Mary Ann Peters
Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters is an innovative leader with deep experience guiding large organizations through crisis and stability. Currently, she is Ambassador in Residence and Professor of Practice at Georgia State University. As CEO of The Carter Center 2014-20, Ambassador Peters led a worldwide team of 3000 people working to resolve conflicts, strengthen democracy and improve global health. From 2008-14, she served as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College, where she established the Center for Cybered Conflict Studies. Ambassador Peters served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh 2000-2003, leading the Embassy’s response to the September 11 attacks. Her prior assignments include Ottawa, Canada (where she was Deputy Chief of Mission), Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow, USSR, and Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma (now Myanmar).
Mary Ann is a graduate of Santa Clara University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of The Asia Foundation, Project Hope and the Futures Council of the Human Vaccines Project, among others. Peters is a sought-after speaker. She has published a number of op-eds and co-authored a textbook chapter on diplomacy and counterterrorism.