U.S. Ambassadors

Report

The U.S. Department of State does not advance and protect U.S. national interests to its full potential without a diverse, equitable, and inclusive ambassador corps. Additionally, the State Department has legal and moral imperatives to substantively address the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion within its ranks. This report will specifically focus on policy recommendations for improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within the U.S. Department of State’s ambassador corps.

Of note, diversity, equity, and inclusion are interrelated but distinct priorities. For this report, diversity means that the ambassador corps is fully representative of the U.S. population; equity and inclusion mean that the Department fairly considers and appoints a diverse ambassador corps across regions, bureaus, and posts of varying geopolitical significance. Diversity, equity, and inclusion ensure that everyone has a seat and an equitable say at the table.

This report was produced by Abigail Horgan and Nicholas Sung for their master’s degree requirements at the Harvard Kennedy School in collaboration with Inclusive America. The key findings and policy recommendations are intended to support Inclusive America in its mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the U.S. government.

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Note: This report reflects the views of the authors and should not be viewed as representing Inclusive America nor Harvard University. Additionally, as this report is a compilation of background research and interviews, the authors acknowledge that there were dissenting views among interviewees about certain policy reforms.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the U.S. Ambassador Corps

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Ambassador Diversity Tracker

www.InclusiveAmerica.org/data/ambassadorsAfrican AffairsEast Asia/ PacificEurope/ EurasiaNear Eastern AffairsSouth/ Central AsiaWestern HemisphereInternational OrganizationAt LargeTotalUS Census
Total Positions0328,239,523
Thus Far Filled11111111810/18/2021
Gender
Female #4271123020166,745,678
Male #7443231024159,524,408
Transgender #0000000001,969,437
Female %400.0%200.0%700.0%100.0%100.0%300.0%#REF!0.0%250.0%50.8%
Male %700.0%400.0%400.0%300.0%200.0%100.0%#REF!0.0%300.0%48.6%
Transgender %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%#REF!0.0%0.0%0.6%
Race/Ethnicity
BIPOC #211022109128,998,133
White #94104133034197,271,953
BIPOC %200.0%100.0%100.0%0.0%200.0%200.0%100.0%0.0%112.5%39.3%
White %900.0%400.0%1000.0%400.0%100.0%300.0%300.0%0.0%425.0%60.1%
Latinx/Hispanic #00001200360,724,312
Black/African American #20100010443,984,096
Asian American & Pacific Islander #00001000120,022,611
Native American / American Indian #0000000004,267,114
Middle Eastern / North African #0100000019,981,332
White #94104133034197,271,953
Latinx/Hispanic %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%200.0%0.0%0.0%37.5%18.5%
Black/African American %200.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%50.0%13.4%
Asian American & Pacific Islander %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%12.5%6.1%
Native American / American Indian %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.3%
Middle Eastern / North African %0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%12.5%3.0%
White %900.0%400.0%1000.0%400.0%100.0%300.0%300.0%0.0%425.0%60.1%
BIPOC Female #00000000065,531,052
BIPOC Female %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%20.0%
Latinx/Hispanic Females #00000100136,495,311
Black/African American Females #10100010326,434,442
Asian American & Pacific Islander Females #00001000112,033,589
Native American / American Indian Females #0000000002,564,536
Middle Eastern / North African Females #0000000005,998,781
White Females #3161012014118,560,444
Latinx/Hispanic Females %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%12.5%11.1%
Black/African American Females %100.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%37.5%8.1%
Asian American & Pacific Islander Females %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%12.5%3.7%
Native American / American Indian Females %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.8%
Middle Eastern / North African Females %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%1.8%
White Females %300.0%100.0%600.0%100.0%0.0%100.0%200.0%0.0%175.0%36.1%
Veteran #10000000118,611,432
Veteran %100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%12.5%5.67%
LGBTQ status #11111111814,770,778
LGBTQ status %100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%4.5%
Political appointee #1573245128
Political Appointee %100.0%500.0%700.0%300.0%200.0%400.0%500.0%100.0%350.0%
Age # (working to complete)
Under 18 #000000000.0%73,197,414
18-44 #000000000.0%118,494,468
45-64 #2100000037.5%82,388,120
Over 65 #1000001025.0%54,159,521
Age % (working to complete)
Under 18 %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%22.3%
18-44 %0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%36.1%
45-64 %200.0%100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%4.7%25.1%
Over 65 %100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%0.0%3.1%16.5%
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