Alumni Stories

Maura Harty (F’81)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay (1997-1999) and Former Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer/Editor: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Maura Harty

From an early age, Maura Harty knew she wanted to have a career in the Foreign Service. In grammar school, she recalls visiting the General Assembly at the United Nations. Then a mentor and guidance counselor encouraged her to apply to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. At the SFS, she learned “not to just do good, but to be good” and to be of service to others, which led to 26 years in the Foreign Service with assignments in Mexico, Columbia and Spain. By age 37, she was appointed by Secretary Warren Christopher to be the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay. She recently retired from the Foreign Service as assistant secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

One response to “Maura Harty (F’81)”

  1. What a treat to see this interview with my Georgetown colleague Maura Harty! There couldn’t be a more dear, fun, self-effacing and gracious representative of GU in the Foreign Service! One of my favorite memories was bumping into Ambassador Harty while returning from a business trip in Brazil. We stopped in Paraguay and Maura came aboard. I was embarassed because I was travelling in first class and tried to convince her to trade her business class seat with me–of course she would not! I also remember how she sought her assignment to Colombia for the challenge and how much she appreciated the culture of the countries she lived in. More recently, catching Maura on television speaking elegantly on behalf of Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, all Hoyas could be proud of Maura’s professionalism, hard work and dedication!

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