Ms. Cefkin is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister Counselor. Prior to assuming her duties as Senior Burma Advisor she served as Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand from 2010 to 2013. This was Ms. Cefkin’s second tour in Bangkok. She served there previously as the Ambassador’s Staff Assistant and as a Political Officer from 1990 to 1993.
Since entering the Foreign Service in 1983, Ms. Cefkin has also had overseas postings as Vice Consul in Mexico City, Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, where she headed the Political Internal Unit, and as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. She also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Washington, Ms. Cefkin served as Desk Officer for Rwanda, Burundi, and the Central African Republic, followed by a tour in the Political-Military Bureau's Office of Security Assistance and Sales. Subsequent Washington assignments included a tour in State's Office of European Union and Regional Affairs, a tour as Deputy Director of the Office of Western European Affairs, and a an assignment as Director of the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs, where she was charged with managing relations with Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Ms. Cefkin also served as an examiner on the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.
Prior to entering the Foreign Service, Ms. Cefkin worked as a television news producer at network news affiliates in Denver and Houston. She also worked in Congress's Office of Technology Assessment and as a legislative intern in the U.S. Senate. She received a B.A. in Government from Smith College (1975), followed by a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (1977).