Presently a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Vicki Huddleston is a former U.S. Ambassador to Mali and Madagascar and career member of the Senior Foreign Service. From 1999 to 2002, she was Principal Officer and Chief of Mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba. Before that, Huddleston was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.
In Mali she was instrumental in reinforcing security and stability throughout the Pan-Sahelian region. While Deputy Assistant Secretary, Huddleston formulated policies that contributed to the peace settlement in Sierra Leone. Her commitment to the environment resulted in the establishment of new protected areas in Madagascar.
As our chief diplomat in Cuba, Huddleston devised and implemented an “outreach” program to empower the Cuban people and strengthen peaceful internal dissident through the distribution of thousands of books and radios. While Deputy Chief of Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she acted as operational liaison for the deployment of U.S. and multinational forces in 1994-1995.
A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman, Huddleston began her life overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. She later worked for the American Institute for Free Labor Development in Peru and Brazil.
Huddleston has an MA degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Colorado. She has received several Department of State awards, including a Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.