Marisa Lino

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Marisa Lino (born 1950) is a retired American diplomat. She was born in the Free Territory of Trieste, today part of Italy, but grew up in Portland, Oregon from the age of five. She received an M.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University in 1972 and B.A. in political science from Portland State University in 1971.[1] In May 1999, she received an honorary doctorate of international affairs from John Cabot University. She also completed a Certificate in Advanced Engineering Studies at M.I.T. in a mid-career program and did post-graduate work at the University of Zagreb (then Yugoslavia).

Her career at the State Department included overseas postings in Albania, Italy, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia and Peru. She was the United States ambassador to Albania between 1996 and 1999.[2]

After retiring from the Foreign Service, she was director of the Bologna Center of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, between 2003 and 2006. In 2007, she became International Affairs Advisor to Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Department of Homeland Security, and later was named Assistant Secretary for International Affairs.[3]

Lino is currently Corporate Director for Federal Agencies at the Northrop Grumman Corporation [4]


  1. ^ "PSU Salutes". Portland State University. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top Albanian negotiator nixes peace talks on Kosovo future". Tri-City Herald. June 17, 1998. Retrieved February 25, 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Hearings and Markups". United States House of Representatives. October 4, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Corporate Council on Africa Summit Program" (PDF). Corporate Council on Africa. Retrieved February 25, 2010.