Jamie D. McCourt
U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco
Jamie D. McCourt, of California, was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in on November 2, 2017, as the U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco.
Ambassador McCourt is a former Owner, President, and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where under her leadership from 2004 to 2012, the Dodgers set club attendance records, won back-to-back division titles for the first time in 30 years, and returned to profitability. She is the founder and CEO of Jamie Enterprises, an entrepreneur, angel investor, real estate developer, educator, art collector, food and wine connoisseur and philanthropist, whose business and legal background, boundless energy and proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career journey.
As an avid supporter of the L.A. art community, Ambassador McCourt served for years on the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Board and Executive Committee of the Centre Pompidou Foundation. Additionally, she served on the Board of Trustees and various committees on The Museum of Contemporary Art. Ambassador McCourt was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
As a passionate supporter of financial self-sufficiency, Ambassador McCourt utilizes her unique experiences to engage young women in discussions about financial independence at institutions including Harvard, MIT and other top graduate business schools. From 2005 to 2011, she taught the first accredited graduate level leadership course specifically designed for women at a leading business school, with her class “The Pursuit of Leadership: A Female Perspective” at UCLA Anderson School of Management. As an advocate for education, she served on UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Board of Advisors as well as the Americas Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
She studied comparative law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received the Scopus award, the highest humanitarian honor given by the American Friends of the Hebrew University. As a former member of UNICEF’s Southern California Regional Board, she previously traveled with the US Fund for UNICEF to the Middle East and visited the Jordanian Za’atari refugee camp.
Ambassador McCourt received a diploma from the Sorbonne. Furthermore, she studied gastronomy in Aix-en-Provence and has since channeled her passion for food and wine into several culinary ventures, including the purchase of a Napa Valley vineyard and the writing of a cookbook, “Jamie’s Road: Cooking in a Crowded Life.”
She received her B.S. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and a M.S. in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. The Ambassador has four adult sons who she often calls her best “start-ups.”