Sue M. Cobb

Sue M. Cobb
  • Sue M. Cobb
    CSIS Trustee
  • From September 2001 to 2005, Sue Cobb served as U.S. ambassador to Jamaica. Subsequently, from December 2005 to January 2007, she served as secretary of state of Florida. From 2002 to 2008, she was engaged at the U.S. Department of State’s Leadership and Management School as cochair of periodic mandatory seminars for newly designated U.S. ambassadors. The State Department’s Sue M. Cobb Award for Exemplary Diplomatic Service is awarded annually to the individual selected from worldwide nominations as the most outstanding noncareer U.S. ambassador. When not in public service, Ambassador Cobb has been and continues to be engaged in private-sector business activities with Cobb Partners, Inc., a privately held Florida-based investment firm. Ambassador Cobb currently serves on the Board of Directors of BankUnited, chairs the Governance and Nominating Committee, and serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Prior to entering public service in 1999 as secretary of the Florida Lottery, Ambassador Cobb was chair of the Audit Committee of LNR Properties, Inc. Ambassador Cobb served seven years, three terms as chair of the board, of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Branch. She was the founding partner of the Public Finance Department of the Greenberg Traurig law firm, where she practiced for several years. In addition to BankUnited, Ambassador Cobb sits on the boards of Durango Mountain Resort and Kirkwood Associates Inc. She is president of the American Friends of Jamaica, a New York–based charitable entity, and president of the Florida-based Cobb Family Foundation. She is on the boards of the Council of American Ambassadors and is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami. Ambassador Cobb is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Miami School of Law. She has been published in the University of Miami Law Review and is the author of The Edge of Everest (Stackpole Books, 1989), an account of her travels through China and Tibet and her attempt to be the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.


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