|Director of the Foreign Service Institute|
February 19, 2013
|Preceded by||Ruth Whiteside|
|United States Ambassador to Bulgaria|
August 26, 2008 – July 30, 2009
|President||George W. Bush
|Preceded by||John Beyrle|
|Succeeded by||James Warlick|
October 6, 1958 |
Clearwater, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||New College
National Defense University
Nancy McEldowney (born October 6, 1958) is an American diplomat and a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. She currently serves as the Director of the Foreign Service Institute and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. In this capacity, she is responsible for professional training for the U.S. Department of State and other foreign affairs agencies.
As Director of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), McEldowney serves as the Chief Learning Officer for the US Department of State. FSI provides professional training for American diplomats on subjects ranging from foreign languages to leadership skills, including core diplomatic tradecraft such as advocacy and negotiation. FSI also trains employees from over 50 other foreign affairs agencies.
Prior to her arrival at FSI, McEldowney served as the Interim President and Senior Vice President of the National Defense University from 2011-2013. She was also the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 2009-2011.
Overseas, McEldowney served as the US Ambassador to Bulgaria (2008-2009), as well as the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkey (2005-2008) and in Azerbaijan (2001-2004).
McEldowney received of the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2013. She also received the Order of Stara Planina (Medal of Honor) from the President of Bulgaria in 2009. She has been the recipient of the State Department’s Senior Performance Award on nine occasions and the Superior Honor Award on five occasions. She was granted the Sinclair Linguistic Award in 2001.
McEldowney was born and raised in Clearwater Beach, Florida. After graduating from Clearwater High School, McEldowney went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from New College, as well as Masters degrees from both Columbia University and the National Defense University. McEldowney has studied a number of languages, including French, Spanish, Russian, and Latin, and received professional training in Arabic, Azerbaijani, German, and Turkish.
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- Columbia University alumna profile
- Appearance on C-SPAN
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|United States Ambassador to Bulgaria
|Director of the Foreign Service Institute