Keiderling-Franz, Kelly - Oriental Republic of Uruguay - February 2016
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: Oriental Republic of Uruguay
CANDIDATE: Kelly Keiderling-Franz
Kelly Keiderling-Franz, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position she has held since 2013. She is well known for her outstanding public diplomacy, decision-making, and leadership skills, which she has demonstrated repeatedly in a very broad range of assignments. Her wide experience and ability to pursue U.S. goals by building strong relationships with a broad range of people make her an excellent choice to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay.
Previously, Ms. Keiderling-Franz served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Caracas, Venezuela (2011-2013), Strategic Language Issues Coordinator in the Department’s Bureau of Human Resources (2010-2011), and Chief of Staff in the Office of Iraq Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (2009-2010). Prior to that, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Chisinau, Moldova (2006-2009), Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba (2003-2005), and Public Diplomacy Officer for Cuba and the Caribbean in the Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2002-2003). Ms. Keiderling-Franz also served as Senior Panama Desk Officer and Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Central American Affairs (2000-2002), and as Public Affairs Officer at both U.S. Embassy Gaborone, Botswana (1998-2000) and U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (1996-1998). Other assignments since entering the Foreign Service in 1988 included serving as Cultural Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, and as Assistant Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa.
Ms. Keiderling-Franz earned a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1988 and an M.S. from the National War College in 2006. She has won numerous Department of State awards. She speaks French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian and Russian.