Passing of Secretary Albright


“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.”

— Madeleine Albright

Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) is deeply saddened by the loss of our Advisory Board Member
and one of the most highly esteemed women of our time, Secretary Madeleine K. Albright.
With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of a beloved American leader and supporter of PSA’s mission.
We will continue look to Secretary Albright’s life as a source of inspiration for what the future of
America can hold when we act with both steadfast determination and compassion.
A woman of many accomplishments, some of Secretary Albright’s most notable roles include her
confirmation as the 64th Secretary of State of the United States, the first female to hold the position and
the highest-ranking female leader in the history of the U.S. government at that time.
As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human
rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to
1997, Secretary Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a
member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for
National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council
and White House staff, and she served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Secretary Albright was also a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Service. She chaired both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and served as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.
Secretary Albright served on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and the
Center for a New American Security. In 2009, Secretary Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General
Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic

Dr. Albright is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A
Memoir, (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006);
Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); and Read
My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009).
Dr. Albright received a B.A. with Honors from Wellesley College, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees
from Columbia University’s Department of Public Law and Government, as well as a Certificate from its
Russian Institute.