"Since it's founding in 1988, The Ireland Chamber in the U.S. has proven especially effective, offering a wide range of programs and services that encourage partnership between New Yorkers and the Irish."
- Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, The City of New York
U.S. AMBASSADOR ELIZABETH FRAWLEY BAGLEY
Recipient of the Albert Schweitzer’s Leadership for Life Award
Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley is a 1974 graduate of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in French and Spanish. She is a 1987 graduate of the Georgetown University Law School, where she obtained a J.D. Degree in International law. She also attended university and law school in France, Spain, and Austria, where she studied international trade law and public international law.
She was sworn in as Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary of State on June 18, 2009. She served as Senior Advisor under a former Secretary of State from 1997–2001 where she established and headed the Office of Media Programming Acquisition for the newly independent Balkan states. Ambassador Bagley also served as a Senate liaison for NATO Enlargement. From 1994 to 1997, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal. Upon her departure from Portugal, she received meritorious awards from the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, as well as the “Grand Cross of Prince Henry the Navigator,” the President of Portugal’s highest civilian commendation.
Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley has also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Regis College in 2003 and the “Global Democracy Award” from the International Women’s Democracy Center in March, 2005, and she was also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May, 2005.
As an attorney specializing in trade and international law, she was Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University in Washington until January 1993. She has held several other positions in the U.S. Department of State: Congressional Liaison Officer for the Panama Canal Treaties during the Carter Administration (1977–1979); Special Assistant to Ambassador Sol Linowitz for the Camp David Accords, (1979–1980); and Congressional Liaison to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1980–1981).