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Mary Beth Goodman

Former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Development and Democracy, National Security Council, The White House

Mary Beth Goodman is a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council at the White House, where she was responsible for global development, health, democracy and humanitarian issues. Prior to that she served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and as a senior advisor for the ENOUGH Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. She previously worked at the NSC as the Director for International Economic Affairs. Ms. Goodman also worked for the Departments of State and Homeland Security, including in a variety of overseas postings. Ms. Goodman earned an L.L.M. in International & Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a B.A. from James Madison University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and speaks French. Ms. Goodman is also a certified mediator in conflict resolution and is admitted to the bar in Illinois.