The Honorable Laurie S. Fulton

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (2009-2013)

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.

Ambassador Fulton was awarded the Grand Cross of the Danish Royal Order of Dannebrog by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.  She was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Navy for her service as ambassador.

Ambassador Fulton serves as Co-Chair of the Ambassadors Circle of the National Democratic Institute. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Archives Foundation.  She is a member of the Diplomatic Engagement Advisory Council of Meridian International Center, the Council of American Ambassadors, and the Diplomatic Advisory Board of the US World War I Centennial Commission. 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. Currently, she serves on USIP’s Women Building Peace Council.

Ambassador Fulton earned a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, also earning the Order of the Coif.  She has been honored with outstanding Alumnae Awards from both and an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from South Dakota State University.