Laurie S. Fulton

Chair of Global Engagement @ Meridian Board of Trustees

Laurie S. Fulton

Laurie S. Fulton served as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from July 2009 to February 2013.  She recently retired as a partner in the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she practiced law for more than two decades and was recognized as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2004.

As Ambassador, she managed U.S. relations with Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in areas related to national security, counter-terrorism, arctic policy, piracy and international law enforcement, among others.  She co-founded Green Partnerships for Growth, a bi-lateral, public-private initiative to develop U.S.–Danish business opportunities in green technology sectors.  Ambassador Fulton organized and co-hosted the 2010 Conference on the Role of Women in Global Security for the U.S. and Nordic-Baltic countries, identifying best practices to assist women in becoming productive citizens in countries emerging from conflict, specifically Afghanistan, Liberia and Uganda.  She was recognized for leadership and advocacy for inclusion and tolerance.  Ambassador Fulton was awarded the Grand Cross of the Danish Royal Order of Dannebrog by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

Ms. Fulton serves on the corporate board of Y.E.S., Your Electronic Supplier A/S.  Ms. Fulton is Chair of the Honorary Advisory Board of the American-Danish Business Council.  Ms. Fulton serves on the boards of non-profit organizations, including the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council, Board of Directors of Stimson Center, Board of Trustees of the Meridian International Center, and Board of Trustees of Youth for Understanding.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of American Ambassadors, and the American Society of International Law. She served on the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace from January 2004 to October 2008 and co-chaired the USIP International Advisory Council from 2008-2010.

Laurie Fulton earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, which recently awarded her a Citation for Alumnus Achievement.  Ms. Fulton earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School (GULC) and was awarded the Order of the Coif.  She has been honored with an outstanding Alumnae Award from GULC and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from South Dakota State University.