Derek Shearer

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Derek Shearer
Derek Shearer for The Nexus Institute.jpg
Shearer speaks at The Nexus Institute in 2016
United States Ambassador to Finland
In office
July 1, 1994 – October 31, 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn Hubert Kelly
Succeeded byEric S. Edelman
Personal details
Derek Shearer
Spouse(s)Sue Toigo
ResidencePacific Palisades, Los Angeles
EducationYale University (BA)
Union Graduate School (Ph.D)

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]

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] Shearer was married to 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 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