For 35 years, Harriet Isom served with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in Asia and Africa. During her last 10 years of service, Harriet headed the American Embassies in Laos, Benin and Cameroon. She has received numerous accolades during the course of her career to include awards from the Oregon Commission for Women and the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Isom holds a B.A. from Mills College and an M.A.L.D from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Since retirement in 1996, she is a “gentlewoman farmer” on her family ranch near Pendleton, Oregon.