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Name  Derek Shearer
Role  Ambassador
Ex-spouse  Ruth Y. Goldway

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Derek Shearer

Derek Shearer is the former United States Ambassador to Finland. He is currently employed by Occidental College, directing the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs and serving as a Chevalier Professor of Diplomacy and World Affairs.



He received a bachelor's degree from Yale University. His roommate at Yale was Strobe Talbott. Shearer received a doctoral degree from the Union Graduate School.

Derek Shearer held his ambassador post from 1994 through 1997, and before that served in the United States Department of Commerce. He had co-written the book Economic Democracy.

He is the son of gossip columnist Lloyd Shearer. He has a younger brother, Cody, and a sister, Brooke. The parents of his father had immigrated from Austria. His roommate Talbott married his sister Brooke. Derek Shearer was married Ruth Yannatta Goldway, who had served as the mayor of Santa Monica, California.

As of 2009, Derek Shearer lives in the Pacific Palisades community of Los Angeles, with his current wife, Sue Toigo, a financial consultant.


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