San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed today announced the appointment of Maryam Muduroglu as the new Chief of Protocol for the Mayor’s Office of Protocol, a role that for 50 years was filled by the late Charlotte Mailliard Shultz.
Located in San Francisco’s City Hall, the Mayor's Office of Protocol serves as the primary liaison between the Mayor and representatives of foreign governments, including the 70 nations represented in San Francisco Consular Corps and San Francisco's 19 Sister Cities. The Office also produces special events of civic importance to promote the City's cultural assets worldwide.
“San Francisco has deep economic, cultural, and academic connections both in our region and internationally,” said Mayor London Breed. “It’s important that we have the right person to lead the Office of Protocol so that our city can continue to strengthen our international relationships. Maryam is hardworking, dynamic, and skilled, and she understands the magnitude of this role acting as the diplomat for San Francisco. Very few people embody the skill and finesse to understand how to foster and build long-lasting relations across cultures. The irreplaceable Charlotte Mailliard Shultz established the highest standard in this role for over five decades, but I am confident Maryam will build on Charlotte’s legacy.”
“To have been chosen by Mayor Breed to serve as the City’s Chief of Protocol is a privilege of a lifetime,” said Maryam Muduroglu. “San Francisco has been an anchor in my life and my family. Community is important. Giving back is important. I am honored to help showcase our multi-faceted beautiful City which is a beacon of opportunity, diversity, arts and culture to the rest of the world.”
As Chief of Protocol, Ms. Muduroglu will welcome visiting leaders, business delegations, artists and scholars from around the world to San Francisco and to City Hall. Additionally, she will work to advance the foreign policy goals of the City and County of San Francisco and create an environment for successful diplomacy by presenting engaging civic events that promote San Francisco's unique identity while entertaining residents and visitors.
A native San Franciscan and an active member of the community, Ms. Muduroglu will lead the implementation of cultural diplomacy programs that promote cross-cultural exchange between the people and government of San Francisco, and our partners worldwide.
“Maryam has been an outstanding collaborator as a trustee on the War Memorial board. Coming from a multicultural background and fluent in several languages, she has been an excellent addition,” said Tom Horn, President of the War Memorial and Honorary Consul of Monaco. “I know she will be a superb choice to be our City’s new Chief of Protocol.”
Prior to her new role as Chief of Protocol, Ms. Muduroglu has simultaneously given much of her time to community needs and causes after pursuing a career in IT Healthcare for nearly a decade. She has led projects with UC Health Systems, Stanford Hospitals, and the VA Health System.
Ms. Muduroglu is proficient in four languages (English, French, Farsi, and Spanish) and her work in community service spans two decades during which she has advocated for children in need and at-risk youth, supporting their long-term education, health and involvement with the arts.
Her commitment and passion to find equitable solutions to improve the lives of San Francisco youth and community has led to prominent positions on the Boards of Bay Area Discovery Museum, Children of Shelters, the Center for Youth Wellness, the Bay School of San Francisco and “Rising Up”, which is a public-private initiative to reduce youth homelessness in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Housing (HSH) and Larkin Street Youth Services.
"Maryam’s grace, charisma, kindness, and boundless energy for the betterment of society have served as a source of constant inspiration to me and countless others,” said Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services. “Maryam was at the forefront of the Rising Up Campaign and has consistently demonstrated her commitment to our community’s most pressing concerns throughout her career. She is the quintessential embodiment of our City’s values and spirit and there is no better ambassador for San Francisco than Maryam, and I look forward to her tenure as the next
Chief Protocol Officer.”
She currently serves on the board for several notable San Francisco organizations, such as the Tipping Point Leadership Council and the San Francisco Opera Association. Ms. Muduroglu currently serves as the President of the San Francisco Opera Guild and is a Trustee of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center.
Ms. Muduroglu holds an MBA in Marketing and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from University of California, Davis. Maryam lives in San Francisco with her husband and family.