Caroline Kennedy

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Term of Appointment: 11/12/2013 to present

Caroline B. Kennedy was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Japan on November 12, 2013.

Ms. Kennedy is a lawyer, author, education advocate, and lifelong supporter of the arts. Ms. Kennedy has served as the Vice Chair, Board of Directors and Honorary Director for the Fund for Public Schools in New York City since 2002. From 2002 to 2004, she served as the Chief Executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Kennedy is on the Board of Directors for New Visions for Public Schools, the New Visions Charter School for Advanced Math and Science, and the New Visions Charter School for the Humanities.

To honor the legacy of her family, Ms. Kennedy works as the President and Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation where she helped to create the annual Profile in Courage Award. Ms. Kennedy is the Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and also serves as the Chairman of the Program Committee of the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.

Ms. Kennedy’s publications include In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action, The Right to Privacy, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Profiles in Courage of Our Time, A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children, A Family Christmas, John F. Kennedy, The Inaugural Address, She Walks in Beauty: A Woman’s Journey Through Poems, Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations of Life with John F. Kennedy, Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy, and Poems to Learn By Heart, as well as articles and op-ed pieces in Time Magazine, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

Ms. Kennedy attended Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, England from 1975-1976. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard University in 1980. Ms. Kennedy received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1988.