Ambassador Sharon Wilkinson is a retired Foreign Service officer, with service in Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands Antilles, Portugal and Ghana. President Clinton appointed her as Ambassador to Burkina Faso, then Mozambique. Following that, she served as Assistant Dean for Global Engagement at Arizona State University, where she developed plans for meaningful international experiences for Global Studies students; and Diplomatic Advisor at Meridian International Center, where she examined strategies for engaging the local Washington D.C. community to “think global” and participate in activities with a global reach. She had been a speaker on foreign policy issues and greatly enjoys mentoring young and aspiring Foreign Service officers. Ambassador Wilkinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Black Ambassadors Association, The Thursday Luncheon Group, and the American Foreign Service Organization; and is a board member of EarthEcho International, the Arizona Council for International Visitors, Sudan Sunrise, Mozambique Health Consortium, and the Senior Living Foundation. She has a BA in International Relations from Brown University and a MAT/Social Science from the University of Chicago. She is an enthusiastic yoga and Reiki student and a member of her church choir, and is studying voice over artistry.