Bagley, Elizabeth Frawley
Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley is special representative to the Secretary of State for Global Partnership at the State Department, the primary department of the federal government for the conduct of foreign policy, which oversees 180 embassies around the world including also 80 US Aid missions.
Frawley Bagley, a native New Yorker, earned a bachelor of arts cum laude in French and Spanish from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and a JD cum laude from Georgetown University. She is a former member of the board of directors of the American Ireland Fund Committee for a New Ireland.
Frawley Bagley was senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from 1997-2001. Prior to this appointment, she served as the U.S. ambassador to Portugal from 1994-1997.
An attorney specializing in trade and international law, Frawley Bagley was adjunct professor of law at Georgetown until January 1993. She served as diplomatic liaison for the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign and as foreign policy advisor to the Drafting Committee
for the 1992 Democratic Party platform.
Frawley Bagley’s grandparents hailed from counties Roscommon, Clare, Limerick and
Kerry. She has traveled a number of times throughout the country.
Frawley Bagley’s husband, the noted businessman and philanthropist Smith Bagley, passed away in January. She has two children, Vaughan Elizabeth, 20, and Conor Reynolds, 16. “My Irish heritage is an integral part of my life and has been my entire life since my maternal grandmother lived with us and regaled us with stories of the old country, and relativesshipped us fresh shamrocks every St. Patrick’s Day,” Frawley Bagley says.
“I have long been involved in the Irish peace process working with John Hume and others to promote reconciliation. I have been on the board of the American Ireland Fund for over 20 years. Ireland is in my heart, but also it is in my soul!”