Ambassador Cindy Courville

Ambassador Cindy Courville, Ph.D.

Ambassador Cindy Courville is a trusted Strategic Policy Adviser with over thirty years of experience in national security, international affairs, conflict management, international conflict resolution and management, policy, education, negotiation, mediation, and gender integration.

As the first U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Ambassador Courville strengthened U.S. policy positions and strategically implemented policy priorities. She developed international strategic public and private partnerships; prioritized U.S. resource allocation efforts; advanced bipartisan support and collaboration with Congressional members.

As the Special Assistant and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council to President George W. Bush, she is widely credited with developing strategic U.S. partnerships, facilitating alliances, negotiations, and communications in Africa.

During her distinguished career in the U.S. government, Ambassador Courville also served as the Chair of the Department of Geostrategic Studies at the National Intelligence University, Director for East African Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Senior Intelligence Officer in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Deputy Assistant Defense Intelligence Officer for Africa Policy at the Defense Intelligence Agency, Senior Intelligence Officer for Defense Operations at the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Senior Intelligence Political Military Analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Ambassador Courville has a Ph.D. and M.A. degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; and a M.A. and B.A. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She was an Assistant Professor at Occidental College and Hanover College, instrumental in the development and implementation of programs that promoted social, ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender integration of the student body and faculty. Ambassador Courville currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Social Science Foundation Board for the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.