Molly Williamson

Currently a scholar with the Middle East Institute, Molly Williamson retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 with the rank of Career Minister, having served six presidents.

From 2005 to 2008, Williamson was the senior foreign policy adviser to the Secretary of Energy, with global responsibilities at the nexus of foreign policy and energy policy. Prior to that, Williamson served as U.S. interim ambassador in Bahrain, and was assigned to special projects regarding Israel/Palestine, Iraq, and the United Nations.

Williamson has held posts within the departments of Commerce, State and Defense, having been engaged in advancing U.S. trade relations, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations, and in drafting U.S. policy on crises in Rwanda and Somalia and nuclear tests in South Asia. She has had numerous postings in the Middle East, including Chief of Mission and Consul General in Jerusalem during the Madrid Peace Process (1991-93), which culminated in the Oslo Accords.

A native of California, Williamson has been awarded two Presidential Service Awards, the Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Award, Department of Commerce Performance Award, the Secretary of Defense's Service Award, and 14 awards from the Department of State.