Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations
The Next Meeting Will Be Held on Wednesday, April 19

 From Obama to Trump -

 What's Next in U.S. & Cuba Relations?

Ambassador Vicki J. Huddleston


Ambassador Huddleston is a retired career Senior Foreign Service Officer whose last assignment was as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for AfricanAffairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from June 2009 through December 2011. Before that she was Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Ethiopia, United States Ambassador to Mali, Principal Officer of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar. She was Chief of United States Interests Section in Havana from 1999–2002 and was earlier the Deputy and then the Coordinator of the Office of Cuban Affairs. 

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, she was a visiting scholar at Brookings Institution. Ambassador Huddleston was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on the staff of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). 

Huddleston earned a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from the University of Colorado. She has received U.S. Department of State awards, including a Distinguished Honor Award and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award. In 2008, she was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team for the U.S. Department of State. She is the co-author of “Learning to Salsa: New Steps in U.S.-Cuba Relations,” and opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. She is a former commentator for NBC-Universal. She currently speaks and provides commentary on Cuba and Africa.

Huddleston is currently a Consultant to the Transnational Strategy Group, within their Cuba Business Advisory Practice Group.

Please RSVP by 3pm Monday, April 17 by one of the following; reply to this email; phone Kathryn Horvat at 801-502-0708, or email to kbhorvat@comcast.net. Reservations made after deadline will be taken for speaker only. Please leave your name and the number in your party.  Vegetarian meal is available, advise with RSVP.  Please cancel reservations by 3pm on Monday, April 17, if you know you will not be attending the meeting. You are responsible for your own and guests’ fees if you do not attend after making reservations.

Dinner fees; Member $35, Guests $40.

6PM Social – 7PM Dinner – 8PM Presentation 

The Alta Club – 100 East South Temple

Dinner fees; Member $35, Guests $40.  

ComplImentary parking is available on the north side of South Temple, east of the Eagle Gate apartment building. Valet service is available after 6pm

This meeting is sponsored by a generous gift from