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Ms. Shireen L. Dodson, UN Ombudsman and Head of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services


Ms. Shireen L. Dodson

On 7 June 2018, the Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Shireen L. Dodson of the United States as the third United Nations Ombudsman, at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.

Ms. Dodson brings to the position over thirty years of diverse leadership experience in business, government and non-profit organizations. Prior to this appointment, she was the first full-time Ombudsman of the US State Department, a position she assumed in 2010 and in which she provided dispute resolution, coaching, change management and leadership training for nearly 75,000 people around the world.

Between 2006 and 2010, she was Special Assistant to the Director, Office of Civil Rights for the US State Department. In 2004, she was the City Museum Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of The Historical Society of Washington. She also served as Interim Director of the Non-profit Roundtable of Greater Washington (2001-2002), Senior Strategist, Netsuation Division of Starpoint Solutions (2000-2001), Associate Director for Administration, Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution (1995-2000), Associate Director for Administration and Planning for The National African-American Museum Project, Smithsonian Institution (1992-1995), and Comptroller, Smithsonian Institution (1986-1992).

Ms. Dodson holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University. She is also an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach.