Margaret Scobey, M.A. (Vice-Chair) former United States Ambassador to Syria (2003-2005) and the Arab Republic of Egypt (2008-2011), recently retired from the U.S. Foreign Service after a 32-year career. During her diplomatic career, Ambassador Scobey served as Political Counselor in Baghdad, 2006-2007; Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from September 2001 through November 2003; Deputy Chief of Mission in Sanaa, Yemen; as well as earlier assignments in Jerusalem, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Peru. In addition, Ambassador Scobey held a variety of positions in the United States Department of State: staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Near East and South Asian Affairs, Watch Officer in the Operations Center, Political-Military Officer in the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Deputy Director of the Secretariat Staff, and Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs. Ambassador Scobey graduated with a degree in History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she also received her Master’s Degree. She pursued doctoral studies in History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor before joining the Foreign Service. Ambassador Scobey is recipient of the U.S. Department of State award for Distinguished Service and a Presidential Service Award. She lives in Knoxville.