Catherine Ebert-Gray

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Catherine Ebert-Gray
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United States Ambassador to the Solomon Islands
Assumed office
January 22, 2016
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Walter E. North
United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea
Assumed office
January 22, 2016
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Walter E. North
United States Ambassador to Vanuatu
Assumed office
January 22, 2016
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by Walter E. North
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy

Catherine “Cassy” Ebert-Gray (born 1955)[1] is an American diplomat. She serves as the United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born Catherine Ebert in Appleton, Wisconsin, she lived in Neenah and Menasha, Wisconsin as well as Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan before she graduated from Appleton West High School. She developed an interest in history and the Pacific from her father, a veteran who served on the USS Chanticleer in the Pacific theater. She earned her bachelor's degrees in international relations and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Later she received a master's degree in national resource management from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.[3]

Career[edit]

Ebert-Gray began her career as an analyst in the Hawaii State Legislature. In 1988 she joined the United States Foreign Service and subsequently served in several international locations, including Mali, Morocco, Togo, Egypt, Germany, The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.

When she was nominated by President Barack Obama to become U.S. Ambassador, she was serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Administration’s Office of Logistics Management, a role she had held since 2011.[4] On February 11, 2016, Ebert-Gray arrived in Port Moresby after having been confirmed on December 9, 2015 by the United States Senate. Her swearing-in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands took place on January 22, 2016.

Personal[edit]

She is married to Australian Ian Gray, and they have two children. She speaks both English and French.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catherine Ebert-Gray (1955–)
  2. ^ Catherine Ebert-Gray: U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu U.S. Department of State, accessed April 19, 2016
  3. ^ New U.S. ambassador has ties to Fox Valley Post Crescent- USA Today Network, January 22, 2016
  4. ^ US Envoy presents credentials at Konedobu The Loop, February 23, 2016