Capricia Penavic Marshall

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, the daughter of a Mexican mother from Guadalajara and a Croatian father from the former Yugoslavia, served as the Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2009 until 2013.  During her tenure, Ambassador Marshall was the lead representative of her country in setting the stage for successful diplomatic engagement with other nations at the highest levels.  Ambassador Marshall also served as the principal liaison between the United States government and foreign Chiefs of Mission in Washington, DC.  In this capacity, she established a new office—the Diplomatic Partnerships Division—to promote cross-cultural exchange and build new international partnerships with leaders in business, culture, and government throughout the country.  In July 2012, she hosted the first ever Global Chiefs of Protocol conference. Representatives from more than 77 countries gathered to exchange ideas, evaluate their craft, and explore how to enhance the role of Protocol in foreign affairs.  Ambassador Marshall holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Purdue University and a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.