From 2007 to 2019, Amb. Wendy J. Chamberlin was President of The Middle East Institute based in Washington D.C. Under her leadership, the Institute tripled its endowment, added an Arts and Cultural Center, and was ranked among the top Middle East focused U.S. think tanks by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tank Ratings. Her legacy achievement, however, was the total renovation of its historic building.
Amb. Chamberlin served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan in 2001-2002 where she played a key role in securing Pakistan's cooperation for the US-led campaign against al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan. Her other leadership positions at the State Department over her 29-year career has included Ambassador to Laos, Charge' d'Affaires in Malaysia, and senior positions in the Near East and Counter Narcotics Bureaus. She served abroad in Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Laos, and Zaire.
She was Director for Global Affairs at the National Security Council. She headed the Middle East and Asia operations at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she helped establish civilian reconstruction programs in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Amb. Chamberlin retired in 2004 to serve as Deputy High Commissioner for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva where she supervised the administration of the multi-billion dollar UN humanitarian organization.