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Saluting Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Ambassador Michele J. Sison

Office of Civil Rights
Washington, DC
May 7, 2007

Saluting Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Ambassador Michele J. SisonAmbassador Michele J. Sison is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and a proud first-generation Filipina-American. She was confirmed by the Senate in 2004 as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. During her tenure as Ambassador, the U.S. has expanded its military and law enforcement cooperation with the United Arab Emirates, as well as increased trade, investment, and people-to-people programs.

Prior to her appointment to the UAE, Ms. Sison served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2002-2004). In that position, she played a leading role in implementing U.S. policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Sison's overseas assignments include a tour as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d'affaires, a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002), where she played a key role in bolstering Pakistan's support for Operation Enduring Freedom. She also served as Consul General in Chennai (Madras), India from 1996 until 1999. During this period, U.S. business involvement in South India increased significantly, with major commercial advocacy successes in the aviation, power generation, and automotive sectors.

She also served in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire as Political Counselor (1993-1996); Douala, Cameroon as Principal Officer (1991-1993); Cotonou, Benin as Political/Economic Officer (1988-1991); Washington, D.C. as Nicaragua desk officer (1986-1988); Lome, Togo as Economic Officer (1984-1986); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti as Consular/Political Officer (1982-1984). Ms. Sison joined the Foreign Service in 1982 and is the recipient of numerous U.S. Department of State awards for exceptional service, including six Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.

Ambassador Sison earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and also studied at the London School of Economics.


Released on May 14, 2007

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