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: Republic of Uzbekistan
CANDIDATE: Pamela L. Spratlen
Pamela L. Spratlen, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Known as an expert in political/military affairs with extensive experience in Central Asia and Europe, she has held executive policy-making positions in both Washington and in the region. A talented leader, skilled in managing the interagency process and mentoring staff, she will bring key skills to the tasks of furthering bilateral relations with the Government of Uzbekistan, a key U.S. partner in Central Asia.
Previously, Ms. Spratlen served as Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Astana, Kazakhstan (2009-2011), Office Director, Western European Affairs, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2008-2009), Office Director, Central Asian Affairs, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (2006-2008), Special Assistant to the Counselor (2005-2006), Diplomat-in-Residence, East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (2004-2005), Assistance Coordinator, U.S. Embassy Moscow (2000-2002), Principal Officer, Consulate General Vladivostok, Russia (2000-2002), Staff Officer, Executive Secretariat (1998-1999), Special Assistant to the Ambassador, U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (USOECD), Paris, France (1995-1998), Special Assistant to the Ambassador/Trade Officer, U.S. Mission to the Organization of American States (USOAS), Washington, D.C. (1992-1994) and Entry-Level Officer, Embassy Guatemala, Guatemala (1990-1992). Earlier, she worked in California as Principal Consultant, Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, California State Legislature, as Program Budget Analyst, Joint Legislative Budget Committee, as Office Manager for ARCO and as a VISTA Volunteer in Los Angeles.
Ms. Spratlen earned an A.B. in Psychology/Religious Studies at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts in 1976, a Master of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley in 1981 and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006. She is the recipient of three Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, a Superior Honor Award and two Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. She speaks Russian, French and Spanish.