On July 15, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Kristie A. Kenney to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. The WH released the following brief bio:
Kristie A. Kenney is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She most recently served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines. Prior to that, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador. Her Washington, D.C assignments have included serving as the Executive Secretary of the Department of State, Director of the State Department Operations Center, and as a member of the National Security Council staff under President Clinton. She also served in Argentina, Switzerland and Jamaica.
She received a Master’s Degree from Tulane University and a B.A. from Clemson University.
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We have previously posted (see links below) about Ambassador Kenney here during her stint as ambassador to the Philippines. Ambassador Kenney is also the other half of a tandem FS couple, her husband is the current ambassador to Colombia. Three for three now. If confirmed, this would be Ambassador Kenney’s third ambassadorial post, after Ecuador and the Philippines. Her husband, Bill Brownfield currently of Bogota was previously ambassador to Chile and Venezuela. On May 7, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Peter Michael McKinley to be Ambassador to the Republic of Colombia but he has yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
- Ambassador Kenney: Under the Sea and More | May 11, 2009
- Web 2.0 Roundup: US Embassy Manila | Oct 27, 2009
- Thanksgiving Around the Foreign Service | Dec 02, 2009
- US Amb to the Philippines Kristie Kenney Blogs Farewell | Jan 11, 2010
- Probe TV Bids Farewell to Ambassador Kristie Kenney | Jan 18, 2010