MaryKay Carlson joined the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires as Deputy Chief of Mission in September 2019, and served in that position until January 20, 2021. She then became Chargé d’affaires a.i. until Ambassador Marc Stanley arrived and assumed the role of Chief of Mission. On January 24, 2022 she resumed her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission.
Prior to her assignment to Argentina, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’affaires in New Delhi, India, and held the position of Principal Deputy Executive Secretary for the Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.
A Foreign Service officer since 1985, she has served at U.S. Diplomatic Missions in China (twice), Ukraine, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Kenya, and the Dominican Republic. Her domestic assignments include Director of the Secretary’s Executive Secretariat Staff and Deputy Director of Korean Affairs.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ms. Carlson received her BA in Spanish and International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds Masters Degrees from Georgetown University (International Relations) and the National War College (National Security Studies). She is married to retired Foreign Service officer Aubrey Carlson, and they have two daughters.