Catching Up with Elizabeth McKay

Did you know that CPD Senior Visiting Scholar Elizabeth McKay has 35 years of diplomatic experience? Since joining the U.S. Information Agency (since merged in to the State Department) in 1985, she has served all over the world, from Mexico City to Rome to Ankara and beyond. Before arriving at CPD in 2018, she served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission with the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa.

CPD Graduate Student Fellow Nikki Burnett caught up with Elizabeth about her life as a diplomat, her favorite public diplomacy memories, and how she is a resource for USC students.

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Editor’s Note: As stated in the video interview below, Elizabeth McKay’s USC office location remains in ASC 234, however all CPD staff including McKay are working remotely in response to COVID-19 until further notice. Please reach out to if you would like to get in touch.

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