Amb. June Carter Perry

Advisory Council Member - Africa Program

Ambassador June Carter Perry is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and a retired American Ambassador ( Sierra Leone from August 27, 2007 to August 28, 2009 and Lesotho from 2004-2007).

Perry is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago (B.A., history, 1965) and the University of Chicago (M.A. European History, 1967).

Prior to her government career, Ambassador Perry was a Lecturer at the University of Maryland College Park in the History Department (1969-1970). Immediately before she joined the Foreign Service, Perry was the Public Affairs Director and a broadcaster for WGMS/RKO Radio in Washington, D.C., Special Assistant in the Community Services Administration and the Public Affairs Director for the Peace Corps, the ACTION agency, and VISTA.

In the Department of State she was Deputy Ambassador in Madagascar (1998-2000) and in the Central African Republic where she coordinated the international diplomatic corps during a military mutiny (1996-1997). In Washington, she was Director of the Department’s Office of Social and Humanitarian Affairs overseeing U.S. liaison with United Nations Committees in Geneva and New York (2002-2004) following her service as Diplomat in Residence at Howard University (2001-2002). While in Lesotho, she arranged for funding that led to the first water delivery system throughout the country. In Sierra Leone, she helped the country transition from a very long civil war as well as an anti-AIDS campaign. She returned to the US in 2009 and retired from the U.S. Department of State in January 2010. In 2011, she became the Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor of International Relations through 2012 at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.