Ambassador Maureen Cormack officially became the U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 16 January 2015. Prior to arriving in Sarajevo, Ambassador Maureen Cormack served in Washington D.C. as the Executive Assistant in the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, Principal Deputy Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs, and Executive Assistant in the Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Previously, she held the position of Director of the Office of Western European Affairs, the Deputy Director for Korean Affairs, and worked as a Pearson Fellow on the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives.
Overseas, she has served as Press Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, as Deputy Cultural Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and as Consul at the American Presence Post (APP) in western France, covering the regions of Brittany, Normandy, and the Loire.
Ambassador Cormack joined the Foreign Service in 1989 and in early assignments served as Director of the American Centers in Kwangju, South Korea and Warsaw, Poland. She returned to Washington, DC as European personnel officer for the former U.S. Information Agency.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Cormack worked for the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in fundraising, public relations, and artistic management. She also worked for the Chicago law firm of Shefsky, Saitlin, and Froelich.
Ambassador Cormack has a B.A. in performing arts management from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a Diplome Semestriel from the University of Paris IV.
Ambassador Cormack speaks fluent French and has studied Bosnian, Polish, Korean, and Spanish.