Eleni Kounalakis is a California businesswoman, Democratic Party activist,
a wife and the mother of two teenage sons, and the former U.S. Ambassador
to Hungary under President Barack Obama. Eleni was raised the proud
daughter of an immigrant father who started out as a farmworker, and she believes in the values of hard work, education and political activism.
She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Madam Ambassador,
Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest,
published in 2015 by The New Press.
Passionate about early childhood development, she served on California's
First 5 Commission and the
California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. She was appointed
by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Port Commission, and currently
chairs the California Advisory Council for International Trade and