Rose McCartney Likins is a Career Ambassador within the United States Foreign Service and the former United States Ambassador to Peru.
Born, Rose McCartney, Likins is the daughter of Eugene McCartney and Merlyn Houghland.
A native of Virginia, Likins holds an Bachelor in International Relations and Spanish from Mary Washington College where she graduated in 1981.
Prior to this post she was the Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, District of Columbia, where she was also Dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Professional and Area Studies. Likins entered the foreign service in 1981 and her early positions included Special Assistant to the United States Deputy Secretary of State, Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Director of the State Department’s Operations Center.
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She was also a consular officer in the Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico. Her later assignments included serving in the United States. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, Deputy Chief of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria from 1995-1997, Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department and United States Ambassador to El Salvador from August 2000 - June 2003 under Presidents Bill Clinton and George West. Bush.
From 2003 - 2006, Likins was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs at the State Department and from 2006 - 2010, she was the Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute where she was also Dean of the Foreign Service Institute’s School of Professional and Area Studies. On April 21, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Likins to be United States. Ambassador to Peru and on August 10, 2010 the Senate confirmed her.