Sharon Hudson-Dean is a career American diplomat.
A 23-year veteran of the U.S. diplomatic corps and a member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Hudson-Dean has represented the United States in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nepal, Georgia, Russia, and Australia.
In Washington, she has worked in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs and as an American Political Science Association Fellow in the U.S. Senate. From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Hudson-Dean served as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Harare, and, from 2007-2010, she was the Press Attaché for the U.S. Mission to South Africa.
Ms. Hudson-Dean has a Bachelor of Science (Foreign Service) from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts degree in Political Communications from Johns Hopkins University. She is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, as well as the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Achievement Award, and speaks Latvian, Russian, and some Georgian and French. Her husband, Leon Hartwell, is a South African political analyst. They have three children and share interests in travel, cycling, and new media.