C. Steven McGann
Ambassador, Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu
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C. Steven McGann is the United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu. He is a career Senior Foreign Service officer, rank of Minister- Counselor (FE-MC).
Ambassador McGann recently served as the Director of the Office for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island Affairs in the Bureau for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During his tenure, the U.S. increased engagement with Pacific Island countries, strengthened ties with Australia, and developed closer relations with New Zealand.
Ambassador McGann also was a Senior Adviser in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs serving as the maritime security coordinator and expert on North Korean human rights and refugee issues. As the Director for Asia and Near East in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM/ANE) from 2003-05), he was responsible for oversight of $370 million in humanitarian assistance dispensed to UNHCR, UNRWA, IOM and NGO partners. His efforts centered on working with governments, international organizations and financial institutions to build home country capacity and reintegrate vulnerable populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Bhutan, North Korea and throughout Asia.
Ambassador McGann was South Asia Bureau Deputy Director for Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh (2000-02) and helped craft polices to restore democracy in Afghanistan. At the United States Mission to the United Nations (1998-2000) he developed and implemented Security Council strategies for Afghanistan, Cyprus, Nogorno-Karbakh, Chechnya as well as peacekeeping operations in Georgia, and Tajikistan. He stewarded the UN Security Council resolution that endorsed Nelson Mandela as Special Envoy for Burundi and worked directly with the former South African President to determine his mandate. His overseas posts include Taiwan, Zaire, South Africa, Australia and Kenya.
Ambassador McGann completed undergraduate work at Claremont McKenna College, Bachelor of Arts (1973) and pursued graduate studies in comparative government at Cornell University (1975-78). He received a Masters of Science degree from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University (2003) and was a participant in the Fourth Joint Force Maritime Commander Component Course, Naval War College (2007).
Released on October 27, 2008