U.S. Ambassador designated to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. Erin Elizabeth McKee is the Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, to the Solomon Islands, and to the Republic of Vanuatu. Most recently, she served as Mission Director for USAID/Indonesia and USAID/ASEAN in Jakarta.
Ms. McKee is a member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of Minister-Counselor, and brings a wealth of Agency experience. Prior to her tour in Indonesia, Ms. McKee served as Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for the Human Capital and Talent Management Office (HCTM). She also served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). Prior to Washington, D.C., Ms. McKee was the USAID Regional Mission Director for Central Asia. There she was responsible for direct management of USAID’s programs in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and for support to the Kyrgyzstan representative office.
Before her assignment in Central Asia, Ms. McKee was the supervisory contracting officer at USAID’s missions in Iraq, South America (covering Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Brazil), and West Bank-Gaza. From 1995 to 1999 she served as a private enterprise officer, then as chief of the economic growth office in USAID/Russia. Ms. McKee was recruited as a Foreign Service Officer in 1995 from the private sector.
Before her government career, Ms. McKee served as the general manager and then executive director for Capital Investment Group’s (CIG) Russia operations, and earlier for Morrison Knudsen, Inc.’s international mining division throughout the former Soviet Union. Ms. McKee holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. She speaks Russian, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia.