Carol Rodley is a career officer in the Senior Foreign Service and was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia on October 24, 2008. Ambassador Rodley most recently served as a faculty advisor at the Foreign Service Institute after returning from assignment as Counselor for Political Military Affairs at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Previously she served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 2003 to 2006.
Ambassador Rodley served as Deputy Executive Secretary in the Executive Secretariat from 2001 to July 2003. From 1997 to 2000, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Previous Washington assignments included Executive Assistant to the Bosnia Coordinator during the preparation for the Dayton negotiations and the initial phase of Dayton implementation, Deputy Director of the Secretariat Staff, Cyprus desk officer in the Office of Southern European Affairs, Senior Watch officer in the Operations Center, and intelligence analyst in the Russia Division of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Overseas assignments have included Germany, South Africa, the Dominican Republic and Pakistan. From 2000-2001, Ambassador Rodley attended the Department of State’s senior leadership training course, the 43rd Senior Seminar, at the Foreign Service Institute.
Ambassador Rodley has been the recipient of the Department’s Senior Performance Award, the State Department’s Human Rights and Democracy Award, the American Foreign Service Association’s Christian Herter Award for creative dissent, the James Clement Dunn Award for leadership, the Director of Central Intelligence Exceptional Humint Collector Award and an Intelligence Community Seal Medallion. Her languages are Khmer, German, Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi.
Ambassador Rodley is a native of Massachusetts and graduate of Smith College.