Chief of Protocol of the United States, U.S. Department of State
Ambassador Marshall leads the State Department’s Office of Protocol in its mission to advance the foreign policy of the Obama Administration by creating and fostering an environment for successful diplomacy. As the first hand that welcomes kings, queens, presidents, and prime ministers to the U.S., Ambassador Marshall serves on the front lines of diplomatic engagement building bridges and fostering understanding between people and governments. Marshall oversees the work of the six divisions—visits, ceremonials, diplomatic affairs, diplomatic partnerships, Blair House, and management— in setting the stage for diplomacy and ensuring that international protocol is executed. She serves as the primary liaison for visiting dignitaries meeting with the president, vice president, secretary of state, and other administration officials, and manages and executes protocol arrangements for presidential travel abroad. Marshall also worked in the White House during the Clinton administration: from 1993 to 1997, she served as special assistant to the first lady, and in 1997, she was appointed deputy assistant to the president and social secretary to the White House.