Tom Kelly

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U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti
Term of Appointment: 09/08/2014 to present

On April 7, 2014, President Obama nominated Mr. Kelly to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. He assumed the Ambassadorial duties on September 8, 2014.

Prior to his appointment, Amb. Kelly served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs from August 2011 to September 2014, Mr. Kelly oversaw overall Bureau operations and supervised the Office of Security Negotiations and Agreements; the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Piracy and Maritime Security; and the Office of the Coordinator for the Foreign Policy Advisors Program.

Mr. Kelly entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985. He has served in U.S. Missions in San Salvador (1985-1987), Santiago (1990-1993), Paris (1994-1998), Quito (2000-2003), Vilnius (2004-2007), Buenos Aires (2007-2010), and São Paulo (2010-2011). In both Vilnius and Buenos Aires, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassies in those capitals. In São Paulo, Mr. Kelly served as Principal Officer and Consul General in one of the world’s largest U.S. consulates. He also worked in the State Department's Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs (1988-1990) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (1998-2000).

Mr. Kelly holds M.A. degrees in Development Economics from Stanford University (1994) and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University (1984). He received his Bachelor's degree from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service (1984). In 2003, the Department of State awarded Mr. Kelly the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance for his work in Ecuador.

Mr. Kelly speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Lithuanian.