New U.S. Ambassador Seeks to Strengthen Engagement with SI

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New U.S. Ambassador Port Moresby, Erin Elizabeth McKee

U.S. EMBASSY Port Moresby is pleased to announce the arrival of Erin Elizabeth McKee of California, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.

“Enhancing our mutual prosperity, mutual security and good governance are the hallmarks of the United States government’s commitment to Solomon Islands,” said Ambassador McKee.

“I look forward to strengthening our engagement with the Solomon Islands government and our partners with the reintroduction of the Peace Corps, the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold program, as well as exploring ways to assist Solomon Islands with its National Transportation Plan.”

Ambassador McKee is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. She most recently served as Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Indonesia and ASEAN.

Previously, she was Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Human Capital Officer in the USAID Office of Human Capital and Talent Management, and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Policy, Planning, and Learning at USAID headquarters in Washington, D.C.

She has served at USAID Missions in Kazakhstan, Iraq, Peru, Bolivia, Israel, and Russia. Ambassador McKee earned a B.A. at the University of California at Davis, and an M.A. at the University of Washington. She speaks Russian, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.