Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013: Michele J. Sison
Michele J. Sison, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2012 as the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, her third tour as Chief of Mission. A 31-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State, Ambassador Sison previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon (2008-2010), U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2004-2008), and Assistant Chief of Mission in Baghdad, Iraq (2011-2012). She holds the Senior Foreign Service rank of Career Minister (FE-CM).
Ambassador Sison’s earlier assignments include service as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2002-2004); Deputy Chief of Mission in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002); consul general/principal officer in Chennai, India (1996-1999); consul general/principal officer in Douala, Cameroon; and tours in Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Togo, and Haiti. Sison also served as the State Department's Director of Career Development and Assignments (2010-2011).
She is the recipient of numerous State Department awards as well as the Presidential Meritorious Service Award and the U.S. Department of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. Ambassador Sison's family roots are in Lingayen, Pangasinan Province in the Philippines.