International Affairs Consultant • Retired Foreign Services Officer, U.S. Department of State
2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker

River Falls, Wisconsin

A career diplomat for 30 years with the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. Department of State, Margo Squire served in Munich, Moscow, Melbourne, Baku, Ankara and Washington D.C. She has extensive experience in public affairs, media relations, international broadcasting, educational exchanges, management of U.S. government assistance activities, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Highlights of Squire's career include service as director of democratic initiatives in the State Department’s Office of Coordination for Assistance to the New Independent States, where she managed U.S. government democracy programs throughout the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, including those related to the rule of law, civil society, elections and free media. She was also director of press and public outreach for State's Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, and director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Outreach of the State Department's Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Squire has a BA from Dartmouth College and a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Retired from the State Department in 2014, she currently supports foreign nationals transferring to the Minneapolis area.  She leads tours at the Museum of Russian Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Museum of Art, and is a chief election worker for the state of Wisconsin. She is married to former diplomat Ross Wilson and has two sons.