On The Move
New Carolina Welcomes Laura Leventis McKinney as Deputy Director
Aug 2, 2012
“New Carolina has led some incredibly impressive developments both in
business growth and education initiatives which I am excited to carry
forward. This is a great time to be in South Carolina, and I am very
proud to contribute to the betterment of my home state.” – Laura
McKinney began her professional career abroad as the founding Executive Director for the American Chamber of Commerce in Tallinn, Estonia. Building upon that experience, McKinney joined the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in 1999. She served as a Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia and as the Vice Consul at the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In addition to her professional work, McKinney relocated a number of times in support of her husband Jim’s military career to Leavenworth, Kansas; Tirana, Albania; Honolulu, Hawaii; and most recently to Ljubljana, Slovenia where she again supported U.S. national interests working at the U.S. Embassy.
McKinney is a graduate of AC Flora High
School in Columbia and the University of Virginia in Slavic Languages
and Literature. Laura and Jim reside in Columbia with their 5 wonderful
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