Ambassador Mary Mel French served as Chief of Protocol for the United States during the Clinton Administration. She is the author of United States Protocol: The Guide to Diplomatic Etiquette. President Clinton called the book, “an authoritative user’s manual for international relations, it promises to become an indispensable reference–not only for those in Washington, but for all Americans in contact with people in other nations.”
Ms. French served as Co-Executive Director of the 1992 Presidential Inaugural Committee and was the Administrative Director of the 1992 Clinton/Gore Presidential campaign.
She has long been involved in volunteer service and civic activities. She was President of the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion Association from 1991-92, served as a member of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Board, and is a long time member of the Arkansas Arts Center.
Ms. French was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She was the recipient of the University of Arkansas Little Rock Distinguished Alumnus Award.