Maura Connelly

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Maura Connelly
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United States Ambassador to Lebanon
In office
September 15, 2010 – August 20, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Michele J. Sison
Succeeded by David Hale
Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Syria
In office
2008–2010
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael H. Corbin
Succeeded by Robert Stephen Ford
Personal details
Profession Diplomat

Maura Connelly is an American diplomat. President Obama nominated Ambassador Connelly, a 25-year veteran of the Foreign Service, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon in June 2010.[1] Ambassador Connelly was confirmed by the Senate in August 2010 and sworn in by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in September 2010. She officially presented her diplomatic credentials to Lebanese President Michel Sleiman as the 25th U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon on September 15, 2010.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ambassador Connelly received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Masters in National Security Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Ambassador Connelly first went to Washington, DC to serve as a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-1977.

Maura Connelly is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and most recently served in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs as Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for the Levant and Egypt. Prior to that, Ambassador Connelly was the Chargé d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria from 2008-2009. Ambassador Connelly previously served as the Political Minister-Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in London, U.K. between 2005 and 2008. From 2003-2005, Ambassador Connelly was the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she also served from 1993-1996 as Political Section Chief. She has also served as the Deputy Counselor for Political Affairs for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Her other overseas postings include Jordan, Algeria and South Africa.[3]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael H. Corbin
United States Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Syria
2008-2010
Succeeded by
Robert Stephen Ford
Preceded by
Michele J. Sison
United States Ambassador to Lebanon
2010 – 2013
Succeeded by
David Hale