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Trump’s Ambassador to Slovenia
The Honorable Lynda Blanchard has lived a varied and remarkable life as an American diplomat, successful business executive and international humanitarian.
Most recently, Lynda served as United States Ambassador to Slovenia after being tapped for the position in 2018 by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by a bipartisan majority in the United States Senate. As Ambassador, Lynda worked tirelessly to increase diplomacy and maintain channels for dialogue on issues of national interest. During her tenure, she brought the U.S.-Slovenia relationship to new heights, welcoming a visit by Secretary Pompeo, the first to Slovenia by a U.S. Secretary of State in almost 20 years, and a sign of renewed U.S. commitment to the bilateral relationship. As Ambassador, she shepherded several enduring bilateral agreements and encouraged the Slovenia government to meet their NATO obligations and focused increased efforts on economic relations.
A skilled business leader and strategic manager, in 1993, Lynda co-founded a succesful real estate investment management company based in Montgomery, Alabama that expanded to operate across the South East United States
Lynda is a passionate advocate for children’s issues internationally and domestically. She co-founded and was CEO of the 100X Development Foundation, created in 2004 in Montgomery, Alabama to foster creative solutions to eradicate poverty and its negative effects improving the lives of children around the world. She has worked in Africa, Asia and South America engaging with local partners to further 100X’s mission resulting in innovative partnerships to establish orphanages, sustainable development programs, and food production companies that have improved the lives of thousands of families in 16 countries. It also supports multiple charities and programs serving children and vulnerable populations throughout Alabama. As CEO of 100X, Lynda was actively involved in shaping and approving the goals and priorities of each of the Foundation’s programs.
An esteemed leader and advocate for people with special needs for more than 20 years, Lynda has served on the advisory board for the Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to people with emotional, physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. Lynda has voluntarily served on the Boards and otherwise supported numerous other education programs in Alabama and has worked to help families who are interested in adoption.
Lynda is lifelong Alabama resident and mom to eight and an international adoptive parent. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science from Auburn University, learning five computer languages. She is the recipient of many international and domestic awards recognizing her humanitarian contributions.