Capricia P. Marshall
Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall was sworn in as Chief of Protocol of the United States on August 3, 2009.
As Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Marshall leads the Office of the Chief of Protocol whose mission is to advance the foreign policy of the Obama Administration by creating an environment for successful diplomacy. On the front lines of diplomacy, Ambassador Marshall has welcomed Heads of State and Chiefs of Government from all over the world, organized and executed numerous events hosted by the Vice President, Secretary of State, and other high-ranking United States Government officials and diligently worked with the foreign Diplomatic Community in the United States.
Ambassador Marshall brings extensive experience in both the public and private sector to her post. Her extensive career in public service began in 1992, when she joined Governor Bill Clinton's presidential campaign as Special Assistant to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Upon entering the White House in 1993, Ambassador Marshall served as Special Assistant to the First Lady, traveling extensively and coordinating her agenda, meetings and public appearances. In October 1997, she was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary.
After leaving government, Ambassador Marshall continued working with President Clinton as a Senior Advisor helping to advance his work in policy, politics and community initiatives. In 2001, she began working as a consultant to a number of nonprofit and private sector organizations. In 2006, Ambassador Marshall joined the re-election efforts for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and subsequently joined Senator Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign as a Senior Advisor. In 2008, Ambassador Marshall became Executive Director of HillPAC and Friends of Hillary.
A first generation American of Mexican and Croatian decent and native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ambassador Marshall graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies. She studied at the University of Madrid for a year and has traveled extensively through Europe. Ambassador Marshall holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.