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Kristie Anne Kenney
Ambassador, Ecuador
Term of Appointment: 09/06/2002 to 04/30/2005

A senior member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kristie Anne Kenney was sworn in as Ambassador to Ecuador on September 6, 2002 and presented her credentials to President Gustavo Noboa on September 25.

Ambassador Kenney was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement since late 2001. For three years prior to that, she served as Executive Secretary of the State Department, the first woman to hold that key position. In that capacity, she headed a staff of 185 persons responsible for inter-agency policy coordination and crisis management working directly for Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. Ambassador Kenney led the State Department transition team from the Clinton to Bush Administrations.

Ambassador Kenney's overseas postings include Economic Counselor at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina and Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica. Her Washington assignments include Director of the State Department Operations Center, a detail to the White House as a member of the National Security Council staff and political-military officer in the Office of NATO Affairs.

Ambassador Kenney holds a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Clemson University. She also attended the National War College. She speaks Spanish and French.  A native of Washington, DC, Ambassador Kenney was a page for the United States Senate, a tour guide in the U.S. Capitol, and an intern in the House of Representatives. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked as a staff member for the Senate Human Resources Committee.

Ambassador Kenney received the Department's Distinguished Honor Award, the Arnold Raphel Memorial Award (for leadership, motivation and mentoring), and several superior honor awards.


Released on September 11, 2002

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