Elizabeth F. Bagley was appointed ambassador to Portugal by Bill Clinton in 1994 and held the post until 1997. She then served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Madeline Albright from November 1997 to January 2001. She also held several positions in the State Department under the Carter Administration from 1977-1981.
She currently serves on The United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the Council on Foreign Relations, Council of American Ambassadors, Vital Voices International, and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She is the Associate Director for the Task Force on Threats to Democracy
She endorsed John Kerry for President in 2004.