Kelly Keiderling was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay on June 23, 2016. Before her designation as the U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, she served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). ECA manages exchange programs to further U.S. foreign policies, including the promotion of mutual understanding between the United States and the nations of the world.
Ambassador Keiderling has represented the United States as a Foreign Service Office since 1988. She has served as Deputy Chief of Mission and intermittently as Charge d’Affaires in Caracas, Venezuela. She has also served overseas as Deputy Chief of Mission in Chisinau, Moldova; Public Affairs Officer in Cuba, Botswana and Kyrgyzstan; and in other diplomatic assignments at U.S. embassies in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Zambia. Her assignments in Washington include Senior Panama Desk Officer, Public Diplomacy Desk Officer for the Caribbean, acting Deputy Director for Central American Affairs, Strategic Language Issues Coordinator in the Bureau of Human Resources, and Chief of Staff in the Iraq Office.
Ambassador Keiderling received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the National War College in Washington, D.C. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, and some Italian and Romanian. She was raised in Latin America and Portugal in a Foreign Service family.