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Picture of Marguerita Dianne RagsdaleBIOGRAPHY

Marguerita Dianne Ragsdale
Ambassador, Republic of Djibouti
Term of Appointment: 02/01/2004 to 07/06/2006

Marguerita Ragsdale’s diplomatic career began at the American Embassy in Kuwait in 1984, where she served as Junior Consular and General Services Officer. From 1986-88, she served as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia, then returned to Washington to serve as Watch Officer in the Department of State Operations Center and then as Desk Officer for the United Arab Emirates and Oman (1989-91). In 1992, Ms. Ragsdale was appointed Political /Economic Officer and, later, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. In 1995, she worked directly with the Under Secretary of State for Management as a management analyst and was subsequently selected to participate in the Department’s prestigious Senior Seminar executive development program. Afterwards, she served as Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs, where Ms. Ragsdale supervised desk officers for the Arabian Peninsula states of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen.

In 1999, the Bureau of African Affairs selected Ms. Ragsdale to head its Political Section at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, giving her direct oversight of thirteen staff members, including seven Foreign Service Officers. As a member of the Ambassador’s Senior Management Team at the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, she also held an advisory position in support of the Ambassador and his Deputy Chief of Mission. In 2002, Ms. Ragsdale took on the portfolio of Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, entrusted with helping re-establish and manage full embassy operations there. In 2003, President Bush nominated Ms. Ragsdale to be U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti.

Ms. Ragsdale was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up on a farm in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. She holds a B.A. degree from the American University in Washington, D.C., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. degree from Columbia University in New York.

Ms. Ragsdale is an enthusiast for the preservation of historic architecture and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Released on February 1, 2004

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