Connie Morella served as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2003-2007.  She is the first U.S. Ambassador to the OECD ever to have served in the U.S. Congress.

From 1987 until 2003 Ambassador Morella represented Maryland’s 8th Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives where she developed a national reputation as a leading advocate for women, children, and families as well as a promoter of economic growth through science and technology.  Before her election to the U.S. Congress, Ambassador Morella was elected and served in the Maryland General Assembly for 8 years. Prior to elective office, Morella was Professor of English at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.

 In 2008 she was a Resident Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

Since 2009 she has been Ambassador in Residence at American University School of Public Affairs “Women and Politics Institute.”

Since 2010 Morella has served on the Presidentially appointed  American Battle Monuments Commission which is the guardian of our American Cemeteries overseas.

Ambassador Morella holds a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from American University, and 12 honorary degrees, including one from A.U.  Along with her husband Anthony, A.U. Professor of Law Emeritus, Morella has raised nine children, including her late sister’s six children.