Ann Wright is a former U.S. diplomat, who resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war. A 29-year veteran of the U.S. Army/Army Reserves, she retired as a colonel. Wright served as U.S. deputy ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone. Wright was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the embassy there in December 2001. Her other overseas assignments included Somalia, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, Micronesia, and Nicaragua.
Since her resignation, Wright has been writing and speaking out for peace. She fasted for a month, picketed at Guantánamo, served as a juror in impeachment hearings, and has been arrested numerous times for peaceful, nonviolent protest of Bush’s policies, particularly the war on Iraq. Wright is the coauthor of Dissent: Voices of Conscience, profiles of government insiders who have spoken out on the Iraq war. She has written numerous articles on the U.S. military, particularly on sexual assault and rape in the military. She has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs, and in newspapers and magazines, including Democracy Now, The O’Reilly Factor, The Laura Flanders Show, the Los Angeles Times and People.
Wright received a BA in biological sciences, an MA in educational administration, and a law degree from the University of Arkansas. She also has an MA in national security studies from the U.S. Naval War College. She lives in Honolulu.