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Constance A. Morella

Constance A. Morella
House of Representatives

Connie Morella served as Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003-2007.  She is the first U.S. Ambassador to the OECD ever to have served in the U.S. Congress.

From 1987 until 2003, Ambassador Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives where she developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families.  She was also a leader in promoting economic growth through science and technology, spearheading enactment of the landmark legislation promoting technology transfer from federal labs to private industry.  She was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1978 and served for eight years.

Connie Morella is Chair of the Franklin Center for Global Policy Exchange; serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Representative Government; and is Vice President of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Cafritz Foundation Advisory Board. Ambassador Morella is a past President of the Association of Former Members of Congress and now serves as Chair of their Diplomatic Advisory Council.  She was appointed by the President in 2010 to the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Prior to her service in the U.S. Congress, Ambassador Morella was a Professor at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.  In 2008 she was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics.  She is currently Ambassador-in-Residence at American University in the Women and Politics Institute.  She holds degrees from Boston University and American University as well as 12 honorary degrees.