage recreational drug use amongst children and teenagers.

Wrobelski joined the United States Department of State in 1985 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. She served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters from May until September 1986, at which time she became President Ronald Reagan's third Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters. She held this office from September 30, 1986 until June 17, 1989.

Upon leaving government service, Wrobelski joined Jefferson Waterman International, a lobbying firm. After nine years at Jefferson Waterman International, she joined the American Forest & Paper Association as Vice President (International). In 2005, she joined International Paper as Vice President (Public Affairs).

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Government offices
Preceded by
Jon R. Thomas
Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters
September 30, 1986 – June 17, 1989
Succeeded by
Melvyn Levitsky