Derek Shearer

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Derek Shearer is the former United States Ambassador to Finland.[1] He is currently employed by Occidental College,[2] directing the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs and serving as a Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs.[3]


He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University.[4] His roommate at Yale was Strobe Talbott.[5] Shearer received a doctoral degree from the Union Graduate School.[4]

Derek Shearer held his ambassador post from 1994 through 1997, and before that served in the United States Department of Commerce.[4] He had co-written the book Economic Democracy.[6]

He is the son of gossip columnist Lloyd Shearer. He has a younger brother, Cody, and a sister, Brooke.[1] The parents of his father had immigrated from Austria.[7] His roommate Talbott married his sister Brooke.[5] Derek Shearer was married Ruth Yannatta Goldway, who had served as the mayor of Santa Monica, California.[6]

As of 2009, Derek Shearer lives in the Pacific Palisades community of Los Angeles,[5] with his current wife, Sue Toigo, a financial consultant.[citation needed]


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Hubert Kelly
United States Ambassador to Finland
Succeeded by
Eric S. Edelman