A 1970 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ambassador Bodine is president of the UCSB Alumni Association. She also currently serves as Diplomat-in-Residence at UCSB's Global and International Studies Program.
In August 2001, Bodine completed four years as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen. A career diplomat, she also served with distinction at posts in Baghdad, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Taiwan, and Tunis. In the United States, she has served the State Department as Director of East African Affairs, Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsular Affairs, and as Associate Director of Counterterrorism. She also has served as Dean of Professional Studies at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.
Ambassador Bodine has received many awards for her work in the Foreign Service, including the Secretary of State's Award for Valor and the Distinguished Honor Award, the State Department's most prestigious.
In 1991 the UCSB Alumni Association presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned a master's degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University.
Since 1975, the UCSB Alumni Association has selected eight UCSB graduates to serve as Alumni Regents.