A native of Texas, Ambassador Christy has been in the Foreign Service since 1971. During that time he served in Indonesia twice, Turkey twice, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, and Haiti. He has also served in Washington, DC, including most recently as Director of the Office of Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore Affairs in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as Director for Asia at the National Security Council.
Ambassador Christy is proficient in the Turkish and Indonesian languages. A graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas, Mr. Christy studied at the University of Texas Law School and spent a year in Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program sponsored by the State Department.
Ambassador Christy is a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. Nominated for the Director General's annual reporting award three times during his career, he has received individual honor awards for his work in Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, and Washington. He also shared in group awards for Distinguished Service and for Valor for his service in Haiti (1994-96).
Ambassador Christy was born and raised in Midland, Texas.