Ann Kambara became the senior public affairs advisor to Ambassador at Large Melanne Verveer and the Office of Global Women’s Issues in August 2011.
Prior to that she was the Director of the Tokyo American Center from August 2008 to July 2011 -- her fifth tour at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan. Before returning to Tokyo, she was the Deputy Director of the Economic Bureau, Office of Investment Affairs (August 2006 – June 2008). Ms. Kambara was the labor counselor at U.S. Embassy Tokyo (June 2002 – July 2006) and a political officer at U.S. Embassy Beijing, China from 1998-2002, working on arms control/nonproliferation issues and China’s bilateral relations with North Korea. From 1995- 1997 Ms. Kambara was the Assistant Director for Korean Economic Affairs, creating the first U.S. humanitarian assistance program to the DPRK and coordinating efforts to bring South Korea into the OECD. As an economist in the Economic Bureau’s Office of Developed Country Trade from 1993-1995, she participated in negotiations at the creation of the WTO in Geneva.
She is a graduate of The Colorado College and received a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University.