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Carter Center Appoints two Career Foreign Service Officers as Diplomats-In-Residence

ATLANTA, GA…Two career U.S. Foreign Service officers have joined The Carter Center as diplomats-in-residence. Gwen C. Clare, former ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador, and Dr. Alfreda E. Meyers, advisor at the U.S. mission to the United Nations (USUN), will work with The Carter Center's Peace Programs. Ambassador Clare will focus on the Latin American and Caribbean Program and the Democracy Program, while Ms. Meyers will work with the Center's Global Development Initiative.

Ambassador Clare joined the Foreign Service in 1967 and has been posted to Portugal, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, and Brazil. Before her ambassadorship to Ecuador, she served as Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1997-1999.

Dr. Meyers' most recent assignment at the USUN was with the Commission for Sustainable Development and Least Developed Countries. She previously served as political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti preceded by tours in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mali, and Austria. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1979, Dr. Meyers taught South and Southeast Asian history at the University of Arizona.

"Each of these officers brings more than 20 years experience working in the international arena," said Ambassador Gordon Streeb, associate executive director of The Carter Center's Peace Programs. "Their expertise and leadership will be valuable in the Center's work in assisting developing democracies."

Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, The Carter Center advances peace and health worldwide. The Center's Latin American and Caribbean Program and the Democracy Program seek to improve the quality of democracy and civil society and promote human rights in the Americas and worldwide. The Global Development Initiative works with countries to shape comprehensive development strategies with input from a broad cross section of society.

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