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Ambassador Penne Korth Peacock

Austin, TX


The Honorable Penne Korth Peacock presently serves as a Commissioner on the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. She was appointed to the bipartisan commission in 1997 by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate. Penne Peacock was appointed by President George Bush to the position of United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Mauritius She was President Bush's first woman appointee when named to Co-Chair his American Bicentennial Presidential Inaugural.

Now living in Austin, Texas, she is a member of the Advisory Council of The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas and Friends of The Governor's Mansion Board, a member of The Austin Council on Foreign Affairs, and is currently Vice Chairman of the Central Basin Regional Council of the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) in Austin. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors, the US-Mauritius Business Council, and as an Emeritus board member of the Hillwood Museum, Washington, D.C.

While living in Washington, Peacock served as a member of the boards of the White House Preservation Fund, Vice-Chairman of the Washington Round Table of The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ASDT), the Meridian International Center, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

For 15 years she also served as a Director of the Chevy Chase Bank. Ambassador Peacock was President of Firestone and Korth, Inc. which specialized in events for Heads of State and Government and corporate leaders.

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