MaryKay Loss Carlson, a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Prior to assuming this role at the U.S. Mission in India in August, 2016, she was Principal Deputy Executive Secretary in the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat in Washington, D.C., where she led teams that support the principal officers of the Department and their staffs. From 2013 to 2014 she served as office director of the Executive Secretariat Staff.
Ms. Carlson previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Ms. Carlson has served overseas in Santo Domingo; Nairobi; Maputo; Taipei (Mandarin language training); Beijing (two tours); Kyiv; and Hong Kong. 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, 1985) and the National War College (National Security Studies, 2007). Ms. Carlson is married to fellow Foreign Service officer Aubrey Carlson. They have two daughters – Kathryn and Karen.