Marie L. Yovanovitch

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Marie Yovanovitch
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United States Ambassador to Ukraine
Assumed office
August 18, 2016
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Geoffrey Pyatt
United States Ambassador to Armenia
In office
September 22, 2008 – June 9, 2011
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by John Evans
Succeeded by John Heffern
United States Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
In office
February 4, 2005 – February 4, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Stephen Young
Succeeded by Tatiana Gfoeller
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater Princeton University
National Defense University

Marie Louise Yovanovitch (born 1958) is the 9th US Ambassador to Ukraine, after being sworn in on August 18, 2016 after having been nominated to the post on May 18, 2016 to replace Geoff Pyatt.[1][2] Prior to that, from August 1, 2008 to June 3, 2011, she was the Ambassador from the United States of America to Armenia. She was the first woman to hold this position. She was previously Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.


Ambassador Yovanovitch of Connecticut, a career member of the senior foreign service, Class of Counselor, was nominated on June 3, 2005 to serve as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kyrgyz Republic, and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 2005.

Prior to her appointment as U.S. Ambassador, Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from August 2004 to May 2005. From August 2001 to June 2004, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.[3] Prior to this assignment, from May 1998 to May 2000, she served as the Deputy Director of the Russian Desk. Her previous overseas assignments include Ottawa, Moscow, London, and Mogadishu. Yovanovitch joined the foreign service in 1986.


Marie Yovanovitch is the daughter of Michel Yovanovitch and Nadia (Theokritoff) Yovanovitch.[4]

Ambassador Yovanovitch is a graduate of Kent School and Princeton University where she earned a BA in History and Russian Studies (1980). She has studied at the Pushkin Institute (1980) and received an MS from the National War College (2001).

Ambassador Yovanovitch speaks Russian and French and is learning Kyrgyz and Armenian.


  1. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts" (Press release). White House Press Office. May 18, 2016. 
  2. ^ Revesz, Rachel (January 20, 2017). "Donald Trump has fired all foreign US ambassadors with nobody to replace them". The Independent. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ New U.S. ambassador expected in Kyiv next week, UNIAN (20 August 2016)
  4. ^ "Executive Reports of Committees (Senate)". Congressional Record. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Stephen Young
United States Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan
Succeeded by
Tatiana Gfoeller
Preceded by
John Evans
United States Ambassador to Armenia
Succeeded by
John Heffern
Preceded by
Geoffrey Pyatt
United States Ambassador to Ukraine