Port Vila, Vanuatu: United States Ambassador to Vanuatu Catherine Ebert-Gray presented her credentials to His Excellency President Baldwin Lonsdale at the State House in Port Vila, Vanuatu on July 5, 2016.
During her presentation of credentials, Ambassador Ebert-Gray said the United States stands ready to work with Vanuatu to translate that promise of progress into the sustainable, inclusive and transparent economic growth Ni-Vanuatu citizens want for themselves and succeeding generations.
“The people of the United States understand that achieving sustainable, inclusive, transparent economic growth in a democratic society is an ongoing challenge,” said Ambassador Ebert-Gray. The Ambassador noted that in meeting that goal, both countries draw deeply on the strength that can come from diversity and by tapping into the talents of all its citizens.
U.S. Ambassador Ebert-Gray is accredited to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on December 1 last year, Ambassador Ebert-Gray said she will “continue to advance the United States’ overarching goal in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands to help foster sustainable, transparent, and inclusive economic growth, and to support host nation efforts to strengthen education, health, and security.”
Prior to her nomination as Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Ambassador Ebert-Gray served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Administration’s Office of Logistics Management, a position she held since 2011. Ambassador Ebert-Gray is a Career Member of the United States’ Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. One of her first assignments as a Foreign Service Officer was to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Republic of Vanuatu.
Ambassador Ebert-Gray has served over half of her career in the Pacific region. Since entering the Foreign Service in 1988 she has served in Mali, Morocco, Togo, Egypt, Germany, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Throughout her career, she has distinguished herself as a highly effective manager of post operations with the ability to build strong multinational partnerships.