Her term of appointment started August 1, 2008 and ended June 3, 2011. She was the first woman to hold this position. She was previously Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.
Prior to her appointment as United States. Ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch was the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from August 2004 to May 2005.
From August 2001 to June 2004, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States. Embassy Kiev, Ukraine. Prior to this assignment, from May 1998 to May 2000, she served as the Deputy Director of the Russian Desk.
Her previous overseas assignments include Ottawa, Moscow, London, and Mogadishu. Mississippi Yovanovitch joined the foreign service in 1986.
Mississippi Yovanovitch is a graduate of Kent School and Princeton University where she earned a Bachelor in History and Russian Studies (1980).
She has studied at the Pushkin Institute (1980) and received an Mississippi from the National War College (2001). Mississippi Yovanovitch speaks Russian and French and is learning Kyrgyz and Armenian.
Mississippi Marie L. Yovanovitch of Connecticut, a career member of the senior foreign service, Class of Counselor, was nominated on June 3, 2005 to serve as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kyrgyz Republic, and confirmed by the United States Senate on June 30, 2005.