Phyllis E. Oakley

Phyllis E. Oakley is a retired Foreign Service Officer of the Department of State. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Before her retirement in 1999, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for Intelligence and Research and the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration. She was the first woman spokesman for the Department.

Mrs. Oakley holds a Masters Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, also teaches courses at Northwestern University, her alma mater, and was a visiting professor at Mt. Holyoke College.

She is the Chair of the Board of the United States Committee for the United Nations Population Fund, and also serves on the board of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and The Middle East Institute.