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Gwen C. Clare
Ambassador to Ecuador

Gwen C. Clare, born in Washington DC, entered the Foreign Service in August 1967. She served as Vice Consul in Lisbon, Portugal, and resigned from the Service in 1968, upon marriage. She followed her husband to his postings in Guatemala City and Asmara, Eritrea.

Invited to rejoin the Department in late 1974, Mrs. Clare worked in the Department before serving in Santiago, Chile, from 1976 to 1980 and in Lima, Peru from 1980 to 1983. She returned to Washington in August 1983 to become a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association. During her fellowship, she worked as the foreign policy advisor to Senator Lawton Chiles on his personal staff before moving to the Subcommittee on International Operations of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Mrs. Clare spent most of 1984-1986 on leave of absence when she accompanied her husband to his diplomatic posting in Asuncion, Paraguay. She returned to work in the Department as Deputy Director of the Secretariat staff during 1986-88, when George Shultz was Secretary of State.

In 1988, Mrs. Clare became Director of the Orientation Division of the Foreign Service Institute, where she oversaw the introduction to the Service of 450 new Foreign Service Officers. She spent the school year of 1990-91 as a student at the National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC. In September of 1991, Mrs. Clare assumed her duties as Principal Officer at the American Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She left Ecuador to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission in El Salvador from December 1994 to July 1996. Mrs. Clare spent a year studying U.S. domestic issues as a member of the State Department's Senior Seminar, then served as Consul General in Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 1997 through May 1999.

Mrs. Clare is married to Daniel H. Clare, III, and is the mother of Daniel and Monica. Mrs. Clare considers home to be Hilton Head, South Carolina.

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