Marilyn Ware : biography
Marilyn Ware (born c. 1944) was the U.S. Ambassador to Finland from March 2006 to March 2008.
Ware is a lifetime advocate of farmland and open space preservation, assistance for abused families and early childhood education and care. She is one of the founders of the Janus School, a private day school for children with learning disabilities, and a co-founder of the Lancaster Farmland Trust.
Ware continues her interest in foreign policy and diplomatic relations. For the 2008 Presidential Convention, she sponsored and hosted a group of over 140 international visitors to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota as part of the International Democrat Union, a working organization of center and center-right parties throughout the world. She is currently listed by the Union as the party's contact.
Ambassador to Finland
Ware was nominated by President George W. Bush in October 2005. After Senate confirmation in December 2005, Ambassador Ware served at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki from March 2006 to March 2008.
From 1988-2003, Ware served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Water Works Company, the largest water-utility holding company in the United States. During her tenure, the company grew from a market capitalization of $1.4 billion in 1988 to $8.3 billion when it was sold to RWE in January 2003.
Ware served on the Economic Advisory Board of RWE and as a member of the International Advisory Council of Thames Water, Plc., RWE’s global water subsidiary, the third largest water company in the world.
In 2002, President Bush appointed Ware to serve on the National Critical Infrastructure Advisory Council, a position that she held until her appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Finland.
Ware has spent the majority of her adult life closely involved in the U.S. water sector. She was the Honorary President of WaterAid America, an international charity dedicated to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation systems and hygiene education in 15 countries. She has also served on the Boards of Directors of The Vice President’s Residence Foundation, and of the International Republican Institute (IRI). She has served on the Board of Trustees of The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, DC, and was Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Eisenhower Fellowships Program headquartered in Philadelphia. Ware is the Chairman for the Ware Family Office in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Awards and recognition
Ware was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Services from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 1988 and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 2004.
In 2002 and 2003, she was named to "Sy Snyder's Power 50," the PoliticsPA list of politically influential individuals in Pennsylvania. She was also named to the PoliticsPA list of "Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women"
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