Chairwoman of the Council of Federation
(born April 7, 1949; Ukraine)
In 1972 she graduated from Leningrad Institute of Chemistry and Pharmaceutics and in 1985 she graduated from Communist Party of the Soviet Union's Academy, in 1991 from professional development program to employees of foreign ministries at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR. From 1972 to 1984 she held various leadership positions within the Komsomol organization. In 1984 - 1986 she was the First Secretary of the Krasnogvardeysky District Committee of the Communist Party. From 1986 to 1989 she was Deputy President of the Lensovet Executive Committee. In 1989 she was elected as a people's deputy to the Supreme Soviet and headed the committee on women, family and children affairs. Between 1991 and 1998 Valentina Matvienko served in the diplomatic service and held several diplomatic positions including posts of Russian ambassador to Malta (1991-1994) and Greece (1997-1998), Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department on Relationships with constituent entities of the federation, parliament and political organizations (1995-1997). In 1998, Valentina Matvienko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, responsible for social development, and occupied this position until 2003. On March 19, 2003 she was appointed presidential envoy to the Northwestern Federal District. On October 5, 2003 Valentina Matvienko was elected governor of Saint Petersburg.