Kelley Eckels Currie – U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues and U.S. Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
Kelley Eckels Currie of Georgia is the new U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues and U.S. Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Previously, she served as the acting deputy representative of the U.S. to the U.N. Currie has served as a senior fellow with the Project 2049 Institute and has held senior public policy positions at the Department, as well as several other positions at international and non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organizations. She received a B.A. from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Georgetown Law.
Michael George DeSombre – U.S. Ambassador to Thailand
Michael George DeSombre of Illinois is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand. Since 2004, DeSombre has served as a partner in the law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell. He has served on the board of the Hong Kong Forum, served as chairman of the board of the Save the Children Hong Kong, and is a 19-year member of the American Club in Hong Kong—which he has served on the board for a term of five years. DeSombre received a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and speaks some Korean and Japanese.
Alina L. Romanowski – U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Alina L. Romanowski (SFS) of Illinois is the new U.S. Ambassador to the State of Kuwait. Previously, she served as principal deputy coordinator for the Counterterrorism Office as well as acting principal deputy coordinator. Prior to that, Romanowski served as coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. She served at USAID from 2011–2015 as a deputy assistant administrator for the Middle East Bureau, and acting assistant administrator for the bureau. She has held many other senior level positions involving the Near East and South Asia. Romanowski has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and has attended Tel Aviv University in Israel. She speaks French and has studied Arabic and Hebrew.
Morse H. Tan – U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice
Morse H. Tan of Illinois is the new U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice. Previously, he served as professor of law at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Tan has served as a visiting scholar at both the University of Texas Law School and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He was founding professor of the first juris doctor program in Asia at Handong International Law School in South Korea. Tan is a national merit scholar and has a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is fluent in Korean and Spanish.
Leslie M. Tsou – U.S. Ambassador to Oman
Leslie M. Tsou (SFS) of Virginia is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman. Previously, she served as deputy chief of mission in Jerusalem and deputy chief of mission in Tel Aviv. Tsou served as senior advisor for Iran, director of the Office of Iranian Affairs, deputy political counselor in Baghdad, and director of Arabian Peninsula Affairs on the National Security Staff at the White House. She served as deputy principal officer from 2004–2005 in Libya after the U.S. re-established relations and has served at posts in London, Kuwait City, Warsaw, and in several positions in Washington, D.C. She has a B.S. from Georgetown University. Tsou speaks Arabic and Polish.