Nominated: SFSO Caryn R. McClelland to be U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam


President Biden announced his intent to nominate Caryn R. McClelland to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. The WH released the following brief bio:

Caryn R. McClelland, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Brunei Darussalam

Caryn R. McClelland, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, is the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London.  She previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Vietnam and Latvia, and as Consul General in Surabaya, Indonesia.  She also served at the U.S. embassies in Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Turkmenistan and Ireland.  She was Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Deputy Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the Department of State.  Earlier, McClelland was Senior Advisor for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, and Regional Energy Advisor in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.  McClelland earned a B.A. at the University of California – Los Angeles, an M.A. at San Francisco State University, and an M.S. at the National War College.  She speaks Indonesian, Latvian and Russian.

If confirmed, Ms. McClelland would succeed Ambassador Matthew J. Matthews who served in Bandar Seri Begawan from April 15, 2019–May 20, 2020 (@StateDept Announces the Passing of U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Matthew J. Matthews).