Marisa Lino

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Marisa Lino
Born (1950-08-12) August 12, 1950 (age 66)[1]
Trieste, Italy
Alma mater Portland State University

Marisa Lino is a retired American diplomat who served as a United States ambassador to Albania between 1996 and 1999.

Early life[edit]

Lino 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.[2] 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 in the former 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.[3]

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.[4]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch (23 May 2014), Marisa R Lina, Residence, Portland, Oregon, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ "PSU Salutes". Portland State University. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Top Albanian negotiator nixes peace talks on Kosovo future". Tri-City Herald. June 17, 1998. Retrieved February 25, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Hearings and Markups". United States House of Representatives. October 4, 2007. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joseph Edward Lake
United States Ambassador to Albania
Succeeded by
Joseph Limprecht