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Ambassador of the United States to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Karen Stanton presented her credentials to President Taur Matan Ruak on January 16, 2015
Karen Clark Stanton was sworn in as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste on December 17, 2014 and presented her credentials to President Taur Matan Ruak on January 16, 2015.
Prior to her nomination as Ambassador, Ambassador Stanton served as the Executive Director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs From June 2009 to August 2013. As Executive Director she was responsible for the provision of management support services for the Bureau's domestic operations and for all management, budget and human resources issues for the Bureau's 160 domestic employees, 2000 overseas American employees, 7000 local nationals, and its 45 Embassies and Consulates and posts.
Ambassador Stanton also served as Deputy Executive Director (2008-2009) and Supervisory Post Management Officer (2001-2004) in the State Department’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau. She served as the Management Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Singapore (2004-2008). Previous assignments overseas include Human Resources Officer in Beijing (1995-1998), and as Consular Officer in Islamabad (1991-1993), Beijing (1987-1990), and Hong Kong (1981-1982). In her early assignments in Washington, she worked in the State Department’s Operations Center as a Watch Officer (1982-1983), was a Special Assistant to Secretary of State George P. Shultz (1983-1984), and was assigned to the Department’s Consular Affairs and Human Resources bureaus. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Stanton joined the Foreign Service in 1980.
Ms. Stanton received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree from the National War College (Class of 1999). She is the winner of the 2007 Luther I. Replogle Award for Management Improvement and has been awarded four Senior Performance Awards, two Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Service Increases and several group Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Ms. Stanton is married to William A. Stanton who is Director of the Center for Asia Policy at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. Mr. Stanton is a retired Foreign Service Officer who was most recently Director of the American Institute on Taiwan. They have two daughters.
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