Ambassador Mary Ann Peters is an innovative global leader with deep experience leading large organizations through crisis and stability. She retired in 2020 from The Carter Center where she had served as CEO since 2014. The Carter Center’s Peace and Health Programs seek to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve global health. As CEO, Ambassador Peters led the implementation of a $120- million project portfolio and a worldwide team of 3000 people.
From September 2008 to July 2014, Mary Ann served as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College. The Naval War College is a professional education institution accredited to grant a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Earlier Ambassador Peters served as Dean of Academics at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Ambassador Peters spent more than 30 years as a U.S. career diplomat. From 2000 to 2003, she served as U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, leading the Embassy’s response to the September 11 attack and earning a Presidential Meritorious Service Award for that work. Prior to her posting in Dhaka, Ambassador Peters was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ottawa, Canada, responsible for managing the embassy and supervising six U.S. consulates general. From 1995 to 1997, Ambassador Peters served as Director for European and Canadian affairs on the National Security Council staff, where she worked on the Northern Ireland peace process. Ambassador Peters’ earlier postings include Sofia, Bulgaria, Moscow during the Soviet era, Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma (now Myanmar) and Frankfurt, Germany.
Mary Ann is a graduate of Santa Clara University and holds an MA from 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 Rotary Club of Atlanta, and on the Futures Council of the Human Vaccines Project. Peters has published a number of op-eds and co-authored a textbook chapter on the use of diplomacy in counterterrorism and has spoken to professional, business and university audiences on a variety of international topics.