Council of American Ambassadors Membership
Sue McCourt Cobb
2001 - 2005
Sue McCourt Cobb has spent most of the past decade in federal and state government service. From 2001 to 2005 Sue Cobb was the American envoy to Jamaica. During 2006, Ambassador Cobb served as Secretary of State of Florida, a return to Florida's capitol, having served in the Cabinet of Governor Jeb Bush in the late 90's as CEO of the Florida Lottery. Throughout 2003-2007 Ambassador Cobb also served as co-chair of the US Department of State's mandatory seminars for newly-appointed ambassadors.
Sue Cobb is currently President of The Cobb Family Foundation and is engaged in private sector business activities with Cobb Partners, Ltd., a Coral Gables, Florida-based investment firm. In 2007 Ambassador Cobb was elected to serve as President of the American Friends of Jamaica, a nationwide, New York based charitable organization. She is an active member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Council on Foreign Relations. Sue Cobb is the sponsor of the State Department's "Exemplary Diplomatic Service" award for non-career ambassadors. Her husband, Ambassador Charles Cobb, sponsors two State Department awards for "Initiative and Success in Trade Development."
In private engagements Ambassador Cobb was Founding Partner of the Public Finance Department of the Greenberg-Traurig law firm where she practiced for several years. She also served three terms as chair of the Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Branch. Long involved in civic and charitable organizations, Ambassador Cobb has been recognized for her contributions in both Jamaica and Iceland and by numerous organizations, including the American Red Cross, the United Way, Goodwill Industries and the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Sue Cobb is a graduate of Stanford University and the University Of Miami School Of Law. She has published in the University of Miami Law Review and also authored a book entitled "The Edge of Everest," an account of her travels through China and Tibet an her attempt to be the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Ambassadors Sue and Chuck Cobb reside in Coral Gables, Florida.