Walter & Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy


The 2014 Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy will be awarded to Ambassador Carla A. Hills.

Carla A. Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants. The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.

Mrs. Hills served as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993. As a member of President Bush's Cabinet, Mrs. Hills was the President's principal advisor on international trade policy. She was also the nation's chief trade negotiator, representing American interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations throughout the world. She led the U.S. negotiations in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade talks, concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement, and entered into a large number of trade and investment agreements with countries all around the world.

Earlier, Mrs. Hills served as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration (the third woman to hold a Cabinet position). She also served as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.

Over the past 25 years Mrs. Hills has served on a number of corporate boards of directors. She currently serves on the International Boards of J.P. Morgan Chase, Rolls Royce, and the Coca-Cola Company and is a member of the Board of Gilead Sciences. Mrs. Hills is also actively involved with a number of eleemosynary organizations, serving as Co-Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations, of the Inter American Dialogue, and of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Chair of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; member of the Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission, and a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, among others.

Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner of Munger, Tolles, and Hills, a Los Angeles law firm. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law, and co-authored the Antitrust Adviser, which was published by McGraw-Hill.

Ambassador Hills resides in Washington, D.C.

Bio from U.S. Department of State

Previous recipients of the Annenberg Award:

2014 Carla A. Hills
Secretary of Housing and Urban Developmen

2013 George P. Shultz
Secretary of State

2012 Richard G. Lugar

2011 Robert Gates
Secretary of Defense

2010 Ambassador Harold Saunders
Director of international affairs, the Kettering Foundation

2009 William Lacy Swing
Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

2008 Ryan C. Crocker
Ambassador to Iraq

2007 Christopher Hill
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

2006 Max M. Kampelman

Head of the United States Delegation to the Negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms

2005 Men and Women of the Foreign and Civil Service

Accepted by Under Secretary R. Nicholas Burns

2004 Joseph J. Sisco

Former Undersecretary of State

2003 John Danforth
Former Senator

2002 Colin L. Powell

Secretary of State

2001 Kofi Annan

UN Secretary General

2000 Richard Lugar & Sam Nunn
Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

1999 Stuart Eizenstat
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

1998 George Mitchell

Peace Negotiations on Northern Ireland

1997 George F. Kennan

Lifetime Contributions to Diplomacy

1996 Dennis Ross
Special Middle East Coordinator

1996 Richard Holbrooke
Dayton Peace Accords on Bosnia

1995 Robert Gallucci
Ambassador-at-Large; North Korean Negotiations

1994 General John Vessey (USA, ret'd)
President Emissary to Hanoi for missing American servicemen

1993 Robert Oakley
Special Envoy to Somalia

1991 Vernon Walters
Ambassador to Germany

1990 Thomas Pickering
Ambassador to the United Nations

1989 Rozanne Ridgway
Assistant, Secretary of State for European Affairs

1988 Stephen W. Bosworth
Ambassador to the Philippines


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