Ambassador Sue M. Cobb Joins CSIS Board of Trustees
May 31, 2012
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Ambassador Sue M. Cobb has joined the CSIS Board of Trustees. Ambassador Cobb joins former senator Sam Nunn, former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger, and former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski on the 41-member board.
“I am delighted to welcome Sue Cobb as our newest trustee,” said Sam Nunn, chairman of the CSIS Board of Trustees. “Her ability to move seamlessly between the worlds of business and public service, along with her selfless character, embody the attributes we need as a nation to make American diplomacy truly effective.”
From September 2001 to 2005, Sue Cobb served as the U.S. ambassador to Jamaica. She was secretary of state of Florida from December 2005 to January 2007. From 2002 to 2008, she was engaged at the U.S. Department of State’s Leadership and Management School as cochair of periodic mandatory seminars for newly designated U.S. ambassadors. The U.S. State Department Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service is awarded annually at the Department Award Ceremony to the individual selected from worldwide nominations as the most outstanding noncareer U.S. ambassador.
“We are deeply honored that Ambassador Cobb has decided to join CSIS,” said John Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. “I am so inspired by her—both professionally and personally—from her drive to be the first American woman to reach the summit of Everest to the legacy of service she left behind at the State Department. She is the kind of thinker and doer that inspires us all to do better and be better, and I am excited that she brings that same exacting standard with her to CSIS.”
When not in public service, Ambassador Cobb has been and continues to be engaged in private-sector business activities with Cobb Partners, Inc., a privately held Florida-based investment firm.
Ambassador Cobb currently serves on the Board of Directors of BankUnited (NYSE), chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Prior to entering public service in 1999 as secretary of the Florida Lottery, she was chair of the Audit Committee of LNR Properties, Inc. Ambassador Cobb served seven years, three terms as chair, of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Branch. She was the founding partner of the Public Finance Department of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where she practiced for several years.
In addition to BankUnited, Ambassador Cobb sits on the Board of Directors of Durango Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Associates Inc. She is president of the American Friends of Jamaica, a New York–based charitable entity, and president of the Florida-based Cobb Family Foundation. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Council of American Ambassadors and is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami.
Ambassador Cobb is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Miami School of Law. She has been published in the University of Miami Law Review and is the author of The Edge of Everest (Stackpole Books, 1989), an account of her travels through China and Tibet and her attempt to be the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Sue Cobb is married to Ambassador Charles E. Cobb Jr. They reside in Coral Gables, Florida.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to advance global security and prosperity by providing strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers.
The CSIS Board of Trustees sets and guides the policies of the Center. Trustees take an active role in determining and participating in the intellectual agenda of CSIS, culminating in outreach to the policymaking community. They are involved in various ways at CSIS including providing leadership for important projects, participating in special events, and assisting with select fundraising.