Episode 51: Ambassador Susan Jacobs

Ambassador Susan Jacobs is the Special Advisor for Children’s Issues at the State Department. In this episode, she describes her office’s work on inter-country adoptions and custody disputes — and discusses when these issues rise to the level of high diplomacy. Ambassador Jacobs has had a long and distinguished career. She discusses how she broke a big barrier in US diplomacy, becoming one of the very first married women to be allowed to join the US foreign service.  She also recounts some career highlights, including a stint as ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. It’s a lively discussion with a foreign service pro. Enjoy!