Cynthia Stroum

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U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg Cynthia Stroum, speaks to the crowd during the Veteran's Day ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial.

Cynthia Stroum is an American woman who was the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from December 7, 2009[1] to January 31, 2011.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Stroum comes from a wealthy, well-known philanthropic Jewish family in Seattle.[3] She received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Journalism from the University of Southern California, and worked in the TV and film industries.[4] She was a major donor to the Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray from her home state of Washington,[5] and to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[6]

Management of Embassy Luxembourg controversy[edit]

Inspectors from the State Department Inspector General's office visited the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg in October and November 2010. According to their report,[7] released two weeks after Stroum announced her resignation, her "confrontational management style, chronic gaps in senior and other staffing caused by curtailments, and the absence of a sense of direction have brought major elements of Embassy Luxembourg to a state of dysfunction." The report also criticized Stroum for spending excessive time supervising the repair of the ambassador's residence and for obtaining an improper reimbursement for the purchase of a mattress.[8] In addition, there were apparently large unwarranted purchases made for wine and liquour according to an article in the Washington Post on February 4, 2011.


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ann Wagner
United States Ambassador to Luxembourg
Succeeded by
Robert A. Mandell