U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Catherine Ebert-Gray
Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray is a Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service. She was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu on January 22, 2016.
Between 2011 and 2015 she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Logistics Management and Co-Chair of the Defense – State Executive Steering Group supporting the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her global division annually managed $7 billion in State Department acquisition in addition to oversight of the Department’s global supply chain.
She has served over half of her career in the South 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.
Other tours in Washington have included positions as Supervisory Post Management Officer in the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs and South and Central Asian Affairs Bureaus during Operation Desert Shield and the re-opening of embassies in Kabul, Baghdad and Tripoli. She also served as an Analyst in the Center for Administrative Innovation and Director of Overseas Employment in the Bureau of Human Resources.
Throughout her career, Ambassador Ebert-Gray participated in overseas American Chambers of Commerce and volunteered on the boards of four international schools. Prior to joining the Foreign Service she was employed in city, state, and congressional staff positions in Wisconsin and Hawaii.
She received degrees in international relations and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a master’s degree in national resource management from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. She is the recipient of multiple awards and enjoys playing golf. She and her husband have two adult children.