Suzanne K. Hale
Ambassador, Federated States of Micronesia
Term of Appointment:
The United States Senate confirmed Suzanne Hale as Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia on June 25, 2004. Deputy Secretary Armitage swore Ambassador Hale in on August 19, and Ambassador Hale took charge on August 24 and presented her credentials the next day.
Ambassador Hale, who holds the rank of Career Minister, has more than 25 years of experience as a Foreign Agricultural Service Officer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Minister-Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Ms. Hale managed USDA’s three offices in Japan from 2000-2004. From 1997-2000, during China’s WTO accession negotiations, she served as Minister-Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. As Director of the Foreign Agricultural Service’s AgExport Services Division from 1990 to 1996, she managed USDA’s international trade show program and coordinated outreach for new exporters. Ms. Hale previously served at the Embassy in Tokyo from 1981 to 1988, first as Agricultural Attaché, then as Agricultural Trade Officer. Ambassador-Designate Hale received USDA’s top honor – the Secretary of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award – for her cost effective management while opening the first Agricultural Trade Office in Japan. From 1978-1981, she worked with USDA’s international trade policy staff in Washington, DC.
Ms. Hale was raised in western New York, and educated at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the International Christian University in Tokyo, and Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Her husband is an attorney and they have two grown children.
Released on October 5, 2004