Stewart Karen Brevard - Republic of the Marshall Islands - November 2015


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of the Marshall Islands

CANDIDATE: Karen Brevard Stewart


Karen Brevard Stewart, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as Political Advisor to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation since 2013. She is a two-time ambassador, to Laos (2010 to 2013), and to Belarus (2006-2008), with a broad mix of senior domestic and overseas experience that makes her an ideal candidate for Ambassador to the Marshall Islands.
Prior to serving as Ambassador to Laos, Ms. Stewart served in the Department of State as Special Advisor to the Director General in the Bureau of Human Resources (2009-2010). Before that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (2008-2009). From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Stewart served as Director, Office of Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus Affairs, in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Before that, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Minsk, Belarus (2002-2004) and U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos (1999-2001). Other assignments included Economic Counselor at U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Principal Officer at U.S. Consulate Udorn, Thailand, and Economic Officer in both the Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, and the Office of Energy-Consuming Countries. After joining the Foreign Service in 1977, Ms. Stewart also served in Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and in the Department’s Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
Ms. Stewart earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S. from the National War College. She has won numerous Department of State awards. Her languages are Lao, Russian, Spanish, and Thai.