Michele J. Sison, a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 29, 2012 as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Maldives. Ambassador-Designate 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).
Her 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. Sison is the mother of two daughters.