Tracey Ann Jacobson served as the acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (IO) until September 2017. She is currently an independent consultant supporting Department of Defense tactical and strategic level exercises in the United States and Europe, and has served as a Mentor for the Ambassadorial Seminar.
Previously she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in IO. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republics of Kosovo (2012 – 2015), Tajikistan (2006 – 2009), and Turkmenistan (2003 – 2006). Ambassador Jacobson served as Dean of the School of Professional and Area Studies and later as Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute (2010 – 2012), and was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Riga (2000-2003).
Prior to those assignments, Ambassador Jacobson served as Deputy Executive Secretary at the National Security Council at the White House. Her other overseas assignments include Seoul, South Korea; Nassau, Bahamas; and Moscow, Russia.
Ambassador Jacobson received a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. She is the recipient of several State Department Meritorious and Superior Honor Awards, as well as two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. Ambassador Jacobson is married to David Baugh, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service.