Kathleen Ann Kavalec is officially President Joe Biden’s elected Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Romania.
President Joe Biden nominated her for the position in early June. According to a White House statement at the time, Ms Kavalec is a career diplomat and has headed the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2019.
Previously, she was Assistant Deputy Secretary in the US State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. She also served as Director of the Office of Russian Affairs and Deputy Head of the US-UNESCO Mission in Paris.
She also oversaw major foreign assistance programs as Deputy Coordinator for Assistance in the European Office and as Director of Conflict Prevention. She was also political advisor to the American ambassador in Kyiv, Political Officer of the American embassy in Moscow and Cultural Affairs officer in the embassy in Bucharest.
According to the same statement, she is originally from California and speaks Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Russian.
The previous American ambassador to Bucharest, Adrian Zuckerman, completed his mandate in January 2021.
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