An American diplomat and senior member of the United States Foreign Service, Marie (Louise) Yovanovitch was born on November 11, 1958 (61 years) in Montreal, Canada. She is the daughter of Nadia Yovanovitch and Mikhail Yovanovitch and has a brother named Andre Yovanovitch. Since her parents were originally of the Russian heritage, she was exposed to the culture early on and spoke fluent Russian at home. Even though she was born in Canada, her family moved to Connecticut, United States when she was three years old. She received the naturalized American citizenship when she was eighteen years old.
Marie Yovanovitch Education Details
Yovanovitch graduated in 1976 from Kent School in Connecticut and later did her Bachelor’s degree in history and Russian Studies from Princeton University (1980). Similarly, she garnered her Master of Science degree from National Defense University’s National War College, Moscow in 2001.
Is Marie Yovanovitch Married?
Yovanovitch is unmarried and she is not in a relationship with anyone currently.
Marie Yovanovitch Net Worth, Car And House
Yovanovitch is expected to be worth $6million as of 2019. The details about her house and cars are currently unavailable.
Marie Yovanovitch Body Measurements
Exact body measurements for Marie Yovanovitch are not available. She has brown hair and brown eyes, and she is of average height.
Marie Yovanovitch Career Details
Yovanovitch started her career in 1986 by joining the U.S Foreign Service whereby she got the opportunity to participate in various foreign assignments including assignments in Moscow, Ottawa, and London, and so on. She was appointed the Deputy Director is the Russian desk in the U.S Department of State in May 1998. She served in this position till May 2000 (two years) and then she got another foreign assignment. She went to Ukraine and worked as the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S Embassy in Kyiv (Ukraine) from August 2001 to June 2004. After completing her time in Ukraine, she returned to the US and was appointed as the senior advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in August 2004. After working there for a few months, there was another big opportunity waiting for her. Yovanovitch, on November 20, 2004, was appointed the U.S Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan. She fulfilled her role as an Ambassador for 4 years and returned to the US in February 2008. She then kept on working with the US government and was considered a strong bureaucrat at that time. She also served as the Ambassador to Armenia from 20008 to 2011. Yovanovitch has received various accolades for her strong professional determination. She has been awarded the Superior Honor Award five times in her career and Senior Foreign Service Performance award six times. She was also awarded the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.
She returned to the US in 2011, and then, Yovanovitch worked as a Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. While working here, Yovanovitch was a focal person for various U.S diplomats working in Europe. In 2016, she was also awarded the rank of ‘Career Minister’.
Yovanovitch’s career took interesting turns in 2016 after U.S. President Donald Trump sworn her as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. While working in Ukraine, Yovanovitch was appreciated for her strong voice against the corruption issue in Ukraine. She tirelessly worked to strengthen the National Anti-Corruption Bureau in Ukraine, and this vocal nature of Yovanovitch was not liked by everyone. She was targeted in a conspiracy-driven smear campaign where allegations were made against her for being part of the anti-corruption probes in Ukraine and efforts by the Trump administration to investigate relationships between Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Ukrainian Officials. The allegation were made by Rudolph W. Giuliani (Trump’s attorney), John Solomon (conservative commentator if The Hill), and Yuriy Lutsenko (Ukraine’s top prosecutor at that time). Trump ordered her recall on April 24, 2019, and she came back to the US on April 25, 2019. It was later revealed that Yovanovitch was trapped in this conspiracy to get her out of Ukraine. Yovanovitch gave closed-door testimony in October 2019 whereby she said that she was removed based on “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives.’
After being removed from the post of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Yovanovitch started working as a Senior State Department Fellow at Georgetown University. She later retired on January 31, 2020.