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Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2010: Ambassador Michele Sison


May 1, 2010

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Ambassador Michele J. Sison was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2008 as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon (she had arrived in Beirut on February 2008 as Chargé d’Affaires a.i.). She is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor.

Amb. Sison is a proud Filipina-American, with family roots in Lingayen, Pangasinan, in the Philippines.

Ambassador Sison served as Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from August 2004 through January 2008. Prior to that appointment, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South Asian Affairs.

Earlier overseas assignments include service as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan (1999-2002) and as consul general at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India (1996-1999). She also served at the U.S. Missions in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (1993-1996); Douala, Cameroon (1991-1993); Cotonou, Benin (1988-1991); Lomé, Togo (1984-1988); and Port-au-Prince, Haiti (1982-1984), as well as in Washington.

Ambassador Sison is the recipient of numerous U.S. Department of State awards for exceptional service as well as the Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

Born in Virginia, Ambassador Sison earned her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College. She joined the Foreign Service in 1982.

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